26 March till 7 May 2015

There’s more place for pathos in literature

Interview by Marian Cousijn

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4th May 2015, a sunny spring day. The Netherlands commemorates the Second World War, and in Kunsthuis SYB Pieter Paul Pothoven presents the budding start to the ‘lengthy writing project’ – he refrains from calling it a novel – that he’s been working on these last few weeks. Bathing in the last rays of sunshine […]

16 till 19 April 2015

SUPERMARKET 2015

Tina Helen, Soren Thilo Funder

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Kunsthuis SYB will be represented at the independent art fair SUPERMARKET in Stockholm. Supermarket is an international artist-run art fair for artist-run galleries and other artists’ initiatives. The goal of SUPERMARKET, is to provide a showcase for artists’ initiatives from all over the world and to create opportunities for new networks in the Swedish as […]

26 March till 7 May 2015

DE FAMILIE KOOL

Residency Pieter Paul Pothoven

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Think of the resistance in the Second World War. How many of the images that now spring to mind come from a Dutch film or from an exhibition you once saw in one of the 25 national war and resistance museums? An entire generation has grown up with images of the war and the resistance that have been […]

9 till 22 March 2015

KUHNTRADICTIONS

Academie Minerva

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Opening: Friday the 13th of March, 20:00h. Exhibition: 14-22 March 13:00-17:00h. During the Kuhntradictions project, a co-operation with Academie Minerva, Groningen. Kunsthuis SYB will function as a laboratory for thought experiments and strategies on how abstract conceptual material can be a point of departure for the production of art works. Imagine you place a cat […]

23 February 2015

NIEUWE VORMGEVER SYB

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SYB has a new graphic designer. We would like to introduce him: Maarten van Maanen (Leiden, 1975) lives and works in Amsterdam. He received his BA in Audiovisual Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (1999) and studied type design and typography at the Royal Institute of Art in The Hague (2001-2002). Maarten […]

10 till 10 February 2015

INTERVIEWS ONLINE

Conversations Vincent van Velsen, Marianna Liosi, Angela Serino, Alessandra Saviotti

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There is much to say about the project WHEN SPECTATORS WORK, WORKERS OBSERVE… We let the curators and artists speak for themselves in two interviews, both in English). For the conversation they had with Angela Serino, curator and former member of SYB’s Programming Committee, click here for the one by Vincent van Velsen, former writer in SYB’s Writer’s Programme, and new […]

15 November 2014 till 6 January 2015

INTERVIEW WITH MARIANNA LIOSI AND ALESSANDRA SAVIOTTI

Interview by Vincent van Velsen

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You might also be interested in the interview by Angela Serino The curators and the artists showed an overview of the research process that they developed during their stay at the residency. Apparent were traces of individual reflections as well as of the collaborative work with the guests and the audience, next to diagrams on […]

When spectators work, workers observe

a collective/polyphonic interview by Angela Serino

In this attempt to analyze what it is that we mean when we talk of artistic production and its relation to the condition of being in a residency, the new ‘temporary’ collective looked back at the previous use of SYB house as a candy factory and used this information as a starting point of their investigation.

1 January 2015

PROGRAMMERINGS-COMMISSIE VERNIEUWD

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We started 2015 with a partly renewed Programming Committee. The old committee recently saw three seats vacated: Maritt Kuipers to our delight became SYB’s new artistic director in October and Arjen de Leeuw and Angela Serino left SYB in December. Starting 2015, current members Noor Nuyten and Timmy van Zoelen will be joined by the […]

20 December 2014

Final presentation WHEN SPECTATORS WORK…

Marianna Liosi, Alessandra Saviotti

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Saturday 20th December at 3 pm the final presentation of the six weeks long residency project When spectators work, workers observe – The beginning is the last part to be created will take place at Kunsthuis SYB. The curators and the artists will show an overview of the research process developed through the setting up of […]

