For Security Reasons
Friday August 28th 2009
Monday October 19th 2009
Opening: 28 August 2009, 07:00 - 11:00 P.M.
With contributions by:
Stylianos Schicho (AT), Jeroen Jongeleen (NL), SpY (ES), Harmen de Hoop (NL), Antoine Schmitt (FR), Desiree Palmen (NL), Fabian Bechtle / Stefan Reuter (DE), Sander Veenhof (NL)
Tim Braakman, Marieke de Rooij and Aline Yntema
The exhibition 'For Security Reasons' investigates the balance between safety and playfulness and displays a critical point of view on the latest developments in security. The exhibited art shows where there is space for playfulness in a society where security measures are more or less inviolable.
In order to ensure our national security we have been introduced to camera surveillance, Civilian net, telephone taps, RFID-chip, alarm phase orange, preventive body-searches, vagabond-prevention-strips, coffeeshop free areas around schools, the behind-the-front-door policy, the Mosquito, the Taser, the public transport chip card, a ban on public gatherings and the zero-tolerance policy. We observe each other and every single suitcase due to the 'together against terrorism' campaigns.
For many people security measures are experienced as positive and effective. However well intended though, they limit our actions. The exhibition 'For Security Reasons' investigates the balance between safety and playfulness and displays a critical point of view on the latest developments in security. The exhibited art shows where there is space for playfulness in a society where security measures are more or less inviolable.
Desiree Palmen escapes the all-seeing eye of a security camera whilst being perfectly visible to the public on the street. Harmen de Hoop interprets security as a space for playfulness and vice versa. Fabian Bechtle and Stefan Reuter show original graffiti in a compelling choreography. The gigantic work of art by Stylianos Schicho makes you shrink and offers an impression of the masses seen from the perspective of a security camera. The work of Jeroen Jongeleen seems to balance between playful mischief and urban criminality. By discarding the rules, he turns the city into an urban playground. The news of the future by Antoine Schmitt is on show 24/7 in the window of the showroom. SpY's 'invisible' intervention will take place outside the doors of showroom MAMA and Sander Veenhof will implement interactive technology to create invisibility in public space.
For Security Reasons is compiled by the first collection of curators of the Rookies MA course (the continuation of the Mr Miyagi course): Tim Braakman, Marieke de Rooij and Aline Yntema.