|Thomas SMART Project Space on Fri, 31 Aug 2001 18:23:55 +0200 (CEST)|
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|[Nettime-nl] Garden Built for You | opening Saturday September 1, 21.00 hours|
SMART Project Space | 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 20, Amsterdam Requests the pleasure of your company at the exhibtion opening of GARDEN BUILT FOR YOU | Work by Paul Baartmans, Robert Boyd, Nin Brudermann, Florian Göttke, Graham Gussin, Ashley Hunt, Liselot van der Heijden, Olav Westphalen. Curated by Thomas Peutz Opening Saturday September 1, 21.00 hours. After opening party with deejays Awsome3 Exhibition from September 1 through October 14, 2001. "The Lord made Adam.in the image of himself"; He made Adam and Eve such that they might keep each other company; but also with Him when He "walked in the garden in the cool of the day". About this garden we learn that it was planted with "every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food". Evidently Eden was not a wild forest, but a garden that man was to tend, "to dress and keep". By doing so, it would provide him with food and basically satisfy all his needs and desires. Much has been read in and into the bible, and especially into the beginning. The image of man who finds himself thrown into the world and earthly paradise has both inspired and haunted us. It has shaped our view of nature and of our position in the world. It has sanctioned the view of man as the caretaker of the world, but also of the world as resource, to be put to use and exploited at will. Amongst much else, this view of the world has been at the basis of interpretations of the natural and moral rights of man - basically of his rights to partake of the bounty of earthly paradise. The French revolutionaries 'Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen' deemed that these rights were fundamental and unalterable. After the second world war, members of the United Nations produced two successors to the French declaration. The first, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, listing rights such as the right to vote, the right of free speech and the right not to be tortured, found wide support in real laws at the national and international level. The second, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights, asserted that all humans have the right to health, food, housing and employment. These 'second generation' laws, lacking anything approaching universal legal support, are routinely violated all over the world. Now that human rights campaigners are investigating whether it would make sense to expand the concept of human rights to incorporate the 'second generation' rights, we feel that the discussion would be helped by an awareness that human rights such as health and food are intrinsically related to environmental issues. Traditionally, the expulsion of man from Eden has been accepted with humility. We have resigned ourselves to live with dreams of Eden, longing for a paradise that we consider to be unredeemably lost to man... But was it really lost? At this point we could ask ourselves whether it was just lost to us because we couln't see it was there all the time. Probably paradise is there for whom is able and willing to see and tend it... It is there for us to 'dress and keep'. Garden Built for You is sponsored by: Gemeente Amsterdam, Mentrum, Brand Bier, Beam Systems. SMART Project Space | www.smartprojectspace.net Exhibition Space & Cinema: 1e Const. Huygensstraat 20 Mail to: P.O.Box 15004, NL-1001 MA Amsterdam Phone: +31 20 427.5951 / 427.5952 Fax.: +31 20 427.5952 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" ______________________________________________________ * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet * toegestaan zonder toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een * open en ongemodereerde mailinglist over net-kritiek. * Meer info, archief & anderstalige edities: * http://www.nettime.org/. * Contact: Menno Grootveld (email@example.com).