15 November 2014 till 6 January 2015

WHEN SPECTATORS WORK, WORKERS OBSERVE – THE BEGINNING IS THE LAST PART TO BE CREATED

Residency Marianna Liosi, Alessandra Saviotti

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IN COLLABORATION WITH MARCEL DICKHAGE AND CATHLEEN SCHUSTER FINAL PRESENTATION: DECEMBER 20th   The cinema museum in Lyon is housed in the Lumière brothers’ old film factory; DIA: Beacon in New York resides in a building where biscuit tin labels used to be printed; WIELS is situated in a former brewery in Brussels; and Kunsthuis […]

10 October till 13 November 2014

THE PARADOX OF LAZINESS

Review by Vincent van Velsen

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What happens when you bring together two artists who deal with the interface between art and life? During their residency, Rumiko Hagiware and Mounira al Solh investigated the contemporary meaning of laziness. They studied texts on this subject, searched for ways to be lazy, and spoke with many people about the subject. They filmed the […]

10 October till 13 November 2014

IN PRAISE OF LAZINESS

Residency Rumiko Hagiwara, Mounira Al Solh

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FINAL PRESENTATION: Saturday 8 November, 2 to 5 PM A presentation of all the materials collected so far, text, images and film footage. With foods and drinks and some tools to be in a lazy state all together. “Six days you shall labour, and do all your work.” That’s how it’s written in the ten […]

27 August till 8 October 2014

THE WAXING AND WANING OF AN AMPUTATED LEAF

Review by Anne van Leeuwen

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Each plant has its own sound. A leaf tears apart and rustles between your fingers: the soft cracking of its veins, alternated by the laceration of its fleshy cellulose, produces a characteristic, almost pleasant sound. The mutilation of plants comes natural to us. It is part of a process of construction through destruction that lies […]

27 August till 8 October 2014

DJIP YN IT OERWALD – DIEP IN DE JUNGLE

Sara Bjarland, Christine Bax, Alexandra Duvekot

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A jungle is a tropical wilderness according to the Van Dale’s Great Dictionary of the Dutch Language. However, a jungle can also refer to a complex entity of rules and connections dominated by the law of the fittest, as in an ‘urban jungle’. There is no word for jungle in Frisian; a tropical wilderness in […]

14 July till 24 August 2014

EXTREME LIVES

Paula Müller, Jelena Andjelovski

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Jelena Andjelovski and Paula Müller met in December 2013 in Zagreb. The two artists were invited to interact in the frame of a workshop for Pogon Jedinstvo, together with other artists from Serbia, Croatia and Germany. They discovered their shared interest for the message that lies between language and image and decided to work together. […]

15 June till 13 July 2014

MEASURING FRISIANS AS ART

Review by Marian Cousijn

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Three Man High is the outcome of the summer residency by Søren Thilo Funder and Tina Helen at Kunsthuis SYB. A project not only visually very strong, but also in which the role of the ‘artist in residence’ and the relation between art and science are researched in an intelligent and critical manner. Imagine you’re […]

26 till 26 April 2014

“I’M GOING TRAVELLING” SAID THE ZEBRA CROSSING

Review by Judith Spijksma

In Beetsterzwaag, young and old made their way to the streets on King’s Day to watch the village parade, an annual highlight. The village was taken over by people in chicken suits, hippies and witches, masterchefs and Tom Thumb who at the end of the tour fell out of the boots that were far too […]

10 February till 18 March 2014

ABOUT SINGING ON THE BIKE AND PUBLIC INSANITY

Review by Brenda Tempelaar

Many people in Amsterdam sing on their bikes. In Beetsterzwaag too, the difference being that the song of a cyclist in Beetsterzwaag is brought about by a blissful feeling of simplicity, significance and regularity. A rare form of happiness that can be found in traversing one and the same pattern day in day out. In […]

10 February till 18 March 2014

DE WISSEL

Domenico Mangano

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Beetsterzwaag, 3 February 2014 – From 10 February, Domenico Mangano will spend six weeks in Kunsthuis SYB. With a group of clients from De Wissel, he will make a children’s book and a video about De Wissel. Mangano will go out with clients almost daily and the clients will actively participate in the process of […]