Call for Applications for ‘Raamte’

Exterior and interior view.

ADA is pleased to announce a new project: Raamte, a window presentation project organised by Gerwin Luijendijk.

Our new studio building has a big front window on street level at the crossing of Bree and Groene Hilledijk, in the Feyenoord area of Rotterdam.

Starting from April 2010 onwards, we want to give artists the opportunity to use this semi-public space for the making of a presentation in the form of an artwork. The art works will be on view in ADA’s prominent entrance area for the duration of 1 -1,5 month each.

We are looking for artists that work with the body in relation to its surroundings. We are interested in questions such as how do we approach a space and physically relate to it? How do we deal with the materials that surround us?

If you are interested in developing a work for ADA’s window space, feel free to send us a proposal including your CV and a written, or visual, outline of your intended project.

Proposals can be sent at all times to: gluijendijk[at]hotmail[dot]com

Cinema Sunset presents: Andy Warhol Shorts ’63-‘66

'Blow Job' by Andy Warhol

A screening of selected early short films of Andy Warhol. Introduction by Jim Turbert. Runtime total programme: 120 mins

Between 1963 and 1968 Andy Warhol produced over 60 films and 472 short black-and-white Screen Tests. His experimental films which emphasise stillness and duration came to be known as structural film.

As a filmmaker, Warhol was a provocateur of duration. Most of the films that were shot during the early sixties were fabled for there epic lengths: Sleep (1963), a five-hour portrait of the young poet John Giorno, and Kiss (1963) a 50-minutes film that exposes non-stop kissing people. The 35-minutes film BlowJob is one continuous shot of the face of DeVeren Bookwalter supposedly receiving oral sex; whilst the camera never tilts down to show it.

Although Warhol’s Screen Tests are short 4-minute portraits of factory visitors, they are also monumental in sum. Shot with his stationary 16 mm Bolex camera on silent black and white, each Screen Test is exactly the same length, lasting as long as the roll of film. In his Screen Tests, Warholl exposes his own selected group of “superstars”. Stars that hypnotize, simply by being themselves and stare at the camera as “living portaits”.

In the March Cinema, artist and photographer Jim Turbert will show a selection of Warhol’s early short films that made a deep impression on him during his studies at the Massachusetts College of Art from 1997- 2001. Turbert’s own art practice deals with the randomness of media exposure and the meaningless void of voyeuristic hedoism.

Practical Information:
Tuesday 30 March | 19:30
Andy Warhol shorts introduced by Jim Turbert
ADA Rotterdam | Project space | Bree 93 B |Rotterdam
Contact: margo.onnes [at] gmail [dot] com

P for Performance presents: Balkony Ceremony

P for Performance is pleased to announce and host the tenth performative event: Balkony Ceremony by Ania Okrasko.

Ania Okrasko is a Polish artist who recently moved to Rotterdam in order to attend a Fine Arts Master Programme at Piet Zwart Institue. Currently, Ania is developing a project from her interests in the subject of community. The artist’s ideas have grown from her investigation of Rotterdam’s history, the city’s public spaces and its population.

As Ania enters the city, she proposes a ceremony of welcome. She sends an invitation for citizens of Rotterdam to participate in an unconventional and extraordinary welcoming celebration. People are invited to attend this public event on their private balconies.

Ania stresses the almost mythical character of her idea while it is at the same time actually openly publicized. Whether the ceremony takes place or not depends entirely on the citizens’ willingness to participate in the ceremony.

The event at ADA, hosted by P for Performance, offers another opportunity to announce the ceremony of welcome, planned for April the 10th 2010, and giving it more publicity.

Everybody is very welcome!

P for Performance is part of an ongoing project by Maja Bekan, entitled Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-respect in Troubling Times. The aim of these performance events is to try to critically engage with the investigation of the artist’s role as a producer and advertiser. The project Balkony Ceremony is supported by Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam & ADA Rotterdam.

Practical Information:
Sunday 28 March | 15:00
Balkony Ceremony by Ania Okrasko
ADA Rotterdam | Project space | Bree 93 B |Rotterdam
Contact: Maja Bekan (06-28266857) | pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com

The Open Office for Words: Constituting Reality

Constituting Reality; Does The Medium Make The Memory?
March’s The Open Office For Words will take place at Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, Friesland.

Laura Basu (A Doctoral Candidate working in the project The Dynamics of Cultural Remembrance: An Intermedial Perspective). Basu talks about memory and media in relation to the concept of memory dispositif, referring both to Michel Foucault and Gilles Deleuze.

Steve Rushton (Writer and Editor). In his talk They Came To See Who Came, Rushton talks about media events in relation to Who What Where When & How, his collaborative work together with Rod Dickinson.

You are cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute to the above themes. Books, journals, research papers and images related, whether from the field of arts or science are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format.

