ONGOING 


San Serriffe art book shop
(Bookshop)

→ Wednesday to Sunday during public opening hours
→ Location: Entrance Hall

San Serriffe is an art and design bookstore, located in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Since its start in 2011, San Serriffe runs a steady program of weekly book presentations, exhibitions and lectures concerning publishing within an artistic practice. Previous guests include Dan Graham, Aglaia Konrad, Hanne Lippard, Karel Martens, Fred Moten and Wendelien van Oldenborgh amongst many others. The hand-picked selection of books ranges from self-published artists’ and designer books to critical theory to experimental writing. Alongside its regular program San Serriffe hosts ‘How To Show Up?’, a series focussing on the relationship between writing, composition and live performance.

The Self Luminous Society Represents
(Performance)

→ Wednesday to Sunday during public opening hours
→ Location: Throughout Fair

The Self Luminous Society is proud to introduce you to the ways of self luminosity. We will be walking throughout the fair inviting visitors for conversations while showing some curious objects of enlightenment. We have invited the artist Benny Snouta to join us from her parallel world to offer you a gift. But is free really free? Perhaps you are skeptical, especially after social media has made profits out of your ‘good will’? Well, we are here to put forth an alternative ‘Econosmic’ model (Cosmic Economics). We will not sell you things, but give you ideas. We want you to believe. Isn’t that what gives art value anyway?

Alejandro Céron Colonial Cocktails
(Performance & Installation)

→ Wednesday to Sunday during public opening hours
→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)

Colonialism kicked off with the first transoceanic ships moving subjects and objects across the oceans. Modernity is deeply based and supported by institutions, some of which date back from colonial times. The transoceanic logistical infrastructure fuels a market that perpetuates colonial capitalist dynamics of expansion, exploitation and extraction. Colonial Cocktails is a performative installation that mimics a market structure. The artworks produced within the installation can be ordered, purchased and drunk. The installation finances itself and the artist’s labor. While privilege and struggle are pervasive, the production/consumption mantra succeeded to colonize human logic. Has racial capitalist logic colonized every aspect of human existence?

Alejandro Céron, ‘Colonial Cocktails’

Arts of the Working Class
Les Irrealias: The Stage of Complaints
(Public Forum)

→ Thursday to Sunday during public opening hours
→ Location: Entrance Hall

Berlin-based artist Heiner Franzen constructs a reclamation office, an invitation for written complaints to facilitate conversations about the precariousness of cultural laborers today. Using a display of post-it notes, the installation weaves the ideas and projects into a colorful mosaic of untold (but known) truths. The transformative potential of Les Irrealias intensifies the experimental format of POPPOSITIONS to be a self-reflexive space of collaboration.

Les Irrealias, a disparate word regarding absurdity, reality and metamorphosis in the manner of a myth, which in Ancient Greek also means speech, narrative, fiction and plot. The archaic notions that are also part of the Capital of Woke, POPPOSITIONS thematic framing alluded to in the stage of complaints. The complaints themselves are to be understood not only as a report to the state of affairs for the underrepresented and unprivileged individuals but as a collection of traditional stories, fables and allegories. The complaints are to be discussed with an audience present. The stage gives opportunity for small complaints, the normally silent objections of employees from selected institutions, galleries and other bureaucratic environments to collect and amplify. This collection states plainly the dystopian plural of neoliberal exploitation of individuals as the status quo within the art world. They revolve around the conditions of belonging and inclusion in the field of work, as well as the risks that have to be taken to rectify this injustice.

International professionals working in and out of Brussels during the art fairs in April are invited to leave their complaints on our pink post-its to hang on the stage wall. A selection of the exhibited papers will be published as Arbeiterbriefe (Workers Letters) in the summer issue of Arts of the Working Class. The curatorial frame has been drawn by the editors – Alina Kolar, María Inés Plaza Lazo and Paul Sochacki – with the kind assistance of Hallie Frost.

Cole Lu The Third Lie
(Performance, by
Syndicate)

→ Thursday to Sunday at 5:00 pm
→ Location: Gym (at Syndicate)

Cole Lu actively processes the constituent parts of their installation, disguised as a social exercise for how to be, or how not to be.

Cole Lu, Maruša Sagadin, Citizen Janes, NADA New York 2018

Caetano Gueto Blaster
(Performance, by
MAMA)

→ Fri, Sat and Sun at 7:00 pm
→ Location: Entrance Hall

Gueto Blaster’s record shop brings a few of the vast musical facets from the global south which are pushed down by dominant cultures, acknowledging their power and thriving originality.These many voices emerge from a political scenario where Racial, gender and class struggles abstract beyond the spectrum of local politics and to the internet, unapologetically challenging hegemonic music scenes until it cannot go unnoticed.As a DJ set we occupy the space with soundscapes made out of bass, grunges, beats and anger. We evoke the entities to protect us from your innocent yet destructive desire to consume it all.


Thursday 25 April 2019


ALL DAY

San Serriffe art book shop • The Self Luminous Society • Colonial Cocktails by Alejandro Céron • Les Irrealias: The Stage of Complaints by Arts of the Working Class.

→ See details in ONGOING

5:00 pm

Cole Lu The Third Lie
(Performance, by
Syndicate)

→ Location: Gym (at Syndicate)
→ See details in ONGOING

6:00 pm

Clara Pacotte Cuirasse bientôt cloutée d’or
(Film Screening, by
feeelings)

→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)

Clara Pacotte experiments with video between fiction and documentary. She is a speculative fiction writer; a field where she explores social alternatives questioning gender and community issues. In Clara Pacotte’s film Cuirasse bientôt cloutée d’or (2018, 46 minutes) the narrator discovers the traces of a predominantly lesbian subculture of the 2050s and collects the archives of the various movements that preceded her.

