Jeronimo Voss - Inverted Night Sky

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15 May – 26 June 2016

Opening: Saturday, May 14 at 5pm - 8pm

Conference ‘Ways of Viewing Science and Society’ (at KNAW): 9 & 10 June. Booking is required, reserve a space at

Jeronimo Voss’ exhibition Inverted Night Sky is inspired by charcoal drawings of the Milky Way found in the Anton Pannekoek Institute for Astronomy in Amsterdam. From 1927 onwards, these images were transferred into all Zeiss Planetarium projection systems around the world in order to simulate the Milky Way as it is visible in the night sky. Beyond their function within the domain of Astronomy, the drawings also relate to a parallel debate on “Scientific Socialism”, its critique on class relations and respective economies of time. Initiated and finalized by astronomer and socialist thinker Anton Pannekoek (1873-1960) the drawings were based on naked eye observations of the night sky. Pannekoek’s visual construction of the Milky Way adopts a “bottom-up” approach, paralleling his view that society ought to be structured by self-organized workers’ councils, instead of being governed by state bureaucracy. Transcending the political particularities of Pannekoek’s time, in Voss’ installation, the inverted appearance of the night sky drawings further translates as an inversion of seemingly unchangeable, absolute natural laws – stating “true wealth is silence of time”. The exhibition comprises three newly created bodies of work, Inverted Night Sky, Aspects of the Milky Way and Relativistic Working Time, each of which open up connections between astronomical presence and its historical and social reality.
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BELL invites

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30 January - 19 March 2016

Opening: Friday, January 29 at 5 p.m.
Jam: Saturday, March 19 at 7 p.m.

Guest curator: Vivian Ziherl

With: Richard Bell, Emory Douglas, Brian Elstak, Hosselaer (Farida Sedoc), Quinsy Gario, Ritzah Statia, 020 Crew

Co-curated with Aruna Vermeulen (HipHopHuis)
In partnership with the University of Colour

When invited by the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam to undertake this exhibition Richard Bell—one of Australia’s most renowned and challenging artists— responded by passing the invitation forward. The result is a show that features Bell’s long-time collaborator Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party), as well a local team of artists brought forward by Aruna Vermeulen, director of the HipHopHuis, including painter Brian Elstak, designer Farida Sedoc (Hosselaer), and dancers Ritzah Statia and 020 Crew.
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Video documentation Play SMBA 3 - Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public
9 hours ago - 26/05/2016

On April 26th 2016, SMBA hosted 'Debates on Division: When the Private Becomes Public' within the context of the multidisciplinary Play SMBA program. 'Debates on Division' is an ongoing, interactive performance by artist Gluklya (Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya) and is curated by Anna Bitkina.

Play SMBA 5: Cracking the Frame Presents
2 weeks ago - 06/05/2016

Film & Talk: Artist presentations and talks with Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan, in conversation with Helen Westerik as part of Cracking the Frame Presents

Date: Friday, 6 May, 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.
Language: English
Entrance: Free

“Yu fufuu mi koni tyai gwe” (you come to steal my knowledge) is a Surinamese saying referring to knowledge transfer. In company of other CTFP guests, artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan will speak about this as part of their current research in the tropical forest in Eastern Surinam, screening Maripa Fatu - a study in preparation of their next feature film.
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Play SMBA 4: Oblique Gardens
3 weeks ago - 03/05/2016

Artist presentations and talks on the Moroccan art scene with artists Randa Maroufi and Heidi Vogels, in conversation with theorist Alena Alexandrova.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

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This Tuesday, Play SMBA focuses on Morocco’s relatively unknown art scene by means of artist presentations by Randa Maroufi, a Moroccan artist currently working in Amsterdam as BijlmAIR-resident and Heidi Vogels, a Dutch artist working on a long-term research project in Morocco. Both from a Western and a North-African perspective, Maroufi and Vogels will talk about their experiences working as artists in Morocco, and the implications this had on their work, presented through binaries such as public-private, present-past, inside-outside and virtual-real. After a series of short presentations, the artists will engage in conversation with Alena Alexandrova.
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