Artist: The Oceans Academy of Arts (OAOA) with Özlem Altin, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Ola Vasiljeva and Marianne Vierø Exhibition title: University Curated by: The Oceans Academy of Arts (OAOA) Venue: Vleeshal Zusterstraat, Middelburg, The Netherlands Date: September 13 – December 13, 2015 Photography: Leo van Kampen and Ola Vasiljeva, images courtesy of the artist and Vleeshal, Middelburg University plays with the idea of experimental pedagogical systems, which formed a critique of society’s major ideological institutions. Such schools experimented with self-organised education and were founded in response to the intellectual bankruptcy and spiritual emptiness of the approved educational establishment. They proposed courses that opposed conservative educational programmes and idealised the unrestricted development […]
Artist: Ola Vasiljeva Exhibition title: En Rachâchant Curated by: Roos Gortzak Venue: Vleeshal Markt, Middelburg, The Netherlands Date: September 13 – December 13, 2015 Photography: Leo van Kampen and Ola Vasiljeva, images courtesy of the artist and Vleeshal, Middelburg The exhibition borrows its title En Rachâchant from a short film by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet based on the children’s story Ah! Ernesto by Marguerite Duras. It takes a humorous look at de-hierarchising the educational process through the character of Ernesto, who insistently refuses to go to school because it teaches things he doesn’t know. In En Rachâchant, Vasiljeva strategically approaches negation and the refusal to learn. In a time […]
Artists: Rosa Aiello, Bernadette Corporation, Andrea Fraser, Jef Geys, Gil Leung, Bruce Nauman, Danh Vo Exhibition title: Violent Incident Curated by: Cally Spooner and Roos Gortzak Venue: Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands Date: June 26 – August 1, 2015 Photography: Lewis Ronald, images courtesy of the artists and Vleeshal, Middelburg Violent Incident takes its title from Bruce Nauman’s 1986 video work. The show began from the invitation by Vleeshal’s director Roos Gortzak to Cally Spooner to curate a group show which would draw from the collections of Vleeshal and M HKA, and be concurrent and connected to the artist’s solo show at Vleeshal Markt. Violent Incident presents works by Rosa Aiello, Bernadette Corporation, […]
Artist: Cally Spooner Exhibition title: On False Tears and Outsourcing Curated by: Roos Gortzak Venue: Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands Date: June 20 – August 30, 2015 Photography: Anda van Riet, images courtesy of the artist and Vleeshal, Middelburg From June 20 till August 30, 2015, Vleeshal is presenting a solo exhibition by Cally Spooner (*1983, UK) and a group exhibition that runs parallel to and in dialogue with her show. It is the start of Roos Gortzak’s programming for Vleeshal. On False Tears and Outsourcing is the first institutional solo exhibition by Cally Spooner in the Netherlands. For her show, the artist will make a new series of devised, living gestures, […]
The Registry of Promise is a series of exhibitions that reflect on our increasingly fraught relationship with what the future may or may not hold in store for us. These exhibitions engage with and play upon various readings of promise as simultaneously anticipating a future and its fulfillment or lack thereof, as well as a kind of inevitability, either positive or negative. Such polyvalence assumes a particular poignancy in the current historical moment. Given that the technological and scientific notions of progress inaugurated by the Enlightenment no longer have the same purchase they once did, we have long since abandoned the linear vision of the future the Enlightenment once betokened. Meanwhile, what is coming to substitute our former conception would hardly seem to be a substitute at all: the looming specter of global ecological catastrophe. From the anthropocentric promise of modernity, it would seem, we have turned to a negative faith in the post-human. And yet the future is not necessarily a closed book. Far from fatalistic, The Registry of Promise takes into consideration these varying modalities of the future while trying to conceive of possible others. In doing so, it seeks to valorize the potential polyvalence and mutability at the heart of the word promise.
Taking place over the course of approximately one year, The Registry of Promise consists of four autonomous, interrelated exhibitions, which can be read as individual chapters in a book. It was inaugurated by The Promise of Melancholy and Ecology at the Fondazione Giuliani, Rome, followed by The Promise of Multiple Temporalities at Parc Saint Léger, Centre d’art contemporain, Pougues-Les-Eaux and The Promise of Moving Things at Centre d’art contemporain d’Ivry – le Crédac, Ivry-sur-Seine, and will conclude with The Promise of Literature, Soothsaying and Speaking in Tongues at De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, Middelburg.