May 20th, 16:00
A hiking while mapping workshop by Jozua Zaagman: “Why is Eindhoven the Netherlands’ most fascinating city? What is the secret of this inspiring location?”
Open participation: just come and join!
May 23rd, 10:00-18:00
The second A.C.T. Democ[k]racy seminar: on Poetry and Freedom in Eindhoven!
May 30-31 (biennale)
The Book Affair, Venice
Representative: Freek Lomme
Until July 7th, open Saturday’s and Sunday’s 13:00-17:00 and by appointment
OMP84 / Cabinet project
A new installation by David Osbaldeston
In a world where alternative constructions of meaning are seen to evolve through an increasingly pluralised, digitised and mediated present, a new installation by David Osbaldeston (UK) takes established modes of artistic practice as its point of departure. With subtle humour, the legacies of conceptualism, word games, repetition and image recognition are toyed with in a bid to highlight ways in which inherited forms of communication become re-authored.
At first glance, the exhibition consists of a large-scale configuration of several items of locally sourced G-Plan and modern European furniture, arranged as an assemblage on a series of adapted, self-assembly IKEA table units that act as a plinth. Here, this arrangement is primarily intended as a ventriloquistic act or as an evocation of an unseen ghost – the ghost of a pre-existing, yet undefined, avant-garde.
Through a production process that runs counter to efficient modes of image production, five stop-motion animations have been produced from wood-cut prints made from old table tops, projected as integrated objects within and between elements of the assemblage itself. Each animation depicts black and white abstract geometrical shapes in constant spatial movement; each undertakes an exploration of perceptual and actual space. As these wood-derived animations are projected onto the furniture’s surface, the latter becomes a sculptural token of ‘reality’. Allied to the world of things this serves as a re-iteration of the perceived ‘shorthand’ for modernism, bringing inert material to life.
In the same way a sentence is brought to life from a sequence of words to create effective communication. A similar logic could be applied to the process of animation, where each labour intensive frame takes its rightful place in the unfolding of time to produce a narrative. This is especially relevant as each animation contains a text that awkwardly, yet relentlessly, punctuates and disrupts. The text is cryptic and directly addresses the relationship between reading, seeing, and doing, embodying a darkly humorous form of invocation that appears almost hypnotic by the removal of words from the grammar of everyday use.
In light of mercurial advances within communication technology, the combined temporal displacement of recognisable images, objects, things and words appear to take on greater significance; the stability of assumed pre-existing relationships are questioned, and their language begins to fall apart. Yet paradoxically, in acknowledgment of their continued residual power reproduced here – the languages of modernism, abstraction, and conceptualism – their successes or failures, afford a space to take a speculative glance into the folding of past into present, art into life and vice versa.
The exhibition will subsequently be accompanied by a publication designed by Will Holder including a new chapter of his ongoing series The Middle of Nowhere.
David Osbaldeston is represented by Matt’s Gallery, London. He has recently taken part in exhibitions at venues in the UK and internationally, including The Modern Institute, Glasgow; CCA, Glasgow; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-On-Sea; Rijksakademie Van Beeldende Kunsten Open Ateliers, Amsterdam; ICA, London; International Project Space, Birmingham, and EAST International, Norwich.
Parallel Production: SPACES IN BETWEEN: making the invisible visible
Inspired by David Osbaldeston, students from the St. Joost art academy in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL) will work on a project called SPACES IN BETWEEN: making the invisible visible. They will interrogate the relationships between language, text and image, and their removal from grammatical contexts, enabling a re-representation of new unseen relationships. Students will initially develop their works towards a self-organised exhibition at the academy, which will also include works by Osbaldeston. Thereafter, these works will move to Onomatopee for further development to produce a publication launched for the openings on May 25th, 15:00.
Project partner:Art Academy AKV | St.Joost ’s-Hertogenbosch
Curator: Freek Lomme
Graphic design publication: Will Holder
Made possible thanks to: Municipality of ’s-Hertogenbosch, Arts Council England and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge.
Thanks to: the tutors at AKV | St.Joost (Norman Trapman, Florette Dijkstra) and coordinator Leen Bedaux.
OMP 86 / Cabinet Project
The Art Cooperation Transmission Democ[k]racy project brings together seven institutional players, more than forty artists and around thirty researchers. Combining residencies, seminars and exhibitions, “A.C.T.” shifted its base from Rennes (EU) to Eindhoven (EU) and will move to Cluj (EU) and Belgrade (EU).
When artistic practices offer the conditions for emancipation, they define the place and the moment for the implementation of a democratic practice. Establishing a critical and experimental community on Art and Democracy in Europe, gathering over than thirty multidisciplinary researchers, involving many artists and even more students, “A.C.T.” brings you, from January 2012 until June 2014, three seminars and one symposium on education, freedom, urbanism and poetics. Through these themes, the conditions for intellectual and artistic emancipation within European Democ[k]raci[es] will be explored.
The withdrawal into separatist identities which is taking place in many European countries, is an alarming symptom of a crisis of democracy within Europe. The partners of “A.C.T.” choose to promote Art as a critical space in the fundamental debate on the future of Democracy: recognizing the importance of freedom of creation, while questioning the training methods and the anchoring of the artists’ work in social space. This project is passionately in favour of movement, exchange and openness to stimulate free circulation of ideas and artworks and to broaden European cultural life.
