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Street: begind the cliche at Witte de With

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Walking After Acconci (production still)
Walking After Acconci (production still)

In September - November 2006, Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) will be exhibited in the Netherlands for the first time as part of Street: behind the cliché, an exhibition curated by Renske Janssen and Nicolaus Schafhausen. The exhibition asks what - and who - fills the socio-cultural space of our day-to-day surroundings? As part of Witte de With's ongoing self-examination, this exhibition explores the institution's complex and problematic position in relation to ‘the street’.

Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) references a seminal video work made in 1973 by performance artist Vito Acconci. In it, Acconci paces the length of a corridor, talking to an absent ex-lover. Forsyth and Pollard have worked closely with Plan B (679 Recordings), a sharp-tongued young MC, to update the script and re-shoot the video, liberally adopting the style and aesthetic of contemporary urban music videos.

Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci video still
Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches) video stills

Rather than presenting 'the street' as the infrastructure through which people move from A to B, the exhibition considers this particular section of 'public space' rather as a local theatre, a stage on which the complex stratification of cultural codes is acted out and identity is formed. Street is an analysis of the interrelated phenomena that we encounter in our immediate surroundings, such as the fraught relationship between pop culture and subcultural identity, how 'underground' is now big business.

Following the exhibition, a publication will provide a platform from which to further explore the ideas proposed by the show. The writers will have the chance to visit the exhibition and incorporate an analysis of the experience in their texts. The book will then be presented in February 2007 on the occasion of the conference The Periphery Complex at Witte de With. Other artists in the exhibition:

Joachim Baan (NL), David Blandy (UK), Henning Bohl (DE), Martin Boyce (UK), Tobias Buche (DE), Jason Dodge (US), Marius Engh (NO), Gardar Eide Einarsson (NO), Isa Genzken (DE), Pieterjan Ginckels (BE), Sascha Hahn (DE), Laura Horelli (FIN), Pieter Hugo (ZA), Ian Kiaer (UK), Germaine Kruip (NL), Klara Liden (SE), Gareth Moore (CA), Alex Morrison (CA), Chloe Piene (US), Robin Rhode (ZA), Ugo Rondinone (CH), Matt Stokes (UK), Aram Tanis (NL), An Te Liu (CA), Luc Tuymans (BE), Silke Wagner (DE), and Tobias Zielony (DE).

To read more about the exhibtion click here.

Walking After Acconci (production still)
Walking After Acconci (production still)


Street: behind the cliche
Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art
Witte de Withstraat 50,
3012 BR

9 September - 19 November 2006



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Work in this show
Walking After Acconci (Redirected Approaches)

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Related press
'Walking After Acconci' Marie-Anne McQuay, 2005
'Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard' - Untitled. 2005
'Lover's View' - The Big Issue, 2005

Related shows
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Surfing the Surface

Related sites
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