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|[Nettime-bold] SQUAT | Opening Saturday March 24, 9 PM.
SMART Project Space | 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 20, Amsterdam requests the pleasure of your company at the exhibition opening of: SQUAT | March 25 - May 6, 2001 Work by Karin Arink, Jeroen Jongeleen, Tony Matelli, Jesús Palomino, Valerie Tevere, Muriël Toulemonde. Curated by Thomas Peutz Opening Reception March 24, 9 PM SQUAT is about finding space for personal manifestation, whether physically or mentally, within the urban environment. The squat movement might be past its peak, but recent developments in Amsterdam - an increasing housing shortage combined with an increase in rent prices which have lead to an exodus of artists and cultural initiatives out of the city- call for the necessity of personal interventions within the city. The philosophy behind the squat movement, finding space for personal manifestation in the city, is as urgent and alive as it always was. Instead of defining the city as a collection of buildings, it is more productive to envision the urban structure as a constantly changing story of the experiences of its inhabitants. The situationists proposed the term ´psychogeography´, a geography that is not based on physical frontiers and buildings, but one that describes the interaction of people with and within the urban environment. Thinking about the city in terms of its use rather than as a plan imposed from above, opens up possibilities for individuals to create their own space. Jeroen Jongeleens work is such a personal intervention in the public space, understood as a communication structure. The stickers that he sticks on mail boxes or traffic signs are, just like posters, mass communication devices through which he sends his messages. But the theme squat is addressed in many different ways in this exhibition. Jesús Palomino's work is the most literal approach in building a structure of materials one can find in the streets, whereas Karin Arink manifests herself in virtual public space. Valerie Tevere's videos are about the way people project themselves mentally in their city. Asked about their associations of specific locations, the stories of New Yorkers shown on 5 monitors weave together as a many facetted city portrait. The horse of Muriël Toulemonde running on an assembly line, an image of explosive but stationairy energy, can visualize the sometimes difficult search for space to manifest yourself as an individual. SQUAT is a statement about the situation in which Smart Project Space finds itself. An art space that precisely wants to inscribe such a personal story within the city and engages itself in a struggle with city departments and housing developers to achieve its goal: to give the Jan van Swammerdam Institute an active role within the city and establish a multi disciplinary centre that meets a need within Amsterdam culture. Over the last years artists have developed new artistic practices by inscribing art in various social spaces, crossing boundaries between institutions, ideas and disciplines. The art institution retains a crucial point of reference for these practices but to do this it needs to reconsider its role parallel to the developments within the arts. Smart creates a space in which this dialogue can take place, together with artists by bringing the place of presentation and production of art within one building. A strong metaphor of the idea of squat appears in Tony Matelli's work. From a material commonly used for the creation of beautiful flowers Matelli constructs a weed that pushes itself to the inside via the cracks in between walls and floors. While weed is usually perceived as a undesirable presence, an aggressive growth, in this context it is transformed into a positive image of determination to demand one's own space. Sponsored by: Gemeente Amsterdam, Mondriaan Stichting, Mentrum, Brand Bier, [s]color. SMART Project Space | www.smartprojectspace.net 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 20, NL-1054 BW Amsterdam Opening times: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-20.00 hrs. Post Office Box 15004, NL-1001 MA Amsterdam Phone: +31 20 427.5951 / 5952 | Fax.: +31 20 427.5953 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org If this e-mail was forwarded to you by way of someone other then SMART Project Space, and you would appreciate to receive further mailings announcing exhibitions at SMART Project Space, you can send mail to email@example.com with the following command in the body of your email message: "subscribe e-mailing SPS" If you would want to remove yourself from this mailing list, you can send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following command in the body of your email message: "unsubscribe e-mailing SPS" _______________________________________________ Nettime-bold mailing list Nettimeemail@example.com http://www.nettime.org/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo/nettime-bold