Unstable Media

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'Yael', Berlin, Spring 2013 , 2013 © Courtesy of the Artists and Martin Van Zomeren
'Displacement Map II', 2012 3 D Print, Alumide 40 X 27 X 5.2 Cm © Courtesy of the Artists and Martin Van Zomeren
'Growth potential', 2013 Digital Print On Film, Rubber, Car Lack © Courtesy of the Artists and Martin Van Zomeren
Unstable Media
Curated by: Anne de Vries

Hazenstraat 20
1016 SP Amsterdam
June 22nd, 2013 - August 27th, 2013
Opening: June 22nd, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Other (outside main areas)
+ 31 6 1137 0211
Wed-Sat 1-6


The exhibition brings together mostly sculptural works in which it is possible to recognize ideas of displacement, disorientation, and instability, while also using methods of digital media and photography, which in many ways “capture” fragments and “fixate” bits. In the rearrangements and selection of these pieces, new narratives and meanings may arise before it all falls back into the material that made it tangible.

We are surrounded by media and information that aim to deliver content in the most effective way possible. The works in this show seem to hesitate and hold still just at the turning point where the commodity becomes a medium, allowing a reality beyond cultural signifiers to be part of the work.This leads to a more complex reading of the inter-connectivity of all things and themes, objects and subjects.

During the exhibition Joshua Simon’s brand new publication ‘Neomaterialsim’ will be launched. It states a move into what Joshua Simon calls an ‘economy of neomaterialism’. With this, several shifts have occurred: the focus of labor has moved from production to consumption, the commodity has become the historical subject and symbols now behave like materials. ‘Neomaterialism’ explores the meaning of the world of commodities, and reintroduces various notions of dialectical materialism into the conversation on the subjectivity and vitalism of things. Simon advocates for the unready-made, sentimental value, and the promise of the dividual as means for a vocabulary in this new economy of meaning.

Text by Anne de Vries.

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