Casco – Office for Art, Design and Theory

In September 2006 Wendelien van Oldenborgh will present Maurits Script at Casco as the third part of her ongoing project A Certain Brazilianness.

In the attempt to find an alternative mode of production, A Certain Brazilianness became the title of a multidisciplinary process, based on relations and resonances. From a heterogeneous Brazilian culture a number of significant strategies, partly stemming from the social sphere, have led to impressive moments of cultural production. As a way of working, A C_B__ transfers these possibilities into the production of film, drawing on the basic language and roles in a film production to set up situations that lead to new relations. Two performative stages have taken place so far. In these active encounters the participants were performers as well as viewers and listeners, creating the script and cinematic material during the event.

The third part will be based on a script compiled of excerpts from different sources relating to Johan Maurits van Nassaus period as governor of the North East of Brazil (1637 – 1644), for which he has often been credited as being an early modernist ruler. Maurits Script focuses on the paradoxes and inner conflicts produced within the art of governing, the institutions of the period, and personal relations at a moment when many different groups found themselves living together with clashing interests. It will be staged and filmed at a live event in the Golden Room of the Mauritshuis, den Haag (built by Maurits during his period of government in Brazil), where a group of participants, each of whom have differing relations to the contents of the script, will perform it and discusses its contents in relation to the present day.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh is based in Rotterdam. Recent projects include “A C_B__ Sound Track Stage” for Cut For Purpose, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2006, The Basis For A Song for Be What You Want But Stay Where You Are (by Ruth Noack and Roger M. Buergel), Witte de With, Rotterdam, 2005.
14 September : Public film shoot: Mauritshuis, den Haag, 1-4pm
Korte Vijverberg 8, NL 2513 AB Den Haag
The film shoot is open to the public, but the Mauritshuis’ standard entrance fee applies to all visitors (see www.mauritshuis.nl)
Friday 22 September : Opening of exhibition at Casco, 6-9pm
Sunday 22 October : Discussion and screening of final edit of the film, 5-8pm

Maurits Script is supported by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdam, Gemeente Utrecht and the Mondriaan Stichting.