De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam
Flemish Arts Centre | Nes 45
1012 KD Amsterdam
artists & participants
Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen
White Horse/ Twin Horse (rehearsing an exhibition)
09.12.2017 - 28.01.2018
In White Horse / Twin Horse, Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen make use of De Brakke Grond’s theatre infrastructure to rehearse forms of exhibition in which research, process and outcome cannot be meaningfully distinguished.
The artists relocated their entire physical storage and digital archives to the theatre space, where they will unpack the work into a series of repetitions in collaboration with two curators, a fellow artist and a theatre director. The theatre’s technicians, used to building and taking down productions every night, will reinstall the exhibition every ten days, activating and deactivating different parts. A writer in residence captures each iteration with a text that remains in the space, her writing accumulates as the exhibition transforms. By rehearsing the exhibition conditions surrounding the production process, both the artwork and its presentation are exposed and questioned.
Not What I Meant but Anyway, a new performance piece written for two actors, will be rehearsed throughout the exhibition. It is composed of text generated from couple therapy sessions, artists’ texts, general bureaucracy and production correspondence.
The exhibition will be concluded with a performative study day dedicated to reflection methods and ideas around the presentation of process.
Revital Cohen (UK) & Tuur Van Balen (Belgium) are London-based artists working across objects, installation and film. Their work was recently exhibited at Para Site in Hong Kong, the 7th Moscow Biennale, Kunstverein Düsseldorf, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Vienna, Fotomuseum Winterthur, HKW Berlin and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Their first retrospective will take place in Z33 in Hasselt in 2019.
In cooperation with Z33, Huis voor Actuele Kunst, Hasselt (Belgium).