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.

The Open Office for Words: Multiplicities and Urban Textures

Theme: Multiplicities and Urban Textures
January’s Open Office for Words looks at the city and the urban environment in terms of how they can be read and understood by looking at modes of reading the city and the multiple uses and meanings of urban spaces.

Taina Rajanti (Doc. Pol. Sci, Head of Research at Pori School of Art and Media, Helsinki University of Art and Design) will talk about Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project now and in the last century. Rajanti will focus on the new arcades i.e the semi-public commercialized urban spaces, and people’s need to occupy those spaces, to use them and abuse them for their own practices, and how it is possible to introduce new meanings, ways of reading and uses to those spaces.

Frans-Willem Korsten (Prof. dr. Erasmus University, Leiden University) will talk about modes of reading the city, specifically the possibilities of broadening sensibility and the multiplication of worlds, instead of the vectorization of the urban world. In relation to this, Korsten will consider the principal difference between reading the urban environment as a narrative or as a poem.

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 31 January | 13:00 – 15:00
Theme: Multiplicities and Urban Textures
Location: ADA Rotterdam | Bree 93 B | Rotterdam

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

It is preferable to notify The Open Office for Words in advance of your participation.

Cinema Sunset presents: Meditation on Violence

Meditation on Violence, Maya Deren, 1948

La Ceremonie, Claude Chabrol, 1995

A screening of two films selected by Maja Bekan dealing with the subject of inner violence: Meditation on Violence (Maya Deren, 1948) and the film La Ceremonie (Clode Chabrol, 1995).

Meditation on Violence
Release: 1948
Director: Maya Deren
Runtime: 12 min.

La Cérémonie
Release: 1995
Director: Claude Chabrol
Runtime: 112 min.
Runtime total programme: 124 min.

Sophie (Sandrine Bonnaire), an isolated and quiet maid, tries to keep her illiteracy a secret from the upper class Lelievre family she works for. In an attempt to conceal her illiteracy from everyone, she becomes increasingly withdrawn from her employers, and the deception and lie’s compound. Sophie becomes friends with the rebellious post office employee, Jeanne (Isabelle Huppert) who encourages her to stand up against her bourgeois employers and soon their relationship grows unnaturally close. Slowly Sophie’s life begins to spiral towards violence. La Cérémonie is a psychological thriller that explores the themes of isolation and loneliness with a dark undertone. Claude Chabrol presents an ambiguous view of culture and class conflict in this film, which he jokingly called “the last Marxist film”.

Before the screening of La Cérémonie, Maja Bekan will show the short film Meditation on Violence by Maya Deren (1948). In Meditation on Violence, Deren’s camera is motivated by the movement of the performer Chao Li Chi. Through the performance of a ritual, Li Chi tries to exorcise violence through a series of meditational dance movements.

Bekan’s interest lays in the performing power of authority and alienation, and the display of rituals; themes that are questioned by both of the films.

Practical Information:
Thursday 21 January | 19:30
Mediation on Violence introduction by Maja Bekan
ADA Rotterdam | Project space | Bree 93 B |Rotterdam
Contact: margo.onnes [at] gmail [dot] com

The Winter Garden Programme (extended overview)

Shaw Gardens (August 1915)

Between 30 December and 3 January ADA will create a winter garden in ‘t Gemaal as part of the exhibition Florida organised by Tent.

People are invited to view the surrounding botanical display and to use the garden for coming together, meeting, talking, relaxing and reflection. The garden in ‘t Gemaal forms a thematic point of departure for a number of activities.

On all days a diaporama can be viewed and listened to in the garden. The diaporama consists of a series of slides by Matts Leiderstam (Gothenburg, 1956), and is accompanied by an audio recording of a lecture by him. Leiderstam researches the complex relationship between landscape and seeing and the genre of landscape painting. He adopts different roles by researching (art-) historical documents, copying paintings and looking through historical, optical instruments. In his work Leiderstam brings together these different gazes, asking us to look at well-known landscape images anew. In his lecture, Leiderstam will talk about these issues in relation to recent work, amongst which is the project Grand Tour.

The Winter Garden programme in ‘t Gemaal:

Saturday 2 January 2010 | 17.30 – 20.30
17.30 Kitchen Lecture, a performance by Deirdre M. Donoghue, hosted by P for Performance.
The performance is accompanied by a meal.
19.00 Interior Arcadias. A lecture on video by artist/designer/writer Mark Pimlott on the architecture of interior public spaces.

