April 2015

Wonder & Wander - Rietveld Academy in de Oude Kerk

The Rietveld in the Oude Kerk is a recurring event for 15 years, giving students the opportunity to present their work on a historic location. For selected students it is one of the first experiences with creating an exhibition. For visitors it is an unique insight into the world of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the Oude Kerk. Every year the ‘Rietveld in de Oude Kerk’- committee thinks up a theme for the exhibition. From April 10 to May 3 this year students presents performances, installations, videos and sculptures under the title wonder & Wander.

The theme of this years ́ exhibition is the col- lection of the Oude Kerk. What are collections? Who is the collector? How do we communicate the value of the objects in the collection? How do we define the world we want to live in through objects? For my work for the Oude Kerk I make a catalogue about the “collection of the Oude Kerk”, which is actually only a bunch of old and broken objects the Church does not want to throw away. These objects are quite useless and worthless yet I want to present them with a description as if they are valuable objects.I want to blend in true facts with made up stories for the description. Furthermore I would like to “perform value” by being present during the exhibition to sell” the official Oude Kerk collec- tion catalogue”, wearing the typical Oude Kerk employee clothes. Collecting describes the systematical search, acquisition and storage of objects and information. Just through the per- sonality of the collector the random objects be- come part of a story. But in the case of the Oude Kerk it seems there is no collector in the classi- cal sense, people working in the church simply collected objects they found valuable keeping. When I studied history I was told if someone is interpreting found objects from a certain centu- ry he is mainly telling something about the time he himself is living in. With the research about the collection I want, at the same time, find my own boundaries of objectivity.