A.C.T. Democ(k)racy PARTNERS/HOSTS:
- La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes, France
- Kulturni beograda Center, Belgrade, Serbia
- University of Art and Design in Cluj, Romania
- European School of Arts Bretagne - Rennes, France
- Altart Foundation, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
- Fabrica de Pensule, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
This programme is supported by the European cultural foundation.
Onomatopee’s contribution to the project is supported by the municipality of Eindhoven.
OMP86.1 / Cabinet project
Altart Foundation, Cluj-Napoca (RO) presents, In Onomatopee project space Eindhoven,
in collaboration with La Criée centre d’art contemporain, Rennes (FR), Kulturni Beograda Center Belgrade (SRB), University of Art and Design in Cluj (RO), European School of Arts Bretagne Rennes (FR), Onomatopee Eindhoven (NL) and Fabrica de Pensule Cluj-Napoca (RO),
in the framework of the “A.C.T. Democ[k]racy” project, supported by the European cultural foundation,
the exhibition Occupy UBB.
Some exhibits do bear inherent poetry…. but this does not mean you should start contemplating. You are not here for this. You are more than a passive recipient of hegemonic knowledge produced by our current domination. You are a maker of knowledge, a cultural contributor just as much as anybody. And this is a transformative exhibition. So start making, unmaking and remaking the exhibition. Start this now.
We are hereby exhibiting our stories and objects related to the two week Occupy of the Babeș-Bolyai University of Cluj, Romania (26.03-09.04 2013). The stories are told by us - the community that made the Occupy happen - and are focusing on the collective process of organizing public debates, workshops, formulating claims and negotiating. Alongside with our stories we are exhibiting objects we used during the Occupy.
The opening set of exhibited objects serve only as your gateways to enter the story and be part of the Cluj Occupy. They are connectivity agents. Think about how these objects were extracted from their original habitat and lost some of their "mojo" in the process of exhibiting them here. This is why we need you to re-contextualize, or even better, to trans-contextualize them. Think that objects become productive only when they are being used, given, circulated. So feel free to rearrange objects. Take them home. Use them. Bring them back or don’t. Bring in other objects. And comment on the objects and stories using the available post-its, or any other way you feel like. No opinion is insignificant, no narrative too small.
Just as the exhibited stories reveal power relations, dependencies and solidarities among the Occupiers and beyond, the way you use this exhibition (both stories and objects) should not be mere articulations of pre-coded meanings but hybrid forms of materiality and sociality. Think about how your actions relate you to the Occupy community. This way this exhibition becomes yours and an exhibition about you, too.
After a month we will pack whatever this exhibition has transformed into and exhibit it again in Cluj. In this mediation process the exhibition can develop a contact surface between Eidhoven and Cluj, where participation is becoming social technology and is producing - in the framework of our shared practice of the everyday - common knowledge and common history.
Delegate curator: István Szakáts
A day’s programme on poetry and freedom in a European context, in collaboration with various European partners. The poetry and politics of the language games involved are dealt with by various thinkers, artists and trend watchers.
It will be a lively day in which open discussions, driven by contrasts, will be instrumental to spread out potentialities, in which inspirational films and performances will create novel experiences and in which lectures will provide the necessary premeditated input. In brief: a day challenging the language we use to define our identity.
Films by Nicoline van Harskamp,
lectures by Samuel Vriezen and Joop Hazenberg,
conversations of Uros Djuric and Nick Aikens, Julien Berthier and Joost de Bloois,
a talk on occupy’s poetics by Jimini Hignett, Ana-Maria Mug and Istvan Szakats, and
a performance by Sarah van Lamsweerde.
Thursday, May 23rd, 10:00 – 18:30
RSVP, the number of seats is limited:
Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, auditorium: use back entrance (pink bridge)
From May 15th to May 26th.
Presentation during the opening of the exhibits, May 25th, 15:00
Onomatopee warmly welcomes tutor George Mihnea and student Aliz Patcas from the University of Art and Design (UAD) from Cluj, Romania and tutor Olivier Lebrun with students from the European higher school of art of Brittany – site of Rennes (EESAB), France: Axel Benassis, Clément Carat, Lionel Melin and Paloma Kortsarz.
During 10 days, teachers and students from the UAD and the EESAB questioned the notion of cultural identity in Europe and confronted their practices.
6 French students of the arts department and 6 students of the graphic department made a research into the political visualization of European concerns in artist practices. Their mappings and research has been exhibited in a self-organized show at the art school, in parallel to a produced newspaper.
By producing work and expanding research, the French and Romanian student delegates will expand their research in the Dutch framework. By actively connecting with students here, they will formally and informally push forth to reconfigure Europe’s future. Situated in a open studio space they will work, discuss, participate in workshops and enter field trips. The results will be exhibited during the opening at Onomatopee, may 25th, 15:00 and will be preserved and distributed via a newly, at Onomatopee produced printed insert to the existing newspaper or in a printed form able to resonate independently.
those involved in production of this year’s winning books at the best designed books "An Inquiry into Meaning and Truth" and "Between Forms of Representation and Interpretation".OMP83 / Cabinet project