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OPPORTUNITY

OPEN CALL FOR AN ARTIST STUDIO RESIDENCY AT DE APPEL (UNDER A CONSTRAINT BY MICHAEL PORTNOY)


Deadline:
Sun Mar 23, 2014 23:59

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dates: 18 April — 15 June, 2014.

In the context of the exhibition ‘Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning?’ (27 April - 15 June, 2014), curated by the participants of de Appel Curatorial Programme, Michael Portnoy is developing a work titled “The Roaster”. The piece consists in him installing another artist in the space of the exhibition for the purpose of relentlessly “roasting” and “improving” all the other works in the show.

We are looking for a highly inventive artist with solid skills in illustration and a fearless sense of humor. The artist will be present during opening hours of the institution, working away in a specially arranged studio space like a crackpot conceptual engineer, or closet comedian, making drawings, sculptures, etc. which skewer and transmute the forms and ideas of the other artworks in the show. Within this frame, the artist will be left to his or her own devices, but will proceed based on periodic prompts from and discussions with Michael Portnoy, pushing the improvements in certain directions. In parts a long-form speculative exercise, themed residency, mentored studio space, and futurological playroom, by the end of the 8 weeks, The Roaster will have generated scores of wild ideas, riffs and projects, high on the fumes of the exhibition he/she has burned.

In this way The Roaster will also become a member of The Improvement League. Assembled and directed by Michael Portnoy, The Improvement League is a think tank of shifting members (formed in 2010) established to “improve” existing breeds of art making by pruning, grafting and hybridizing certain lines of thought, in a kind of conceptual horticulture. More futurology than critique, the League uses the seeds within contemporary forms and approaches as tools for invention. http://www.strangergames.com/The_Improvement_League.html

We offer:

• accommodation at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam, for the duration of the exhibition
• opportunity to work with six curators from all over the world
• an artist’s profile on de Appel’s webpage
• constant exposure of artist’s work at de Appel arts centre throughout the exhibition
• personal assistance in Amsterdam
• a small compensation of living expenses

All applicants please send us a resume, a few samples of your work, and some quick sketches showing 3 different ways to improve the following artwork:

In the middle of a dimly lit room is a cooking pot with squid ink inside. A small light on a stand is pointed at the pot which is being heated by a couple of candles. The ink is slowly evaporating.
(And by improve, we don’t mean one-step operations like making the squid ink blue or heating the pot on an electric stove top, but throw the seeds of this idea through the wringer a few times, skip a few steps, toss out everything that doesn’t make you laugh, combine it with forms and ideas that excite you. Give us not just a new thing, but a new breed of thing.)

Please, send questions and the application to the following email:deroaster@gmail.com.
Deadline for sending applications: March 23, 2014.

About Michael Portnoy:
With a background in dance and experimental comedy, Michael Portnoy switched camps to the field of visual arts around 2006. His performance-based practice is realized in a variety of media, from sculpture, participatory installation and curation, to painting, writing, theater and video. He has presented internationally in such venues as: Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2013); KW Institute for Contemp. Art, Berlin (2013); dOCUMENTA 13, Kassel (2012); Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp (2011); Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam (2011); Taipei Biennial (2010); Centre Pompidou, Paris (2010); de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (2010); CAC, Vilnius (2010); Performa 07, 09, and 11, New York; Kadist Foundation, Paris (2009); Kunstverein, Amsterdam (2009); SculptureCenter, New York (2008); Ibid Projects, London (2008); Kunsthalle Basel (2008); Second Moscow Biennial (2007); and Art Unlimited Basel (2007). His first book, Script Opposition in Late-Model Carrot Jokes, was published in 2011, and he has taught and lectured at The Banff Centre, Bard College, Malmö Art Academy and Goldsmiths. http://www.strangergames.com.

About the exhibition:
The exhibition ‘Father, Can’t You See I’m Burning?’ presents a range of artworks and experiences curated by the six participants of de Appel’s Curatorial Programme: Renata Cervetto (1985, Argentina), Kris Dittel (1983, Slovakia), Lara Khaldi (1982, Palestine), Emma Panza (1985, Italy), Aneta Rostkowska (1979, Poland) and Kate Strain (1983, Ireland). More information: http://deappel.nl/visit/programme/activity/?id=891

About the Curatorial Programme:
Each year de Appel arts centre takes six young curators from all corners of the world under its wings for an intensive professional development programme. Over a period of ten months they are given the opportunity to hone their professional skills in an intensive array of workshops, excursions, practice-related assignments and encounters with artists and art professionals. The programme culminates in a final project curated by the participants.

