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Friday  22 February  2019  7:00 PM    Saturday  23 February  2019 6:00 PM
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at7 project space invites you all to join the opening of...
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by Naomi van Dijck & Vera Mennens
◑ opening on Friday 22nd of February 7-10PM
◑ open on Saturday 23nd, 2-6pm
This duo show brings together works and ideas that were discussed in conversations, in letters but primarily during research trips.
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- 53 Kilometers… what would that be? Like, 25 minutes?
— To the exit, yes.
- Oh, right... we will still be in some nowhere land. To us – obviously.
— It doesn’t seem like a place I’ve never been before. Traveling together, and particularly traveling with you, never feels like I’m stepping out of my personal trail of thoughts. We might have different reasons to be at the destination, but we have a similar way in getting there.
- The car acts like a bubble that way, a sphere we can be together in. But I don’t think it’s primarily the speed of the metal; bubbles are spheres that temporarily transport you to a different place, not physically but mentally. Like trailing of... well, we do that a lot!
— Yes, the trailing… It’s more like a shift in focus I suppose, or a non-linear way of researching. Because we take on quite durational projects, time has its ways with the methods of working. Sometimes, time passes unnoticeable, sometimes things seem to take ages – the same goes for practicing or driving a car if you will.
- But that shift in focus always derives from a particular perspective; it’s not like ‘anything goes’. That would be like driving the car off the road right here.
— Please don’t.
- But you see what I mean right? To be that romantic we should have been born in Weimar two centuries ago – and arguably male. When we accumulate a multitude of things (or trail off, if you will), it’s not just to create meaning, but also for those things to enter a new cycle in the ecology of the thing we’re trying to talk about.
— Well, we are ourselves part of this historiographical stream we’re trying to talk about. That nowhere land you just wanted to drive into, doesn’t meet our horizon and we are therefore in no capacity of bringing it into this stream.
- Yes, nowhere land… to us – obviously. But as subjective as that might sound, I think the outcomes that are formed by this method are more inclusive through their complexity and confusion, by avoiding a patronizing form of clarification to become the result of a research process.
— But we aren’t shy of scientific methods and resources either; working and thinking through different disciplines to arrive at a particular thought.
- I suppose that’s not the same as leaving the artistic territory, not in a linear way at least. As in a non-linear practice, it is as essential to look at art’s place of departure as it is to look at its point of arrival.
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◑ Artist and curator Naomi van Dijck (b. 1992) explores ways of producing differently and how we can learn from existing structures to do so. Research within her artistic practice reflects on the performative act of learning as an ecology, grounded in her experience within museum education and her experimental education. This leads her to trace and imagine networks through which this ecology is laid bare or is given the space to develop. Her practice is committed to creating horizontal structures that facilitate collaborative spheres for cross-disciplinary learning. Spheres, where the focus lies on ties and bounds, information and resources, to make artistic practice inherently sustainable rather than concentrated on its intrinsic logic.
Her work encompasses both curatorial projects and artistic practice but primarily everything in between, resulting in a doubled practice where learning is both the producing and that which is produced. A further interest in methods of usership and collective knowledge within online and offline networks motivates her to deploy discursive and performative forms like workshops and platforms informed by a diversity of disciplines such as social design, contemporary pedagogy and social psychology, among others.
Naomi completed her Bachelor in Fine-Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2015 and her Masters in Curatorial Practice at the Glasgow School of Art in 2018. She currently lives and works in Glasgow, where she practices both as an artist and a freelance curator which includes her work as an assistant curator for the Scottish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale for Architecture.
◑ Artist Vera Mennens (b. 1991), co-founder of at7 project space, lives and works in Rotterdam. Throughout her practice Vera Mennens’s main research is on the question how you can research history and historiography as an artist. While unraveling the past and present, she questions how the archive helps to construct and preserve our collective and personal memory and what the future of that archive can be. Her network of research comes together in constellations of overlapping images taken from public and personal archives, books, slide projections and found objects accompanied and brought together by a narrative. Her works provide a site of relations across time and place that invites to take a position between the collective and personal, fact and fiction, past and present in order to determine new perspectives and methods on the research on histories of western Europe.
Vera completed her Bachelor in Photography at AKV/St. Joost in 2013 and her Masters Artistic Research at the KABK in 2017. Her work is made possible by: Marga Coesel-Wouda (UvA, Artis Library), Bram Langeveld (Nature Historical Museum Rotterdam), Arike Gill (Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden), Jippe Kreuning (UvA Paleoecology department, Amsterdam), Hortus Botanicus Gardens Amsterdam, Artis Zoo Amsterdam, Mondrian Fund
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