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“Film + Art” opens May 31st

15 May

Nederlands >>Film + Kunst Flyer, designed by Sonja van Kerkhoff, May 2013
On May 31st, “Film en Kunst” opens in Galerie de Pieter with live performances, eleven site specific installations, sculpture, paintings and drawings in the gallery.

Programme for the opening
+/- 20:30: Bed Peace + Rear Window
performance + installation by Carmen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff
+/- 21:30: Post
theatre + installation by Roggeveen|Olijerhoek
+/- 22:30: The dorsal chance
performance+installation by French choreographer, Emilie Gallier

The concept behind the exhibition is not only to show art that engages with or is a critique of film as a medium, but the show also includes 42 films from the Leiden International Short Film Experience (LISFE), which runs from 1 to 8 June. Some of the paintings, drawings, sculpture, soundscapes and films by the 25 artists relate to the content in these films and so as visitor you might ask just what is the experience – an art exhibition or a film festival?

“Film + Kunst” Galerie de Pieter, Breestraat 46, Leiden,
open: Saturday/Sunday (za/zo): 13-17.00,
Thursday (do) 6 June + Friday (vr) 7 June: 17:30-19:30

See for the 1-8 June LIsFE events

THE ARTISTS in the “de Pieter” exhibition >>
About two “film+art” exhibitions in Leiden >>
Programma “film+kunst” EXTRA | Programme of events >>

Open: sat + sun (za + zo) June-7 July: 13-17.00, 6 + 7 June: 17.30-19.30
+ 11, 25, 28, 29, 30 June: 19.30-22.00
+ 21 June: 16-18.00, 30 June: 13.00-22.00
+ 2 July: 19:30-22.00, 6 July: 13.00-22.00

Roster for the artists in the gallery

1 June: 13-15.00 Robbert Pauwels + Sonja van Kerkhoff
1 June: 15-17.00 Wendy van Baar + Sonja van Kerkhoff
2 June: 13-15.00 Coen van der Geest + Sonja van Kerkhoff
2 June: 15-17.00 Coen van der Geest
6 June: 17.30-19:30 Klaas Bolhuis + Sonja van Kerkhoff
7 June: 17.30-19:30 Klaas Bolhuis + Gideon Roggeveen
8 June: 13-15.00 Suzanne van Rossenberg
8 June: 15-17.00 Suzanne van Rossenberg
9 June: 13-15.00 Daniëlle Celie + Karin
9 June: 15-17.00 Daniëlle Celie + Karin
11 June: 19.30-22.00 Gideon Roggeveen + Sonja van Kerkhoff
15 June: gallery opened/closed by: Gideon
15 June: 13-15.00 Gideon Roggeveen
15 June: 15-17.00 Robbert Pauwels
16 June: gallery opened/closed by: Barthel Brusse
16 June: 15-17.00 Katharina Pohlmann + Adrian Faes
21 June: gallery opened/closed by: Sonja
21 June: 16-18.00 Sonja van Kerkhoff + Henk Hannemann
22 June: gallery opened/closed by: Inge Reisberman
22 June: 13-15.00 Inge Reisberman
22 June: 15-17.00 Inge Reisberman
22 June: gallery opened/closed by: Henk Hennemann
23 June: 13-15.00 Wendy van Baar + Henk Hannemann
23 June: 15-17.00 Henk Hannemann
25 June: 19.30-22.00 Gideon Roggeveen + Sonja van Kerkhoff
28 June: 19.30-22.00 Inge Reisberman
29 June: gallery opened by: Charlotte Boschma
29 June: 13-15.00 Christie Greeve + Yoke Ferwerda
29 June: 15-17.00 Christie Greeve + Yoke Ferwerda
29 June: 17.00-18.30 Wendy van Baar
29 June: 18.30-19.30 Sonja van Kerkhoff
29 June: 19.30-22.00 Sonja, Gideon, Erik
29 June: gallery closed by: Sonja van Kerkhoff
30 June: gallery opened by: Sonja
30 June: 13-15.00 Theolieke Smit
30 June: 15-17.00 Wendy van Baar + Theolieke Smit
30 June: 17.00-19.30 GALLERY IS CLOSED
30 June: 19.30-22.00 Danny Molenaar + Sonja
2 July: 19.30-22.00 Gideon Roggeveen + Sonja van Kerkhoff
7 July: gallery opened by: Barthel Brusse
6 July: 13-15.00 Catharina van Velden + Iris Mechielsen
6 July: 15-17.00 Catharina van Velden + Iris Mechielsen
6 July: 17.00-19.30 Henk Hennmann
6 July: 19.30-22.00 Fields of Wonder, Daniëlle Celie + Karin
7 July: gallery opened by: Barthel Brusse
7 July: 13-15.00 Erik Flikkenschild + Astrid Moors
7 July: 15-17.00 Erik Flikkenschild + Astrid Moors
7 July: 17.00-19.30 Sonja van Kerkhoff
7 July: 19.30-22.00 Access is only via the side door in the alley: Gideon Roggeveen + Sonja van Kerkhoff

