|Looiersgracht 60 (L60), in collaboration with Radical Reversibility (RR), is pleased to announce the first iteration of the new Public Research Residency, to be held twice a year in a summer and winter edition. L60 and RR are welcoming Amsterdam-based artists DOINA KRAAL (1980) and ROGER CREMERS (1972) as its first participants. Over the course of 4 weeks between August and September 2022, L60 will open up their exhibitions space to host the production of a collaborative installation and constellation between Kraal and Cremers. Their project, titled Spiritus – Archiving the (un)Imaginable, will take form during their time in residence and will continue to change and travel after this presentation.
Spiritus – Archiving the (un)Imaginable is a continuation of an existing conversation and body of research in which they share a fascination for time travel, the universe, archives, music, sound and storytelling. The focus of their residency will be the (re)creation of a life-size diorama-inspired peepbox. Constantly looking for ways to keep the narrative of an object alive, both artists work with compilation as a methodology of reviving and engaging with historical context. The overarching theme of Spiritus is the representation and visualization of the universe and the stories that are told to describe different (speculative) phenomena, histories and future scenarios.
For the past 10 years, L60 has developed artist-centric programming and exhibitions; the space draws upon this history in order to offer deeper community connection and facilitate the sharing of resources between emergent and established artists, designers, researchers and thinkers. Having always prioritized the process behind each finished artwork, L60’s programme has a strong commitment to research-based practice and in-studio conversations.
L60’s Public Research Residency has been created to further develop these conversations by focusing on the accessibility of process-based practices to the public and is scheduled to be held twice a year. While institutions tend to focus on exhibiting finished work, the Public Research Residency would like to propose a higher level of public engagement within multiple stages of the artistic process. The residency aims to highlight research practice as a matter of public interest by increasing community engagement and acknowledgement of the processes behind an autonomous work.
Apart from time spent in production, Kraal and Cremers will collaborate with RR and L60 to present a varied public programme to compliment and expand on their research and artistic production. Each Saturday from 20 August to 10 September the public is invited to attend events with the artists and invited guests.
Public events (Free admission)
Saturday 20 Aug. (7:30—10 pm): Film screening related to UFOs and the (un)imaginable in space, with Bram Roza (graphic designer, filmmaker and UFO researcher). Roza will show a clip from his upcoming documentary The UFO's of Soesterberg and introduce the feature-length documentary The Phenomenon (2020) by James Fox, which we'll screen in full.
Saturday 27 Aug (4—6 pm): For an afternoon of ‘Collaborative Time Travel’, Kraal and Cremers have invited several people to share a special (hi)story. They’ll bring an object with a story that has specific significance or value and functions as a personal relic. The artists will use the experience of collective storytelling to evoke a miniature time travel. Anybody wishing to (also) share their story, contact us in advance on firstname.lastname@example.org to receive guidelines.
Saturday 3 Sept (4—6 pm): Speculations on Cosmic Modesty: A public discussion about the imagination of the (un)imaginable, possible extraterrestrial intelligence, unidentified flying objects, and artistic and scientific representations of the universe. With guest speakers PHILIPPE AILLERIS (works at Estec and is 'the face' behind the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Reporting Scheme) and TAEDE A. SMEDES (philosopher of religion, theologian, journalist and writer – specialized in the relation between science and religion). Subsequently there will be a public conversation with the speakers and the artists.
Saturday 10 Sep (8—10 pm): Archive Event V: A conclusive, site-specific presentation and (musical) performance in collaboration with composer/musician Boele Weemhoff (and other musicians).
All events will be held at Looiersgracht 60, 1016 VT Amsterdam.
Seating for these events is limited. RSVP at email@example.com to reserve your spot.