Clara Pacotte, ‘Cuirasse bientôt cloutée d’or’, 46 min, 2018.

Friday 26 April 2019


ALL DAY

San Serriffe art book shop • The Self Luminous Society • Colonial Cocktails by Alejandro Céron • Les Irrealias: The Stage of Complaints by Arts of the Working Class.

→ See details in ONGOING

4:00 pm

RoSa vzw Feminism in the Arts
(Conversation + Panel Talk)

→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)

The Belgian artistic field still has a long way to go when it comes to equality and women’s rights. Women, and especially women of colour, are underrepresented in positions of power. Recent statistics of Kunstenpunt reveal that the arts are still dominated by male leadership, certainly in large institutions. At the same time female artists struggle more than their male colleagues to pursue a career in the arts and when they do succeed, they earn less for the same kind of work. On top of that, #metoo reminded us of the brutal washouts of sexism and male dominance. Cultural magazine rekto:verso and RoSa, centre of knowledge on gender and feminism, therefore present this conversation on feminism in the arts. Together with philosopher Petra Van Brabandt, Saddie Choua, Jemima Kulumba, Zeynep Kubat we’ll discuss the stakes in this debate.

5:00 pm

Cole Lu The Third Lie
(Performance, by
Syndicate)

→ Location: Gym (at Syndicate)
→ See details in ONGOING

6:00 pm

Clara Pacotte Cuirasse bientôt cloutée d’or
(Film Screening, by
feeelings)

→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)
→ See details on Thursday

7:00 pm

Caetano Gueto Blaster
(Performance, by
MAMA)

→ Location: Entrance Hall
→ See details in ONGOING


SATURDAY 27 APRIL 2019


ALL DAY

San Serriffe art book shop • The Self Luminous Society • Colonial Cocktails by Alejandro Céron • Les Irrealias: The Stage of Complaints by Arts of the Working Class.

→ See details in ONGOING

3.00 pm

Alice Sparkly Kat
Cult Science: Aliens and Astrology
(Lecture, by
Broodthaers Society of America)

→ Location: +2 Level (at Broodthaers Society of America)

This 60-minute lecture will explore cultural appropriations and reflections within a history of Astrology from pre-500 BCE to the present. Instead of focusing on the heavens as the subject of astrology, this lecture proposes that the “great beyond” of astrology’s subject is actually the cultural alien here on earth. By viewing astrology as a cultural science, or cult science, this workshop will ask: “What are the socio-political effects of astrology?” “What is the link between culture and biology?” And, “Is postmodern science a cult science?”

4.00 pm

Richard John Jones National Idiom
(Performance, by
feeelings)

→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)

National Idiom draws on the folk tradition of East-Lancashire clogging from the UK to explore the impact of technology on the body, working through and against systems of constraint and control. Emerging from the cotton mills, where women would tap along to the relentless rhythms of the mechanised looms, clogging is a symbol of the deeply interwoven histories around textile production, voicelessness, class struggle and gendered oppression. This work, which is in development, intends to contextualise the various historical ‘rediscoveries’ of folk traditions within the current context of a resurgence of nationalisms in post-industrial regions in Europe and elsewhere. Clogging and other folk expressions are both extremely specific whilst also being deeply interconnected and shared amongst many regions and cultures across the world. At the heart of this work is an understanding of the connection between the development of technology, particularly the mechanical loom and early computers, and the effect these developments have had upon marginalised bodies and subjectivities.

‘National Idiom’ is by Richard John Jones, performed by Eva Susova and developed with Doortje Peters for Forum for Live Art Amsterdam (FLAM), 2018.

5:00 pm

Cole Lu The Third Lie
(Performance, by
Syndicate)

→ Location: Gym (at Syndicate)
→ See details in ONGOING

7:00 pm

Caetano Gueto Blaster
(Performance, by
MAMA)

→ Location: Entrance Hall
→ See details in ONGOING


SUNDAY 28 APRIL 2019


ALL DAY

San Serriffe art book shop • The Self Luminous Society • Colonial Cocktails by Alejandro Céron • Les Irrealias: The Stage of Complaints by Arts of the Working Class.

→ See details in ONGOING

3.00 pm

Alice Sparkly Kat
Cult Science: Aliens and Astrology
(Lecture, by
Broodthaers Society of America)

→ Location: +2 Level (at Broodthaers Society of America)
→ See details in Saturday

4.00 pm

Onomatopee
Diagrams of Power & Atlas of Agendas
(Book Launch + Talks)

→ Location: Bar Area & Public Programme Space (-1 Level)

Talks and book launch featuring various guests including Diagrams of Power curator Patricio Dávila and Atlas of Agendas authors and designers Bureau d’Etudes. Diagrams of Power is an exhibition project and publication that showcases critical artworks and projects that use data, diagrams, maps, and visualizations as ways of challenging dominant narratives and supporting the resilience of marginalized communities. Artists and designers featured in this project critique conventionalized and established truths that obscure important histories or perpetuate oppressive regimes. They also contribute to positive social change by engaging communities and providing alternative strategies for storytelling, communication, and organizing.

5:00 pm

Cole Lu The Third Lie
(Performance, by
Syndicate)

→ Location: Gym (at Syndicate)
→ See details in ONGOING

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