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[Nettime-ro] Mercury in Retrograde(MiR) at De Appel (April 8 - June 4, 2006)

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Curatorial Program at De Appel proudly presents
Mercury in Retrograde (April 8 - June 4, 2006)
ou are cordially invited to our Press Preview
 on April 8, 12.30 pm.Kindly RSVP to:

Opening: April 8, 6 pm (see opening day program)

Mercury in Retrograde is an exhibition of twisted timelines,
hallucinated futures, and historical chain reactions. Defying
interpretive hierarchies, it is an experiment from which to lift off to
expeditions into vanished histories - a momentary repository for new
thoughts gleaned from sedimentary deposits in time. Mercury in
Retrograde cracks open the notion of authorized collective histories,
with examples that explode and decipher the codes of our constructed
and mediated reality.
 In a spirit of exchange with the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, a prized
selection of 16th century objects excavated from the ice of Nova Zembla
is presented at De Appel. The myth of the collective wintering of Dutch
explorers in the severe Polar environment has been subject of study to
generations of writers, archaeologists, adventurers, and explorers.
Select navigational tools are accompanied by Sven Johne's double images
that tell the stories of people whose various endeavors ran around on
the tiny Baltic island of Vinta.
Many of the new commissions and presented works at Mercury in
Retrograde remain haunted by past narratives, connected only by
collisions, with unexpected outcomes, coincidences, aliases, ghosts,
and disappearances.
 An untapped history of the building of De Appel is unearthed in an
installation by Michael Blum, re-staging the established bank Lippman,
Rosenthal & Co., bequeathing a potent, and valuable story back into the
Dutch contemporary discourse. Mariana Castillo Deball traces colonial
history, and inserts the story of the relocation of the giant stone of
the God Tlaloc in an audio piece, as the listeners weaves through the
antique shops of Nieuwe Spiegelstraat in Amsterdam.
Omer Fast implodes viewer's definition of time with his re-sampled
interviews with living-history museum interpreters, while Missingbooks
revive the story of the disappearance of radical Argentine intellectual
Rodolfo Walsh, and the subsequent eradication of his subversive short
story. Aurélien Froment's trompe-l'?il constructions set the stage for
a guided tour through a mysterious landscape, while Ohad Meromi
proposes the Moon a new set for fiction. David Maljkovic revisits
cultural heritage by alighting from the future, and excavating a
 Exposing production of myth and reality and challenging the
re-writable nature of history through time, the lineage of the
exhibition ranges from Fernando Sánchez Castillo's operatic saga of an
allegorical and ?standardized? coup d'état to Khalil Rabah's
investigative re-appropriation of the tulip that traces the origin of
the flower to Palestine, and from Dmitry Gutov's poetic criticism of
Western art history with the activities of the Lifshitz-Institute to
the incongruous mix of authority and popular imagination in Tilmann
Meyer-Faje's publication on the occasion of the 400th birth anniversary
of Rembrandt. Stephan Dillemuth's explorations of 19th century reform
movements look into the archives of Dutch social visionary Frederik van
Eeden. Throughout the exhibition emerge the still unopened envelopes
from1983/84, of Johan Cornelissen's journey along the ever elusive
line of the equator.

Michael Blum / Mariana Castillo Deball / Johan Cornelissen / Stephan
Dillemuth / Omer Fast / Aurélien Froment / Dmitry Gutov / Sven Johne /
David Maljkovic / Ohad Meromi / Tilmann Meyer-Faje / Missingbooks /
 Khalil Rabah / Fernando Sánchez Castillo 

Saturday 8 April, 2006- Opening Day Program
3pm Something About Stolen Film Stills, a lecture by
Aurélien Froment
4pm An Afternoon with Joseph Cornell, Chris Kubick and Anne
Walsh (Archive) (live stream from 'Again for Tomorrow', RCA, London)
5.30 pm Launch of Tulips in Palestine by Khalil Rabah
6 pm Opening Mercury in Retrograde

Sunday 9 April, 2006
12-4 pm 
Mercury in Retrograde Brunch & Roundtable discussion with JaapJan
Zeeberg (explorer / author Into the Ice Sea), Joeri Boom (journalist),
Michael Blum (artist), Ohad Meromi (artist), Khalil Rabah (artist), and
workshop with IRWIN.

Compass Room at Loods 6 - see for more
This roundtable discussion with visual artists and explorers will
examine the ambiguous relationship of contemporary society to
history-making. The panel discussion will explore the nexus of myth,
history, and fiction through a look at the idea of the museum/
collection, and the role of the artefact as an object of
cultural/national identity.
IRWIN´s workshop will present alternate ways of joining the dots in
the canonical chronologies of Art History through the East Art Map.

Thursday 13 April, 2006
8 pm 
Ricardo Piglia interviews Rodolfo Walsh, Today it is impossible to
create literature disconnected from politics, hosted by Missingbooks,
at library Rijksmuseum
 With thanks to Het Nieuwe Rijksmuseum
Friday 14 April- Saturday 15 April, 2006
Tulips in Palestine campaign by The Palestinian Museum of Natural
History and Humankind, Flowermarket, Singel 426/528
Saturday 15 April, 20060
2 pm- Distribution of Rembrandhuis Publication by Tilmann Meyer-Faje at
For all events, please RSVP:

Mercury in Retrograde is curated by Defne Ayas (Istanbul), Tessa Giblin
(Auckland), Stefan Rusu, (Chisinau/Bucharest), Laura Schleussner
(Berlin), Angela Serino (Amsterdam), Diana Wiegersma (Barcelona)
Mercury in Retrograde is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de
Kunst and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. The exhibition has also received
support from Antenne de La Haye - Institut Français des
Pays-Bas, Fonds Roberto Cimetta, Ford Foundation, Maison Descartes,
Art School Palestine, Embassy of Israel, Embajada de España, Anything
is Possible, Gerritsen Theatercostuums, LOODS 6, and private
individuals. The Nova Zembla project is co-commissioned by 'Het Nieuwe
 De Appel
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