From the 26th through 28th November, during Amsterdam Galleries Weekend, Motive Gallery will be pleased to welcome gallery visitors with hearty soups and hot drinks throughout the day.
In ancient cultures, play and ritual were as inseparable as myth and landscape, image and being. While we try to guess what could remain of our mythical, aboriginal self, for whom the world was one immense organism, we attempt to find better words to name that world, better ideas to understand it and new images to imagine it. Can we ever access that primeval territory of imagination, even as tourists, cameramen, dreamers? Can we ever reproduce the sacred plays, even as children, sleepwalkers, performance artists? Or, at least: can we use those attempts to know ourselves better as alien witnesses? The second episode of the Homo Ludens series of exhibitions will investigate the ‘primeval soil of play’, if we can borrow Johan Huizinga’s expression from the book that lends its title to this series*. Desiring to provide the visitor with no calming response to these issues, the show will instead offer a toolbox to explore them. We only travel through doubt and uncertainty, and this exhibition presents the traveler a full set of souvenirs from other travels, other doubts and questions - souvenirs from caves, deserts, remote islands, bazaars and cinema theaters.
Homo Ludens – Act II