a rose is a rose is a rose
15.03–16.0322:00Performance Grace Schwindt – Opera and Steel at Frascati
Opera performance on the convergence of market and morality, with dance, acrobatics, text, video, live music, light and sculpture.Artist Grace Schwindt is able like no other to capture big themes in crystal-clear, poetic performances. For Opera and Steel, she spoke to a man who has spent 37 years on a remote beach, mapping oil pollution and its effects on seabirds. In doing so, he has involuntarily supplied the oil industry with figures it can use to demonstrate its efficiency. Schwindt sketches the man’s experiences using two dancers, an acrobat, an opera singer, text, video, live music, light and sculpture. Performers become objects, objects become costumes and video and dance merge – as man, bird and oil become irretrievably entangled, generating an impression of individual life within global capitalism.Grace Schwindt creates performances and films that reduce big historical events or social themes to human proportions. She is able to expose underlying social mechanisms using performers, text, objects and sound as pieces of equal value. Placing the body simply as an object among other objects raises issues of age, class, origin and gender. In recent years, she has created the performance The Signal and the films Tenant and Only A Free Individual Can Create A Free Society. Schwindt’s work is shown in galleries, arts centres, at fairs and theatres throughout and outside of Europe.
direction Grace Schwindt dance Yumiko Funaya, Gerard Bell singing Björk Níelsdóttir music Tristan Renfrow & Iose Ravera| acrobatics Celicia Sdrubulini dramaturgy advice Esther Severi commisioned by Kaaitheater supported by Argos Centre for Art and Media & Instituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles
Thursday 15 March, 10 pm
Friday 16 March, 8.30 pm
03.03–01.0100:00Rozenstraat reopening in March 2018 with solo show by Grace Schwindt
Currently Rozenstraat is closed for renovations. In March we will reopen with a beautiful fresh exhibition space presenting a solo exhibition by Grace Schwindt.
Image: Grace Schwindt, Madness and Other Tales, 2016 Installation view at MARCO Vigo photo: Enrique Tourino Marcen
25.1115:00AAW | Artist talk: Grace Schwindt & Eva Wittocx | Keizersgracht 253
Please note: this talk will take place at Smoke & Mirrors, Keizersgracht 253 Amsterdam
As a prelude to her solo show at the Rozenstraat, Grace Schwindt gives a talk together with Eva Wittocx during the Amsterdam Art Weekend. They will discuss the role of film and performance within the gallery context, and the history of sculpture from the perspective of performance.
Wittocx is senior curator at the M–Museum in Leuven, and curator of the Belgian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale.
The talk is concluded with a screening of Schwindt’s film Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society (2014).
Inspired by the artist’s experiences and encounters growing up in a leftist environment in 1980s and 90s Germany, the film examines the notion of freedom: how it was, and is, understood; and who, if anyone, can really access it.
Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society is commissioned by FLAMIN Productions through Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network; Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe; Eastside Projects, Birmingham; and The Showroom, London in association with Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, Bath; Site Gallery, Sheffield; Tramway, Glasgow and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp.
It is supported by Arts Council England, Hessian Film Fund and Jerwood Charitable Foundation.
The Rozenstraat – a rose is a rose is a rose is supported by AFK, Mondriaan Fund and Stokroos
We would like to thank our host Smoke and Mirrors.
Image: Grace Schwindt, Only a Free Individual Can Create a Free Society, 2014, still. © Grace Schwindt. Courtesy the artist
24.1117:00Performance International Village Shop – Kathrin Böhm, Wapke Feenstra & Antje SchiffersThe ‘International Village Shop’ is the work of the artist group Myvillages, founded by Kathrin Böhm (United Kingdom, 1969), Wapke Feenstra (The Netherlands, 1959) and Antje Schiffers (Germany, 1967). It is a social sculpture and distribution channel in one. The shop sells local products, and new things developed for it by villagers all over the world: frogbutter spoons from Bavaria, caravan flowerpots from Northern Ireland, fufu bowls from Ghana. The range of goods represents local resources, international connections and regional cooperations, showing us a treasure of ideas and knowledge from the countryside.This program is initiated by K_nstvl___ and Amsterdam Art, in collaboration with Kunstverein Springhornhof and Rozenstraat – a rose is a rose is a rose.LocationSan SerriffeSint Annenstraat 30AdmissionFree
30.0716:00Laika Cinema curated by Jeffrey Babcock
JACK SMITH AND THE DESTRUCTION OF ATLANTIS (2006)
Directed by Mary Jordan
This is a great documentary portrait about one of the most profound artists of the last century. Jack Smith was simultaneously hailed as the founding father of performance art, was critically recognized as a master photographer, and was one of the most revolutionary filmmakers of his day. He had a huge impact on the modern art world, though most people today have never even heard of him.
At the tender age of 20 Jack Smith left home and went to NYC. During the late 50s he started with photography but soon found himself involved in avant-garde theatre. This lead to his work in cinema where he could let his fantasies run wild. Smith created his own deranged world of trash-baroque aesthetics, and they featured heavily in his incendiary Flaming Creatures, a film (described as a ‘a comedy set in a haunted movie studio’) which broke the censorship laws and was banned throughout America. But although Flaming Creatures was famous, no one was allowed to see it… and although Jack’s performances were notorious within the art world, he himself was living in utter poverty. This film is a great collection of interviews with people that knew him, mixed with archival footage and narrated with audio recordings that Smith made just before he died.
His legacy can be seen in artists like Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Mathew Barney, John Waters, performance artist Paul McCarthy, even Federico Fellini, David Lynch, Cindy Sherman, Robert Wilson, Laurie Anderson, etc. The list of artists that acknowledge his influence is endless. One critic has stated ‘Jack Smith is the hidden source of practically everything that’s of any interest in the so-called experimental theatre today.’
As Nayland Blake states: “So many contemporary artists trace their practice back to Warhol at this point, and a lot of the important ideas in Warhol come from Jack.” John Waters says: “He did it all first. He started something that other people took and became more successful with.” Musician John Zorn puts it more bluntly: “Jack Smith was the real Warhol.”
This is a multi-faceted documentary featuring interviews with John Zorn, Jonas Mekas, John Waters, Sylvere Lotinger, Tony Conrad, Mike Kelly, George Kuchar, Robert Wilson and many others. This film is an absolute must for anyone interested in contemporary art or poetic cinema….so hope to see you there!
LA CICATRICE INTERIEURE (1972)
(The Inner Scar)
Directed by Philippe Garrel
A one-hour visual odyssey that takes place on a white desert expanse, featuring Nico (chanteuse of the Velvet Underground). This not “normal” cinema at all, what we are talking about here is a film that is composed of mysterious images and little dialogue. The soundtrack is mostly the source for Nico’s own album called Desertshore.
This film, which translates as “The Inner Scar” is an abstract depiction of the inner torment that is caused by painful relationships. Claustrophobic, intense and unforgiving. This “composition of symbolic, surreal and almost mystic images” stars Pierre Clementi, director Philippe Garrel himself, Nico and her son Ari Boulogne.
One viewer’s reaction: “In some ways this is Nico’s film. She wrote the script, has a central role in the film, and provides about half of her songs from her album Desertshore, as soundtrack. She looks, as always, stunning. The main star of the film is not human however – it is the landscape. Garrel has filmed his story in a wide range of deserts. Hot sandy deserts, cold glacial deserts, hot rocky deserts, hot lava deserts in a cold environment. Earth, fire and water (often in the form of ice) are very much at the centre of the film. This return to the elements, to the absolute basics of being, provides a platform from which a narrative evolves.“