Exhibition by Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor
Opening Reception: 3 November 2007, 21.00 hrs
Exhibition until 15 December 2007
Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor is an artist group based in Birmingham, UK. They have developed an ongoing Kiosk project that exploits two ellipsoid concrete buildings located among a set of enclosures created for Dudley Zoo in the UK in 1937 by the Russian architect Berthold Lubetkin and his young architects group Tecton. In 2005 the artists reclaimed Kiosks 1 & 2 which had been abandoned and gave them a new life, distributing the specially commissioned multi-part book What are the senses?, to the zoo?s visitors.
They then set out to find new functions for the kiosks (from A for Aquarium to Z for Zeppelin) by making the original designs mobile and sending them on new adventures around the globe. By recreating the form of two of the human shelters of the zoo, they are working on a global network of kiosks as artworks, each responding to the location where it is situated. Kiosk3: MerzKiosk was an offsite project for Merz, Magazin4, Bregenz, Austria, 2006; Kiosk4 will be a Balti kiosk for Birmingham; Kiosk5: KiteKiosk (with Nils Norman) will take place at the Folkestone Triennial, UK, 2008, and Kiosk6: Intellect&ComprehensionKiosk was part of Strategic Questions Venice, 2007.
Kiosk7: OudWestKiosk for SMART Project Space in Amsterdam is an extensive, ongoing project that simultaneously functions as a competition, an art work and an exhibition. Earlier in 2007 Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor and SMART Project Space invited organizations within the local city council of Amsterdam Oud-West to propose new functions for the kiosk. After an edifying response from a broad range of Oud-West based groups and organizations, four proposals were selected to be developed for the final round of the competition. The artists selected the kiosk functions they consider most beneficial to the community and that enhance our understanding of the public realm. These four proposals form the core of the artwork and are presented in the form of an exhibition.
ElevatorKiosk - the kiosk as an elevator, bringing the visitor to the guest studio and the roof terrace of the Merkelbach building on the Da Costakade, proposed by M4gueststudio.
FloraKiosk - the kiosk as a natural oasis containing plants and an air-filtration system, located at a busy intersection in Amsterdam Oud-West, proposed by Beeldend Gesproken art library / gallery.
IslamicYouthKiosk - a kiosk that would serve as the podium for a variety of activities by Islamic youth, proposed by Stedelijk Jongerenwerk Amsterdam (Municipal Youth Organization Amsterdam), unit Argan.
StoryTellingKiosk - an inter-generational and inter-cultural storytelling kiosk, proposed by Stichting Tijdgeest (Spirit of the Time Foundation).
Kiosk7: OudWestKiosk incorporates aspects of architecture, urban planning and social systems within a framework of localized and international aesthetics, forms and ideals. Each entry has been designated a section of the kiosk (bar, roof etc.) as a symbolic sculptural gesture and has been invited to provide materials for use in the exhibition space to represent the organizations? ongoing activities and aspirations. The artists have worked with the material resulting from the proposals through the principle of collage, appropriating and adapting quotes by Berthold Lubetkin and have playfully collaged and written a special edition of the publication series SMART Papers.
The winning Kiosk will be selected by an international panel of experts and exhibition visitors. SMART Project Space aims to realize the winning kiosk proposal in the public space of Oud-West in 2008.
|Extra Events during the Exhibition|
Saturday 8 December 2007
On 8 December extra activities will take place at SMART Project Space and in the neighbourhood of Amsterdam Oud-West organized by the participating groups: an artist talk by Lorenza Boisi, organized by M4gueststudio; a medicinal-plants-give-away action at a busy intersection by Beeldend Gesproken; a fashion show with Moroccan wedding dresses by Youth Center Argan and a reminiscence workshop by Stichting Tijdgeest.
|Forward! On the Revitalization of Modern Architecture
International Symposium in the framework of Kiosk7:OudWestKiosk
15 December 2007
The issue of revitalization has been under-represented in the context of many recent debates in the field of architecture. Since Spring 2007 SMART Project Space has been working with artist group Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor on their ongoing Kiosk project, in which the artists try to find new functions for two kiosks designed by the Russian architect Berthold Lubetkin in 1937 for the Dudley Zoo in England.