About de Appel:
De Appel arts centre is an international institution for contemporary art, fulfilling a key role in the arts in Amsterdam and The Netherlands. De Appel arts centre is also an eye-catcher at the international level and serves as a standard for determining relevant trends in contemporary art. De Appel arts centre shows contemporary art in all its forms.

With special thanks to: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy


EVENT

Zarina Bhimji


Dates:
Fri Nov 16, 2012 18:00 - Sun Mar 31, 2013

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

17 Nov 2012 — 31 Mar 2013
de Appel arts centre
Opening: Friday 16 November 18:00 - 21:00 hrs

This winter de Appel arts centre simultaneously presents solo projects by the Belgian photographer/filmmaker Dirk Braeckman and the British artist Zarina Bhimji. Braeckmans sensitive and large-scale photographs in shades of grey do not tell elaborate stories but are charged with an atmosphere which makes them “tick away like time bombs”, in the words of the author Luc Sante. The suggestive force and narrative potential of images are just as essential for Bhimji, whose latest film Yellow Patch (2011) has its Dutch premiere in de Appel arts centre.

In Zarina Bhimji’s work (UGA, 1963) beauty merges with politics and poetry so something new emerges. Her work is characterised by a deliberate use of visual ambiguity. The works reflect spaces, micro details and the light of distant interiors. The location of light is an important and intricate element of Bhimji’s composition. The stillness and suspension of everyday life. The atmosphere is tactile, a moist light. The spaces refer to disconnection, incompleteness and belatedness.

The exhibition develops in two phases: from 16 November 2012 to 3 February de Appel premieres Bhimji's new production Yellow Patch, from 5 February to 31 March de Appel showcases the installation Waiting (2007).

Yellow Patch is Bhimji’s second large film production, co-produced by de Appel arts centre, Outset Contemporary Art Fund, The New Art Gallery Walsall with executive producers Artsadmin. Additional support was provided from Arts Council England, Framestore and individual donors. The 35mm film was entirely shot in India and was inspired by trade and immigration routes across the Indian Ocean. Beautiful close-ups of desolate Haveli palaces and colonial offices in the port of Mumbai are coupled with atmospheric images of the desert and the sea and accompanied by an evocative soundtrack.

Waiting was shot in East-Africa in a factory used to process Sisal and has an abstraction that hovers somewhere between film and painting. The washed-out colour of the hair-like material, the light, and the interior of the factory create a saturated monochrome that, combined with the film's soundtrack, becomes immersive.


OPPORTUNITY

Call for participation: De Appel arts centre Curatorial Programma 2013- 2014


Deadline:
Mon Jan 14, 2013 00:00

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

de Appel Curatorial Programme is seeking for new participants for 2013–2014. Application deadline is January 14, 2013.

“There is an abc-ignorance that precedes knowledge, and there is another learned ignorance that comes after and that is created through ‘knowing’ and that will equally like the first be annihilated and annulled by knowledge.” –Michel de Montaigne [1]

Initiated in 1994 as an in-house international training trajectory for young curators, the Curatorial Programme of de Appel arts centre offers its participants a condensed package of professional encounters, hands-on experiences and skills that can be seen as instruments for the further development of a professional career. Encompassing a wide array of sometimes contrasting voices, the programme pays attention to the various approaches that exist and arise in contemporary curating, thus mapping the dynamic professional field in all its complexity and confusion, its fragmentation and fluidity.

The Curatorial Programme is not a ‘school’: it does not grade or grant study credits, nor does it provide a singular school of thought. Based on a ‘learning by doing’ principle, the programme ‘assigns’ its participants with the collective development of a final project and creates a sub-environment for professional reflection within de Appel arts centre. In 2012-2013 the tutorial team consists of: Floris Alkemade (architect, NL) Liesbeth Bik (visual artist, NL), Ann Demeester (Director, de Appel arts centre; BE/NL) Charles Esche (Director, Van Abbe Museum; UK/NL), Annie Fletcher (curator, IR/NL), Elena Filipovic (curator/writer, US/BE), Ann Goldstein (Director, Stedelijk museum), Henk Slager (philosopher/curator, NL), Lisette Smits (independent researcher / curator, NL), Jan Verwoert (art critic, DE) and Barbara Visser (visual artist, NL). Guest/former teachers over the past years include: Mieke Bal, Teresa Gleadowe, Jan Hoet, Gerardo Mosquera, Simon Sheikh Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ulay, Tirdad Zolghadr, and many others.

