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Group show: For Security Reasons (over)

28 August 2009 until 18 October 2009
  For Security Reasons
Harmen de Hoop, Sandbox, 1996, Courtesy: Galerie West

Witte de Withstraat 29-31
3012 BL Rotterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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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. Jeroen Jongeleen balances between playful mischief and urban criminality. 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.


11 September 2009, Gay Palace, 23:00-4:00, The official De Wereld van Witte de With party by MAMA: Play, with a.o. a performance by FCKN BSTRDS.

12 September 2009, Witte de Withstraat 27-31, 12:00-23:00, 'De-surveillance' by Sander Veenhof in collaboration with the Policegallery.

16 October 2009, NAi, Debate in collaboration with IABR and NAi in the context of 'Open City'.

Psstů Missed out Hidden Routes? On thuesday the 25th of August you can watch the official skateboard director Marco Grandia filming this performance. Contemporary dance reacts autonomously to the dynamic movements of skateboarding and to the creative interaction with obstacles in public space. Skatepark Westblaak, from 10:00 to 18:00!

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