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

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

Marnie Slater, “Female Braen Gone Insane” 2013, cover.

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

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

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 […]

24 October 2012 till 2 January 2013

PAY ATTENTION, please

Residency Valerio Del Baglivo

Artists’ residencies are places for isolation and concentration, where – by breaking from a daily routine – new insights can be found. An interruption from the daily routine can also be achieved without isolating oneself. In collaboration with others, you can discover ingrained behavioural patterns and thus reach a better understanding and more freedom of […]

ORIGINATED IN THEORY, LEARNED THROUGH PRACTICE

Recensie door Maritt Serena Kuipers

Symposium Artistic Research in Daily Life translation: Jenny Wilson To have one´s cake and eat it too is most often used negatively, to connote the idea of consuming a thing whilst managing to preserve it. This may also indicate having or wanting more than one can handle or deserve, or trying to have two incompatible […]

19 September till 23 October 2012

TO HAVE ONE’S CAKE AND EAT IT TOO

Master Artistic Research, UvA

Participating artists: Naomi Cheung San, Pieter de Kok, Szilvia Mondel, Rosalie Ravensteijn, Paula Salas, Weronika Zielinska, Heiðar Kári Rannversson, Maritt Serena Kuipers and the Zolder Museum (Iva Supic Jankovic, Aimee Zito Lema, Kristina Benjocki and Isfrid Angard Siljehaug). Artistic research is trendy, but its exact meaning is often unclear. For example, what does Beetsterzwaag do with […]

1 August till 18 September 2012

WE ARE JUST GOING OUTSIDE, AND MAY BE SOME TIME

Review by Rosa Juno Streekstra

translation: Jenny Wilson It is no coincidence. One hundred years after Sir Robert Falcon Scott’s famous English ‘Terra Nova’ Expedition, with the aim of being the first to reach the Antarctic, two Dutch artists set out on a voyage of discovery. From Kunsthuis SYB in Beetsterzwaag to the geographical centre of the Wadden Sea; the […]

1 August till 18 September 2012

TERRA NOVA

Residency Sjoerd van Leeuwen, Harald den Breejen

During an expedition that had the goal to be the first to reach the Antarctic, on 17 January 1912, the Briton Robert Falcon Scott and his men reached the most southern point, only to discover that the Norwegian Roald Amundsen had gotten ahead of them. Disappointed and severely weakened, Scott and his men began their […]

20 June till 31 July 2012

WHERE CROP CIRCLES MEET ENERGY DRINKS

Review by Suzanne Rietdijk

translation: Jenny Wilson Sometimes the everyday is instantaneously far from normal. The banal transcends its unappealing quality and normal things reveal themselves as material for something extraordinary. The presentation of the working period of David Stamp (UK) and Grégory Cuquel (FR) at Kunsthuis SYB is full of references to the everyday and often also to […]

31 July till 10 September 2013

DECALCIFYING OUR PINEAL GLANDS

Residency Shana Moulton

Kunsthuis SYB is surrounded by Opsterland: a rural heathland characterised by some striking woodlands. Hence SYB provides its residents, besides the house, with a particular ‘forestry’ setting. One artists inclined to travel to such rural settings (and who can often be found in the woods) is Shana Moulton. Moulton is best known for her digitally […]

20 June till 31 July 2012

RIDING THE COSMOTRACTOR

Residency Grégory Cuquel, David Stamp

Waarom trok een specifieke groep mensen in de jaren 90 van de vorige eeuw er in het geniep op uit om de meest bewerkelijke en complexe geometrische patronen te walsen in uitgestrekte graanvelden? Was dit slechts om de spot te drijven met een andere, even specifieke, maar verwarde groep mensen? Of was hier sprake van […]

9 May till 19 June 2012

SKETCH OF THE LANDSCAPE

Review by Yasmijn Jarram

translation: Jenny Wilson “When I describe a landscape, you envisage a landscape as a painter would prepare his canvas.” This thought, one of the many that the visual artist Ruth Verraes (BE, 1980) closely adhered to during her six week stay at SYB, runs as a connecting thread through her research project, Sketch of a […]

9 May till 19 June 2012

SKETCH OF THE LANDSCAPE

Residency Ruth Verraes

The way in which we shape our environment appears to be determined by our assumption that language and reality coincide. For example, when I describe a landscape, you will get an image of a landscape. But the latter never coincides with my description of the landscape, nor with the landscape as it appears to me […]

28 March till 8 May 2012

THE PRESENT MOMENT AND ONLY THE PRESENT MOMENT

Suzanne Rietdijk

translation: Jenny Wilson The Now is. The Now cannot have passed or is still to come. It exists in favour of continuous replacement. We cannot remember nor imagine the Now. The only thing we can do is to alter the condition of the Now beforehand. The experience of the Now can be manipulated through intentional […]

28 March till 8 May 2012

ON RESIDENCY: AN (IN)VISIBLE PRODUCTION

Residency Angela Serino

Why do artists choose to do a residency? In what way does the structure of a residency differ from other existing supporting structures for artists, such as the gallery, the project space, the academy or the studio? How can a residency contribute to the development of the artists today? In the coming six weeks, these […]