Exhibitions - Hedwig Houben

P/////AKT
Amsterdam


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  Date: 15.06.2012 - 15.07.2012


Hedwig Houben - Five Possible Lectures On Six Possibilities For A Sculpture

The Principle Rules II

 

Please note that the opening takes place on Friday instead of our regular Saturday night. Hedwig Houben will give a lecture/performance from 21.00 until 21.30, the result and video recording of which will form an integral part of the exhibition from Saturday evening on. We therefore advise you to be on time during the opening night.

On Saturday the 16th of June our regular opening hours are from 14-18 hrs. As part of the Nuit Blanche,both exhibition and bar will also be open from 21-2 hrs.

Hedwig Houben places herself as a maker in opposition to her practice. She literally engages, usually through videos and performances, in conversations with her work or allows certain objects to have conversations on issues like form, style, medium, quality and unicity. By doing so she not only questions herself as an artist but also art as such, and how it's valuated. Art works, or the elements that  they consist of, become personae with characteristics that ly outside herself or that at least begin to live a life of their own and speak from their own formal, emotional or contextual properties. Through this ongoing discussion she exposes her own questions and uncertainties in her working process, but also some of the questions evoked by art and art history: what are the object's value and status? What is an original and what a copy? When is something good or bad? A sucess or a failure?

The Principle Rules (featuring resp. Esper Postma, Hedwig Houben, Marianne Vierø and Sybren de Boer) is the fourth project within the presentation format on art as a Mental Space. The program consists of serial solo presentations whereby each series has a specific focus. Each edition has a moderator as an extra partcipant. The moderator's role is to represent an external perspective, to reflect on the concept and the exhibitions and to communicate his conclusions, ideas or thoughts.
The Principle Rules is focusing on art as a "readable" principle, by which recognizable elements function as a basis for the construction of a visual language and the grammar of a different reality. Directed from one basic thought or gesture, but in the end primarily intuitive and poetic in result.

Moderator Chrétien Breukers is a literary all-rounder. He is a writer, poet, editor and publisher of contemporary poetry. Know by a wider audience as De Contrabas ('The Double Bass' is the most visited blog on literature in The Netherlands) and generally acknowledged as a central figure in the field of literature. On his blog he publishes reviews and columns as well as a poetry forum. Among others through the Facebook-version (the Contrabas assistent) he engages daily with the literary, cultural and social debate and reflects on culture and the position of culture in society.