23 April–6 June 2010 / Utrecht
Fri 23 April 17:00–18:00 Performance at Park de Gagel in Overvecht
Sat 24 April 12:00–13:00 Performance at Kanaalstraat in Lombok
Sat 24 April 18:00–19:00 Performance at Esperanto monument in Overvecht
Sun 25 April 15:00–16:00 Concert at Casco
27 April–6 June 2010 Exhibition at Casco
You may also join the excursions to each location by meeting at Casco 30 min. prior to each performance.
With his new project Hurt Locker Instruments, New York-based Japanese artist Ei Arakawa contributes to Casco’s ongoing exploration of a social space. Ei Arakawa’s work often consists of group dances, collective actions and improvisational performance, entailing a process of constructing a temporary, informal architecture with daily materials, which may then be transformed into an exhibition. In this working method, the notion of “makeshift” or what one may call “an organized practice of unexpectancy,” plays a key role. By extrapolating from a given context or an existing cultural reference and collaboratively moving towards an estranging situation, Arakawa resists the tendency to limit human productivity by allotting it a proper form, a proper place or a proper name. Instead, he enquires about the extent of “make-shift” agency whilst animating a communal space.
In Hurt Locker Instruments, which is also conceived in the light of Utrecht’s annual dance festival, Springdance, Arakawa merges two references – Lying Freely, a Casco project by Ruth Buchanan and Tbilisi, an annual contemporary art event in Tbilisi that Arakawa was involved in – in order to experiment with how different urban contexts, individuals of Utrecht and Tbilisi and two cities seemingly of no common ground, can be connected. Accordingly, Arakawa invites two artist friends who were part of his Tbilisi experience – Sergei Tcherepnin and Gela Patashuri – to join the performances as well as a carpenter friend Mari Mukai for a remote contribution. Also open for spectator participation and last-minute collaborators, their performances comprise of different referential archives and materials and take place at three Utrecht locations – Park de Gagel, Kanaalstraat in Lombok and Esperanto Monument – that introduce some heterogeneity into the otherwise monotonous urban landscape. The outcomes of the performances are then reconstructed at Casco, where they will alter and extend Buchanan’s Lying Freely installation.
This project is also part of Springdance (16-26 April 2010), an international annual dance festival in Utrecht.
Circular Facts launching event
24 April 15:00–16:00
Hurt Locker Instruments is developed in the framework of Circular Facts, a cooperative circuit for itinerant research and projects by artists and other practitioners initiated by Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory (Utrecht), Objectif Exhibitions (Antwerp) and The Showroom (London) in collaboration with Kunsthalle St.Gallen and Electric Palm Tree. It is financially supported by the European Union Culture Programme. An introduction to this open-ended “circuit” is shared at an interval during Hurt Locker Instruments by Binna Choi, Mai Abu Eldahab and Emily Pethick, the directors of the three initiating institutions.