Mariana Castillo Deball
gerlach en koop
Flavia Muller Medeiros
Radim Pesko & Louis Luthi
The Faculty of Invisibility
Final project by de Appel's Curatorial Programme 07/08. An exhibition inspired by the presence of a second-hand shop in the heart of a heavily designed, new suburban development in the Netherlands (Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht). In this shop residents and people visiting the area drop off their old belongings and attain new ones, participating in the circulation of objects and the stories they hold.
Participating artists: Agency (BE), Mariana Castillo Deball (MX/DE), Ricardo Cuevas (MX), Gintaras Didziapetris (LT), Geoffrey Farmer (CAN), Victoria Fu (US), Dora García (ES/BE), Noa Giniger (IL/NL), gerlach en koop (NL), Július Koller (SK), Gabriel Kuri (MX/BE), Nick Mangan (AU/DE), Flávia Müller Medeiros (UK) and Irka (BY/LT), Radim Peško & Louis Lüthi (NL), Sandy Plotnikoff (CAN), Michael Rakowitz (US), Simon Starling (UK), Michael Stevenson (NZ/DE), The Faculty of Invisibility and others.
Every year de Appel arts centre selects young curators from different cultural backgrounds to participate in a Curatorial Programme (CP) in Amsterdam. “Master Humphrey’s Clock” is the final project by de Appel’s CP 07/08* created for the new suburban location of Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht, the Netherlands. The main exhibition venue is Het Gebouw; a pavilion designed by Dutch conceptual artist Stanley Brouwn and architect Bertus Mulder (commissioned by BEYOND: the long-term art project for Leidsche Rijn). Part of the project will take place in The Shadow Cabinet, an exhibition space at de Appel.
"Master Humphrey’s Clock" is an exhibition inspired by the presence of a second-hand shop in the heart of a heavily designed, new suburban development in the Netherlands (Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht). In this shop residents and people visiting the area drop off their old belongings and attain new ones, participating in the circulation of objects and the stories they hold.
The project’s title is borrowed from Charles Dickens’ “Master Humphrey’s Clock” (1840-41), a periodical that presents a variety of stories through the narrative of one character: the elderly Master Humphrey, and his treasure of manuscripts. Part of this serial publication was later transformed into a novel called “The Old Curiosity Shop” (1841). The participants of the CP 07/08 found the story on a bookshelf in the second-hand shop in Leidsche Rijn.
*The participants of this year’s installment of the course, and curators of "Master Humphrey’s Clock", are Yulia Aksenova (RF), Jesse Birch (CA), Sarah Farrar (NZ), Inti Guerrero (CO) and Virginija Januskeviciute (LT).
On the occasion of "Master Humphrey’s Clock", two publications will be released:
The first publication is "F.R. DAVID – The Book of Intentions", which will be launched on the opening. F.R. DAVID is a journal published bi-annually by de Appel that focuses on the 'status' of writing in contemporary art practice. The fourth issue, "F.R. DAVID, The Book of Intentions", is hijacked by the curators of "Master Humphrey's Clock" as one of the sites of the project. The Book of Intentions includes works by Ricardo Cuevas, Noa Giniger, Gabriel Kuri and Michael Stevenson.
The second publication, "Index", will register all the works of the project and will be published in summer 2008. Both publications will distributed internationally by Idea Books and will be available for sale at de Appel arts centre and other bookstores worldwide. During the time of the exhibition F.R. DAVID-The Book of Intentions will also be available for sale at Het Gebouw (Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht).
On the opening day, Sunday 11 May 2008 at 2pm
Free buses from Art Amsterdam-RAI to Leidsche Rijn (and back)
In collaboration with Close Connections (Stedelijk Museum Bureau) and Tijdelijk Museum Amsterdam. Reservation required via: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday 16 May 2008: "Locating the Producers"
A seminar of case studies on the commissioning of place-based contemporary art works. In collaboration with curator Paul O'Neill (UK) and the "Situations”- programme at the University of the West of England in Bristol (www.situations.org.uk).
With: Jeanne van Heeswijk, (NL, artist) Mick Wilson (Director Gradcam, Dublin), Jonathan Banks (Director IXIA – UK National Public Art Think-Tank), Tom van Gestel (Artistic Director SKOR:Foundation Art and Public Space) and Liesbeth Bik (artist, Bikvanderpol).
For press enquiries please contact:
Lise van Zaalen (Dutch) and Inti Guerrero (English)
Tel: +31(0)20 6255651
Fax: +31(0)20 622521
Opening: Sunday 11 May 2008, 3pm
at Het Gebouw by Stanley Brouwn & Bertus Mulder
Hogeweide 3B, Leidsche Rijn, Utrecht
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat - Amsterdam