A Leiden Last Judgement – 2011

24 May

Contemporary artworks by 12 Leiden artists: Maurice Braspenning – Hans de Bruijn – Casper Faassen – Gijs Donker – Hanneke Francken – Marjolein van Haasteren – Allart Lakke – Johan Scherft – Thomas Raat – Maayke Schuitema – Guido Winkler – Izaak Zwartjes
Triptych by Allan Lakke, 2011  - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffThis life-size copy of van Leyden’s 1526 triptych onto canvas (the original is around the corner on display in the Lakenhal until June) by Allan Lakke (www.lakke.com) was wedged behind the stairwell, as if it didn’t quite fit. Here Lakke has ‘copied’ frame and painting as one unit. This reproduction, just like a reproduction a ‘famous painting’ reproduction – flat and photographic – only that this is a life-size copy set under a ceiling that is too low and a stairwell that is in the way, makes it not so much a comment on reproduction as a comment on context. Where does one fit a triptych about the “last judgement” in today’s world? Lakke’s other works in the show, models of tryptychs with blank panels seem in contrast more about the history of reproduction.

Sculptural triptychs by Allan Lakke + Casper Faassens  - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffCasper Faassen’s triptych, of the same dimensions, omits the figuration evident in Lakke’s. The central panel of frosted glass is illumined by a spot and the hinged two side panels are transparent sheets of glass. Is there nothing to say? Has it all been said? Has the story been removed or is it replaced with a new story? In any case what we are left with in Faassen’s work is an aesthetic of form bordering between high art and the domestic.

Casper Faassens and Allan Lakke are the initiators of this exhibition. They selected the artists, negotiated the location, and found sponsorship.

Magna Mater by Maayke Schuitema  - Photogpragh: Sonja van Kerkhoff Some artists in the show responded to the themes of life and death, heaven and hell, or judgement such as Maayke Schuitema’s “Magna Mater”. Here a pregnant woman has replaced the crucifix and is flanked by scenes of women who are literally and symbollically juggling symbols of birth and death. Each woman’s womb bears either an symbol for life or death.
Pope, 2011, by Maurice Braspenning  - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffAnyone familiar with contemporarty art can’t help but think of Francis Bacon‘s 1953 iconic screaming pope, and Maurice Braspenning’s painting, “Pope” hold its ground in this context. Braspenning’s pope (the current pope, Benedictus XVI) is more insideous. The scene seems serene. Braspenning’s craftmanship makes the looking enjoyable. However sooner or later you start to see the inconsistences.
Pope, 2011, by Maurice Braspenning - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffDetail of the painting, Pope by Maurice Braspenning. Photograph by Sonja van KerkhoffThe smile is like too much makeup, and then the faint chalklines, make the decorativeness seem like a facade. And are those white circles puncture holes or signs of decay? Of ruptures in the structure? Is the pope laughing at himself or at an imaginary audience, at God? at the world today? Or is he communicating with a world we are missing? A spirituality we can’t see?
Braspenning’s work is complex and he has kept the vocabulary simple. The title is just “Pope”, the profile is delicate, yet not fussy.
But if you take time, each detail is loaded with messages about the appearances of things. Is the cross in the Pope’s eye a blindspot or a source of guidance? Or is it a cross hair target found in mechanical devices, so that the Pope is a “deus ex machina” – directed from where? from above or from within?
Is the black on the left just a large glossy black oval. A mirror? A void – a symbol for what is missing or a bubble about to burst? Or just a reminder that a surface is just a surface? A reminder of our own materiality.
Braspenning leaves the judgement up to us.