Apart from regular sessions with the tutorial team, the programme also offers various excursions (including a research trip to a destination outside of Western Europe), practice-related assignments, and the opportunity to meet with a large number of artists, curators, critics and other international professionals, through thematic seminars, studio visits and other encounters. For more detailed information about the programme, please consult the programme’s website.

Application requirements:
1. A letter of motivation in which you state your personal drive as well as your expectations of the programme.
2. A proposal for a project (maximum 4000 words, approximately 8 pages A4) including concept and location of the project (main focus, explanation of context and relevance), the participating artists (including some image material), a realistic budget, a publicity plan (not mandatory). Please note that this is a hypothetical project to help familiarize the jury with your interests, ideas and curatorial approach.
3. A CV, including an extensive description of your relevant work experience.
4. Two written references of (former) tutors, professors or employers, in English.

On the basis of the submitted documents, twelve candidates will be short-listed. These candidates will be invited to come to Amsterdam in the third week of March for an interview with an international jury, who will select the final six participants of the Curatorial Programme 2013–2014.

Send applications digitally to: cp-application@deappel.nl.
Application deadline: January 14, 2013.

For further information please visit our website or contact:
Moosje Goosen (coordinator)
Nathalie Hartjes (coordinator)
T +31 (0)20 6255651

[1] Translated from Michel de Montaigne, ‘Essaies’ – Over nutteloze vernuftigheden – 2001. Uitgeverij Boom, Amsterdam, p 369.Call for applications: de Appel Curatorial Programme 2013–2014


OPPORTUNITY

Call for new Annlee art works


Deadline:
Wed Aug 15, 2012 18:00

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Call for new Annlee art works

NIMk wants your interpretation of the Annlee project!

NIMk's upcoming exhibition Yes, we're open is -ironically perhaps considering the announcement of NIMk’s closure at the end of the year- all about openness in art. Openness is explored here as a theme and concept but also qua shape. What does openness mean in relation to art in the current (internet) age?

The internet is considered a free medium through which people are able to find, spread and re-mix information, but at the same time this freedom is limited by boundaries like copyright laws which have become increasingly complicated and prominent. How does this influence artists? To what extent are artworks open to interpretation and intervention?

The No ghost, just a shell project can be called a kind of 'open artwork'. In 1999, the artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno bought a manga character from “K” works, a Japanese firm that develops Manga figures. Huyghe and Parreno decided to 'free the image from the animation market', named 'her' Annlee, made their own initial works and invited other artists to use Annlee for new art projects, free of charge. Annlee was given a voice, history and an identity and she popped up in animation videos, paintings, objects, installations, posters and a magazine, soundworks and a book. In the end 28 works were produced by 18 different artists. The project was finalized in 2002 with the artists definitively killing her off (including a coffin) and liberating her from the realm of representation -as they described it- by signing over the copyrights of the image to Annlee herself.

Is this really the end? Is Annlee dead, truly free, or both? Copyright was used explicitly to lock up an appropriated image that has the potential to flow freely as an open art work. Annlee has disappeared as an image, but not as an entity that can be discussed and talked about or as a subject for new artworks. A decade after the project came to an end, NIMk invites you to respond to the Annlee project 'unofficially' and hopes to open up the character to new art pieces. As Philippe Parreno suggested: “the project doesn't stop in the absence of Annlee, it can always produce more authors.” We look forward to your input, ideas and brand new artworks!

They can be uploaded onto the blog dedicated to this 'Annlee @ NIMk' project annlee.nimk.nl. The blog will be shown in the exhibition Yes, we're open from June 1st to mid August.

USER INFO
http://nimk.nl/blog/annlee/wp-admin/
user: gast
password: welkom

For inspiration and more information about the manga character and project go to:
http://www.noghostjustashell.com/
http://www.airdeparis.com/pann2.htm

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The Netherlands
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EVENT

The Source


Dates:
Wed May 09, 2012 18:30 - Mon Jun 25, 2012

Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands

NIMk presents The Source
with Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand, Paul Prudence and Francisco López.

