Waiting and reading performance Nickel…

Waiting and reading performance Nickel van Duijvenboden

de Appel, Prins Hendrikkade 142, Amsterdam

Envelope poem by Emily Dickinson sent to gerlach en koop by Nickel van Duijvenboden on 16 February 2015

Nickel van Duijvenboden has been engaged in a correspondence with gerlach en koop for quite some time. The book that will appear during the exhibition will carry a contribution by him. He will also create a reading performance for the public program, the text of which is to be composed in the exhibition space at the very last moment. To this end, Nickel will spend the preceding night in De Appel. It is not improbable that he will get nothing on paper.

Entrance: Entrance fee de Appel arts centre + 3 euro

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Nickel van Duijvenboden (1981) explores the potentiality of a writerly artist practice. To the extent that his work is material, it arranges the traces and remnants of a writing process; insofar as it is literary, it investigates the mental and moral identity of the artist. What art is or can be continually shifts; it is ultimately contained in the individual’s actions.

The exchange of letters occupies a pivotal role in his daily activities. Corresponding by mail constitutes an encounter in solid form, under controlled circumstances, allowing for a contemplation of the (im)possibility of a reciprocal approach. Each dispatch, once opened, may prove to be amorous or disastrous. Every letter could be the last; it could be undelivered or even left unopened, but it cannot be withdrawn. The remaining archive, along with its appendices and manual gestures, testifies to a relationship. It measures a difference, not only geographically (distance) but also personally (alterity).

gerlach en koop – No two things can be the same, 2012 disposed bin

collection (unintended), 2012

gerlach en koop – Choses tuΓ©es

affiche, 2015

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