THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GERT JAN KOCKEN
Lecture performance on the religious struggle with images – somewhere between the iconoclastic and the iconophilic
A new series by THE OFFICE (Katharina Fichtner) accompanying our celebrated publications.
For this lecture performance and the magazine the artist Gert Jan Kocken, who currently holds a residency at the Rijksakademie, will uncover the processes of research that precede his actual artistic work of large scale photography. Based on a collection of thousands of images, Gert Jan illustrates religion’s problematic relationship with images. Meandering through time, somewhere between iconoclasm and iconophilism, he will present his manifold findings, and demonstrate how religion has deployed and banned images throughout history, starting from Moses and the revelation at Sinai to the present day.
With the magazine THE WORLD ACCORDING TO The Office wants to provide an open space in which an artist can discover different ways of examining the world that surrounds him/her. Using sources other than his/her own work, s/he is invited to develop new content and unexpected formats by collecting images, texts, graphics, and/or by inviting artists, friends, family members to contribute.
Now available: The World According to Gert Jan Kocken, magazine ed. by THE OFFICE, published by argobooks, 64 pages, 15 €
Special sales price at the event: 12 € (incl. 2 € donation to the lecture performance)