On Wednesday March 8, 17h-19h | Get out the vote Dutch stylee
The exhibition at the Ornis A gallery serves as an open organizational meeting place. I'm part of a small activist group of artists working towards justice in the USA, UK and against rising right wing extremism in Europe. This is our meeting before the Dutch elections on March 15 focusing on local issues and getting out the vote. We will also have an open discussion about how to combat growing Fascists movements around the world.
This project as a whole draws upon criminal archives of the 17th century as a means to hallucinate new futures. The early modern period is a time much like our own—power systems transforming, new intellectual discoveries, ground breaking technologies that are radically altering our present and future, and a plethora of media to consume that found new communities and present different positions of what is the truth. The early modern period was also a time that established many of the legal systems and methods that are in place today. What will humans 400 or even 66 millions years from now reflect upon our present as a means to contemplate their future?
Transversal Scepters begins with the Antecedents of the global institutional prison system looking into its history in the Netherlands. These two exhibits are the beginnings of a new film and book production that interlace through time, focusing on the first prisoner of Haarlem, Jan Gillisz a linen weaver, Haarlem's first prison uprising and the textile industry which revolved around it.
I've been collaboratively researching this hybrid archival fiction with cultural producer, Suzanne Sanders. This project has been awarded with an artistic research development grant from the Mondriaan Fonds, support from Haarlemse Lente and was begun at the invitation of Xander Karskens at the Frans Hals Museum - De Hallen.
If you are nearby the Netherlands, come on over ! Hope you to see you.
Picture of the criiminal registry from 1613 that describes the first prison uprising in Haarlem, NL.