'From one place to another: placing, moving, adjusting, situating, transforming. Work in situ.' (Daniel Buren)
Since 2012 Kunstvlaai no longer has a fixed location, which means that the architectural context also defines the specific content of every edition. The Amstelpark will maintain its function as a public, green space and will facilitate various spatial interventions from participating initiatives. For these interventions initiatives are selected that address and critically engage with the use of space and modes of presentation.
The Amstelpark differs from earlier locations like the Westergasfabriek terrain and the empty Sint Nicolaas Lyceum because it is a park that is already 'complete' in its public function. This gives Kunstvlaai the challenge to relate to this outside space, as opposed to filling an empty space with art and activities.
To see the locations of the participants in the Amstelpark click here.
Spaces in Dialogue is a themed programme of round-table discussions that will be held during the Kunstvlaai.
It will take place in Het Glazen Huis, one of the original pavilions in the Amstelpark. In line with the general concept of the Kunstvlaai, the central theme of Spaces in Dialogue revolves around the varied and experimental ways in which initiatives engage with space and ways of presentation. The speakers are associated with the art(ist-run) initiatives themselves. Every day has a specific theme, respectively Space and Context, The Positioning of The Art(ist-Run) Initiative and The Different Manifestations of The Art(ist-Run) Initiative.
Spaces in Dialogue takes place on May 23, 24 and 25 from 14:00h – 17:00h and 18:30h – 21:00h.
Entrance fee: 5 euro (afternoon or evening session) / 7,50 euro (full day)
Students: full day + diner: 15 euro
During the Kunstvlaai pavilion the Orangerie will host a Pop-up Bookshop. Publications by every participating initiative will be for sale. Art Bookshops San Serriffe (Amsterdam) and PrintRoom (Rotterdam) are invited to show a promising selection of their publications. Platform BK will present their 'Art Landscape' - an ongoing project that provides information about Dutch initiatives. Our Pop-up Bookshop sells the Kunstvlaai multiples, made by artists Frank Koolen, Rory Pilgrim and Freek Wambacq too.
Open daily from 12:00h - 20:00h.
We hope to see you on Wednesday, May 21 from 18.00 to 22.00 hrs at Amstelpark in Amsterdam-Zuid. At 18.30 hrs, Kunstvlaai will be officially opened with words and music. The Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht gives an unofficial tour along the spatial interventions in the park. Oedipus Festivlaai serves food and drinks. The Red Bridge serves as the main entrance to Kunstvlaai.
A discussion between initiatives that structurally engage with public space. Moderator: Saskia van der Kroef
initiatives: Bec Zmiana, Expodium, Partizaning, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V
A selection of works by Lithuanian artists compiled by The Gardens, Vilnius:
*Antanas Gerlikas - A Walk, 2011
*Antanas Gerlikas and Gedminas Akstinas - Untitled, 2013
*Marija Olšauskaitė and Petras Olšauskas - Music video, 2014
(Music: Vasillus, Jokūbas, Trust)
*Gintaras Didžiapetris and Liudvikas Buklys - Korumpas, 2013
Various initiatives do not only consist of an exhibition space, but also function as a publishing house, as a sales point for editions, as a studio complex etc. Moderator: Jesse van Winden
initiatives: Onomatopee, PrintRoom, San Serriffe, deSERVICEGARAGE, Wilson Project Space
Initiatives that commission and produce new work and develop alternative approaches to production and exhibition formats. Moderator: Nathalie Hartjes
initiatives: Askeaton Contemporary Arts, HotelMariaKapel, Lokaal01, The Barber Shop
'In Memoriam Bart Vegter' was compiled in 2012 in honor of this important Rotterdam experimental filmmaker who died in 2011.
With works by Bart Vegter - René Adema - Jiri van Dalen - Joost van Veen - Coen Janssen - Klaus -Wyborny - Karel Doing - Jesse Franzen - Joost Rekveld - Dirk de Bruyn - Marcus Bergner
Fiona Larkin's project Wolfs Den is a work in progress, comprising of a series of actions, interventions and group engagement. It consists of a collection of second-hand jackets that can be worn by participants and visitors of Kunstvlaai.
initiatives: Askeaton Contemporary Arts
Moderator: Noor Mertens
initiatives: Platform BK, NICC, De Zaak Nu, Die Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Kunstvereine, The Naked
How to deal with structural and occasional financial support, membership, other ways of generating income and being (in)dependent. Moderator: Kate Strain
initiatives: Upominki, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz e.V, Apice for Artists
Every initiative functions in a very specific way and often from a local context. It's impossible to engage the complete scope of every organisation within Kunstvlaai, but this context could be addressed in another way, namely via a database of art(ist-run) initiatives. During this round-table discussion, we would like to talk about a Dutch or international database in the future: the (im)possibilities, benefits and do's and don'ts. Everyone is invited to join in on this discussion. Moderator: Noor Mertens
What happens when the initiative ceases to exist? How to preserve acquired knowledge and the archive? Moderator: Noor Mertens
initiatives: P.ART of your life/Safe, HTV de IJsberg, Artis
red shoes | SOME SHOES is an organisation that produces and disseminates films by contemporary artists.
How dangerous is it to afford the "flatness" of a billboard.
*PROLOGUE & EPILOGUE :WATP (We are the Painters) - Paint for Hochwechsel (Austria)
*Pierre Paulin – Quelques images de mes fichiers
*Chloé Maillet & Louise Hervé - The wall that bleeds (1)
*Gaëlle Boucand – Alpes 500-3000m / 1970-2010
*Clarisse Hahn - Guerilla, from the serie 'Our body is a weapon'
(1) The wall that bleeds is an installation usually screened next to curtains with motifs, better yellow ones, or, in some other cases, next to a decorative furniture.
A round-table discussion organised by Partizaning, with Dutch public artist Harmen de Hoop in dialogue with Partizaning's Shriya Malhotra and Anton Polsky/MAKE. Drawing from their own experiences and collective practices in the context of the Netherlands and contemporary Russia, they will aim to answer these questions: does art-activism work? What are its effects and results? And where, how and why has it worked in the past? Their talk will situate their own/collective work in a historical context, and revolve around issues like the impact of space and context on these actions.
A round-table discussion organised by Partizaning, with Roel van Duijn (Provo), Shriya Malhotra and Anton Polsky aka MAKE.
PAE (Performance Art Event) has invited the Amsterdam based artists Piet Langeveld & Jacques van Poppel to create a performance art work at the Kunstvlaai. In this first collaboration called "Clown Pino is blij" they will perform a series of short actions at unexpected moments on different locations in the park. The performance will start somewhere around het Glazen Huis and lasts until 17:00 hrs.
Expodium organizes a series of informal strolls in Amstelpark and invites you to view the park as a metaphor for sustainable design. Expodium will associate the park’s history with the organization’s transition from a foundation to a collective.
- Expodium's walk starts at the Glazen Huis.
PAE (Performance Art Event) has invited the Amsterdam based artist Marieke Warmelink to create a performance art work at the Kunstvlaai. As the ‘MAN IN PAK’ she invites the audience in the ‘Glazen Huis’ to search for an alternative form of governance, a participatory performance where storytelling, lecture, video and installation transform into an engaging experience. - Het Glazen Huis, 25 minutes.