Talkshow Spaced met film
Spaced is a programme for and about artists and creative spirits with an interest in activism, intervention and guerrilla. To highlight the theme activism in art, het Nutshuis in association with Movies That Matter, Villanuts, Kunst in de Wereld and Nieuwe Garde is putting on workshops, lectures, a film programme, a sharp debate and a presentation of engaged work.
30th of March Talkshow Spaced with the film The Yes Men Fix the World
At 18.30 you can join us for something to eat, after which The Yes Men Fix the World will be screened.
After watching this film by The Yes men, the audience will be joined by filmmaker Cyrus Frisch (filmmaker), Peter Zuiderwijk (graphic designer), Merlijn Twaalfhoven (composer) and artistic director Mariëtte Dölle (TENT Rotterdam) to discuss the ins and outs of engaged artistry and the engaged artist under the guidance of moderator Chris Keulemans.
Truth and artistic destabalisation Commitee
Within the setting of a live peer review Cyrus Frisch, Peter Zuiderwijk, Merlijn Twaalfhoven and Mariëtte Dölle will discuss their respective positions and strategies. The aim is to examine what actually is activist art, how do the various strategies work and why? The chairman, Chris Keulemans, will keep the different speakers on the subject.
In the debate the central question will be what place a 'message', the response to events in the world around you, should take in the arts. This will involve questions like: do you lose your autonomy as a committed artist? Should the artwork speak for itself? Should artists be authentic or 'truthful' to do their subject justice? Is it too easy to be activist within an art institution? Should artists be on the streets instead?
With the presentation of a single work as a starting point the different speakers will set off the discussion. Cyrus Frisch will talk about the film 'Forgive me', while Peter Zuiderwijk will elaborate on the notorious process around the Conflict-ID campaign. Mariëtte Dölle will talk about TENTs current exhibition THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED and Merlijn Twaalfhoven will give insight into one of his 2008 projects Carried by the wind (Palestine).
18.30 Meal (5 euros)
19.00 Showing of The Yes Men Fix the World
Spaced in Het Nutshuis, Het Nutshuis, Riviervismarkt 5, Den Haag, the Netherlands, +31 (0)70-345 90 90
Reservations (recommended): email@example.com
The exhibition/ short film program is open on weekdays from 11.00-16.00. Special weekend opening on 27 and 28 March from 11.00-16.00.
Spaced is an initiative of Het Nutshuis in association with Kunst in de Wereld, Movies that Matter, Nieuwe Garde and Villanuts.
Entrance is free
Composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven is most known by the remarkable projects he creates, connecting styles, cultures but first of all people. Twaalfhovens intention is to bridge worlds of contrast, and to mix unusual elements to a new unity. Classic and modern, western and oriental, groovy and subtle music is combined into a lively metaphor for nowadays world.
Peter Zuiderwijk is an independent graphic designer based in the The Hague, The Netherlands. After his graduation at The Royal Academy in The Hague he pursued an additional master course in Graphic Design at Post-St. Joost in Breda.
Within his work Zuiderwijk is mainly focusing on analytical processes that raise questions about perception and interpretation. Through observations and the re-interpretations of existing information proposals and counter-proposals are formulated. This research by design methodology is used in a semi-independent and commissioned context, is discussed on a theoretical level and is passed on in educational settings.
Since 2002 Zuiderwijk has been teaching Research by Design at The Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam (NL) and has been a faculty-member at The Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, USA (2006).
Frisch was particularly notorious for his 2001 film debut, Forgive me, which he himself under his own name and the role of devil's director plays seemingly at the expense of the mental health of his "actors" make an exciting movie. Forgive me is regarded as a harsh indictment of the excesses of reality TV and docu-soaps. Variety wrote of the film: "Irritating, revolting, yet oddly memorable.
Dölle is the artistic director at TENT Rotterdam. Tent is currently showing THE PEOPLE UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED.
From 19 February to 18 April, TENT. presents the group exhibition The People United Will Never Be Defeated. In view of the recent developments in Dutch politics, this is an exhibition of topical interest, which critically examines the relationships between art and politics Artists have long been aware of the social implications of their work. Politicians also frequently talk about the role of art in society. A certain form of social engagement can after all be found in almost every work of art. In The People United Will Never Be Defeated it is, however, not about art demonstrating its engagement. The focus is on artists who emphatically, and explicitly, raise the issue of the political system: the voting, the speechmaking, the campaigns, the meetings, the decisions. By getting close to the politician they enter into dialogue with the established order.
The Yes Men Fix the World
Two good-looking men in their forties, smartly dressed. As left-wing activists pretending to be spokesmen of large companies, they succeed in making headlines with a 'hoax' over and over again. For example, when on the BBC News they tell on behalf of Dow Chemical that compensation will finally be offered to the victims of the gas leak in Bhopal (India). A worldwide scoop for an hour or so, until the information is contradicted by the company itself. Yet for a brief moment they have shown the world what things could be like, too... if one really tries. In this popcorn documentary full of humour, fast editing and acute comments (Michael Moore is never far away), the Yes Men ridicule the free market and the ideology of economist Milton Friedman, using images of Reagan, and Clinton too, glorifying the market's capacity for self-regulation. The Yes Men's message is that unbridled capitalism sacrifices human lives. At the end of the film we see Obama, who may well have marked a new era when he pronounced these words: "A free market was never meant to be a free licence to get whatever you can get however you can get it."