Art in corona times 29. Nele Brökelmann, Katarina Petrović & June Yu, Steamboat; Trixie, The Hague

How can you turn the tide of mindless consumerism?

By showing tailor made works of art for sale?

The Steamboat collective Nele Brökelmann, Katarina Petrović and June Yu clearly don’t think so.

They believe more in co-operation and sharing experiences by making and discussing.

That may sound heavily like the 1960s and 70s, but then, that period established freedoms we now take for granted, and, with the upsurge of consumerism as an antidote against soviet-communism, that period also developed critical thinking about consumerism.

With the present seemingly global stampede of mindlessness, natural disasters that can hardly be controlled, and much more that makes life precarious, there seems to be a momentum again for rethinking our position.

At Trixie, where the steam collective has presently taken its residence, there is remarkably little on show.

So it’s all the more interesting to start a conversation with the club.

It even found your reviewer participating in a poetry project.

When i left Trixie i saw our activities hadn’t really changed the world, but then: what is the world?

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© Villa Next Door 2020

Contents of all photographs courtesy to Nele Brökelmann, Katarina Petrović, June Yu, other participants and Trixie, Den Haag.

Bertus Pieters


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