Two instructors from the police academy teach the art of interrogation to a group of artists and students. They are given a training in cross-questioning techniques, and in dealing with violence. Through screenings, debates and relevant literature, the participants are stimulated to apply this knowledge within their own practices.
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The Social Experiment collective (which comprises Wouter Osterholt, Elke Uitentuis, Klaas van Gorkum, Iratxe Jaio and Jonas Staal) organised a three-day experiment at the invitation of Studium Generale. To increase artists’ resilience, police academy lecturers held classes for participants at ArtEZ Enschede’s academy building. The aim here was to “break through passivity.”
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Saturday 10 December 2011 | 12:00 - 14:00
Nationaal Onderwijsmuseum, Nieuwemarkt 1a, Rotterdam

On 10 December ADA organizes the first edition of Breakfast at Noon, a new series of public events in which two or more guests are invited to ADA’s breakfast table to reflect on issues concerning the position of the artist and the way one speaks through his or her work.

For this first edition the guests will be the Belgrade based collective Škart and the artist duo Iratxe Jaio & Klaas van Gorkum. Both guests have a practice, which connects exhibition making with working with groups and individuals in specific social contexts. ADA invites Škart, Jaio and van Gorkum to give a brief presentation of their work, and to discuss issues such as the collective art practice, the role of audience participation and the notion of free time in relation to artistic practice.

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1st of December at 20h in Cines Maldà, C/ Pi 5, Barcelona (Spain)

"Welcome to Belfast" will be screened in the program "This is the girl. Sobre decidir, si podemos decidir" curated by Martí Manen for the series "Videoarte en la Gran Pantalla" of HAMACA, distributor of video art and media art in Spain. The program will include works by Dora García, Sra. Polaroiska, Leon Siminiani, Virginia Villaplana, Jorge Satorre and Julia Montilla.

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A 24 Hour a Day Revolution will be exhibited at Mutual matters - a project by Kim Einarsson, Petra Bauer and Marius Dybwad-Brandrud.

Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden. 2.11 2011—28.2 2012

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The Social Experiment is a collaboration between artists Klaas van Gorkum, Iratxe Jaio, Wouter Osterholt, Jonas Staal and Elke Uitentuis. In October 2011 they will organise a training in self-protection for artists. During three days a select group of participants, comprising of students, teachers, artists and other interested parties, will work on improving their resilience.

Under the guidance of two instructors from the police academy they will be trained in interrogation techniques (questioning and being examined) as well as how to deal with violence (indexing of violent situations and regulating or breaking up such situations). Through screenings, debates and relevant literature, participants will also be stimulated to apply this knowledge within their own practices.

The training takes place from 15 to 17 October. From day one, participants will follow a collective program, and will eat and sleep together in blockhuts that have been hired for this purpose. The program is free of charge, but needs to be followed in its entirety.

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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.

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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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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:

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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.

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