Sunday 3 January 2010 | 15.00 – 18.00
15.00 The Symbolics of Swimming Pools in Classical Cinema. A presentation of research by video artist Margo Onnes.
Coffee Break.
16.00 Poetrying, an open poetry reading organised by artist duo SKART and Maja Bekan for P for Performance. To participate with your poems please send your name, date of birth and 2 poems to: pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com
17.45 Music for the Plants. A ‘garden concert’ specially composed for plants by Gerwin Luijendijk.


Kitchen Lecture by Deirdre M. Donoghue

Kitchen Lecture
Whilst preparing dinner for her family, Deirdre M. Donoghue presents the viewer with a talk on the history of gesture studies and her own research interests evolving around language, gesture and becoming. All at once she prepares meatballs and mashed potato, presents visual material, and is interrupted by her children walking in and out of the kitchen, at times demanding her attention, at times joining in in the activities.

By setting herself this physically demanding task of giving an artist’s-talk while preparing her family a meal, she makes transparent the conditions of the artistic production of many female artists. Rather than separating the two different roles; the role of an artist and the role of a mother, she allows them to collapse together in the video performance entitled Kitchen Lecture.

New York US 2005 © Mark Pimlott

Interior Arcadias
Fragments of nature captured in an interior, particularly when they are alien or exotic, provide pleasure to its occupants. When brought indoors, nature imposes its own character and order, and the interior typically concedes in a fundamental way to its contents, and loses much of its substance. The story of such an interior is bound up with Enlightenment-born ideas regarding the categorization, possession and domination of the world’s natural contents. The nineteenth century witnessed an explosion of expressions of these ideas, which yielded the various building typologies we continue to be familiar with: the crystal palace, the arcade, the department store, the mall, and the atrium.

In an illustrated lecture, Mark Pimlott will give an account and a critical appraisal of the interior’s embrace of nature, from its first grand expression at the 1851’s Great Exhibition’s Crystal Palace to its commonplace manifestations in shopping centres, airports, and corporate office buildings. The story of these interiors is intertwined with those of the development of cities in modernity, their innovations, entrapments and the public spaces with which they are most identified.

Sunset Boulevard starring William Holden.

The Symbolics of Swimming Pools in Classical Cinema
In her talk The Symbolics of Swimming Pools in Classical Cinema, Margo Onnes will reflect on some of the most well known swimming pool scenes from classical cinema that inspired her for her short film Muze. Scenes from La Piscine (1969), The Swimmer (1968), Diabolique (1955), Cat People (1942) and Sunset Boulevard (1950) all depict the swimming pool as a dark place in the subconscious of the stories’ protagonists. In these deeply psychological dramas the swimming pool functions as a foreboding enigma; “One can hardly get a grip on what precisely is going on between the main characters, but it is obvious that something really bad is going to happen. It seems as if the answers to the characters secret’s are to be found somewhere deep down in the pool.”

Poetrying by SKART

Poetrying is a collaboration between the artist duo SKART from Belgrade (RS) and Maja Bekan, P for Performance (NL). For this unique ‘open mike’ poetry reading in the winter garden at ‘t Gemaal, P for Performance is appropriating Skart’s monthly event Poetrying (Pesnicenje), a poetry reading.

We would like to invite enthusiastic creative poets to participate. The term ‘poetry’ is to be used very loosely and creatively, so feel free to apply by sending your name and your potential contribution (poems, short texts, music, plays, etc.) at: pforperformance[at]gmail[dot]com.

Music for the Plants.

Music for the Plants
In 1973, Dorothy Retallack published a small book called The Sound of Music and Plants. Her book detailed experiments that she had been conducting with plants. Mrs. Retallack discovered astonishing results. By playing music through speakers for plants, she discovered how music influenced the growth of these plants. When she played soothing ‘middle-of-the-road’ music to one group of plants, and rock music and no music at all to two other groups for three hours a day, she noticed drastic differences. After a while, the plants that had to listen to the ‘soothing’ music were much bigger and greener than the ‘silent plants’, while the ‘rock plants’ were dying. The ‘middle-of-the-road music plants’ were even growing towards the speakers, while the ‘rock plants’ were bending the opposite way.

To ease the stay of the plants in ‘t Gemaal, Gerwin Luijendijk will play soothing songs especially written for the plants. “It is good to let people enjoy the beauty of plant life, but what about the plants themselves?”


Practical Information:
Winter Garden opening times:

Wednesday 30 December 11.00 – 17.00
Thursday 31 December 11.00 – 17.00
Saturday 02 January 11.00 – 20.30
Sunday 03 January 11.00 – 18.00

Winter Garden Programme:
Saturday 02 January 17.30 – 20.30 (including food)
Sunday 03 January 15.00 – 18.00

‘t Gemaal | Pretorialaan 141 | 3072 EL | Rotterdam

The Winter Garden will be beautifully made by GREENHOUSE, groenverhuur en decoraties.

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