Amsterdam Art Weekend | 27-30 November 2014

Dora García | Zhana Ivanova | Erkka Nissinen

Dora García – There is a hole in the real.
It is difficult to read Lacan. It is even more difficult to understand it… so much so that when you quote Lacan you are dismissed as pretentious or pedantic.
Last year Dora García’s film The Joycean Society (2013) was presented at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS. In this film, a group of elderly gentlemen, some women and two or three intimidated young people discuss endlessly about the endless possibilities of meaning of Finnegans Wake, a book they have been reading for 30 years, each “lap” of the book taking them 11 years. It is difficult to read Finnegans Wake, it is even more difficult to understand it, so much so that when you quote Finnegans Wake you are dismissed as pretentious or pedantic. And yet, perhaps understanding is not the right word to use when describing what the experience of reading Finnegans Wake, and Lacan, is like.

The present exhibition at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS responds to the extraordinary images created by Lacan’s discovery of Joyce. Dora García: Performances during Amsterdam Art Weekend
Thursday 27 November: 6 – 8 pm
Friday 28 November: 3 – 8 pm
Saturday 29 November: 5 – 8 pm
Sunday 30 November: 2 – 6 pm

Screening Videos Without Ideas curated by Erkka Nissinen

‘Sometimes I get ideas when I’m in contact with water’.

Invited by The One Minutes, Erkka Nissinen placed an open call asking artists to send in One Minute films without ideas. ‘Making videos is easy, anyone can do it.’ Films from all parts of the world were submitted. Nissinen’s final selection consists of 30 One Minute videos from The One Minutes Archive and new idea-less videos.

The One Minutes presents the series during Amsterdam Art Weekend on Thursday 27 November 2014 at 5 pm at Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS.
An interview with Erkka Nissinen by Jonas Ohlsson and Ilga Minjon will be followed by a screening of the series.

The One Minutes Ellen de Bruijne PROJECTS

Zhana Ivanova – Predictions

On September 14, 2014 by invitation of Land Art Live, Zhana Ivanova presented the specially commissioned performance Predictions. This large scale intervention took place on location at Robert Morris’ Observatory near Lelystad.
The function of a “cosmic compass” intended in Morris’ Observatory served as a starting point for Ivanova’s work. Her focus diverted however from the movements of the sun and the planets – instead she observed the site’s immediate environment. Each day a steady flow of trains, trucks, tractors, cars and bicycles passes by the Observatory’s perimeter – forming ever changing, and as far as we know incidental constellations. As patterns emerged and established, Ivanova predicted a scenario where daily chance and a perhaps grander scheme seemed to intersect. Viewers were invited to hear the predictions through individual headphones, and observe which of them would come true and which would not. A sound installation deducted from the event will be presented at the gallery.