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De Appel Curatorial Programme Why Is Everybody Being So Nice The Power Nap

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

De Appel Curatorial Programme and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam proudly present Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? The Power Nap. The event concludes the series of events organized by De Appel Curatorial Programme and marks the launch of an online publication alongside a program of performances, readings, and a collective snooze in the auditorium of the museum building.

Please bring your pillow and blanket!

Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? is a project consisting of public events, performances, and an online publication running from April to June 2017 at various locations in Amsterdam, and investigates the ethical and behavioral codes of conduct in the art world. By exploring grey areas between ethics and etiquette, it considers the art world as a rapidly expanding sector of knowledge-based, post-industrial economies. The program provides horizons to think through and navigate the broader issues of precarious labor within the field, where, in the words of Martha Rosler, “niceness” is an idea that “speaks to a demand, in neoliberal terms, for the wholesale invention, performance, and perpetual grooming of a transactional self.”

The first part of the project took place at De Appel in April, where it unfolded as a four-day-long program of panel discussions, workshops, screenings, and performances. It ended with a collective sleepover, The Night of Exhaustion and Exuberance, which activated the practice of collective sleeping as a gesture of resistance and appropriation of space and time. Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? will continue and conclude with The Power Nap, a collective snooze in the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum.

12.00 to 17.00 Positive Tension (curatorial kit), performance-workshop by Apparatus 22 (Schipol Lounge)
14.50 Doors open
– Introduction by De Appel Curatorial Programme 2016-17
Dreaming is the new eating, a reading by Vera Mey
Fangless, performance by Larisa David with Raluca Croitoru
The Comfort of Things, performance by Johannes Büttner & Benedikte Bjerre in collaboration with Helge Peters
What a wicked game you play - to make me feel this way!, a reading by Rabea Ridlhammer
Transactional Self (Archive Version), performance by Anastasia Shin
Uninvited and Disenchanted come to Town: A Modern-day Fable, a reading by Nat Muller
– Browsing of online publication
17.30 Doors close

Date: June 18, 2017 Time: 3 – 5:30 pm Location: Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Language: English Admission: Museum Card € 3 / students € 11,75 / regular € 20,50 Tickets

About De Appel Curatorial Programme De Appel Curatorial Programme is an educational platform investigating alternative forms of exhibition making and curatorial activities. Since its inception in 1994, the ten-month program brings together six emerging curators from various academic and experiential backgrounds. Together they develop a project within the framework of De Appel’s newly established theme: modes of de-universalization. Every year the participants of the Curatorial Programme organize an event in collaboration with the Stedelijk Museum that corresponds to their project in different forms.

Credits Why Is Everybody Being So Nice? is curated by the participants of De Appel Curatorial Programme 2016-17: Mira Asriningtyas, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Mateo Chacon-Pino, Kati Ilves, Shona Mei Findlay, Fadwa Naamna. Intern: Hannah Cheney Graphic Design: Fazed Grunion

  • 1 Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Museumplein, Amsterdam, Netherlands

* The title of the program is inspired by Martha Rosler’s essay Why Are People Being So Nice?, published in e-flux journal #77 – November 2016.

The participation of Apparatus 22 in Why Is Everybody Being So Nice: The Power Nap is kindly supported by the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels.

Why Is Everybody Being So Nice...T-Shirt

collection (unintended), 2017