December 2, 2005 - Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond - A Show About a Show that Already Happened
December 2, 2005

A Show About a Show that Already Happened

A Show About a Show that Already Happened:  SCENERY 2 (A RECONSTRUCTION)
9 December 2005 - 22 January 2006

Flemish Arts Centre de Brakke Grond 
Nes 45
1012 KD Amsterdam

Video films by Andrew & Douglas Fisher (UK), Kris Gevers (BE), Takako Hamano (JP), Peter Lemmens (BE), Lucie Renneboog (BE), Mai Ueda (JP), Kris Vleeschouwer (BE), Jethro Volders (BE), Luming Zhu (PRC)

Curator: Jan Van Woensel

Scenery 2 (a Reconstruction) is the 2nd exhibition in a series of art projects presented under the title Scenery and curated by Jan Van Woensel.

The Expo Hall of de Brakke Grond houses a copy of a squatted house in Antwerp. In June, 2004, Jan Van Woensel organized the exhibition Scenery 1 (Proposing a Space Between) in that property. The central theme of that project was the interaction between space, the works of art and the audience. Not only the works of art, but also the entire exhibition space was measured and represented in drawings, maps and a scale model. These replicas and the in situ made video films of the works of art form the starting point of the of the exhibition Scenery 2 (a Reconstruction). The construction in de Brakke Grond, is made to scale, 20 meters deep, 14 meters wide and 6 meters high. It is not an exact copy of the squat, but a simplified architectural construction. The result is a large panel consisting of semi-transparent screens upon which video films of the works of art are being projected. This construction resembles a décor, a film set or a large scale model of the squatted property.

Lecture: 9th December, 2005, 2pm-5pm followed by the exhibition opening
The opening of the exhibition will begin with a lecture, which was organized in collaboration with W139. Guy Bovyn (arts critic, Ghent) will talk about the exhibition being a repeat of the same with a small difference. Papo Colo (artist/curator and founder of Exit Art in New York) will explain his own perspective as a cultural producer and talk about his first Exit Biennial: The Reconstruction (2003). Jan Van Woensel, curator of the Scenery Trilogy, will present and explain the scope of the exhibition by means of an extensive reconstruction of his work process.

Discussion-afternoons: 11th, 12th, 13th January, 2006, from 2 pm onwards
Since the Scenery project is organized in collaboration with the Curatorial Training Programme of De Appel, de Brakke Grond will host three discussion afternoons in January, 2006. Several international guest speakers will be invited and lead the debates. They are:
1) 11th January: Raimundas Malasauskas, curator CAC Vilnius (Lithouwen)
2) 12th January: Philippe van Cauteren, Managing Director of S.M.A.K. in Ghent
3) 13th January: Jens Hoffmann, Director of Exhibitions at ICA London
During these afternoons, contemporary topics such as: experimental curating, the exhibition as a work of art, post-production, appropriation and détournement, the exhibition of exhibitions and the curator-producer versus the artist, will be discussed.

Workshop: Closed expert meeting for Curatorial Training Programme of De Appel
The information which the curator-students of De Appel receive during the lecture and discussion-afternoons, will be used in the workshop which will be coached by Jan Van Woensel and Fleurie Floostra.

Reservation for the Lecture and Discussion-afternoons can be made via de Brakke Grond. The Workshop is organized exclusively for the Curatorial Training Programme of De Appel.
Admission is free of charge.

Opening hours of the exhibition:
Monday 1pm 6pm
Tuesday-Friday 10am 8.30pm
Saturday 1pm 8.30pm
Sunday 1pm 5pm
Closed: Saturday, 12.24.05 Sunday, 01.01.06

Flemish Arts Centre
de Brakke Grond
Nes 45
1012 KD Amsterdam
The Netherlands
T 31 20 622 90 14

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