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Curated by Nataša Petrešin

19 - 27 January, 2007

In the month of January the French/Slovenian  (CTP 2002) has been
invited for curating 'The Shadow Cabinet' – a fixed part of de Appel's
auxiliary programme where past and present students from the
Curatorial Training Programme (CTP), which de Appel has been running
since 1994, will be occupying the former directors office as our
guests. Petrešin presents a short-term installation by artists Joana
Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige (LB) and organizes a two-part screening
within the framework of the project 'Art in the New Field of

Art in the New Field of Visibility is an event which aims to explore
the complex interactions  between art and media, within the context of
the debate about the role and the function of image in  our society.
The programme consists of a series of exhibitions, screenings and
talks organized by the  Netherlands Media Art Institute, the Flemish
Arts Centre de Brakke Grond, de Appel, Maison  Descartes, Institut
Francais des Pays-Bas, the Institutul Cultural Roman Boekarest and the
Goethe Institut Amsterdam (for more information: www.montevideo.nl)

Distorted Fabric traces the production of the plausible in the
contemporary art through the videos of various artists and an
installation by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige which warp our
sense and knowledge of reality and render it questionable, odd and
alienated. They operate with the categories of the logic of facts and
logic of fiction as with two extremes on the same line of experience
and thought that can be blurred, not as with two separate entities of
experience, copying and mimicking one another. They confront the
spectators at first with a subtle confusion, generated by the artistic
methods of fabrication of the real, fictionalization of the visual
documents or of imposture and decomposition of the
first-person-singular narrative. The alienation rendered by the
confusion, furthermore, invokes the Brechtian epic theatre of making
his audience realise that what it sees on the stage is merely an
account of some events that should be watched with critical
detachment. As Brecht wrote 'alienation is necessary to all (critical)
understanding. When something seems 'the most obvious thing in the
world' it means that any attempt to understand the world has been
given up."

The works in the video screening could be described as being between
the 'subjective documentaries', 'docu-fictions' or 'autofictive
narrations'. In a way the works presented function as statements that
try to change the common belief in the material authenticity of the
images and information that construct our daily reality.


Opening exhibition: 'Distorted Fabric'

Friday, 19 January, 20:00

Duration of the exhibition: January 19 – 27, 2007

Entrance: free

Friday, January 19 21:00

Video screenings by (a.o.): The Atlas Group/Walid Raad, Daya Cahen,
Sebastian D'az Morales

Entrance: free

Saturday 20 January 20.30

Video screenings by (a.o.): Egl Budvytyt , Keren Cytter, Jakup Ferri,
Mario Garcia Torres, Driton Hajredini, Ahmet Ögüt, Natascha Sadr
Haghighian & Judith Hopf, SilentCell Network, Clemens von Wedemeyer &
Maya Schweizer

Entrance: free

Information: Gerbrand Korevaar, press {AT} deappel.nl,

de Appel

Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10

NL-1017 DE Amsterdam

31 20 6255651

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