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Eva Fiore Kovacovsky

Sequoia Grove

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Eva Fiore Kovacovsky

Sequoia Grove

This Spring the Kunstfort welcomes the heaviest tree in the world: the Sequoiadendron giganteum. This Californian mammoth tree was brought to Europe in the 19th century, the same century in which Fort bij Vijfhuizen was built as part of an iconic defense plan, and also the century in which photography was invented. Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky (Switzerland, 1980) takes this as her starting point for the exhibition Sequoia Grove. The monumental “genieloods” shack, originally intended for cannonry storage, is inhabited by nature. (…)

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Catherine Biocca

Ancient Workers

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Catherine Biocca

Ancient Workers

This Spring the concrete fortress morphs between a company’s office and a disintegrating marriage, an archeological treasure and a spooky tomb, a future factory and a fallen multinational. With animation, image, sculpture, graphics, jewelry and play, Berlin-based Catherine Biocca (Italy, 1984) transforms the Kunstfort into a colorful dystopia: Ancient Workers. The main plea of this exhibition is to work harder. In the entrance room we encounter a restless CEO trying to motivate everyone around him, simultaneously in different locations, sections (…)

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Interventions

Morten Barker

Apocalypse Now

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Morten Barker

Apocalypse Now

Terra Nullius – no land – is a Latin expression, derived from Roman law, describing territory that has either never been claimed by any state or which a state has relinquished. Each of Morten Barker’s (DK, 1972) pictures in the series is a digital montage made from parts of frame grabs from well-known war films. There is no drama, no advancing armies, no combat. The land is seen not as a contested site but as an empty stage. It is stripped (…)

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Beny Wagner

Outside

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Beny Wagner

Outside

Beny Wagner, Outside, 2017, Courtesy the artist 14 min, Full HD video Outside traverses two cyclical metabolic paths in the attempt to forge a reciprocal relationship between the two. Moving from the metabolism of the human body to the metabolism of waste infrastructures, the film creates an inverted exchange wherein the concealment of waste inside the human body turns to the concealment of the human body inside waste. The boundary that divides waste from production would seem to contain an (…)

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Beny Wagner

Eye Farm

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Beny Wagner

Eye Farm

Beny Wagner, Eye Farm, 2016, Courtesy the artist 20 min, Full HD video Eye Farm is an experimental essayistic film exploring the mediation of human and nonhuman sight through agriculture. The film looks at the contemporary representation of agriculture through drone-mounted cameras and hyper-realistic computer animated landscapes to raise questions about the political implications of sight, land boundaries, and ideological narrative. Starting from the contingency of the human eye on plant matter activated in the process of digestion, the narrative (…)

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Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky

Interspecies Communication

08.04–​01.07.2018

08.04–​01.07.2018

Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky

Interspecies Communication

For the Interspecies Communication series, the artist works with analogue full-frame photos from her photo archive: a collection of indigenous and exotic plants. In the dark room she has projected these ‘delayed’ images onto rolled and rolled sheets of photo paper. By playing with a three-dimensional image carrier, the plant images are distorted, twisted and alienated. Inspiration for the series are new scientific findings on communication methods and reproductive mechanisms of plants. Kovacovsky is fascinated by the tropical climber Marcgravia (…)

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Upcoming

2018

October

14.10–​16.12.2018

Charlotte Weisse

Fall exhibition

14.10–​16.12.2018

Charlotte Weisse

Fall exhibition

Fall exhibition - Charlotte Weisse

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14.10–​16.12.2018

Serge Onnen

Fall exhibition

14.10–​16.12.2018

Serge Onnen

Fall exhibition

Fall exhibition - Serge Onnen

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July

15.07–​16.09.2018

Botond Keresztesi

Summer exhibition

15.07–​16.09.2018

Botond Keresztesi

Summer exhibition

Summer exhibition – Botond Keresztesi

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15.07–​09.09.2018

Timo Nasseri

Summer exhibition

15.07–​09.09.2018

Timo Nasseri

Summer exhibition

Summer exhibition – Timo Nasseri

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Past

2018

May

23.05.2018

19:30

Lecture and screening: Beny Wagner

23.05.2018

19:30

Lecture and screening: Beny Wagner

On Wednesday the 23th of May Berlin based artist and writer Beny Wagner gives a lecture on his recent research. His works Eye Farm (2016) and Outside (2017) are currently on view at the Kunstfort Beny Wagner’s lecture brings together several lines of his recent research on filmmaking in relation to ecology and metabolism. Researchers studying the human microbiome have proposed a rethinking of the human digestive apparatus as the body’s sixth sense, due to increased understanding of its role (…)

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February

07.02–​11.02.2018

Kunstfort presents Dan Walwin - Dawn at demoralize

@ Intersections, Art Rotterdam 2018

07.02–​11.02.2018

Kunstfort presents Dan Walwin - Dawn at demoralize

@ Intersections, Art Rotterdam 2018

The Kunstfort is a concrete fortress in the typically Dutch village of Vijfhuizen. During Art Rotterdam its “sci fi” reality – the artificial surroundings, the uncanny defense system and the time-less appearance in the capital’s margins – is transferred to INTERSECTIONS, where the Kunstfort invites British artist Dan Walwin (UK, 1986) to collaborate on Dawn at demoralize, a presentation with moving image and installation.

