|Un Sentiment de Comme Si (An Impression of As If)
MAR Graduation Exhibition
Artistic Research (ma)
The staff and graduating students of the Master Artistic Research, The Hague, invite you to the exhibition Un Sentiment de Comme Si (An Impression of As If) at GEMAK and the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague.
The exhibition is first presented at GEMAK, from July 4-11 (opening on July 4, 5-8pm), and is continued at the Royal Academy of Art as part of the KABK Graduation Show (from July 11-17 July, opening on July 11 , 4-9pm).
Un Sentiment de Comme Si (An Impression of As If) is a group exhibition by the Master of Artistic Research, Royal Academy of Art & Royal Conservatoire, The Hague. The exhibition is curated by Virginie Bobin.
Play – as French intellectual Roger Caillois wrote in his seminal 1958 study Man, Play and Games – usually elicits “un sentiment de comme si”, an impression of as if: an awareness that one operates in a specific space and time, separated from a more troubled reality. It is a space of anticipation, of rehearsal for the processes of negotiation and persuasion and the agonism that inhabit this reality. This space of exception is not far from that of the school – or the exhibition space : both spaces of illusion, of in-lusio – or entering the game.
When the game in question is called “artistic research”, the possibilities for play increase commensurately to the importance of the “process”. The exhibition and performance program Un Sentiment de comme si (An Impression of As If) investigates possible ways of sharing processes of artistic research through the display of both works in progress and final works retracing the paths explored by the Graduates from the Master of Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art (The Hague) over the course of two years. It embraces story-telling, narrative transfers, communication gaps, translation glitches and the suspension of (dis)belief, and convokes multiple voices that wave through the exhibition both figuratively and physically.
Stories, films, performances, scores, exercises and sculptures by Cecilia Bengtsson, Sharelly Emanuelson, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Annabel Kanaar, Quenton Miller, Sara Pape Garcia and Julia Reist meet works by Mathieu K. Abonnenc, Robert Ashley, Samuel Beckett and Dora Garcia, presented here as discreet presences that trigger further correspondences for both the artists and the visitors, suggesting that the exhibition is not an end but yet another step of the games at play.
A publication, edited by Virginie Bobin (with support by Aimée Zito Lema) and designed by Lotte Lara Schröder, will accompany the exhibition. With contributions by : Cecilia Bengtsson, Virginie Bobin, Sharelly Emanuelson, Chris Fitzpatrick, Hannah Dawn Henderson, Annabel Kanaar, Quenton Miller, Sara Pape Garcia and Julia Reist.
July 4-11, 2014
Opening July 4, 5-8pm
performances by Cecilia Bengtsson and Hannah Dawn Henderson
Daily performance program:
The Instant Narrative, by Dora García, 3-5pm
Cecilia Bengtsson, 3pm
Special event at 1646
July 10, 2014, 7pm
Screening of The Joycean Society (2013), by Dora García, followed by a discussion with the artist.
The Royal Academy of Art
July 11-17, 2014
Opening: July 11, 4-9pm