Painting by Johan Scherft  - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffJohan Scherft‘s contribution to the show were a number of finely painted vignettes, which border on outsider art. For the painting, “De Boom van de kennis van goed en kwaad (The tree of good and evil)” a magnifying glass was supplied so you can view the tiny creatures living idyllically in the tree in a Romantic garden before there was any judgement.
4 works by Marjolein van Haasteren  - Photogpragh: Sonja van Kerkhoff
Marjolein van Haasteren has placed 3 small glossy dark photographs of urban scapes and given these titles such as “Underworld” or “Gate” – the images are from our world, the here and now. Next to these is a large abstracted painting titled “Styx” and above this is a 5th work, a soundscape of subtle rumbling abstract sounds made with Martijn Groen. The diverse media and approach create an almost installation-like experience on themes related to definitions of borders and locations. For example the ‘gate’ could refer to an entrance inside the image presented on the surface of the form underneath the layers of laquer, or to within the depth of the form itself or to the idea of civilisation. Or perhaps the gate is even an escape from the locations presented by the imagery? Likewise with the painting: forms seem to defy gavity and above could be under where the Styx serves as a metaphor for being in a state of transistion. Passages VIII 2011, metal, wood, paint framework by Guido Winkler  - Photogpragh: Sonja van KerkhoffPassages VIII 2011, metal, wood, paint framework by Guido Winkler  - Photogpragh: Sonja van Kerkhoff

Finally Guido Winkler has made a free standing triptych which you can interact with.
It was fabulous.

All three panels could be moved in a variety of ways.

You could make your own abstact combination or you could see the grey shades as symbollic for shadows or you could make real shadows by positioning the panels.
Passages VIII 2011, metal, wood, paint framework by Guido Winkler - Photogpragh: Sonja van Kerkhoff
Interacting with this work physically, and moving around the work to view it from various locations, made me think this was a brilliant interpretation on the theme of the show. Judgment was doing -is active and mutable. And in today’s contemporary intellectual world a more ethereal experience. We live in worlds with shades of grey – no longer is this a world where there is a clear right or wrong way of leading one’s life – judgement is in how we lead our lives and our motivation lies in the shades of grey of whatever we call ‘doing good’ than in a medival black and white fear of damnation. How we are judged is in the here and now and in small daily acts, such as whether I moved that panel this way or that way. And finally a judgement of form or aesthetics created by each person is then left for the next visitor to encounter and to change.

‘t Laatste Oordeel -12 actuele interpretaties was on show at the Scheltema Contemporary Arts Centre, Leiden, 26 March – 1 May 2011, www.lovl.nl

Game and consequence? 2011

23 Apr

David Nieborg presents at "Play or be played"Dutch journalist and game researcher, David Nieborg is referring to a recent school shooting in the Netherlands and a newspaper heading which connected the shooting to the influence of video games.
The discussion that followed this ended up with some insisting that ‘serious games‘ were very different to ‘video games’ and that that this is the distinction that needs to be made for the public while the other view was that ‘serious games’ should be promoted as being like all games, whether computer or not and the distinction, if there is any, is in the context and type of interaction. I agree with the second view and Joost Raessen’s presentation elaborated on this. David’s reason for mentioning this was to show how important it is for academics to use the media rather than having the media use them. If there had been statements made at the time it would be a way for academics to ‘play’ and not be ‘played’ by the media.