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04.02–​11.02.2018

@ Intersections Art Rotterdam 2018

Kunstfort presents Dan Walwin - Dawn at Demoralize

04.02–​11.02.2018

@ Intersections Art Rotterdam 2018

Kunstfort presents Dan Walwin - Dawn at Demoralize

The Kunstfort is a concrete fortress in the typically Dutch village of Vijfhuizen. During Art Rotterdam its “sci fi” reality – the artificial surroundings, the uncanny defense system and the time-less appearance in the capital’s margins – is transferred to INTERSECTIONS, where the Kunstfort invites British artist Dan Walwin (UK, 1986) to collaborate on Dawn at demoralize, a presentation with moving image and installation.

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2017

November

28.11.2017

19:30

From Picture to Image: Rachel de Joode icw Itsourplayground

28.11.2017

19:30

From Picture to Image: Rachel de Joode icw Itsourplayground

On Tuesday the 28th, Rachel de Joode and the French artistic duo Itsourplayground (Camille Le Houezec and Joey Villemont) will come together to discuss the topic of sculptural photography. Starting point is our current fall exhibition Flat Nature / Surface Bodies by Rachel de Joode. We start the evening with a presentation by Rachel de Joode, followed by a conversation between the artists and our artistic director Zippora Elders surrounding this theme. The programme starts at 7:30 pm (doors open (…)

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07.11.2017

19:30

Toon Fibbe & Laura Wiedijk: Cloning The Ghost

07.11.2017

19:30

Toon Fibbe & Laura Wiedijk: Cloning The Ghost

On November 7 Toon Fibbe (NL, 1987) and Laura Wiedijk (NL, 1985) present their research material that forms the basis for their intervention Cloning the Ghost in the Kunstfort. Inspired by Darwin’s book Fertilisation of Orchids, orchids were appropriated at the end of the 19th century by popular science fiction writers. The orchid transformed into the popular imagination of a beautiful, but passive flower, to a cunning seductive murderer. During this lecture the hidden sides of the orchid are elaborated (…)

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October

01.10–​17.12.2017

Kim David Bots

The Rant

01.10–​17.12.2017

Kim David Bots

The Rant

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen proudly presents Kim David Bots – The Rant. In this site-specific installation Kim David Bots (NL, 1988) takes “the scenery” as his starting point. The four spaces of the fort are filled with remnants of a game, so it seems. Just the scene is left; the only witness to a narrative that already has finished. Paintings, drawings, collages, objects, prints and found footage shape a reference frame without directly referring to something. Inspiration for this is the (…)

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01.10–​17.12.2017

Jan Hoek (Intervention)

The Mad Max Rider

01.10–​17.12.2017

Jan Hoek

The Mad Max Rider

Artist Jan Hoek (Amsterdam, 1984) and Kenyan Ugandan fashion designer Bobbin Case since long have been fascinated by the colorful motoraxis that cross around the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, better known as ‘boda boda’. There are so many of them, that boda boda owners dress up their motortaxis in a wide variety of themes to attract their customers’ attention. But Hoek and Case noticed that these men had forgotten one important aspect while personalizing their cars: their own outfits. That’s (…)

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01.10–​17.12.2017

Sara Kamalvand (Intervention)

The Tehran Garden Festival

01.10–​17.12.2017

Sara Kamalvand

The Tehran Garden Festival

The Tehran Garden Festival is a project by Canadian-Iranian architect Sara Kamalvand (Iran, 1975 – lives in Paris and Tehran) about the so-called ‘qanats’ of Tehran, the capital of Iran. Kamalvand is committed to the redevelopment of these ancient underground water canals. By reviving the historical system, the project seeks an alternative for sustainable conservation of unused urban infrastructures. In her presentation issues about climate change, resource depletion and pollution footprint are related to heritage, conservation and memory. The project (…)