On the interactions of extraterrestrial light with the atmosphere and biosphere an exhibition and a meeting of Synergetica: Art-Science Society

Exhibition opening: Wednesday, May 9th, 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

With Synergetica - lectures and performance: May 9th, 7:30PM to 9:00PM
During the opening Dr. Raoul Frese will give a special presentation about artificial photosynthesis by biophysicist. There will also be a presentation by Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand. Evelina Domnitch en Dmitry Gelfand will activate the particle chamber during the opening. This installation will only go live once a week (on Saturdays), due to a limited supply of liquid nitrogen.

Opening hours exhibition: Tuesday through Friday 11 am - 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

The phenomenon of light can, due to current scientific progress, become the new tool for the new artist. - Marcel Duchamp

Both the messenger and the message, both particle and wave, extraterrestrial light carries information about the entire universe into the eye of the beholder. As it unfolds into all the diverse structures of matter, eventually breathing life into some of them, light shapes its environment, and in turn, the environment reshapes light. Mastering this two-way tuning process can lead to ‘enlightenment’, as exemplified by recent breakthroughs in artificial photosynthesis, a nearly lossless translation of sunlight into bio-solar fuel. Earthbound solar, galactic and interstellar radiation can also be aesthetically harnessed to procure the optimal fuel for the human imagination. The Source reveals extraterrestrial light as an inexhaustible muse as well as a wellspring of clean energy for Earth’s inhabitants. Part of StudioLab, an EU art-science initiative, The Source will open with a presentation about artificial photosynthesis by biophysicist, Raoul Frese (VU, Amsterdam). Researching photosynthesis at the supramolecular level, Frese implements photosynthetic bio-polymers in hybrid solar cells and mimics photosynthesis using synthetic molecular compounds. “Every 90 minutes, the sun radiates an amount of energy equal to the annual consumption of the world population. By the process of photosynthesis, plants, algae and certain bacterial species have mastered the direct utilization of this energy to power their metabolism. Now we must learn from the natural process. (R. Frese)”.

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec’s installation, Virtual Hole - Sun 1:1 (2011) invites audiences to experience the Sun’s intricate radiance through a full-spectrum indoor simulation, occurring synchronously with the ever-changing sunlight directly outside the exhibition space. A sensor on the roof of the building feeds the amplitude, color temperature and diffusion of sunlight into a synthetic environment that analyzes and mirrors these subtleties. One’s architectural confines are intended to dissolve, allowing the immaterial, transitory surroundings to saturate the dwelling.

In Evelina Domnitch and Dmitry Gelfand’s Memory Vapor (2011), visitors will encounter another kind of extraterrestrial light, a ubiquitous cascade of subatomic particles, known as cosmic rays. Customarily beyond the reach of the senses, ionized nuclei, protons, electrons, as well as more exotic antiprotons and gamma-ray bursts continuously arrive to Earth from outer space. Most of this subatomic cascade does not even originate in the solar system, but from within our galaxy, and the fastest, highest energy particles are likely catapulted from extragalactic supernovas or active black holes. Within the low temperature gas (-200 °C) of the Memory Vapor installation, these cosmic rays are rendered visible as they are trailed by threads of condensation droplets. A white laser sheet scans and illuminates the emerging droplets, transforming the gas into a dynamic prism that vastly extends the spatio-temporal perception of particle trajectories.

Bioacoustic Phenomena (2010) immerses audiences in the primordial waters where light-imbued matter first came to life. A collaboration between generative video artist Paul Prudence and composerbiologist Francisco López, this audiovisual installation imagines the delicate cellular dynamics that marked the inauguration of the biosphere. Akin to the subatomic particles in Memory Vapor, specifically evolving entities come in and out of existence, sparking a sense of the thin line dividing living and inanimate matter. Each of these artworks brings into focus the invisible source of it all, and the foundation of all visibility.

This exhibition is part of Studiolab, an EU art-science initiative, and is hosted by the Netherlands Instituut voor Mediakunst with the generous support of the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, EU 7th Framework Programme, European Cultural Foundation, Kapelica Gallery/ Zavod K6/4, Zavod Projekt ATOL, Stichting Optofonica, Ministry of Culture Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana, Mondriaan Fonds - Amsterdam, GAVITA Holland BV, Ocean Optics, Hans Graafmans - Lightco Nederland BV.

Studiolab is a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist's studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a European network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design. Through a synergistic network, Studiolab is inspiring new approaches to environmental, technological and social challenges and providing a template for innovative art science collaborations. Studiolab involves interaction between 13 leading centres of scientific research, artistic excellence and experimental design accross 12 European countries. These partners are collaborating and working with world leading scientists, artists, and designers to pilot projects using integrated processes of incubation, education and public engagement. www.studiolabproject.eu/

Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SI/NL) is an artist and musician based in Amsterdam, working with invisible ephemeral phenomena and the notion of space. His artistic practice is a poetic exploration of relationships between transitory and temporal flows like sound and weather phenomena and architectural and social spaces they inhabit. In his installations, he makes architecture sensitive to its immediate ephemeral surroundings and enhances the temporal dimension of architecture by creating situations where the outside and inside, the unpredictable and constructed, the permanent and temporal converse. His works encompass interdisciplinary and mixed media installations, sound interventions in public spaces and electro acoustic music. His works were shown and performed in various art galleries, museums and music festivals internationally.
Among others: Kapelica Gallery - Ljubljana, Public Space With a Roof Gallery (PSWAR) - Amsterdam, Ars Electronica - Linz - Austria, Museum of Modern Art - Ljubljana, AV Festival - Newcastle Upon Tyne, SKUC Gallery - Ljubljana, Madrid Abierto - Madrid, Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam, … In 2010 his work Virtual Mirror - Rain got awarded Hybrid Arts Honorary Mention at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria. http://www.taogvs.org/

Dr. Raoul Frese is an assistant professor in biophysics at the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in the Faculty of Science at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Dr. Frese graduated in experimental physics at the University of Amsterdam in 1995. Since, he has researched natural photosynthesis on the molecular and supramolecular level. Recently he has gained major funding from the Dutch science organization NWO for his research on ‘Nanoscale Photovoltaics and Photochemistry on Biosolar Cells’. The goal of his research is to enhance or redirect photosynthetic performance and to create solar-to-fuel energy cells. http://www.few.vu.nl/~frese/Raoul.html

Dmitry Gelfand and Evelina Domnitch create sensory immersion environments that merge physics, chemistry and computer science with uncanny philosophical practices. Current findings, particularly in the domain of mesoscopics, are employed by the artists to investigate questions of perception and perpetuity. Having dismissed the use of recording media, their works exist as ever-transforming phenomena offered for observation. In order to unveil these quantum processes, the duo has collaborated with numerous scientific research facilities, including the Drittes Physikalisches Institut (Goettingen University, Germany), the Institute of Advanced Sciences and Technologies (Japan), Ricso Lab (Russia) and the Vrije Universiteit (Amsterdam). They are recipients of the Japan Media Arts Excellence Prize (2007), and three Ars Electronica Honorary Mentions (2007, 2009, 2011). http://portablepalace.com/

Paul Prudence is a audio-visual performer and installation artist working with computational, algorithmic and generative environments. His work, which had been shown internationally, focuses on the ways in which sound, space and form can be cross wired to create live-cinematic visual-music experiences. He is also interested in data visualisation techniques, process-based environments and emergent systems. Paul maintains the research weblog Dataisnature in which he writes about the interrelationships between natural processes, computational systems and procedural-based art practices. Dataisnature has been used on a number of academic course syllabus's worldwide. http://www.transphormetic.com/

Francisco López is internationally recognized as one of the major figures of the sound art and experimental music scene. Over the past 30 years he has developed an astonishing sonic universe, absolutely personal and iconoclastic, based on a profound listening of the world. Destroying boundaries between industrial sounds and wilderness sound environments, shifting with passion from the limits of perception to the most dreadful abyss of sonic power, proposing a blind, profound and transcendental listening, freed from the imperatives of knowledge and open to sensory and spiritual expansion.
He has realized hundreds of concerts, projects with field recordings, workshops and sound installations in over 60 countries of the five continents. His extensive catalog of sound pieces (with live and studio collaborations with over 150 international artists) has been released by more than 250 record labels worldwide. He has been awarded three times with honorary mentions at the competition of Ars Electronica Festival and is the recipient of the Qwartz Award 2010 for best sound anthology. http://www.franciscolopez.net/

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1016 EV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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F 020 6244423
http://www.nimk.nl

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