The expert meeting I attended on April 15th: “Play or be played” hosted at the Delft University and co-organized by the STT Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends + GATE Game Research for Training and Entertainment, began with four researchers giving presentations on “The Future of Serious Gaming” (a term for games developed with a purpose – such as to educate, inform or enlighten)
Moderated by Igor Mayer, associate professor of Public Management and Gaming in the faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) at Delft University of Technology, the speakers were:
Maurits Kreijveld, project manager Foresight Study Wisdom of the Crowd, STT Netherlands Study Centre for Technology Trends
Maurits Kreijveld presents.

David B. Nieborg, game researcher and journalist; PhD-student with the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam

Joost Raessens, professor of Media Theory, Utrecht University (www.gamesandplay.nl)
Remco Veltkamp, professor in the Department of Information and Computing Sciences, Utrecht University and director of GATE: Game research for training and entertainment

Joost Raessen‘s presentation focussed on a discussion of ‘context’ and in particular on Lakoff‘s theory of frames (link to the article, Frame Semantics which summarizes various aspects of this) and theories of family ( “us/them” framing) in connection with his own research on the various implications of serious games and video war games and in particular in connection with insights gleaned from working with Jolle Demmers (Assistant Professor and co-founder of the Centre for Conflict Studies, Utrecht University.) In particular he noted that in terms of ‘conflict’ and game strategy, games such as Dafur is Dying (where the goal is to learn about the situation and actions revolve around the perspectives of the refugee) and a typical war video game such as Call of Duty have a lot in common because both games support a ‘new wars’ frame. That is “us” vs “them” perspectives, and in this sense they share a similar ‘frame’, a similiar ideology in support of a rhetoric of conflict.

In passing, Joost Raessens mentioned a number of games and organizations involved in developing games. I’ll note some of these here:

The book, Ludoliteracy, Defining, Understanding, and Supporting Games Education by José Zagal

Books Joost Raessens has contributed to: Digital Material Tracing New Media in Everyday Life and Technology (2009)
Serious Games, Mechanisms and effects (2009)

Games for Change: who host “the Sundance of Video Games”, the Games for Change Annual Festival held in NYC in June as well as providing support, networking, and development.

Food Force: a World Food Programme (WFP) video game aimed at teaching children about the logistical challenges of delivering food aid during a major humanitarian crisis, it is set on a fictitious island called Sheylan riven by drought and war. Food Force invites children to complete six virtual missions that reflect real-life obstacles faced by WFP in its emergency responses both to the tsunami and other hunger crises around the world.

Dafur is Dying a viral video game for change providing a window into the experience of the 2.5 million refugees in the Darfur region of Sudan. Players must keep their refugee camp functioning in the face of possible attack by Janjaweed militias. Players can also learn more about the genocide in Darfur.

Casper Harteveld’s theories on game design + Triadic Game Design

Re-mission video game for teens and young adults with cancer.

And here is a link to a related article (in Dutch: gaming for rice and beans) “Gamen voor rijst en bonen” which I came across while writing this blog.

Link to video clips of the presentations

Art of the Imagination 2011

12 Apr

Lost point of view, one of a number of performances at Villa Ockenburgh, Loosduinen, The Hague on April 10th 2011
Lost point of view by Pim van der Heiden & Tellechea Velez, one of several performances at Villa Ockenburgh, Loosduinen, The Hague on April 10th 2011 by students in an artScience masters research group conducted by Michael van Hoogenhuyze.
Villa Ockenburgh, Loosduinen, The Hague, Stichting Z event
The “Harmony of the Spheres” was used as a starting point on the theme of the universal artist-scientist, that is someone who is not only both but believes that art and science fit into some order or ‘harmony.’ Before long, you realize that the 18th century Russian born Nadezhda Evgenova’s bio, theories about music and architecture on display or incorporated into visual or sculptural installations are romantic creations by the students. In short their works born of the imagination centered on the imaginary.

Installation by Marijke van Gorp, Ludmila Rodrigues, Mike Rijnierse and Nenad Popov at Villa Ockenburgh, Loosduinen, The Hague, April 10th, 2011.

A collective of artists who use this beautiful building as a studio space host bi-monthly events.  See the Stichting Z website for more about these.