Practical Information:
Sunday 21 March | 14:00 – 16:00
Theme: Constituting Reality; Does The Medium Make The Memory?
Location: Kunsthuis SYB | Beetsterzwaag | Friesland.

Deirdre M. Donoghue
E: openofficeforwords[at]gmail[dot]com
T: 06 – 53323708

P for Performance presents: Talkative Window for Collapsed Items

P for Performance is pleased to announce a ninth performative event: Talkative Window for Collapsed Items (Proposal for a performance to happen in a former shop window, now ADA’s space), a performance by Roxane Borujerdi.

“In my live performance work, I usually make speeches out of a determined source of language and of already made expressions, which I transpose to another context. Often interacting with “do-it-yourself” props, my performances stage absurd challenges in everyday life spaces, and disrupt the course of events made foreseeable by the specific settings of an urban environment or a manufactured object.”

Roxane Borujerdi graduated from Beaux Arts de Paris in 2006. She is currently doing a residency at Stichting Duende in Rotterdam. With a partiality for mediums that allow mobility, as well the utmost immediacy between an idea and its visual realization, she is developing her practice through performances, drawings and videos. She intends to keep on exploring the contradictions of the common stereotype, using imagery that comes either from minimal art or popular visual culture. Since 2005 she exhibited in various galleries and institutions across Europe and made a year residency at The Hospital Club in London (2008-09). Up coming: solo show Galerie Lucile Corty (Paris).

P for Performance is part of an ongoing project by Maja Bekan, entitled Secret Powers for Identity, Security and Self-respect in Troubling Times. The aim of these performance events is to try to critically engage with the investigation of the artist’s role as a producer and advertiser.

Practical Information:
Sunday 14 March | 16:00
Talkative Window for Collapsed Items by Roxane Borujerdi
ADA Rotterdam | Shop Front | Bree 93 B |Rotterdam
Contact: Maja Bekan (06-28266857) | pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com

Cinema Sunset presents: S. Battal Kurt’s choice

'Kilometre Zero' (2005), directed by Hiner Saleem

A Screening of three Kurdish/ Armenian films selected by S. Battal Kurt.

Toprakkale (a trailer)
A film project in development.
Director: S.Battal Kurt
Runtime trailer: 9 min.

Vremana Goda (The Seasons)
Release: 1975
Director: Artavazd Pelechian
Runtime: 28 min.

Kilometre Zero
Release: 2005
Director: Hiner Saleem
Runtime: 96 min.

Runtime total programme: 134 min.

In his work the Kurdish filmmaker S. Battal Kurt deals with questions of cultural difference and identity. For his film Toprakkale, Kurt returned for a whole year to his birthplace Toprakkale in eastern Turkey, to film the habits of the village’s inhabitants. Images of landscapes, rural life and the changing of seasons represent the filmmaker’s research into his own memories and identity. In February’s Cinema Sunset, Kurt will both show the trailer for Toprakkale, as well as show two films by the film directors Artavazd Pelechian and Hiner Saleem.

The film Vremada Goda (The Seasons) by Artavazd Pelechian is one of the most important documentary films made in Armenia. Pelechian is renowned for developing a style of cinematographic perspective known as distance montage and his use of candid camera shots of people engaging in mundane tasks. In Vremada Goda, Pelechian depicts in a light, ironic and intimate way the co-existence of nature and the Armenian people.

Kilometre Zero by Hiner Saleem is a tragicomic road trip set in Iraqi Kurdistan, during the Iran-Iraq war in 1988. It tells the story of a young Kurdish man Ako, who is forced to join the Iraqi army to fight against Iran, whilst dreaming of escaping the country. Out in the frontline, the other Iraqi soldiers abuse him due to his Kurdish background. When Ako is given a mission to escort the coffin of a dead Iraqi soldier back to his family, an unexpected opportunity for escaping arises.

Practical Information:
Tuesday 23 February | 19:30
S.Battal Kurt’s choice
ADA Rotterdam | Project space | Bree 93 B |Rotterdam
Contact: margo.onnes [at] gmail [dot] com

Zicht op Zalmhaven, no. 3

Issue no. 3: 'Changing Courses'

The third Zicht op Zalmhaven took place on the 31st of Oktober 2009 in TENT., Rotterdam. That’s when independent curator, critic, delight-maker and foodie Nat Muller met Omar Muñoz-Cremers, who writes about science fiction, music, films and sociology. Their conversation deals with a broad range of subjects including writing, melancholic futurism, the rhizome structure, representation and rituals. You can download a pdf transcript of their conversation here.

Zicht op Zalmhaven is a single-table restaurant to which guests are invited for a three course meal and an interdisciplinary conversation. The meeting aims for the exchange of thoughts and ideas between people in the hope that new perspectives on a given subject can come to exist.

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