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01.10–​17.12.2017

Rachel de Joode

Flat Nature / Surface Bodies

01.10–​17.12.2017

Rachel de Joode

Flat Nature / Surface Bodies

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presenteert met trots Rachel de Joode – Flat Nature / Surface Bodies. In de Genieloods en op het forteiland toont Rachel de Joode (NL, 1979 – wonend in Berlijn) een omvangrijke tentoonstelling met nieuw werk, waaronder vijf buitensculpturen. De Joode is één van de eerste kunstenaars die reeds tien jaar geleden sculpturale objecten en fotografische prints combineert, met verwijzingen naar de esthetiek van het internet. De kunstenaar staat bekend om haar ‘sculpturale fotografie’, waarbij ze een foto (…)

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01.10–​17.12.2017

Toon Fibbe & Laura Wiedijk (Intervention)

Cloning the Ghost

01.10–​17.12.2017

Toon Fibbe & Laura Wiedijk

Cloning the Ghost

In het project van Toon Fibbe (NL, 1987) en Laura Wiedijk (NL, 1985) schittert de vervreemdende orchidee in al haar misleidende glorie; ze is de prachtige buitenstaander die zich als een alien naar binnen dringt. Cloning the Ghost onderzoekt de verleidelijke verschijningsvormen en reproductiestrategieën van de bloem, en die visuele listigheid wordt onder andere gespiegeld aan de retoriek van evolutionaire economie en onze huidige cultuur die ogenschijnlijk geregeerd wordt door technologieën van hypervisibiliteit. De installatie in de betonnen fortruimte is warm, vochtig en zompig: (…)

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September

06.09.2017

20:00

BLOB Buitenbios

06.09.2017

20:00

BLOB Buitenbios

During the BLOB 2017 the Kunstfort organises a free, outdoor film screening every night.

July

11.07.2017

19:30

Public program: Millennial Nostalgia

11.07.2017

19:30

Public program: Millennial Nostalgia

Public Program: Joeri Woudstra – Millennial Nostalgia Young artists, thinkers and writers discuss millennial nostalgia within Joeri Woudstra's exhibition Millennial Gravestone Quotes. What does it mean to be a maker in our time? What is the influence and value of creative expressions in a strongly globalized society, in which the internet forms a second reality, and technology rushes past us? What inspires us, and how can we make a difference? Designer Kevin Bray (ESAAB, Sandberg Institute, KABK) investigates design, performance (…)

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June

18.06–​17.09.2017

Joeri Woudstra

Millennial Gravestone Quotes

18.06–​17.09.2017

Joeri Woudstra

Millennial Gravestone Quotes

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presents the exhibition Joeri Woudstra – Millennial Gravestone Quotes. In his first solo Joeri Woudstra (NL, 1993) explores the influence of technological developments and contemporary advertising culture on feelings of nostalgia. The exhibition reflects on our changing perception of time. Joeri Woudstra might be the characteristic “millennial”: an energetic allrounder, both creatively and technically skilled, never found in one place at a time, and proficient with both music and image. In the metal “Genieloods” shed of Kunstfort bij (…)

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18.06–​17.09.2017

Raymond Barion

Parallel Perspectives

18.06–​17.09.2017

Raymond Barion

Parallel Perspectives

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presents the exhibition Raymond Barion – Parallel Perspectives. This first overview of the Belgian-Dutch artist Raymond Barion (Valkenburg, 1946) shows paintings, drawings, studies and sculptural objects. Barion’s desolate landscapes, with distinctive elements of neon and architecture, date back to the 1980s. With their abandoned machineries, mythical sceneries and alternative visions of the future they can be seen as a prediction of today’s unrest. Barion’ work is magical, precise and sensitive – an endless dreaming in isometric perspectives. This makes (…)

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18.06–​17.09.2017

Wyne Veen (Intervention)

Love

18.06–​17.09.2017

Wyne Veen

Love

Wyne Veen (Netherlands, 1984) is a Dutch artist working mostly within the photographic medium. Veen’s work consists of sculptural arrangements that she photographs and edits. She is inspired by the look, interpretation and essence of objects becoming commodities, and their representation as such. Love is a project about imagery and its meaning. This image consist of fabric roses, a paper background print of a stock image, a metallic surface, silicone drops and tab water. The viewer witnesses the exact moment (…)

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18.06–​17.09.2017

Alexander Höglund (Intervention)

Terminal Green

18.06–​17.09.2017

Alexander Höglund

Terminal Green

Alexander Höglund (Sweden, 1984) is a Swedish artist who works in a variety of media from virtual experience and sculptures to curating and public interventions. Höglund has studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, Stockholm Filmschool in Stockholm and Lund University. His video Terminal Green is a journey through a 9 space-virtual-fantasy-world. A guided tour to a mental landscape. In the terminal we encounter creatures discovered in introspection, like the holy figure of the NGs, Blue boy and “the (…)

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18.06–​17.12.2017

Annika Kappner (Intervention)

Hypertropic Abyss

18.06–​17.12.2017

Annika Kappner

Hypertropic Abyss

Annika Kappner’s Hypertrophic Abyss is onderdeel van de kunstinterventies van Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. Hypertropic Abyss onderzoek de archaïsche visuele taal van diepzee mariene biologie, geplaatst tegenover artificiële hedendaagse materialen.

