08 May 2007

Recyclage De Brakke Grond

SATURDAY 21.04.07 TO SUNDAY 27.05.07
Toine Klaassen, Ives Maes, Dirk van Lieshout, Kris Vleeschouwer

Such luxury! An artist who loses track of things for you. Or, on the contrary, do you find them again? Toine Klaassen himself, for one, is not averse to a bit of paradox in his Laboratorium Voor Hedendaagse Archeologie (Laboratory for Contemporary Archaeology). Among a collection of boxes and rubbish he shows his films which in a context like this one, would seem meaningful. But is that not always the point? Toine Klaassen believes in experiments because… for him it is the only way. Will you loose track with him?

In 2003 Ives Maes started on his Recyclable Refugee Camp project, an ironic proposal for bio-degradable housing units. It is composed of different organic structures such as shelters, latrines and water-wells built along the norms of the UNHCR, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees). For P.R.I.V.A.C.Y. he developed a simple modular system of cardboard boxes that can be assembled into small private units so that even in refugee camps privacy becomes possible. The separate parts of the system are not only re-cyclable, but also easily and quickly transported, assembled and disassembled.

But Ives Maes emphatically situates his pressing mental exercise about ecology and the refugee problem within the non-functionalistic free haven of an autonomous art practice. Seemingly ethical and committed art as the expression of a radical, anti-social form of acumen.

Dirk van Lieshout works with scale-models, video and installations. His works ‘serve’, among other things, as instruments to investigate the public space. With Billboardscape he evokes a temporary encampment, layer upon layer, projection upon projection, so that original meanings disappear. Each billboard had its own meaning, but Dirk van Lieshout plays on the disconnection of meaning, and thus creates new stories. By taking these billboards out of their urban environment, he also tries to safeguard the city from such visual violence. Objects in the installation run along a fixed track along a pre-programmed route.

Kris Vleeschouwer causes the visitors to be on their guard. Time and space continually interlink in his ingenious installations. And this happens in a coincidental, haphazard and blind-folded way, entirely outside the spectators’ grasp. The only certainty the spectator has, is that something is about to happen. But where, and when, and how, and why....

In Glass Works (zie picture), too, the spectator’s experience is in the hands of a distant coincidence. A tall rack with 10,000 glass jars and bottles is connected to five bottle banks in the area. Every time somebody throws a bottle into the bottle bank, one item falls off the rack.

On the occasion of Recyclage De Brakke Grond spares no expense on Friday 18.05.07 and Saturday 19.05.07 with a multi-disciplinary, live, two-day event, in which literally all the senses will be addressed.

Both evenings you can enjoy the gastronomic recycling of Irma Firma’s tasteful views on an Eetbaar Amsterdam (Edible Amsterdam): straight from the canal or the flower-bed on to your plate. Sara Van Hee, Julie Van den Berghe, An De Ridder, Stef Meul, Benny Ceuppens and Lucas De Man all lead double lives. Besides being free-lance receptionists at De Brakke Grond they are students at the Theaterschool in Amsterdam. With theatre, performance and dance they will be doing their own thing with the artworks in the exhibition. More visual fun is to be had in the ‘found footage films’ by video and film maker Karen Vanderborght. And in collaboration with art magazine Mister Motley we will be giving you, too, food for thought.

But no two evenings are the same in De Brakke Grond. On 18.05.07 we will be joining forces with Brussels’ trendiest vintage boutique Idiz Bogam for a genuine fashion happening. Your own wardrobe, too, deserves a star part: bring your own vintage item of clothing and our couturiers will work magic with it, turning it on the spot into a real design piece. On 19.05.07 we will clip you round the ears and eyes with Teufelsberg, a unique film concert by Jean Delouvroy and Johannes Braun. Contemporary classical, adventurous electronics and live VJ image mixing merge into a compact reflection, full of character, on the recyclability of a mythical rubbish-mountain in Berlin. The artist, VJ and film maker Johannes Braun is one of the driving forces of the Berlin media collective JUTOJO. Composer/musician Jean Delouvroy wins prizes with contemporary classical compositions, writes soundtracks for dance performances and films, and gives regular solo concerts with experimental sets of electronics. Guest musician is the violinist Paul Klinck.

SATURDAY 21.04.07 TO SUNDAY 27.05.07
OPENING FRIDAY 20.04.07 7 p.m.
OPENING HOURS MONDAY 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
TUESDAY TO FRIDAY 10 a.m. – 8.30 p.m.
SATURDAY 1 p.m. – 8.30 p.m.
SUNDAY 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

FRIDAY 18.05.07 AND SATURDAY 19.05.07

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