The Copyist #1A Play Van Abbe Journal
In its ambitious 18-month Play Van Abbe programme, the Van Abbemuseum has embarked on a four-part exploration into what the museum of the 21st century might be. During this time, the Van Abbemuseum aims to destabilise the idea of a “permanent collection”, activating its dynamism via a series of interruptions, outside interpretations and inside re-presentations.
The Copyist – a title referring to both the act of transcribing certain events in real time but also the duplication of already published material – mimics the outside/inside tension of the Play programme. Using a dual structure of core and wrapper, the journal invites curators, artists, activists, researchers and writers to contribute a constellation of ideas at the core of Play Van Abbe (in this case, those pertaining particularly to Part 1 and Part 2), while wrapping these ideas within a broader socio-political framework.
The Copyist was available free of charge at the Van Abbemuseum and a number of worldwide destinations according to our 'Airplay' informal distribution network for a limited time only. The magazine is still available as a <media 2840 - download>downloadable PDF</media>.
Contributors to the Copyist include:
Walter Benjamin - The Way Beyond "Art" notes on art museums
Kim de Groot/Imaginary Property - Flickrs of Possibility
Maria Eichhorn - Aktiengesellschaft
Charles Esche - The Peripatetic Vatican Speculation
Diana Franssen - An annotated review of Rudi Fuchs’s Summer Display 1983: ‘An art historical image of the twentieth century’
Chris Lee - Alternative Currencies
Arnout Richter - An Oblique Angle
Dubravka Sekulic - Television, Eurovision, Europe
Steven ten Thije - Climate Controlled?
Dmitry Vilensky - Chto Delat and Method: Practicing Dialectic
Marina Vishmidt - End Days on the Astral Plane