L.A. Raeven, Goodly Creatures, 2017
Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam, March 04 – April 08 2017
camera & editing:
Rob van de Ven, Zapp Productions / Zapp Magazine
The exhibition “Goodly Creatures” is a follow up of L.A. Raeven’s exhibition at Museum Arnhem Wild Zone 3 (14/01–05/03/2017). In this gallery show L.A. Raeven are presenting their video “Goodly Creatures”, which was not on show in Museum Arnhem, as well as a new series of photographs made during the production of the installation Wild Zone 3 and a series of drawings.
Wild Zone 3
In Wild Zone 3 L.A. Raeven styled the appearances and choreographed the movements of a group of children. The similarities in how they look creates the impression that they are members of an androgynous sect: they are extremely tall, wear the same clothes, and it is unclear whether they are boys or girls. The artist duo portrays a kind of autonomous ‘wild zone’ for young people who evoke fear in the viewers because they are ‘different’. The youngsters do not conform to the prevailing notions of femininity and masculinity, and seem to be forever adolescent.
Wild Zone 3 is a sequel to Wild Zone 1 (2001) and Wild Zone 2 (2002), the video installations in which L.A. Raeven created a ‘state of being’, and, without a plot, filmed two similar, almost motionless individuals. Wild Zone 3 stems from the duo’s fascination for the new type of human that they see coming into existence. L.A. Raeven: ‘Men and women look more and more alike, and the body is increasingly being manipulated to our liking. The malleability of the body seems to know no bounds and is increasingly accepted as normal. For example, small children are given growth hormones if they are too short; this is a choice made by the parents who decide about the life and career of their offspring.
L.A. RAEVEN, WILD ZONE 3
a new 3 channel video installation by L.A. Raeven, 2016
camera & editing, production:
Rob van de Ven & Corinne Groot, Zapp Productions
Premiering at Museum Arnhem January 14 – March 5 2017
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IN-OUT ARCHIVES EXHIBITION
De Appel arts centre Amsterdam
November 14 – December 11 2016
Research project by:
Corinne Groot, Zapp Productions
& Tineke Reijnders
Exhibition concept & design:
Corinne Groot & Rob van de Ven, Zapp Productions
In-Out Center was the first independent artist space in Amsterdam. From 1972 until 1974 it offered a platform for everything that was new at the time: performances, video art, visual poetry, audio art, conceptual art and artist books.
Its nine members came from Latin America, Iceland and The Netherlands. Michel Cardena, Raul Marroquin, Ulises Carrión, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, Kristján Gudmundsson, Hetty Huisman, Pieter Laurens Mol en gerrit jan de rook contributed to the experimental art climate in Amsterdam, a city they admired for it’s open and free spirit. Each member invited befriended artists to exhibit, which enhanced the space’s exciting international character. It was an inspiring scene to visitors.
In 1975, soon after In-Out Center was closed, Wies Smals founded De Appel in part to ensure a space for performances. Ulises Carrión’s Other Books and So (1975-1978) was another off-shoot from In-Out Center. Tineke Reijnders and Corinne Groot will continue their extensive research of the history of In-Out Center at De Appel arts centre.
In a lively exhibition- and research space they will present archival material and original artworks. Reijnders/Groot will be present during the exhibition to share and receive information. Memories, anecdotes, pictures and other archival material are very welcome!