artists & participants
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else is a group exhibition with works by more than forty artists. Playing with variation and repetition, resemblance and difference, synchronicities and slippages, this exhibition marks the end of Moderation(s), a long-term program (August 2012 – August 2014) initiated by Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong.
Events: Throughout June and July 2014, moderated tours and speculative readings of the exhibition will be held by Oscar van den Boogaard (Novelist), Chris Fitzpatrick (Curator), Christina Li (Curator and Writer), Marnie Slater (Artist and Writer), and others. Dates and times to be announced soon.
But if everything is potentially everything else, complained the translator, what am I doing here? – George Szirtes, Afterword: The Death Of The Translator, 2013
Works by more than forty artists from across the globe – including a strong contingent of Hong Kong-based artists, many of whom have never shown at Witte de With before– are gathered around key concepts such as time, duration and space (Douglas Gordon, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, On Kawara), memory and inscription (Ang Song Ming, John Cage, Sharon Hayes), transformation (Bik Van der Pol, Nicolás Lamas), pleasure (Ivan Argote, Chu Yun, Willem de Rooij, Haegue Yang), and encounters (Lee Kit, Gabriel Lester, Narcisse Tordoir). The relations and transferences between the presented artworks is guided by notions such as tension, repetition, variation, and momentum, reminiscent of Contact Improvisation, a dance method developed by choreographer Steve Paxton.
How can one work of art moderate another one? Can an audience become a moderator of the works on view? How much translation is needed to bring out meaningful relations between works created by different artists? If everything is connected, what is the shared connective language? The Part In The Story deals with the transmissive qualities of objects, situations, and storytelling, where one can dissolve into the others.
Guilty Pleasures, Incidents of Travel, A Thing At A Time, A Fictional Residency, Stories and Situations, and The Social Contract, each project installment of Moderation(s)questioned or redefined the conditions which impact the creation and production of objects, situations, and stories. As such, the dynamic triangulation between these three axis is the central topic of The Part In The Story, which can be seen as an epilogue and a reprise of the manifold motifs at play in the Moderation(s) program.
An epilogue is the final chapter at the end of a story. It can occur a significant period of time after the main plot has ended, and may offer scenes only tangentially related to the subject of the story. An epilogue can continue in the same narrative style and perspective as the preceding story, although occasionally the form can be drastically different from the overall story.
Artists: A Constructed World, Nadim Abbas, Allora & Calzadilla, Ang Song Ming, Ivan Argote, Bik Van der Pol, Pierre Bismuth, John Cage, Chen Zhen, Chu Yun, Ceal Floyer, Aurélien Froment, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Minja Gu, Sharon Hayes, Ho Rui An, Ho Sin Tung, Tim Etchells & Vlatka Horvat, On Kawara, Patrick Killoran, Kwan Sheung Chi, Nicolás Lamas, Lee Kit, Michael Lee, Lucas Lenglet, Gabriel Lester, Marysia Lewandowska, Charles Lim, Katarina Löfström, MAP Office, Anthony Marcellini, Ahmet Ögüt & Cevdet Erek, João Vasco Paiva, Patricia Reed, Willem de Rooij, Praneet Soi, Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Koki Tanaka, Narcisse Tordoir, Freek Wambacq, Leung Chi Wo + Sara Wong, Magdalen Wong, Adrian Wong, Haegue Yang, Trevor Yeung, Johan Zetterquist.
Curated by Heman Chong (artist and writer, Singapore) and Samuel Saelemakers (Associate Curator, Witte de With)
About Moderation(s) Launched in August 2012, Moderation(s) is a long-term program conceived by two international art institutions: Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Spring Workshop in Hong Kong. Within this framework Heman Chong, a Singaporean artist and writer, was invited by Witte de With’s Director Defne Ayas to steer the program.
Moderation(s) so far manifested itself through different projects including three residencies, a series of performances, a book of short stories, and a conference. Although the projects have developed independently from one another, they often organically informed and shaped each other. Allowing for chance encounters and improvisation to take the lead, the program reveals itself through its participants more than anything else. Driven by the desire to return to the specific nature of creative production processes, the act of doing preceded defining.
Moderation(s) is steered by artist and writer Heman Chong, initiated by Defne Ayas (Director, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art) and Mimi Brown (Founder and Director, Spring Workshop), and developed together with Samuel Saelemakers (Associate Curator, Witte de With).
Past participants of Moderation(s): A Constructed World, Nadim Abbas, Lee Ambrozy, Defne Ayas, Oscar van den Boogaard, Mimi Brown, Brian Castriota, Enoch Cheng, Heman Chong, Mette Edvardsen, Chris Fitzpatrick, Amira Gad, Natasha Ginwala, RoseLee Goldberg, Latitudes, Vincenzo Latronico, Doretta Lau, Michael Lee, Christina Li, MAP Office, Guy Mannes-Abbott, Anthony Marcellini, Vincent Normand, Rosemary Orr, Vivian Sky Rehberg, Eszter Salamon, Samuel Saelemakers, Benjamin Seror, Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Yuk King Tan, Ho Sin Tung, Koki Tanaka, Xiaoyu Weng, Samson Young, Arnisa Zeqo.
Support: The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else was made possible with the support of AMMODO, Bugada Cargnel (Paris), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Iaspis, Outset Netherlands, SAHA.
Acknowledgements: Special thanks goes to all the artists, and the following lenders: Andréhn-Schiptjenko (Stockholm), Bugada Cargnel (Paris), Caldic Collectie (Wassenaar), Collection Anne-Shelton Aaron, EMI Private Collection, Galerie Buchholz (Cologne), Glenstone (Potomac), Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong), Koninklijke Bibliotheek (The Hague), M+ Museum for visual culture (Hong Kong), Moiz Zilberman Collection (Istanbul), Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Tanya Leighton (Berlin), Van Abbemuseum (Eindhoven), Vitamin Creative Space (Beijing), and other private collections.
The Part In The Story Where A Part Becomes A Part Of Something Else
Constructed World , Nadim Abbas, Allora & Calzadilla, Ang Song Ming, Ivan Argote, Bik Van der Pol, Pierre Bismuth, John Cage, Chen Zhen, Chu Yun, Ceal Floyer, Aurelien Froment, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Douglas Gordon, Minja Gu, Sharon Hayes, Ho Rui An, Ho Sin Tung, Tim Etchells & Vlatka Horvat, On Kawara, Patrick Killoran, Kwan Sheung Chi, Nicolas Lamas, Lee Kit, Michael Lee, Lucas Lenglet, Gabriel Lester, Marysia Lewandowska (Marysia Lewandowska & Neil Cummings), Charles Lim, Katarina Löfström, MAP Office , Anthony Marcellini, Ahmet Ogut & Cevdet Erek, Joao Vasco Paiva, Patricia Reed, Willem de Rooij, Praneet Soi, Nasrin Tabatabai & Babak Afrassiabi, Koki Tanaka, Narcisse Tordoir, Freek Wambacq, Leung Chi Wo & Sara Wong, Magdalen Wong, Adrian Wong, Haegue Yang, Trevor Yeung, Johan Zetterquist.
Heman Chong, Samuel Saelemakers