Art in corona times 11. The Ongoing Conversation #7 (and Unlocked/Reconnected); 1646, Page Not Found, Stichting Ruimtevaart, The Hague

Mazen Ashkar

Doing a Master in Artistic Research is not an easy matter, as what is “artistic” and what is “research?”

Mazen Ashkar
Mazen Ashkar

Generally too many artists are claiming to be researching.

Georgie Brinkman

While art can be the result of inner or outer research – or one may need to research in order to make art –, stressing the research in art means the research itself is emphatically part of the art you show.

Georgie Brinkman

However, in the end it is just the materiality of what you show that should make the difference.

Georgie Brinkman

As a viewer you don’t give a damn if a work of art is the result of any research; that only starts to matter if, as a viewer, you become part of the research.

Daphne Monastirioti

To engage the viewer you need all the conventional conditions and techniques.

Daphne Monastirioti

There is the material object you want to show, there is the space you want to show it in, there are the acoustics of the space and there is time, the space of time you want to engage the viewer in.

Daphne Monastirioti

Whether you are good at Mid-Atlantic English non-speak or not, doesn’t make any difference.

Carmen Roca Igual

When showing your work as an artist, you are in fact artistically naked, you can hide almost nothing, and even if you do, the hiding itself becomes part of your artistic nakedness.

Carmen Roca Igual

That counts for any artist, whether you are a conventional painter or a maker of intricate video installations.

Carmen Roca Igual

(Well, that was Dad’s sermon, i guess)

Serene Hui

Ten students of the Royal Academy’s Master Artistic Research department showed their work last weekend.

Serene Hui

Under the title The Ongoing Conversation 1646 usually co-operates with the Academy to give the MA students a platform.

Serene Hui

This time 1646 expanded the co-operation with its neighbours Page Not Found and Stichting Ruimtevaart which worked out very well.

Leonie Brandner

At 1646 itself Mazen Ashkar, Georgie Brinkman, Daphne Monastirioti and Esther Arribas presented their works.

Leonie Brandner

There are no pictures of Arribas’ work here as she had organised a digital performance with sound, however, her website gives you some idea of what she is up to.

Leonie Brandner

1646 is also taking part in the national artistic online Unlocked/Reconnected show, with a work by Carmen Roca Igual (scroll up for pictures), which came out a bit shallow in combination with the works of the students, apart from its less than perfect presentation with too much reflections on the video screen.

Lena Longefay

Serene Hui showed her work in Page Not Found, and works by Leonie Brandner, Lena Longefay, Giath Taha, Juliana Martínez Hernández and by Leos were on show at Ruimtevaart.

Lena Longefay

Referring to what i preached before, i must say not all exhibiting students really engage you in their artistic research, although all do make interesting works.

Lena Longefay

One of the most interesting works was shown by Giath Taha.

Giath Taha

The work looked quite simple and open in the beginning, but looking at it in a darkened room made it haunting and even a bit spooky.

Giath Taha

A work about space, presence and absence, it engages the viewer completely.

Giath Taha

At least that is what happened with me.

Giath Taha

Another very interesting presentation was Serene Hui’s at Page Not Found. (scroll up for pictures of her work)

Juliana Martínez Hernández

In her work different ideas come together, from the manipulation of Google’s algorithms to truth and fake behind language in a post-truth society.

Juliana Martínez Hernández

The different voices filled up the space from different speakers, making it also a work about time and space, while the book titles of the shop seemed to illustrate the whole work.

Leos
Leos

Generally i admire the way these mostly international students have coped with the present situation, cut off from their friends, families and homes (some may have been in that situation already before) and finding themselves in a world that is suddenly less international in many ways.

Leos

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Contents of all photographs courtesy to all artists, 1646, Page Not Found and Stichting Ruimtevaart, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters

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