"Conversation Four: First Person Moving" is the third part in Riet Wijnen’s cycle of work, entitled "Sixteen Conversations on Abstraction". The organizing principle of this cycle consists of sixteen fictional conversations, sixteen accompanying works and a sculpture. The conversations and works form a conceptual space, in which the term “abstraction” is examined, formulated, constructed and deconstructed. In each fictive conversation and the accompanying work a particular subject related to the notion of abstraction is examined. The sculpture, which also functions as a diagram, maps the connections between these different conversations. This sculpture can be seen for the first time during the exhibition at P/////AKT.
The central subject of the exhibition "Conversation Four: First Person Moving" is ‘movement’. The fictive conversation brings together several thinkers and makers from different periods and professions whose practices deal directly or indirectly with the notion of “movement”. The philosopher Thomas Metzinger, feminist writer, teacher, and militant Silvia Federici and the association Abstraction-Création will converse about the significance of this term and its relationship with abstraction.
The conversation is a formal choreography through which movement in the broadest sense of the word is examined; from movements in society and history to movements in the brain. Movements between the inner and outer world, movements between “yes” and “no”, movements between me and we, movements between the concrete and the abstract and movements between lived experience and thinking models.
Steyn Bergs has written a short text for the occasion of this exhibition.
On Thursday 15 December at 8pm Will Holder, Falke Pisano and Riet Wijnen will read the script of "Conversation Four: First Person Moving".
In 2016 P/////AKT is focusing on the conceptual legacy of Marcel Broodthaers’ 1964 work Le Pense-Bête and its relevance in current discourse. P/////AKT has outlined six aspects of this keywork, each of which comprises a solo exhibition, a public event and an essay. This sixth and final edition is focusing on image and language.
This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous contribution by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst.