Façade of a narrow building with shop front and apartments, Wagenstraat, built around 1900 in the then prevailing and somewhat pompous mishmash of neo-styles, which seems to reflect the self-satisfaction of a conservative middle class.
Later on as the space for a shop became too small for modern times, it was connected to the ground floor of the neighbouring building, also bringing changes to the shop front, which was redesigned some years ago to its present quasi-elegant and rather cheapish state.
This is clearly a good environment for arts students to present their work.
In spite of the enormous variety of voices, ideas, styles and disciplines they seem to have co-operated well in sharing the space.
That doesn’t mean the different spaces and rooms are ideal; especially the lighting is problematic in many places.
However, as the students are still in a stage of development for their graduation show this kind of improvisatory space may work inspiring.
I especially missed some performances as i always seem to be too early or too late for them, but the whole show can easily be seen in a relatively short time.
Quite a few works are clearly in a state of development, but then any work of art is a development, even if it looks finished.
When i visited yesterday, one of my best experiences was a completely unphotographable work by Yukari Nakamichi in which the concentration of making is transferred very closely to the visitor, although i think the experience is best when entering Nakamichi’s work on your own, without company.
The whole show is an excellent appetiser for next year’s graduation show, and as such shouldn’t be missed.