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24.06.2022 – 24.12.2022: MINNE KERSTEN, SIMON WALD-LASOWSKI

Fabulator, Minne Kersten, 2022, Schipluidenlaan 12F, De Lely, 24.06.2022 - 24.09.2022, photo: LNDWstudio

Now on show at Schipluidenlaan, nr 12F (Broedplaats Lely), daily from 2-8 pm
For Welcome Stranger, Minne Kersten installed an air conditioning unit on the facade of her house in Amsterdam Nieuw-West. Instead of functioning as its original intention of cooling the indoor air, the object is blowing smoke rings into the outdoor air. These are visible as circular puffs and seen traveling up to the sky, to eventually evaporate into thin air.

The smoke rings are only briefly visible as they emerge out of the machine, before they evaporate and vanish. There might be an attempt to communicate, but it also talks about a kind of fleeting nature of an image. In order to slow down the viewer, the work hovers on the verge of ephememality, disappearance or absence. 


Part of a series
The artwork is part of a longer line of artworks that started in 2020 and is since meandering through Amsterdam. You can read more about artworks, the series and the context in the archive HEREWith the completion of a second artwork end of September by Simon Wald-Lasowski, both artworks can be seen simultaneously. A characteristic feature of Welcome Stranger is that the art is displayed in the private homes of artists. They have thus worked in the field of tension between the private space and the public space, publicity and privacy. Because of the pandemic, the focus has temporarily shifted to the outside: the façade.  More info read HERE


2022_07_07 Minne Kersten in Groene Amsterdammer

Roos van Lint, Groene Amsterdammer, 7 juli 2022 

Press about earlier editions here 

07.10.21 – Recording live from somewhere (Hoofdweg reflections)

Recording live from somewhere (Hoofdweg reflections) is a radio show hosted by Radna Rumping, live from her living room, somewhere on the Hoofdweg in Amsterdam. The radio show is as a 'hidden track', which appears a few months after the opening of the work Hoofdweg (a possible line), an audio essay that Radna made at the invitation of Welcome Stranger.

While the sound work invites the listener to take a walk and thus form a long line along the Hoofdweg (2.5 kilometres), this radio show returns back to the intimacy of the living room, behind the facade. Here, Radna's record collection is housed in a built-in cupboard, which she does not often look at anymore, but opens again for this occasion.

During Recording live from somewhere (Hoofdweg reflections) the living room turns into a radio studio for a while; invisible to the listener but still 'from somewhere'. Radna will play music for an hour that is loosely related to the audio essay, and will discuss thoughts and questions that arose both during and after making Hoofdweg (a possible line).

The broadcast can be listened to via jajajaneeneenee.com - 

The audio essay 'Hoofdweg (a possible line)' is available over here.


La Monte Young - Composition 1960 #7
Sun Araw - Flote
June Tyson - Theme of the stargazers
Sun Ra - New Horizons
The Natural Spiritual Orchestra - We love roll call y’all (fragment Do the right thing)
Rammellzee - Beat Bop (instrumental)
Peter Tosh & The Wailers - Steppin Razor
Adrian Piper - The Mythic Being (fragment Other than art’s sake)
The Slits - Newtown
Massive Attack - Exchange (mountain steppers dub)
Yoko Ono - She hits back
The Raincoats - Ooh Ooh La La La
Quasimoto - Come on Feet
De La Soul - can you keep a secret? (skit)
Inoyama Land - Bananatron
David Byrne - Tree (Today is an important occasion)
Poly Styrene on privacy (fragment Who is Poly Styrene?)
Curtis Mayfield - To Be invisible
Finis Africae - Segundos y segundos y segundos
Joanna MacGregor - Moondog Sidewalk dances
Laraaji - All Pervading
Donald Byrd - Stepping into tomorrow