Wednesday, July 05, 2006

introduction



Contemporary Art Exhibition
Opening: Friday, August, 25, 2006, 6 pm

Family park Harry Malter
Bosheidestraat 15 - 9070 Heusden (Ghent) - Belgium

artists:
Stefano Cagol (1969, Italy)
Vaast Colson (1977, Belgium)
Marta De Menezes (1975,Portugal)
Stefaan Dheedene (1975, Belgium)
Johan Grimonprez (1962, Belgium)
Katie Holten (1975, Ireland)
Shih Chieh Huang (1975, Taiwan)
Alon Levin (1975, Israël)
Gert Robijns (1972, Belgium)
Anri Sala (1974, Albania)
David Shrigley (1968, Scotland)
Superflex (Bjørnstjerne Christiansen, 1968,
Denmark /Jakob Fenger, 1969, Denmark/
Rasmus Nielsen, 1969, Denmark)

curator: Angelique Campens

concept: The zoo is a fascinating subject. Throughout many years, it has inspired artists and appealed to their imagination. It is a place where the city reveals its true self: trying to deny its urban character and pretending to be a jungle. To no avail, really, because there is always a glimpse of the city through the carefully staged bushes, the seemingly random winding tracks and the quasi-authentic buildings.
Indirectly, the zoo culture shows strong resemblances with certain tendencies in our society. The artificiality (the cages, the articifial ice floes, the signposts), tourism and child entertainment are recurring features in our society. The economic structures of the animal park are based upon tourist norms and focus on entertaining the visitors. Nevertheless, entertainment is always part of reporting and informing about research, which offers visitors the chance to visualize cultivation techniques, behaviour patterns, conservation and ecology.....

more information:
www.beeldend.be/zoo.html

2 Comments:

Blogger Soraya Marcano said...

this seems like a very interesting project; I hope this blog can connect us and bring us more information and visuals.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

as do i. i hope to see some pictures of the zoo, fitted. i am in New Zealand and getting hold of the catalog will surely be a mission. Was the ape playground existing already? it looks fun

1:46 AM  

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