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 […]

17 January till 7 February 2014

VLUCHTBASIS

Residency Laura Bolscher

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A direct flight Majorca – Beetsterzwaag; a more ridiculous flight schedule is hard to imagine. Nevertheless, Beetsterzwaag will soon have an airport. Or rather: a flight base. Where most will see Beetsterzwaag as a natural point of departure, artist Laura Bolscher on the other hand sees this small village in Friesland as a place of […]

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 […]

29 October till 5 November 2013

HISK: SMASH AND GRAB

Savage , Lola Lasurt Bachs, Andrea Galiazzo

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It’s like an experiment: one artist, one week, one specific place. What happens if an artist who usually works on long-term projects has but one week to create? From the 30th of October until the 5th of November artists from the postgraduate program HISK in Ghent (ww.hisk.edu) will move their studio’s for seven days to […]

25 September till 3 November 2013

6e SYBREN HELLINGA KUNSTPRIJS

Teun Vonk, Pernille Lonstrup, Hee-Seung Choi, Riet Wijnen

On Saturday the 19th of October, at 5 pm., the sixth Sybren Hellinga Art Prize will be presented in Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag. You are cordially invited to celebrate this moment with us! The Sybren Hellinga Art Prize is a jury prize, intended to encourage young artists. The prize is named after the former gallery owner […]

31 July till 10 September 2013

DECALCIFYING OUR PINEAL GLANDS

Review Anne van Leeuwen

Vertaling uit het Engels: Hermien Lankhorst The pineal gland or ‘third eye’ is a small endocrine gland hidden deep within our brain. Anatomically it appears as the only section of our brain that is not half of an(other) entity. Looking at this curious compact nodule, Descartes thought that the pineal gland held the key to our […]

19 June till 3 July 2013

P.A.M.

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Invitation Join Sober & Lonely at Kunsthuis SYB on Saturday the 29th of June, anytime between 10am and 10pm. There will be real life and long-distance interactions and interventions with other artist-run spaces from near, far, and farther, covering a variety of subjects including asteroids, breakfast, critical pedagogy and dolphins. There will also be presentations […]

29 May till 11 June 2013

24 HOUR RESIDENCIES

Ferdi Speelman & Laura Bolscher, Anne Mailey & Marjolein van Houten, Manon Maring, Kelly Salemink, Anne Dersen

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SLICA hosted the first series of 24 Hour Suburban Residencies in the summer of 2011 in Johannesburg, with projects including tree climbing, fiery horizons, shrimp cocktails & Frank Sinatra, a curatorial seminar, fridge recordings and other summery interventions. In the summer of 2012, the 24 Hour Suburban Residencies were held in the garden and outside […]

29 March till 7 May 2013

BEETSTERZWAAG, QUEEN’S DAY 2013

Review by Tanja Baudoin

At eight o’clock in the morning Beetsterzwaag is in a state of frenzy: it’s Queen’s Day and that means the annual parade takes place in the village. This year it starts at quarter to nine, so that everyone can be in front of the TV in time to watch the live abdication of Beatrix and […]

29 March till 7 May 2013

CANDY HOUSE / SNOEPHUISJE

Residency Kamila Szejnoch

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What was taking place at Hoofdstraat 70 (70 High Street) before Kunsthuis SYB came into existence and before Sybren Hellinga and his idealistic gallery moved into the little house in Beetsterzwaag? When Kamila Szejnoch encountered Kunsthuis SYB, this must have been the first questions she asked herself; to the Polish artist, it is second nature […]

13 February till 26 March 2013

TALKING WITH MARNIE

Tanja Baudoin

This text was written after exchanging our thoughts and texts and those of others through e-mail correspondence and Skype. I wasn’t present at Marnie’s public presentation on 16 March 2013, but with this text I hope to contribute to making my engagement with her research public. I can imagine Marnie in the house in Beetsterzwaag, […]

13 February till 26 March 2013

WORKING WORDS – WERKENDE WOORDEN

Marnie Slater

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The work of Marnie Slater is saturated in language and often focuses specifically on the spoken word. Pondering retreats, she wonders whether language might be contained in silence. After all, keeping silent urges the whole body to ‘speak.’ This silent body possesses a multitude of expressions that cannot be described as ‘without’ language, such as […]

3 January till 12 February 2013

WE ARE THE SCULPTOR AND WE ARE THE CLAY

Review by Vincent van Velsen

The artistic process starts in the morning as the curtains open. Throughout the day, during a cup of coffee, during each conversation and during a trip to the shops; the process is present. The process knows no beginning and no end, only when the artist sleeps is there a moment of rest, although even then […]

3 January till 12 February 2013

RECREËREN

Residency Hedwig Houben, Bas Schevers

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You are at the umpteenth opening and from experience, you know how the evening will go. Familiar scenes unfold before your eyes. Just when you have snuggled up in your comfortable role, two wineglasses fall at the exact same moment. That is odd. Then you see how a photographer takes a picture of a photographer […]

24 October 2012 till 2 January 2013

TOOTHPICK GEOMETRIES

Review by Suzanne Rietdijk

translation: Jenny Wilson  The revealing capacity of art almost seems to have become a thing of the past. With the rise of Wikileaks, Twitter and Facebook, art has as good as lost its urgency in being a subversive medium. Now that everyone’s able to radically express themselves through social media, the notion of the rebellious […]

23 November till 2 December 2012

SYB OP DE KUNSTVLAAI

Kunsthuis SYB

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From 23 November to 2 December 2012, Kunsthuis SYB creates a space for collective and personal self-education at the Kunstvlaai with a series of lectures, presentations and exercises revolving around the six themes of the book “Our House in the Middle of the Street” (edited by Maja Bekan and Irene Kromhout and published on the […]