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 […]

17 January till 7 February 2014

FLIGHT BASE – TO TAKE FLIGHT, TO FALL, AND TO RISE AGAIN

Review by Anne van Leeuwen

Upon entering Kunsthuis SYB you immediately find yourself eye-to-eye with a monumental wall featuring big black letters spelling ‘Arrivals’. The clean-cut white wall would be reminiscent of a museum ticket desk, were it not for a lady behind a tiny reception expressly requesting you to fill in an ‘arrivals form’. Sitting on one of the […]

8 till 14 January 2014

CASUS APICE FOR ARTISTS

Review by Judith Spijksma

‘How do I deal with the artistic process, for instance with in between moments where nothing is fixed and there’s room for interaction and dialogue?’ It’s one of the questions concerning Daniela Apice during her stay in Beetsterzwaag. In 2009, Apice began showing work by young artists in the stairwell of the artists’ initiative space, […]

7 till 14 January 2014

CASUS APICE FOR ARTISTS

Daniela Apice

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“How do I keep a gallery: 20 helpful tips for the contemporary practice” Alas: a manual like this isn’t available in the bookshop. Running a gallery is something you learn on the shop floor where scraping together to cover overheads quickly becomes at the expensive of the open, experimental attitude you initially had in mind. […]

6 November till 20 December 2013

PERCEPTION IS SUBJECTIVE

Review by Tanja Baudoin

Tom Kok

According to farmer Geert Geerligs a cow is a “four-hoofed animal with udders under it”. Geert is convinced that a cow can be recognised from a significant distance. Something Tom Kok put to the test. In SYB he presents, among other things, a framed photograph of a field in which there are two white flags with […]

29 October till 5 November 2013

A SINGLE EXPERIMENT

Brenda Tempelaar

A scientific experiment is generally understood as a test of a certain hypothesis, informed by a desire for definitive answers to articulated questions. But to establish proof, a scientist hardly ever relies on a single experiment. As a rule, he does not deal with isolated tests in relation to a theory, but rather with a […]

6 November 2013 till 6 January 2014

PUMPING INTUITION

Tom Kok, Priscila Fernandes

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What actually is knowledge and how does it come to be? The work of Tom Kok (NL, 1987) arises out of a discourse concerning these epistemological questions. They are questions that have occupied scientists and philosophers from the very outset. The result is a collection of theories: theories that have changed the face of science […]