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Agenda

Opening ’being as becoming’ # 1/2 @ Bus Projects
Bus Projects Melbourne
Wednesday, April 11, 16:00


Exhibition

Onomatopee 160 / Research project
being as becoming
liberating-art and/or liberating art

 

# 1 / 2 – Bus Projects Melbourne April 11 – May 5
Opening Wednesday April 11, 6-8 PM
Featuring artists Sanne Vaassen and Tim Breukers
The artists will be available for conversations every Wednesday from 6 PM. 

# 2 / 2 – Onomatopee Eindhoven
Studio-exhibition September 7 – October 7
static exhibition continuing untill October 28 
Featuring artists Philippine Hoegen and Alex Farrar
The artists are available for conversations every Friday at 6 PM.

being as becoming: liberating-art and/or liberating art is a collaboration between public gallery and publisher Onomatopee (NL) and artist-run space Bus Projects (AU). The project integrates notions of ‘the contemporary’ and aims to assert the added qualities of artistic production in our life. Does art liberate and/or should it be liberated?

In life, we operate with responsibility in our surroundings. As we progress from the here and now of our contemporaneity, we encounter various conditions by chance, conversations, technical opportunities and more. Artistic practice takes off from this practice based responsibility and releases different ensembles of conditions along the organising principles of various creative practitioners, which by offering new expressions bring awareness within the on-going newness of contemporary life and culture.

Fore-fronting this direct contact with our surroundings from within the artistic practice, this project will contest the moral legitimacy of the ethics of modernism in arts and culture, will economically contest the under the invisible hand of monetized artistic circulation, will contest the traditional autonomous viewpoint of artistic practice, and will discuss the liberal agenda of cultural civilization at large.

Devised by Onomatopee’s founding director Freek Lomme in association with Bus Projects director, Channon Goodwin, this endeavour vibrantly incites the independent art spaces and their inhabitants along the living qualities of the practice itself. Pushed by the premises of a thought-experiment, the project will promote dynamics over fixedness, and generate responsible and progressive imagination along various conditions involved, leading up to a more conclusive bundling in the eventual publication. 

Both exhibitions will feature open-studio or residency-like situations, which will be documented in a logbook/diary of causes and consequences written by local critics who follow the artistic process and will be visually recorded and shown by means of a stop-motion camera. At Bus Projects Dutch artists Sanne Vaassen and Tim Breukers will inhabit the space and engage conditions on site. Breukers embraces chance and opportunity in an outgoing, all-embracing manner that challenges ideas on the causality of wonder and opportunity, while Sanne Vaassen gives prominence to the motion of the unremarked, engaging with the fundamental, implicit existence of the natural elements that surround us. The artist will install themselves during the opening of the exhibition and de-install / pack during the finisage, stressing the ongoing dynamics of production and life throughout the show. During both exhibitions visitors can engage in an ongoing on-site correspondence with critics/lecturers Sebastian Olma (writing from NL) and Johanna Drucker (writing from the US). Graphic design for the project will be delivered by Pierre Martin / Vielcazat  (FR); exhibition design by Dave Keune (NL).

– Premises –

- if we understand everyone as an amateur in the dynamic face of progressive and experimental contemporaneity;
- If we understand contingency of opportunity a factor of artistic production;
- if we understand art as a dynamic service, rather than a static object only to be judged through a density of texts;
- if we understand the artistic rendition as a key to understanding art as a push for life;
- if we position the poetic momentum as a dynamic factor in engaging our subjective momentum;
- if we understand this dynamic as an open source of possibilities, rather than a paternalistic causal narrative;
>then how should the viewer engage, how should the art world deliver and how should artists position themselves in this arena?

Credits:

Curator, editor and producer: Freek Lomme
Co-curator at Bus Projects / advisor: Channon Goodwin 
Graphic design: Pierre Martin/ Vielcazat
Exhibition design: Dave Keune
Artists: Sanne Vaassen, Tim Breukers and more to follow
Confirmed contributing critics and writers: Sebasian Olma, Johanna Drucker, Steven ten Thije, Martha Buskirk, Melissa Ratliff.
Made possible thanks to the Mondriaan Fund, the province of Noord-Brabant 
Bus Projects is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria and by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. Bus Projects’ 2017–19 Program is supported by the City of Yarra. Bus Projects is supported by the many artists and arts workers who participate in our programs.

 

Publication
To be released September 2018

 

 







© Onomatopee 2011
graphic design by Pierre Martin
graphic design by Pierre Martin


Tim Breukers involved with that art thing
Tim Breukers involved with that art thing




Arms of Sanne Vaassen during the development of the work ’Currents’
Arms of Sanne Vaassen during the development of the work ’Currents’