Garage School of Fermentation by artist collective Laagencia critically explored the biopolitical dimension of food, particularly fermentation processes, localised within the geo-scape of Rotterdam as a post-modern promise of gentrification. Much like a recipe, Rotterdam also has its own prescription for movement: gentrification and it’s subsequent precarity.
Exploring these themes through practical engagement with different fermentation rituals, the conversation around wind, air and form in Taming the Horror Vacui was explored through the process of movement in living biotics, a further exploration of untangling the concept of food amid its interrelation to migration and colonialism. The breaking down and training of microbiomes, and subsequent taming of fermentation, further extends on the dialogue around the taming of natural phenomena.
@xlosagentes continues this project around the corner as Fizz Club at Varia.
Summer Lab 2020 was kindly supported by VSB Fonds.
This presentation is the first phase of Çelik and Caner’s long-term research on piracy, modes of being, and navigation methodologies. The project departs from the motive of a sailboat relief found in Katendrechtse Lagedijk. This finding supports the project as artists collect learnings and connect historical themes, and references of Port of Salee (Morocco) and New Amsterdam, Pirate Wardiyya (Jack Ward a.k.a Jack Sparrow) and Murad Rais (Jan Janszoon van Haarlem).
Summer Lab 2019 has enabled the tools to deconstruct and scatter their ideas and thoughts to experiment during the process. The exhibition draft includes re-enactment of selected parts from the play A Christian turned Turk: Or, The Tragicall Lives and Deaths of the two Famous Pirates, Ward and Dansiker written by Robert Daborne in 1612, that addresses the notions of racism and colonial fantasies via conversion to Islam and re-presentation of ‘the other’. The spatial declaration of flag-making, in relation to ownership and material porosity and the reading of children’s poem, Bad Grandpa: Ballad of Murad the Captain by Jim Billiter (Murad Rais’ great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandson) connect the his story with present time and Haarlem-Konijneneiland (Coney Island) and Rotterdam through depicted scenes in series of films.
Quintessential Pirateness will complement and establish a conversation with the year-long programme De Fluyt en de Hoi, led by Paul Elliman. Çelik and Caner will share Rib’s space with a handcrafted boat that was built by artist Marie Lorenz in July for her project Tide and Current Taxi Rotterdam as a part of De Fluyt en de Hoi.
This research was made possible thanks to the generous support of Rib, STICHTING-NAC, and MyA.
From summer 2017, Rib started with a new residency program dedicating its summer slot July and August to an Open Call for exhibition proposals and activities by young artists, mainly from Rotterdam. The residency consists of a production period followed by an exhibition or a public program. During the residency, the selected artists will become your new host, run the space and determine its new opening hours.