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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SMBA Closure at the Rozenstraat premises
in the future - 01/07/2016

As per July 1, SMBA will close its doors at the Rozenstraat premises and continue in its online form: the website archive.

The Archive
The archive, spanning from 1993 to 2016, catalogues SMBA’s entire history of 'News' items, 'Exhibitions', participating 'Artists', 'Events', 'Residencies', and ‘Publications’, in both English and Dutch versions of the website. Within the archive section of 'News', 'Events' and 'Residencies', all entries can be explored dating back to 2006. In the archive section of 'Exhibitions', each show – documented in writing, image, and by its corresponding Newsletter in PDF form - is accessible, catalogued by year. All participating artists, grouped alphabetically by surname, link to their exhibitions in the 'Artists' section. ‘Project 1975’, SMBA’s signature two-year programme that explored the relationship between contemporary art and post-coloniality, and the context of a globalizing art world, has its own page, with details about the project and linking to its exclusive website. 'Publications' splits itself into three sections: ‘Space for Books’, lists all publications realized in collaboration with SMBA in chronological order; The entire collection of ‘Newsletters’ (1-146), which preceded each exhibition, can be browsed by year in PDF form; and in the ‘Reviews’ section, you can find a selection of reports, commentaries, and accounts, listed by year.

With the closure of the premises, the website – though still accessible – will no longer be updated. For any future questions or research enquiries regarding SMBA at its Rozenstraat premises, please contact the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Performance Allard van Hoorn - 031 Urban Songline | Latitude: 52.372676° N - 52.372758° N / Longitude: 4.881090° E - 4.881379° E
13 hours ago - 29/06/2016

Date: Wednesday 29 June, 7.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m.

Marking the closure of SMBA at the Rozenstraat, Allard van Hoorn presents a performance and two-day exhibition ‘031 Urban Songline’, as part of his long-term research project ‘Urban Songlines’. Drawing upon the tradition of the Songlines, a system used for navigation and care-taking amongst Aboriginals, van Hoorn maps out urban spaces by translating their topology into music.
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Public Debate: Diversity, criticism, and the closure of SMBA
2 weeks ago - 14/06/2016

Organized by Herbert Ploegman & Kunstlicht: Journal for Visual Art, Visual Culture, and Architecture

Date: June 14, 7.30 p.m.
Location: SMBA
Language: English
Entrance: admission is free, but registration is required. Register via, subject: SMBA.
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