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Stedelijk at Trouw

Start of the night museum

Stedelijk at Trouw

14-08-2013 | 12.12

With great pride we present our collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum: Contemporary Art Club, an exciting program of exhibitions and performances presenting new ways of experiencing art, namely in the evening and night. The three exhibitions of Stedelijk at Trouw are part of our ‘night museum’, or Nachtmuseum.

The exhibitions of the Contemporary Art Club present films and videos in which the soundtrack – inspired by pop and dance music – is a vital element. Each edition explores a different theme that relates to the exhibited works. The presentation features art by internationally renowned artists such as Tracey Emin, Cheryl Donegan and Sarah Morris, alongside up and coming talents like Jeremy Shaw and Dan Walwin.

There will be three different exhibitions in our night museum throughout this year together with Het Stedelijk Museum. The second edition of Contemporary Art Club is on 31 October through 9 November; the third takes place from 28 November to 7 December 2013.

Program: 1st edition
 
Contemporary Art Club: MOTION
5 through 15 September 2013
 
Focusing on the theme of movement, the Contemporary Art Club’s first edition includes video works that explore the relationship between identity and dance, with an emphasis on seduction, intentional or otherwise. The works clearly manifest the influence of both club culture and visual culture from the 1970s onwards. The opening night on 5 September presents a lecture by dance expert Tim Lawrence, along with performances by the Mike Koldin music trio, artist Jimmy Robert and the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT). Later in the evening Emptyset (raster-noton) will provide a live performance. Emptyset is a collaboration between James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas from Bristol. With captivating experimental sound, they explore the relationships between noise and music, space and sound, analogue media and architecture.
 
The exhibition of the first edition features the Tracey Emin work Why I never became a dancer (1995) from the collection of the Stedelijk Museum. In the video, Emin relates her traumatic memories through home-video style footage of the town she grew up in, accompanied by a highly personal voiceover. The artist ends the video with an impassioned, empowering dance that is perfectly at home in our club environment.
 
In the second work, Head (1993), by Cheryl Donegan the influence of both pop videos and performance art is palpable. The work investigates sensuality, extravagant exhibitionism and evocative colors. To a thumping rock score, Donegan plays with her potential sexuality, taking milk into her mouth, spitting it out and licking the side of the container.

Variation FQ (2012) by Jeremy Shaw focuses on the liquid movements of the American transgender Vogue dancer Leiomy Prodigy. Vogue was a hyper-stylized dance style that evolved in the 1980s, inspired by the poses of models featured in the Vogue fashion magazine. Jeremy Shaw composed the soundtrack to the piece which is presented here in 16mm format. Variation FQ looks at the evolutions of subculture and gender within dance.
 
The fourth work is Vocabulary (2011) a dance performance by Jimmy Robert. In the work, the artist wears earplugs and dances to techno music. He has catalogued a series of movements previously observed in night clubs, and now imitates and performs them for the camera.
 
During the opening, the Public Program is followed by a programming of audio-visual acts that are becoming increasingly popular on the club circuit. For the first edition, this is
Emptyset, a collaboration between James Ginzburg and Paul Purgas from Bristol. With captivating experimental sound, they explore the relationships between noise and music, space and sound, analogue media and architecture.

Opening: 5 September, 20.30 p.m.
Admission: presale & door €10, Trouwe Honden and students € 5 (incl. Emptyset)