de Appel, Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10, Amsterdam

‘Being a guest is one of the most determining experiences in the contemporary world of unstable identities. The 'electronic title' of the UNLIMITED.NL exhibition shows how our identity is no longer defined by an enclosed environment and that in turn our identity is free floating. UNLIMITED.NL#3 exposes the guest position at different levels. Artists are guests in various disciplines, although their works, instead of being primarily multi-disciplinary, are experiences of other environments. The contemporary artist is not the Renaissance genius who was a master of all known disciplines. Rather, his task is to relay the truth that disciplines as hermetically sealed systems no longer exist and that the free flow of experiences from one environment to another is what has replaced research that is strictly confined to a single discipline. Works at UNLIMITED.NL#3 gravitate on different spheres of activity and different social and political realities that are no longer presented as something separate from the works themselves, for the language of these realities is inherent in the open structure of an art work. UNLIMITED.NL#3 is hosting a curator from the so-called Eastern Europe, from an environment which only recent I y was marked as isolated. Everyone active outside the dominant art system is frequently faced with the problem of geopolitical isolation. But at the same time we are aware that the issue of inclusion and exclusion is losing its geographical significance and is increasingly controlled by the institution of art, which by analogy with supra-national corporation systems is becoming an increasingly amorphous organism that can just as easily relinquish tomorrow what it is adjusting to today. (Invitation text by guest curator Zdenka Badovinac) Catalogue: UNLIMITED.NL#3, 2000. Tariq Alvi, Carlos Amorales, Joost Conijn, Harmen de Hoop, Renée Kool, Karen Lancel, Omission, Federico d'Orazio, L.A. Raeven, Nebojsa Seric Soba, subREAL, Apolonija Sustersic, Nasrin Tabatabai. Text: Zdenka Badovinac & artists. English. Bio- & bibliographies incl. 400 pp., 50 b.w. With bookmark & pencil. Design: Irma Boom. ISBN 90 73501 48 2. € 11,-.


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