Museum Takeover: Bodies of Knowledge - Friday: symposium

Bruno Moreschi, photo: Pedro Ivo Trasferetti Fundação Bienal de São Paulo
Sam Ashby
Evelien Scheltinga
Ana Gonzalez
Michelle de Wit
Eimar Walshe
Mikiki and Athea Black
Michael Karabinos, photo: Peter Cox
John Byrne

Museum Takeover: Bodies of Knowledge Friday: symposium




From Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May the Van Abbemuseum hosts Museum Take Over: Bodies of Knowledge.  Comprising a symposium, talks, performances, collective encounters, exhibitions and DJs the three-day programme is conceived as a take-over of the museum’s regular programming. With the programme, the museum invites forgotten, deviant and non-normative bodies of knowledge into the museum? The intervention is part of the museum’s ongoing effort to break open the limitations imposed by the modernist paradigm on how art is experienced and by whom. It is the first in a series of events and exhibitions over the coming years that foregrounds the body, rather than the eye and the mind, as a generator of knowledge. Museum Take Over: Bodies of Knowledge takes place in four galleries of the museum’s old building, the library as well as different parts of the museum. The programme is free of charge. Download the programme here.

Contributors include: 
Jessica de Abreu, Nick Aikens, Sam Ashby, Anthea Black, John Byrne, Margriet Craens, Yael Davids, DJ Workshop, Ana S González Rueda, Michael Karabinos, Lucas Maassen, Mikiki, Reza Mirabi, Bruno Moreschi, Gabriel Pereira, Queer Constituency, Elisabeth Raymond, Evelien Scheltinga, Joy Mariama Smith, Charlie Trier, Marieke Verberne, Wall Street, Eimear Walshe, and/en Michelle de Wit


During the symposium in the auditorium on Friday the outcomes of the research programme Deviant Practice 2018-2019 will be presented. Nine research grants were awarded to group of artists, archivists, writers and curators drawing on the  museum’s archive, constituencies and local context.
The papers that will be presented are:
- Recoding Art: Van Abbemuseum collection by Bruno Moreschi and Gabriel Pereira
- The Van Abbemuseum under fascist influences. Exhibitions 1939-1944 by Evelien Scheltinga
- Meaningful Matter: Testing Feminist Pedagogies in the Exhibition Space by Ana S González Rueda
- Exhibiting USSR in Construction today: from aestheticized politics to politicized aesthetics by Michelle de Wit
- Vagevuur by Sam Ashby
- Department of sexual revolution studies by Eimar Walshe
- Hardcore Eindhoven by Anthea Black and Mikiki
- Gate Foundation archive by Jessica de Abreu and Michael Karabinos
- Use, Use value and constituencies by John Byrne


Reservations are required the three-day €1000,- workshop by Wall Street, the symposium on Friday, the 'movement-as-learning' session by Ana S González Rueda on Saturday and Feldenkrais by Yael Davids on Sunday.


10.30 - 11.00 registration, cafe open
11.00 - 20.00 museum open: Takeover exhibition old building and screening Bruno Moreschi and Gabriel Pereira library
11.00 - 11.20 Welcome and introduction by Charles Esche and Nick Aikens

• Michelle de Wit
• Evelien Scheltinga
• Michael Karabinos and Jessica de Abreu
12.50 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 15.30 BLOCK 2 - CONSTITUENCIES:
• Sam Ashby
• Eimear Walshe
• John Byrne
15.30 - 16.00 Tea

• Ana S González Rueda
• Bruno Moreschi and Gabriel Pereira
• Anthea Black and Mikiki
17.30 - 18.00 Plenary led by Nick Aikens

18.00 - 20.00 Drinks at museum cafe. Viewing old building exhibition and library

€1000,- workshop by Wall Street

In the €1000,-  workshop you are challenged to collectively earn €1000,-. All methods are allowed, provided that they remain within the moral and legal limits. You can join at any time, the start is Friday at 11.00 in the Van Abbemuseum.

Museum Takeover: Bodies of Knowledge is part of :