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26.0720:00A Movie Night with Nico B.
A MOVIE NIGHT WITH NICO B, THE FOUNDER OF THE CULT VIDEOTHEEK AND EXPERIMENTAL FILM DIRECTOR
Nico B, founder of the legendary Amsterdam video store Cult Videotheek, started Cult Epics in 1991, the first films acquired for Benelux (Netherlands, Belgium) distribution where The Exotic Dances of Bettie Page, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, Cannibal Holocaust, and Tokyo Decadence. Moving to the US in 1998, he continued to release arthouse, horror and erotica films in North America, specializing in the work of directors such as Walerian Borowczyk, Tinto Brass, Fernando Arrabal, Radley Metzger, Jorg Buttgereit, Irving Klaw and pin up Bettie Page in definitive editions on DVD and Blu-ray. He also directed the films PIG, 1334, 100 Girls by Bunny Yeager, Bettie Page Dark Angel, and SIN.
This evening consists of a screening of:
Rozz William’s and Nico B’s PIG (1998), a film depicting the relationship between a killer (Rozz Williams) and his victim (James Hollan), where all lines are crossed, blending fantasy and reality, in a transformation of the subconscious mind of a killer, graphically showing the manifestation of itself into abstract forms and material, all deriving from his suffering and desperation..
Three episodes, staged in the 1920-1940s, where each story tells the duality of a female protagonist; the belly/frolic dancer (with Angelita Franco of Tinto Brass’ Kick the Cock), the sculpture model versus the nun (with Caroline Pierce), the legless aristocrat and the maid (with Dahlia Dark). Inspired by early 19th century vintage erotica and surrealistic filmmaking, Nico B’s exploration and discovery of the subliminal curse of destiny we call SIN.
Followed by Blu-ray/DVD & 25th Anniversary Hardcover Book signing
by Nico B, founder of Cult Videotheek and Cult Epics,
Limited books available
Organised by Petros Panagiotis Orfanos. Thanks to Rozenstraat – a rose is a rose is a rose, Marianne Theunissen, Nico B and Barbara van Ittersum.
When and where:
– Location: Da Costakade 164, 1053XD, Amsterdam
– Starts at 20:00
– 26th of July
– Suggested donation is 7 euro
25.0517:00Performance evening at Eagle Amsterdam
EAGLE AMSTERDAM AND ROZENSTRAAT – A ROSE IS A ROSE IS A ROSE
VERA KORMAN, DENIZ UNAL, ANNAMARIA PINAKA, ROBIN VAN DER HEIJDEN, LO LIDDELL, KATHY ACKER, ALAN SONDHEIM, COLETTE
Eagle Amsterdam is a gay dance club with a strictly men-only audience. The bar has a dark room, slings and special theme nights. While reading about pro-sex feminist, punk poet and essayist Kathy Acker, Eagle Amsterdam (in collaboration with Rozenstraat – a rose is a rose is a rose) came up with the idea to organize a screening of performance videos and a live performance event by female artists. This event is accessible for both male and female audiences.
A collaboration between an art space and a gay dance club provides an opportunity to unite people in a space, and provides an atmosphere, in which fixed ideas of people and spaces can be discussed and seen in a new light.
Deniz Unal, ”Characters of Control” (live performance)
AnnaMaria Pinaka, ”Untitled (for Tastes Like Cherry Cola)” (video, 2014), ”Modern Family vol. 1” (video, 2016) and “I Feel Like Everbody Is Watching” (live performance)
Robin van der Heijden, ”(Rubbed) I want that look on my face” (video, 2017) and ”(Rubbed) And this won’t do it” (video, 2017)
Lo Liddell, ”Seduce and Destroy KA” (video, 2014)
Kathy Acker and Alan Sondheim, ”Blue Tape” (video, 1974)
Vera korman, “Banana Split” (video, 2010)
Organised by Petros Panagiotis Orfanos
When and where:
– Location: Eagle Amsterdam Warmoesstraat 90, 1012 JH Amsterdam
23.03–24.0300:00Spring Performance Festival
Date: 23rd and 24th March
Location: Galerie Juliette Jongma
A sensation is a fragment of presence before consciousness alters it. Sensations takes up various shapes and scales and holds the ability to be both detrimental to the self and others, or to deliver answers and present horizons to the self. The subjugating power of language in the form of identity politics has lost its merciless totality in contemporary subcultures, but has been replaced with an incessant striving towards self perfection/amelioration which polices the body and has invaded all aspects of life. The duality that western thought was coined by has disintegrated as both subject and object; mind and body have become commodities. Over the course of 23rd and 24th March, as part of Spring Performance Festival, Blue invites you to join our interdisciplinary art intervention, exploring the potential of Sensation as a horizon to the self. The result is a social performance which shares qualities with pictorial art, the absurdity of which can be unmasked by radical self expression of intuitional sensation that is harboured in the present.
Bram van Dijk
Dyrfinna Benita/Countess Malaise
Emma B2B Sophia
Forrest Xavier Lockhart
Sofi Winthe Foge
Blue is an inclusive, transnational art collective involving and representing visual artists, musicians, and writers from all over the world. Unifying the realms of the art world, the music industry, academic theory, and DIY culture to create meaningful artefacts, Blue aims to cultivate a free space for intellectual and artistic endeavours, committed to the goal of countercultural, social impact.
These founding principles are implemented regardless of a persons gender, ethnoracial background, sexuality, class, or ability: Blue is a safe space for ones identity to either be explored or ignored dependant on the wishes of the individual.
For the detailed programme, check: https://www.bluethecollective.com/upcoming
15.03–16.0322:00Performance Grace Schwindt – Opera and Steel at FrascatiOpera 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 performers Yumiko Funaya, Gerard Bell text Gerard Bell singing Lisa Cassidy music Tristan Renfrow, Iose Ravera Acrobatics Claire Hermans dramaturgy advice Esther Severi commissioned by Kaaitheater supported by Argos Centre for Art | Media & Instituto Italiano di Cultura Bruxelles | AFK | Mondriaan Fonds | Stichting Stokroos sponsored by Terpstra Muziek Drumland | Muziekvereniging Juliana Marken produced by Rozenstraat- a rose is a rose is a rose and Frascati
Thursday 15 March, 10pm
Friday 16 March, 8.30pm
Location: Frascati 1
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