For Tique Salon #14, we’ve invited Karina Beumer, Peter Lemmens and Brenda Tempelaar to present their artistic practice and latest publications, entitled ‘A series of (in)direct questions to one or two or three authors of a casually collected set of publications without it being immediately clear whom or which publication these address’.
Where do the characters go when the story ends? is both a book and a film trilogy by artist Karina Beumer. It comprises Beumer’s recent films Open for new challenges, Was het maar zo makkelijk (If only it were that easy) and We have to think of something else (part One and Two). The book chronicles each film frame by frame, interspersing images with texts by Eleanor Duffin, Brenda Tempelaar, Céline Mathieu, Ingrid Verhoeven, Dennis Van Mol, Els, Lise Lotte ten Voorde, Puck Vonk, Stijn Huijts and an accompanying ‘director’s commentary’ dialogue between Beumer and Publication Studio’s Yin Yin Wong, which documents the development of the book itself.
In the spirit of Beumer’s practice, this project is a process of accumulation. Within the films, scripts are build up by being repeatedly enacted, continuously altered and constantly renegotiated. Tools of communication — translation, indication, instruction, and explanation — become stage directions and create entry points for improvisation, weaving reality throughout the scripts that somehow, perhaps through the act of framing itself as art, becomes a fiction of its own. And just as the film becomes an exhibition becomes a book, the status of the participants shifts along with the work too — elements fold onto each other as people unexpectedly find themselves at once an incidental bystander and a star of the film, somehow signing their autographs at its book launch.
Peter Lemmens is an artist and initiator of publishing house Concat Books. HOSTILE TAKEOVER’, 2017 collects all publications produced between 2005 – 2017 for reprint under the new publishing house ‘CONCAT BOOKS’. Also a single new book, especially made for this new publishing house is added. All print-ready PDF files are copied to a USB flash drive. The publishing house has the non-exclusive rights to reprint all publications as it sees fit.
This publishing of a publishing house contains not just publications, but all the necessary means for publishing. It negotiates significant consequences as copyright value is traded for distribution value and ownership points out various stakeholder responsibilities as problematic. It’s part of an artistic practice that questions possible production, distribution and organisational strategies as intrinsic part of the work.
Artist and writer Brenda Tempelaar recently initiated and published The Exhibition Tower, an exhibition catalogue that features four exhibitions that took place at the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht. The exhibition venue is a one to ten scale model of a tower designed by OMA for Lafayette Anticipations, a new art institute that recently opened in Paris. The Exhibition Tower explores the 40 different configurations of its mobile floors, enhancing curatorial flexibility in a space with an ultimate height of 18 meter.
The catalogue contains photographic documentation of the presentations by Van Eyck residents Stéphanie Lagarde, Graham Kelly, GVN908 and Golnar Abbasi, who displayed their work in the context of the tower whilst imagining the full-scale project it was modeled after. The editorial essay Animating the Ghost Sonata draws a paralel between The Exhibition Tower and August Strindberg’s 1907 screenplay The Ghost Sonata, a story about expectations, dreams and house rules.
All talks can be conducted in English.
Tique Salon is formulated and organized by Katrin Kamrau (malenki.net) and Welmer Keesmaat (Tique).