W139 Amsterdam

W139 - Exhibition space for contemporary art, Amsterdam
NL-1011 AD Amsterdam

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"At least begin to make an end / Strip, Revert and Dewind" runs from 30 November 2002 to 23 February 2003 at the Warmoesstraat. The space undergoes a 4-phase transformation into a Deleusian wild zone.

Jean Bernard Koeman's last exhibition was a kind of prelude to the renovations planned to commence at the start of next year. These future activities have deliberately been chosen as a starting point for "At least begin to make an end'. The artists involved will engage / confront with a grand renovation involving the building being stripped clean and totally refurbished.

The artists were asked to apply a sort of metaphorical or literal creative hooliganism to the rear space. Dèmontage is seen as a productive process, and we asked the participants to elaborate on this pejorative concept in a positive way, giving abstract or concrete form in the style of E. Hausmann, the architect responsible for the global reconstruction of Paris, who once called himself 'un artiste démollisseur'. The front space, that will be turned into an active documentation centre, will focus on the inspiration sources - everything/everyone from Buster Keaton to Protec.

'At least' is a 'flexible' project that will evolve in four stages. At the opening 11 artists will present their starting points. A different architect will be appointed each month to add - or remove - a dimension. As 'building supervisor' he or she will respond to existing works and create additional pieces or offer ideas by way of expansion or contradiction. The surplus works/ideas will be presented monthly

Part 1 of the show opens on 29 November. The Grand Opening gets off to a flying start with a performative intervention from Diederik Peeters and Hans Bryssinck, after spending three weeks in the rear space, building. The occasional band, Spasm, will entertain us at the avant premiere with work from their untitled noise CD.


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At least begin to make an end / Strip, Revert and Dewind

mit Marjetica Potrc, Didier Marcel, Italo Zuffi, Sefania Galegati, Anne de Vries, Michael Sailstorfer, Tazro Niscino, u.a.