June 2011

Langs de Lijn in het Chabot Museum

From 19 June to 11 September 2011 the video "Langs de Lijn" we made for Jeanne van Heeswijk, will be exhibited in her retrospective at the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam.

The exhibition includes works Jeanne made in collaboration with: Mindaugas Arlinskas, Yun Bao, inhabitants Werthacker, Frank de Bruijn, Maurits de Bruijn, Benny Busborg, Yane Calvoski, Linas Citvaras, Floor Cornelisse, Rolf Engelen, Klaas van Gorkum, Ali Al Harbi, Iratxe Jaio, Huda Al Kazwine, Thijs Kelder, Wenying Liao, François Lombarts, Marcel van der Meijs, Jeroen Musch, Sonya Schönberger, Pia Sigmund, Paul Sixta, employees SUS, Roger Teeuwen, Siebe Thissen, Joke Tjalsma, Pieter Vandermeer, Frans Vermeer, Anique Weve and Marten Winters.

Colectiva, a su pe(n)sar - Noticias de Álava

El germinado por la dupla artística Iratxe Jaio&Klaas van Gorkum se mueve en la difusa relación entre lo público y lo privado, encuadrando las subjetividades colectivas como generadoras de espacio y prácticas sociales. Plagada de referencias cinematográficas, su propuesta documenta desde varias perspectivas la marcha zombie realizada el año pasado en Barakaldo.

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Thu, 10/22/2009

The woodturning lathe

The woodturning lathe that Jos van Gorkum used, was welded together in the weeks prior to his retirement in 1976 by his colleagues at the Lips Propeller factory. It was assembled from bits of scrap metal, during the friday evening "hobby hours", when employees were allowed to use some of the factory's equipment for their personal projects.

Lips Propeller Factory

The Lips Propeller factory where Jos van Gorkum worked was founded in 1939, in Drunen, the Netherlands. In 1998 it was acquired by TI Group, continuing as John Crane Lips for four years, before being taken over by the Finnish corporation Wärtsilä. In 2010 Wärtsilä shut down the factory and moved production to China.


Jos van Gorkum kept a metal cigar box, in which he collected magazine clippings, sketches and blueprints of different objects made by turning wood, as well as a number of price lists from mail order catalogs, in order to keep track of the value of the things he made. He left this box to his son (Klaas' father), before passing away in 1996, with the idea that it might come in handy one day.

On the project exhibited in the Amikejo cycle at Laboratorio 987, MUSAC

The Laboratorio 987 will host until 12 June 2011 a specific project by artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum: a conceptual and reflexive exploration of the notion of artistic production departing from common cultural heritage. The show is part of Amikejo, a series of four exhibitions curated by the independent curatorial office Latitudes [Max Andrews & Mariana Cánepa], structured around relational and spatial twinning.

La producción del valor y sus condiciones

En última instancia, la obra consiste precisamente en la iluminación y el cuestionamiento de una serie de procesos productivos, y no en la glorificación del resultado concreto de tales procesos. Frente a la estetización de lo político que esto supondría, Jaio y van Gorkum proponen una politización de lo estético, que no discurre por el fácil camino de la soflama ideológica, sino a través de una reflexión crítica sobre las condiciones de la propia actividad. Revelan así una vía fructífera para deslindar el arte de la lógica espectacular y fantasmagórica de la mercancía. Pocos empeños parecen más necesarios en la situación actual del mundo del arte.
- Jaime Cuenca sobre Klaas van Gorkum e Iratxe Jaio en el Laboratorio 987 del MUSAC, León
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Tue, 05/17/2011

Monthly articles for Mugalari

Between April 2010 and January 2011 we have been writing a monthly article on poltics, art and culture, for Mugalari, the cultural supplement of Basque newspaper Gara. A selection of articles can now be read online, at our new website: http://postpolitikak.org:

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Tue, 06/25/2024

Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemporary art.

30 october - 27 february, SMAK and the Museum of Fine Art in Ghent

A video of the project "Stay inside. Close windows and doors" has been selected for the exhibition Hareng Saur: Ensor and contemprary art, to be shown in Contemporary Art Museum SMAK in Ghent.

Marea - Video

Producing time in between other things

A project around the changing values of labour and property, examining the notion of artistic production through the resurrection of the woodturning hobby of a retired factory worker (Klaas' late grandfather).

What’s up, what’s down. Cultural catalysts in Urban Space.

De studiereis van het Fonds BKVB met als titel What’s up, what’s down. Cultural catalysts in Urban Space heeft tot doel de stedelijke transformaties van de afgelopen decennia in een aantal secondary cities in Europa te onderzoeken. De reis (van 1 t/m 17 oktober 2010) zal leiden naar de Balkan (Skopje, Prishtina, Tirana), Marseille, vervolgens naar Noord- Engeland (Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool) en de Baskische regio (Bilbao en Vitoria-Gasteiz).

Van het Baskische gedeelte namen wij de begeleiding op ons. Lees hieronder het programma dat we voor de deelnemers hebben samen gesteld:

Autumn screenings

Desde aquí hasta ahí 15 - 17 october 2010, at 10 jahre Westendstudios in Munich Monitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind 09 october - 13 november 2010 at Florida II, Gemaal op Zuid, Rotterdam

Buro voor directe democratie

23 - 27 august 2010, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Utrecht

Invited as experts in "direct democracy", we have been working with students at the HKU, during the extra-curricular seminar "Buro voor directe democratie". Having introduced them to the gentle art of trolling, they spent a week getting banned from forums and messageboards, and applying the same techniques in offline public spaces.

The People United Will Never Be Defeated - Exhibition

From 19 February to 18 April, TENT. presents the group exhibition The People United Will Never Be Defeated. A topical exhibition around the municipal elections of 3 March 2010, in which the relationships between art and politics are critically examined. Artists have long been aware of the social implications of their work. Politicians also frequently talk about the role of art in society. A certain form of social engagement can after all be found in almost every work of art. In The People United Will Never Be Defeated it is, however, not about art demonstrating its engagement. The focus is on artists who emphatically, and explicitly, raise the issue of the political system: the voting, the speechmaking, the campaigns, the meetings, the decisions. By getting close to the politician they enter into dialogue with the established order.