Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam Friday Night
Stedelijk Book Club: Press! Print! Publish!
1071 DJ Amsterdam
book preview, presentation by Gerrit Jan de Rook
lecture by Marga van Mechelen about Gibbs´ performances
screening of video performanceDeuxième poème Symboliste, 1979
26.10.2016 – 18.12.2016
Gerrit Rietveld Academy Library
and department Beeld & Taal
Exhibition of concrete poetry & jottings
free entrance Mon-Fri 10:00 – 18:00
28.10.2016 – 30.11.2016
1011 DL Amsterdam
Michael Gibbs’ artists’books
3.11.2016 17:00 opening free entrance
4.11, 5.11.2016, 14.11.2016 – 11.12.2016 Mon – Sat 11 am- 6 pm
De Appel arts centre – Locus Solus & Library
Prins Hendrikkade 142
1011 AT Amsterdam
presentation at LocusSolus (basement) and Library (third floor)
with artist’s magazines Kontexts & Artzien
internet magazine Why not Sneeze?
archive material & magazines by contemporaries
and participation in the exhibiton on In-Out Centre (groundfloor)
5.11.2016 20:00 – 24:00
Museumnacht at De Appel arts centre
Rietveld Academy students of the Beeld en Taal department
create interventions with Gibbs’ oeuvre as a starting point
For the Museum night you need a ticket
6.11.2016 – 18.12.2016
Soledad Senlle Art Foundation
1059 EB Amsterdam
Main exhibition with works by Michael Gibbs
concrete and visual poetry, performances, audio, video and photo works
installation by Doyoun Park the rules and results of re-enacting Michael Gibbs’
Add Nauseam, an ongoing performance by Noëlle Cuppens
6.11.2016 Opening Sunday at 3 pm
Speech by Harry Ruhé, fluxus expert and co-publisher Artzien
Performance by Rose Akras Tour de chance avec les mots – 4 pm
19.11.2016 2-4 pm Performance re-enacting Michael Gibbs’ Add Nauseam Noëlle Cuppens
3.12.2016 3pm Raoul Marroquin Small Talk
Screening Gibbs video Open Page, Close Mind
12.12.2016 Guided tour by Gerrit Jan de Rook and Eva Gonggrijp
And Add Nauseam, work in progress by Noëlle Cuppens
18.12.2016 Finissage Sunday with:
Performance by Peter Baren (NL) Blind Date With Michael Gibbs – 4 pm
Add Nauseam, work in progress by Noëlle Cuppens (NL)
Cees de Boer Small Talk, freelance curator and art critic
11.11.2016 17:00 – until late
WG Kunst and Studio Michael Gibbs
M.v.B. Bastiaansestraat 28
2012 RS Amsterdam
De-re-construction (or fuck the alphabet)
an event with performances, installations, food and drinks
Nina Glockner [DE], Mariana Lanari [BR] and Lot Meijers [NL]
back drop, an installation and performance by Ivan Cheng [AU]
at Studio M.G. nr 11
Sound poetry by Gibbs, de Rook, Carrión and Monach
12.11.2016 – 18.12.2016 open daily 12:00 – 18:00
Boekie Woekie Artists bookstore
1016 GH Amsterdam
Semaphore, installation by David Gibbs [IL]
with early poetry and memoirs read by artist-friends
A series of events in Amsterdam, including exhibitions, lectures and performances, celebrating the early work of the writer, visual artist, critic and publisher Michael Gibbs 1949 - 2009.
Michael Gibbs was a pioneer in the field of visual poetry, deploying language as a visual means. Starting out as an English Literature student in England, he was active in the Fluxus movement from 1968 on. While still a student, he launched his art magazine 'Kontexts', which included interviews with William Burroughs and Brion Gysin, among others. He lived and worked in Amsterdam from 1974 until his untimely death.
His works on paper, installations and performances all give evidence of a love-hate relationship with language. His obsession with language is particularly evident in his works on paper, through cut-ups, typewriter, mail and stamp art. In his performances, he pushed things beyond all conceivable limits by, for instance, burning and cursing the alphabet, writing with his own blood, or cutting words out and then eating them. His dry humour was a discreet presence in his deadpan performances and sound poetry events with John Cage and others. In the experimental period of the 1970s Michael Gibbs was closely associated with De Appel arts centre, where for the artists the floor became the canvas and the body was used as a medium.
With his independent publications 'Kontexts' and 'Artzien', Michael Gibbs generously enabled the Amsterdam avant-garde of the 1970s and 1980s to obtain a platform for publishing work and embracing new initiatives. With Amsterdam as his base, Gibbs provided documentation from a 'no-budget underground culture' and made a vital contribution to innovative developments, ensuring that the 'non-material' forms of art of this period did not get lost. He published work by Marina Abramović, Sigurdur and Kristjan Gudmundsson, Ulises Carrión, Raul Marroquin, Reindeer Werk, Lawrence Weiner, Henri Chopin, Jackson MacLow, and numerous others.
The event 'Let it keep secrets' will acquaint a new public with this rich and exceptional body of work; those who already are aficionados will welcome this opportunity to once more explore Gibbs’ work. Artists' books, objects, installations, concrete poetry and early photoworks are shown in conjunction with his notes. The exhibition will present excerpts from Gibbs’ performances, sound poetry and original recordings of his interviews with William Burroughs and Lawrence Weiner. It will be the first time that these archives are open to the public.
As a writer and critic, he exercised considerable influence with his articles on photography, disqualifying it as an objective documentary medium. Thus, he became co-responsible for the acceptance of photography as a form of art.*
'The exhibits in 'Let it keep secrets' focus mainly on his pre-1985 work. Because Gibbs used to put his material away and focus on new developments in his art, the works of that period have not been shown to the public before.
Acting once more as a pioneer and publisher, Gibbs initiated the critical internet art magazine 'Why not Sneeze?’ (1996). This site, composed in rudimentary HTML will be exhibited together with his ‘utterly analogue’ art magazines Kontexts and Artzien at De Appel. It is the only post-1985 work in ‘Let it keep secrets’.
Michael Gibbs' enormous body of work remains relevant to and inspiring for a new generation of artists. The 'Image and Language' department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy is participating, creating interventions with Gibbs’ work as a starting point, thanks to its function as a source for current developments.
The event 'Let it keep secrets' consists of a varied programme with performances and installations at several locations, where artists will react with new work and installations.
The performers are Rose Akras [BR], Peter Baren [NL], Ivan Cheng [AU], Nina Glockner [DE] Mariana Lanari [BR] en Lot Meijers [NL]. Other artists taking part are David Gibbs [IL] and Doyoun Park [KR].
‘All or nothing and other pages’, a survey of the work of Michael Gibbs, will be published by Uniformbooks, edited by Gerrit Jan de Rook & Andrew Wilson. This book will be presented during the manifestation.
Soledad Senlle Art Foundation: Gerrit Jan de Rook, art critic and Eva Gonggrijp, holder of the Gibbs’ archives
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam: Britte Sloothaak
De Appel arts centre: Nell Donkers
WG Kunst Artist Space: Eva Gonggrijp
Boekie Woekie: Jan Voss
Rietveld Academie and OBA: Gerrit Jan de Rook
Organisation: Archief voor Visuele, Concrete en Experimentele Poëzie and Soledad Senlle
‘Let it keep secrets' has been made possible with grants from the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, the Mondriaan Fund and Soledad Senlle.