Having fought extensively to preserve its previous premises in the now demolished building of the former Jan Swammerdam Institute, which was one of the few remaining examples of modernist architecture in the center of Amsterdam, the issue of conservation of the modernist architectural legacy is relevant to SMART Project Space. The Kiosk project provides an occasion to address the preservation and the future of modernist architecture from a variety of perspectives in an international context.
Guest Speakers will include:
Owen Hatherley (philosopher, London)
Keyvan Lankarani (Avanti Architects, London)
Marco Lulic (artist, Vienna)
Michelle Provoost (Crimson Architectural Historians, Rotterdam)
Dirk Snauwaert (artistic director of Wiels, Brussels)
Gavin Wade (artist-curator, Birmingham)
The symposium will be moderated by architect, film maker and author Jord den Hollander. Den Hollander was also the editor and moderator of several radio and television programmes, and is creative director of the AFR (Architecture and Film Festival Rotterdam).
An overview of the programme will soon be published on the SMART Project Space website and will be announced in the next newsletter.
Also on 15 December 2007, the final day of the exhibition Kiosk 7: OudWestKiosk, the winner of the kiosk-function competition by Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor at SPS will be announced during the midday break of the symposium.
|Coded Cinema | November Programme Code: 0705|
While working towards the re-opening of SMART Cinema, as a gesture of appreciation to our audience, SMART has developed a radical new approach to the cinematic experience. The new Coded Cinema offers 24 hour access to an intimate 12 seat film theater, allowing visitors to let themselves in at their own leisure, make themselves at home and enjoy the eclectically mixed programme of video art, experimental film, art house cinema and documentary film. The Coded Cinema is located in a small outbuilding adjacent to the main building. Each month the access code is distributed through an online newsletter which you can subscribe to on the SPS website.
In the framework of the project Kiosk7: OudWestKiosk, there is a three part programme in the Coded Cinema for the month of November. The artist group Gavin Wade mit Simon & Tom Bloor have invited four local groups involved in their project to present a documentary or other film work that relates to their organization. The second part of the Coded Cinema programme consists of a documentary on Russian architect Berthold Lubetkin, and is followed by a third part consisting of films selected by the artists themselves.
El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, English subtitles, 10:00 min, 2005, a video by artist Jean-Baptiste Gannes, proposed by M4guesststudio.
Dezelfde wereld maar dan Anders, a documentary by Beeldend Gesproken art library / gallery, in Dutch, 30:00 min, 2004.
Historical Fragments of Amsterdam Oud-West from Amsterdam City Archives, proposed by Stichting Tijdgeest, 10:00 min, fragments from the 1970s.
Loverboy, Lodewijk Crijns, in Dutch, 79:00 min, 2003, proposed by Stedelijk Jongerenwerk Amsterdam, unit Argan.
The New Architecture of the London Zoo, documentary by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy for the Museum of Modern Art New York, silent, 15:00 min, 1936.
Rashomon, Akira Kurosawa, in English, 88:00 min, 1950.
Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin, in English, 85:00 min, 1936.
Groundhog Day, Harold Ramis, in English, 101:00, 1993.
Night on Earth, Jim Jarmush, in English, 129:00, 1991.
|Looking for an Apartment|
SMART Project Space is urgently looking for temporary accommodation for an intern who comes to Amsterdam in the context of the Youth in Action Program of the European Union. The internship is for one year and starts in December. For further information or suggestions, please respond to this email or call the SMART Project Space office during office hours.
In August 2005 SMART Project Space acquired the former Pathological Anatomical Laboratories of the WilhelminaHospital area in Amsterdam Old West. After two years of developing plans, fundraising and permit procedures, renovation work began in May 2007 to the 3600m2 building. Peter Sas Architects and Bouwborg Nordwest are developing it into exhibition spaces (500 m2), a 3 screen cinema, a multi platform auditorium (120 seat capacity), ten studios, a café/restaurant, library with reading room and an art bookshop. The renovations will be complete by the end of 2007. The café/restaurant opens its doors to the public with a party on New Years Eve (tickets available in November) and SMART Cinema will be operational early 2008. During this time, access through the main entrance will remain available for all visitors and resident artists.
SMART Project Space and Kiosk 7: OudWestKiosk are kindly supported by the Mondriaan Foundation, Gemeente Amsterdam, VSBfonds, Stichting Doen, Filmfonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Netherlands Architecture Fund, Henry Moore Foundation, Cultuurfonds Stadsdeel Oud-West.
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