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May

30.05.2017

19:30

Performative lecture by Fadwa Naamna

30.05.2017

19:30

Performative lecture by Fadwa Naamna

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is pleased to host ‘Art and Curating on the Seaming Lines’, a performative lecture by artist and curator Fadwa Naamna (Palestine, 1985) – participant De Appel curatorial programme 2016-2017. This performative lecture by Fadwa Naamna is a time-machine journey, inspired by the historical past in Vijfhuizen area, as a physical barrier built for geographical disconnection and civilian defense. Geopolitics and the landscape are the starting point for investigating cultural production in the region of Palestine and Israel. (…)

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March

19.03–​04.06.2017

Tamar Harpaz

March Madness

19.03–​04.06.2017

Tamar Harpaz

March Madness

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen is pleased to present Tamar Harpaz – March Madness. For this site-specific exhibition the artist tracks the concrete structures of the fort. Employing sound and everyday objects, Harpaz transforms each room into an instrument. Together the spaces become an eerie orchestra of tones, lights, wires and glasses. The noise of pulsing percussions and blowing wind resonates through the historical corridors, recalling ghosts of the fort’s intended military purpose. Tamar Harpaz (Israel, 1979) finished her residency at the (…)

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19.03–​04.06.2017

Erik Andriesse

Dode Dierentuin

19.03–​04.06.2017

Erik Andriesse

Dode Dierentuin

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presents Erik Andriesse – Dode Dierentuin. In this exhibition Erik Andriesse (1957 – 1993) immortalizes untamable nature: a mysterious gathering of sunflowers, amarylisses, skeletons and skulls haunts the “Genieloods” shed of the fort. In the 70s and 80s, Andriesse is part of a generation of artists that again focuses on the art of painting – full of energy, with brush and paint in their hands. In politically and climatic troubled times, back then as well as today, he (…)

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19.03–​04.06.2017

Olya Oleinic (Intervention)

Organic

19.03–​04.06.2017

Olya Oleinic

Organic

Inspired by technological progress and the way new inventions are being more and more seamlessly integrated in our lives, photographer Olya Oleinic (Moldova, 1991) creates a narrative that illustates how technology has become such an ‘organic’ part of our daily mundane. Organic here refers to what is derived from living matter, but also the smooth and seamless aesthetics of today’s gadgets and digital tools. Technology is merging with our natural existence and without nowing it, we all become cyborgs; think (…)

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2016

October

16.10–​11.12.2016

Luuk Wilmering

Nagekomen Oorlogsberichten

16.10–​11.12.2016

Luuk Wilmering

Nagekomen Oorlogsberichten

Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presents the exhibition Luuk Wilmering – Nagekomen Oorlogsberichten by artist Luuk Wilmering (Haarlem, 1957). Using research and documentation, Wilmering reconstructs the military past of his father, who was active in both the opposition in Haarlem and the Dutch-Indies.

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July

03.07–​04.09.2016

Various artists

BEDAZZLE

03.07–​04.09.2016

Various artists

BEDAZZLE

BEDAZZLE is an international group exhibition that traces the artistic heritage of razzle dazzle in a fitting location: the military heritage of Fort Vijfhuizen. With work by: Brian McKenna & Anika Schwarzlose, Metahaven, Simone C. Niquille, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Nora Turato en Dan Walwin. Interim curator: Julia Geerlings

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April

03.04–​19.06.2016

Various artists

The Prophecy of Bees

03.04–​19.06.2016

Various artists

The Prophecy of Bees

In the Spring exhibit The Prophecy of Bees the dying of bees is used as a metaphor for the vulnerability of nature and the way in which artists redefine the relationship between man and animal. With work by: Semâ Bekirovic, Joseph Beuys, Sara Bjarland, Melanie Bonajo, Laura Gozlan, Maartje Korstanje, Katja Novitskova en Janis Rafa. Curator: Julia Geerlings

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2013

January

01.01.2013–​19.03.2018

Kunstfort Projects

Bee Heroes

01.01.2013–​19.03.2018

Kunstfort Projects

Bee Heroes

Bee Heroes (formerly Kunstfort Bijenmuseum) is a long-term ecological project realized at Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. The project aims to benefit bees and people, is developed by both and indeed also concerns both. The project deals with issues such as ecology, biodiversity, and food (policy) and asks attention for the so-called 'colony collapse disorder', a worldwide problem since the 90s. This dystopian affair comes with odd phenomena such as the 'robobees': drones that substitute bees as pollinators. Bee Heroes is an interdisciplinary program for (…)

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