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Revista Art-hoc on Sat, 23 Apr 2005 12:40:21 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-ro] Re: 'Be what you want but stay where you are', fifth and final inthe series 'The Government' - OPENING APRIL 28th 17:00


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>> Witte de With press release  <http://www.wdw.nl/persbericht/buergel/eng-1a.gif> 
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>>Jan Daemen Cool, De regenten en rentmeester van het Heilige Geesthuis, 1653. Photo: Han van Senus, INV 11089
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>>"Be what you want but stay where you are"
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>>April 29 - June 19, 2005 
>>Opening: Thursday, April 28, 2005, 5 p.m.
>>Guest curators: Ruth Noack and Roger M. Buergel
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>>Witte de With, center for contemporary art, is opening on April 28th the exhibition "Be what you want but stay where you are" by guest curators Ruth Noack and Roger M. Buergel in collaboration with assistant curator Sophia Prinz and Witte de With. 
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>>The Dutch group portrait of the so-called Golden Age both represents and performs a highly particular - i.e. egalitarian - model of community. Contemplating that image under the current political circumstances raises the question: what went so fatally wrong with the liberal ideal of tolerance and equality among free individuals? There is of course no answer readily available. Blaming that 17th-century vision of community for the recent clash between Western and Islamist ideologies that shook (not only) the Netherlands would fail to do justice to the complexity of contemporary power relations. Nevertheless these paintings may help us to speculate on the possible connections between a certain vision of society and those forms of life which remain excluded from that vision. 
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>>"Be what you want but stay where you are" is conceived as another kind of group portrait, albeit a purely aesthetic one. It is a group portrait as exhibition - bringing together a variety of artworks from different geopolitical areas that share a concern with "government". But while the Dutch group portrait disseminates government among free individuals, forming a social body of immobilized identities, the exhibition envisions government in more abstract terms. It looks for an agency that makes that social body appear in the first place. Government, in other words, is not associated with political agents but conceived of more inclusively as an action or a set of actions that acts upon other actions (the action of others). 
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>>The exhibition as a dynamic group portrait might help us to contemplate the interdependency of actions that usually is not perceived because we ourselves are taking part of a collective image that denies us an overview. 
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>>Participants are, among others: Sonja Abián & Carlos Piegari, Ibon Aranberri, Archivo Tucumán Arde (Graciela Carnevale), Maja Bajevic, Ricardo Basbaum, Matthijs de Bruijne & Javier Martínez, James Coleman, Jan Daemen Cool, Alice Creischer & Andreas Siekmann, Danica Dakic, Ines Doujak, Peter Friedl, Andrea Geyer, Sanja Ivekovic, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Rainer Oldendorf, Alejandra Riera, Dierk Schmidt, Allan Sekula, Imogen Stidworthy, Lidwien van de Ven, Simon Wachsmuth and Francesca Woodman.
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>>"Be what you want but stay where you are" is supported by:
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>>With special thanks to the Historisch Museum Rotterdam
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>>Opening hours Witte de With: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
>>Price: EUR 2.30 (admission for Witte de With and TENT.)
>>Discount: EUR 1.10 [<18, Students, CJP, Groups >10, MJK, 65+] 
>>Free: <6, CKV, Rotterdampas
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>> <http://www.wdw.nl/> www.wdw.nl
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>>WITTE DE WITH, CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, WITTE DE WITHSTRAAT 50, 3012 BR ROTTERDAM, T 010 4110144, F 010 4117924, WWW.WDW.NL, INFO {AT} WDW.NL 
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