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WAR OF CURRENTS_eliminator of possibilities
May 2009

My contribution to the UNFAIR project, a group show at the Servicegarage in Amsterdam, invited by the artist and curator Ehsan Fardjadniya.

The exhibition was organized parallel to Art Amsterdam (art fair) and part of temporary museum Amsterdam.

It showed artworks as an institutional critique opposing the commercial art scene. My work researched the way we give value to images by isolating them within a forced context.

At the servicegarage, which was a formal car garage, I collected all available materials in the building which were obviously taken out of the exhibition space to create a clean white cube stetting. It was my intention to disturb this clean experience.

My title was inspired by the surrounding street names. They were all named after scientists and inventors, like Stephensonstraat (George Stephenson), George Westinghousestraat and Rudolf Dieselstraat. The confrontation between George Westinghouse's promotion of AC power distribution and Thomas Ediso's DC power system became known as "the War of Currents."

This conflict and difference in approach I used here as a metaphor for a change that I would like to see when we give meaning to art. We need a new current that changes the importance from market driven art towards art that plays a role and reach in society.

War of currents here refers to a necessary struggle to improve the position of independent social visualizations rooted in society. The current art market takes 'the present' as 'eliminator of possibilities' and transfers the future into the past and needs to be changed.

Article published in online magazine Tubelight: 

Article Tubelight about the UNFAIR project Amsterdam, installation War of currents June 2009

Article published at #strangemessenger:

I love Unfair and follow the money

Documentation here:

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