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<nettime-ann> Opening Reception Sat 10 January, 21.00 hrs.

Title: Untitled Document

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Visual Arts | Exhibition
Coalesce: Happenstance, installation view
Coalesce: Happenstance
Opening reception: Saturday 10 January, 21.00 hrs
With performance by Irish music research group TradFutures@W2.O (Nollaig Ó Fiongháile, Brian Ó hUiginn, Patrick Daly & Bill Wright)organized by Mick Wilson


Dave Beech & Mark Hutchinson | David Blandy | Het Blauwe Huis with M2M radio | Kathrin Böhm | Nina Canell | Oriana Fox | Freee | General Idea | Jaime Gili | Clare Goodwin | Lothar Götz | Tod Hanson | Toby Huddlestone | Tellervo Kalleinen & Oliver Kochta-Kalleinen | Cyril Lepetit | Ronan McCrea | Jonathan Mosley & Sophie Warren | Jem Noble | Isabel Nolan | Harold Offeh | Mark Orange | Eduardo Padilha | Garrett Phelan | Sarah Pierce | Manuel Saiz Savage | temporarycontemporary | Tipos Moviles - a collaborative poster project by Jaime Gili and Luis Romero, with 40 invited artists | Richard Venlet | Robin Watkins | Lawrence Weiner | Matt White | Mick Wilson

Coalesce film programme

Ursula Biemann & Angela Sanders | Jakup Ferri | Esra Ersen | Adla Isanovic | Helmut & Johanna Kandl | Tadej Pogacar and the P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E Museum of Contemporary Art | Marko Raat
selected by B + B
?Coalesce? is the title of an evolutionary exhibition project, initiated by curator Paul O?Neill (Bristol) in 2003. ?Coalesce: Happenstance? is the final version of the project and is the culmination of O?Neill?s past six years of research and development into the possibility of an exhibition as a form of co-production between multiple agencies. Artists from previous editions (in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Spain) are gathered together for this large cumulative show.
?Coalesce: Happenstance? is the first major exhibition of O'Neill's work in the Netherlands. An evolving exhibition as a work of art in progress, it posits exhibition-making as a form of artistic practice where the accumulation of actors and actions co-produce a single co-habited exhibition form. O'Neill has invited a vibrant selection of artists to take part in his project as co-producers to develop new work in response to each other, and to the overall exhibition structure and concept. Works overlap with one another, with the exhibition completed on-site by artists using the exhibition space as their space of production, whilst considering the exhibition as a collaborative structure that facilitates a space of co-habitation, critical responsiveness and of cooperative exchange. By exploring and articulating both formal and conceptual similarities, Coalesce is an inter-mingling of individual works operating at different spatio-temporalities from fast track to slower durational works. Taking the conceptual-form of a pictorial plane, the exhibition moves through three principal categories of organisation, with the Background, Middle-ground and the Foreground coalescing with one another.
The conceptual basis of ?Coalesce? is the complex interaction between the artists and the gallery space, and the manner in which this develops while researching the usual modes of occupation of specific exhibition spaces. The final result dependant on the interaction, and many spaces of dialogue are created between the works, the space of the gallery and the audience. ?Coalesce? is also specific in that one of its premises is to closely collaborate with other curators and institutions that are invited to respond to the concept of the project. SMART Project Space has invited Belgian artist Richard Venlet as a newcomer to the project with a newly commissioned work for the exhibition.  Read more 
Exhibition until 22 February 2009

SMART Cinema | Films in Premiere
Wristcutters, A Love Story, film still 2006 
Wristcutters, a Love Story
dir. Goran Dukic (US / Eng 2006, 88 min) 
Thursday 8 January, 20.15 hrs 
Location: Auditorium, level 1

Zia is distraught over the break up with his girlfriend and decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers there is no real end; his afterlife is strikingly similar to his previous life, only a bit worse. Discovering his ex-girlfriend has also ?offed? herself, he embarks on a road trip with a Russian rocker to find her. With a cameo apperarance by Tom Waits, 'Wristcutters, a Love Story' is an unusual, intelligent, morbidly wacky and razor sharp comedy packed with absurd twists and black humour.
Nominated for the Sundance Film Festival Grand Jury Prize. Winner of the audience award at the Winsconsin Film Festival, the Philadelphia Film Festival and Ashland Independent Film Festival. Read more
Screening this week
I am a Sex Addict
dir. Caveh Zahedi (US 2005, 98 min)
Screening: weekdays 22.00 hrs, Sat/Sun 20.00 hrs
Location: Auditorium, level 1 
until 5 February
Autobiographical filmmaker Caveh Zahedi narrates with astonishing candour about his obsession with prostitutes. He retraces his romantic and sexual history, including his ideological commitment to open relationships that led to two disastrous marriages and several very pissed off ex-girlfriends. Read more 

Monday Night Concert Series for Modern Music
organised in association with DNK- Amsterdam
Seamus Cater, Post Birthday, 2008
An Evening of Anecdotal Music
Monday 12 January, 21.30 hrs
Location: Auditorium, level 1 
Entrance: 5 Euro
Set 1: Seamus Cater
'For Alexis' 2009
A solo piece for just tuned harmonica, vinyl LP, Rhodes piano and song dedicated to the Canadian athlete,
Alexis Lapointe (1860 - 1924).
Set 2: Brian Mc Kenna
McKenna?s new oeuvre featuring field recordings, sequencing and synthesis. Read more 

DJ Casper this week in LAB111
Friday 9 January, 21.00 hrs
Combining various different genres such as (deep) house, techno, disco, acid, afrobeat and new wave, and fusing them into one distinguished representative mix, is what Casper Tielrooij aspires in his DJ sets. His musical roots lay in US based techno, but throughout the years his preferences have broadened. These days, disco and deep house from the Windy City (Chicago) and Motor City (Detroit) tend to demand the most space in his record bag.

SMART Project Space is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Foundation; Gemeente Amsterdam; Bureau Broedplaatsen; Stichting DOEN; Filmfonds; Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds; VSBfonds; Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; the Flemish Authorities; Arts Council England, South West; Culture Ireland; Engels verfspeciaalzaken, Amsterdam.

SPS is looking for volunteers
SPS urgently seeks volunteers to assist the Cinema team and to help organise projects, events and exhibitions. Interested? Then send your CV to

SMART Project Space
Arie Biemondstraat 105-113 | NL-1054 PD Amsterdam
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Phone: +31 20 42 75951 | fax +31 20 247 59 53

Opening hours:
Exhibition: Mon - Sat 12.00 - 22.00 hrs, Sun 14.00 - 22.00 hrs
Cinema: Sun - Thur: 18.00 - 0.00 hrs, Fri - Sat: 18.00 - 01.00 hrs
Café/Restaurant LAB111: Mon - Thur 12.00 - 00.00 hrs, Fri - Sat 12.00 - 01.00 hrs, Sun 14.00 - 12.00 hrs
Office hours: Mon - Fri 09.00 - 18.00  hrs   

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