de Appel, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10, Amsterdam

‘The exhibition Seamless will be like a landscape where the borders between the real and the artificial are blurred. Whiter than a white cube, the Seamless space is a space in between, which provides no clear information. Images are rare and ambiguous, rhythm approaches to zero, the space has a fluid quality. Like a "chill-out zone" Seamless is a rarefied ambience; it offers cold comfort, 'ice-olationism', an uneasy peace. Seamless alludes to the bewilderment of our perception here at the "fin de siècle". Advanced communications technologies and increasingly sophisticated image and sound-manipulating techniques are changing our relation to time, space, speed and movement. Travelling becomes more and more virtual, motionless. We revolve in a circular space, in an unresolved loop. Objects and materials seem to lose their own depth, showing only their perfect, artificial 'skin'. The refined design, the seductive strategies adopted by many artists in the exhibition, play (sometimes ironically) with the ambiguity between mass and artistic productions, between high and low culture. Despite its smooth appearance, Seamless does not offer a social space or the basis for a cocooning utopia. Rather, it signals the consciousness of an altered state. Seamless is organized by the participants in the fourth course of the Curatorial Training Programme: Tobias Berger (Germany), Luca Cerizza (Italy), Tanja Elstgeest (the Netherlands), Karen Jones (USA), Yukie Kamiya (Japan) and Martijn Verhoeven (the Netherlands).’ (Press release De Appel) Catalogue: Seamless, 1998. Antille, Bartolini, Bronson, Jeong Hwa, Ciracì, Diesel, Eliasson, Fernández, Floyer, Hapaska, Van Lamsweerde/ Matadin, Meste, Milizia, Mori, De Rijke/De Rooij, Rockenschaub, Shinoda. Text Tobias Berger, Luca Cerizza, Tanja Elstgeest, Karen Jones, Yukie Kamiya, Martijn Verhoeven. English. 32 pp., 16 f.c., 30.5 x 22 cm. Leaflet design: Harmine Louw. ISBN 90 73501 39 3. SOLD OUT


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