February 24 | Charlotte Dumas, Johannes Paul Raether and Angelique Spaninks & Beamclub screening | Bots, Bodies, Beasts – The art of being Humble


Program with Charlotte Dumas, Johannes Paul Raether and Angelique Spaninks & Beamclub screening February 24 at 13.30 hrs at RIETVELD'S GYM Fred Roeskestraat 96

Animals & Values CHARLOTTE DUMAS The notion that the state of humanity can be read and studied by the way we relate to animals is a vital thread in the work of Charlotte Dumas. Her choice of sub-ject relates directly to the way we use, co-exist with, and define specific animals, assigning various symbolisms to them as well as our own personal reflections. It is her belief that the disappearance of the actual presence of animals as a given in our society greatly affects how we experience life and for example our ability to be empathetic with one another. The gap that currently exists between animals used and seen as a food resource on one hand and the anthropomorphic use of them on the other (as they are also often depicted in visual language) contributes to an increasingly contradictory relationship. When it comes to animal topics, emotions often run high. It seems the less we are in direct contact with them, the more we lose the perspective of their true capacity and what they mean to us.

Augmented Embodiments JOHANNES PAUL RAETHER Through the filter of his multiple Potential Identities, the Artist (and Iden-titect) Johannes Paul Raether will give an introduction to his shizzo-realist avatars and psycho-active institutions that have been crystalizing in an evolving experimental framework they call Identitecture. Appearances of figures such as Protektorama, the SmartphoneSangoma and WorldWideWitch as well as Transformella, ReproRevolutionary of the Ovulo-factories, will be presented and reflected, while instances, sites and practices within these Appearances will be discussed for their respective terms and methods. The aim of language within this system of self-made conceptualisations and proto-academic terms such as 'Beautified Intervention', and 'Augmented Embodi-ments' will be discussed as a means to continuously construct a partial and situated, yet evolving planetary model of identity production. The lecture aims to show vectors of this production(s) and how to dissect from the genre of political art and to travel towards a potential framing of „psycho-realist artistic practice in a capitalist society“.

BAD Collaborations ANGELIQUE SPANINKS In her talk Angelique Spaninks will go into how MU has developed the BAD award presentation and surrounding exhibition in 2014 and 2015 and what its plans for the upcoming years are. What are the challenges and gifts you run into when developing an exhibition with mainly living materials that will have to be on view for 2 months? And what does it take to curate around collaborative open-ended projects that will only be ready on the day of the opening?

Charlotte Dumas (1977, Vlaardingen NL) studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam as well as at ISCP in New York and Cité des Arts, Paris, France. Her work is shown internationally in institutions and museums such as fotomuseum Winterthur, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, De Pont Museum for Contemporay Art, Tilburg, Foam Amsterdam and Gallery 916, Tokyo. She has made 13 publications to date, including Retrieved and her most recent book Work Horse.

Johannes Paul Raether lives and works in Berlin. During his studies at the Universität der Künste Berlin he worked in several self-organised projects such as the Freie Klasse. From 2006 to 2011 he co-organised the artist run space "basso" and conceived several of the collectives performances. His works and performances were shown at KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn (2010), Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm (2010), Kunsthaus Bregenz (2012), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2013), Savvy Contemporary, Berlin (2014) and in Fridericianum, Kassel (2015). Solo exhibitions at September Gallery, Berlin (2011), Künstlerhaus Stuttgart (2012), Ludlow 38, New York City (2014) and in Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (2015). Raether published in Texte Zur Kunst and has been Gastprofessor at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Ham-burg. He received the Villa Romana Price (2015) and is currently Artist in Res-idence at the Leuphana University Art’s Program.

Trained as a journalist and arts & cultural scientist at Erasmus University An-gelique Spaninks's career splits in two parts. The first half she spend in journalism writing about culture, culture policy, visual arts, design, architecture, e-culture and managing the general newsdesk at a newspaper. After that she switched to managing and curating at MU art space since 2005 and STRP Biennial since 2012. Spaninks combines general management and curation at both foundations based in Eindhoven. MU is one of the leading 4 ‘presentatie-instellingen’ for visual arts in the Netherlands (next to De Appel, Witte De With and Marres). STRP Biennial is a leading and hybrid festival for creative technology in the Netherlands. Since 2014 MU collaborates with ZonMW and NWO on granting and presenting the international Bio Art & Design Awards and each year develops and presents an exhibition around the 3 prizewinning new BAD projects. In the winter of 2015/2016 this exhibi-tion was called Body of Matter.