'Doch is het slechts een elkaar ontmoeten. Slechts een tijdelijk moment van samenvallen.'- Cindy Moorman
As a moment to reflect on the many assemblages and meeting points between projects, people, and spheres making up the Your-space programme this year, there comes a ‘Gathering Gathering’ on 4 November. Here, as part of one event, a small group of projects by invited contributors will appear in and around the museum and Studio. Through a series of subtle, surprising interventions, Alejandra Salinas and Aeron Bergman, Ehsan Fardjadniya and Cindy Moorman explore what brings us together, when, why and what are the other ways we can imagine of gathering around one another.
The programme on 4 November, 2010 includes an all-day ping pong tournament with Ehsan Fardjadniya, where people are invited to play out and share their frustrations and complaints on the ping-pong table. As well as:
18.00 - a performance by Aeron Bergman, Alejandra Salinas and invited participants around a 100m long red carpet.
19.00 and 20.00 - performances by the den Bosch choir, Capella Ducis in collaboration with artist Cindy Moorman.
*followed by refreshments afterwards in the Studio.
Walk up the red carpet. Queen Beatrice sometimes walks on one, as do the yearly Nobel Prize winners. Other walkers of red carpets include anyone attending the opening of the World Expo in Shanghai or even the skinny models of the Detroit Auto Show. Agamemnon once said ONLY GODS WALK ON SUCH LUXURY. In Catholicism, red is sin, guilt and martyrdom. Red is also the colour of Communism, collective resistance and power. Rather than inviting however, the red carpet excludes: allowing access to a relatively select group who are heading in the same direction. As Wang Wei, the 8th century poet, says in his most famous poem: NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO REACH THAT IMMORTAL PLACE. But the real question on most of our minds in this twilight capitalist dream is whether or not disco trance lights will celebrate our arrival.
Performance documentation: vimeo.com/16649473
"Zonder mijn en dijn zou de wereld een hemel zijn." Without mine and yours, the world would be a heaven. So the saying goes. Most of what we have and what we do however, makes us a group of individuals living side by side, rather than a ‘we’. We experience many of the same frustrations but what would the world be like if we shared those in dialogue with one another? Through his model of the Ping-pong Debate, the Crisis Manager, Ehsan Fardjadniya has taken his ping-pong table to a number of contexts of frustration. Whether it’s protests in the Hague over governmental funding cuts for the arts, or outside national election day after-parties, or in gemeente public squares – ping-pong enables a spontaneous, legally unrestrictable, means of encountering one another in public space and managing our crises through play. During the week of 1st-4th November ping-pong games will happen on a number of sites around Eindhoven and will conclude in an all-day, collective ping-pong session in the Van Abbemuseum Studio (B-1). The artist welcomes everyone to bring their frustrations and crises to the table.
Working with a choir from den Bosch, Cindy Moorman explores the relationship between the individual and the group. The tension between one and many is what fascinates her and provides the basis for her work. By collecting ideas, images, sounds, objects and texts Moorman forms the scenery around moments when people come together, privately and publically, as they bond visibily or audibly. Two performances by the choir, Capella Ducis in the space of the Van Abbemuseum during the Gathering Gathering, will bring all these elements together, as the choir gathers as a temporary group to find an intimate sound which they can share more closely, while also forming a microcosm within the broader space of this public museum and part of the city. As the sound of their singing fades, so do the traces of this small community. How is our “togetherness” sustainable? Or rather, what is the beauty of ephemeral but real encounters in contemporary society? 'Doch is het slechts een elkaar ontmoeten. Slechts een tijdelijk moment van samenvallen.' But it is just a meeting. Only a temporary moment of coincidence.
This project has also been supported by the Office for Contemporary Art Norway.