Identity and time

Who am I? It’s a question most of us have asked ourselves at least once in our lifetime. We are trying to identify ourselves and consequently relate to our environment. This mental process is the subject of the film History’s Future by Fiona Tan. It features a man (Mark O’Halloran) who literally does not know who he is due to memory loss caused by being beat up. The movie shows him traveling and taking on different personalities which lead him into diverse situations.

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In search for my religion

In the history of art religion has played a major role. In Western Europe for example, artists mostly received commissions from the Church and their subjects were often biblical. Today religion seems to have vanished in art, or at least it is being criticized. The current exhibition ‘I am closer to you than your very self’ at Nest shows otherwise, it presents artworks by three artists with a religious background. Nest invited the artists to examine the significance of their religion in their art and life.

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Inside out

The digital age we live in is characterized by the collection of large quantities of data; subsequently artists are examining this practice in their artworks. In doing so they are creating a platform to think about what the assembly of all this information signifies for each individual.
Lisa Park (1987) is an artist who compiles data using biofeedback devices*. In her most recent work she is concerned with externalizing her inner state. She uses an EEG headset to measure her brain activity, the data of which are being translated into sound and movement.

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Migration in another light

The Rotterdam neighborhood of Spangen holds a small treasure in its midst, located in the remarkable Justus van Effen-complex you will find A Tale of a Tub*. In a modest exhibition space this organization ‘explores alternative modes for the development and presentation of contemporary art’, as is explained on their website. Accordingly their space functions as a platform for research and discussion.

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Step into a new world

The work of Kees de Goede (1954) never held a particular interest for me until I came across his exhibition in De Pont Museum. Kees de Goede is a Dutch artist who transforms his encounters with and his astonishment of the world around him into abstract paintings. Nature is an important source of inspiration for De Goede, so much so that he even integrates parts of it in his work. Examples of this are his canvasses stretched over a support of branches, which at several places almost appear to pierce through the linen. This method adds an illusory kind of movement to the artwork, as if a being tries to come out from the other side of the painting. Some of these works actually have a hole in the center, which contradicts the impression by reveiling there is nothing behind the linen.

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Rose Goehring at AT388

Sunday September 9 – AT388 in Rotterdam was the space for a small gathering on account of the opening of the new exhibition of works by Rose Goehring. Her work is shown in combination with works by Fernando Rosas and Santiago Garcia Pilotto. AT388 is owned by Jules Woei-a-Tsoi and Dick Reinders, who wanted to create a space for the art they love. On their website it reads that they want to show mostly Argentinian artists, but also like to confront these works with temporary exhibitions by Dutch artists. Rose Goehring is one of these Dutch artists.

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