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[Nettime-nl] Press Release | Jammed, opening Saturday 18th, 9pm

SMART Project Space | 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 20, Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 427 5951 


Opening Saturday 18th October, 21:00. 

Exhibition open 19th October until 23rd November 2003 

Participating artists

Dave Allen
Jonah Freeman
Dara Friedman
Martin Kersels
Mathieu Mercier
Amy O'Neill
Jorge Peris

The exhibition Jammed takes its name from the term jamming as used in music sessions and also refers to objects crammed or wedged against something, or confined within a space. 

Jonah Freeman forces the viewer to follow a determined direction through interlinking passageways within a mirrored labyrinth constructed from aluminum and Plexiglas. In the installation The Ground Floor, Freeman examines a variety of ideas and emotions surrounding contemporary architectural systems focusing on such topics as architecture and theatrical experience, where every part of living, (air, light, sound, etc.) is tailored to the desires of the inhabitants, the voyeuristic/exhibitionistic relationships that exist and the play between the psychic states of fear and safety.

Mercier's works are invested in the negotiation of construction, decoration and obstruction. In Drum and Bass 2 white pedestals set off black and silver Plexiglas sculptures mimicking the form and dimensions of a record, laser disc, 45". CD and mini-disk, rendering them as abstract relics that signal a techno-cultural chronology. He reassesses both use and value. Plastic Anchors Wall is a monumental wall drawing fashioned from a stencil pattern and articulated by plastic anchors placed in the wall surface. The apparatus for hanging work is aestheticized and becomes the work. This year Mathieu Mercier has been awarded the prestigious Prix Marcel Duchamp.


Dave Allen deconstructs the lineage of music tradition in his sound installation R.P.F. (for recorded instrument). On a small table, 4 CD players randomly play four music scores simultaneously. Each Cd player has a recording of ninety-six notes and rests. Allens composition recalls the chance and silence experiementations of John Cage.

Amy O'Neill presents a large-scale installation where she recreates a bombed out shooting gallery (Paradice City) - the misspelling is intentional. Having primarily focused her attention on the cultural idioms of America's vast no-man's land of highways and small-town fairgrounds, the artist (an American living in Switzerland) has recently begun to weave local folklore into her other worldly scenes.

Jorge Peris creates a site-specific work that negotiates the architectonic space of the exhibition. With an installation developed at the entrance - along the corridor - Peris's formal structure of doorways regulates the flow of people and controls the spectator who enters. 

In the super 8 film Whip Whipping the Wall, Dara Friedman herself appears, she is lashing a whip against the wall of a red room. The wall becomes cut and lacerated by the continual rhythm, marked by the cold sound of the whip. It is an attempt to unseat reality, to shake it out of the fixedness of routine, to permeate it with emotions that vaporise our defenses and open a communication channel. Sounds and images are the tools that Friedman uses to communicate experiences and sensations, the film becomes an order-giving paradigm, driving away chaos, giving substitute, cerebral sensations. Dara Friedman experiences reality via the senses and tries to communicate these perceptions via other sensory experiences.

Martin Kersels' video Pink Constellation of a teenage girl's bedroom, uses the old-fashioned cinematic trick of the 'tumble-room', a revolving set with a fixed camera that allows actors to walk up walls. Here it's employed in a sinister scenario evocative of the supernatural terror of Poltergeist or The Shining. 


Sound Performance during the opening at 22hrs in Smart Cinema

DJ Elephant Power
An experimentation with African drill'n bass and real time turntables, vestex horns, scratch  ressort, rip pop'n flutes, .aka Nicolas Baudoux, is one of the members of the well known Fan Club Orchestra, which have been defined as the 'very first electronic live improvisation orchestra in the world'. Working with his brother Laurant he created the 'scratch pet land' a strange childish creature that they said 'was born in a big surface carpet store'. Based in Brussels and having played all over Europe, he also started a radio broadcast in radio panik called 'electro sold'. He describes his sounds as 'Africa drill'n bass with spring and are gonna bell the needles'

Sponsored by: Gemeente Amsterdam, Mentrum, Mondriaan Stichting, Brand Bier, Beam Systems

For further information please contact info {AT} smartprojectspace.net 

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