Anarchic Infrastructures

Dirk Bruinsma, Maartje Fliervoet, Noa Giniger, Yoeri Guépin, Rob Johannesma, Gabriel Jones, Suska Mackert, Anne Helen Mydland, Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, Padraig Robinson, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Curator: Alena Alexandrova

puntWG, Amsterdam, March 2016



In addition to being a representation of a cultural order, museum collections, libraries, archives, are spaces of crisis or of infinite possibilities of juxtaposition and reinterpretation. Many present-day art practices are sensitive to both the contemporary dematerialization of the object, and to the materiality of the archive. They appropriate the scientific claim of research to alienate it from itself, so as to bring to visibility the apparatuses, structures and operations that claim to produce the identity of historical fragments and objects. The participating artists set in motion variety of archival visual material and found images to create visual constellations, which displace images from their status as an evidence, or a masterpiece, and deprive them from their individual visibility to create anarchic lines of seeing. The symposium includes a lecture and four afternoons of artist talks. It opens a space to discuss and put under pressure key points, concepts and questions in the practices of the presenting artists An exhibition consisting of works of the invited artists runs in parallel to the symposium.


Lecture and Symposium

9 March

Doors open 17:30



Alena Alexandrova, Anarchic Infrastructures: Re-Casting the Archive, Displacing Chronologies


Exhibition opening and drinks


10 March

Exhibition opens at 11:00



Sascha Pohle, Ornaments of Property

Rob Johannesma, image

Yoeri Guépin, Poaching Objects

16:30 -17:30

Round table discussion


11 March

Exhibition opens at 11:00



Gabriel Jones, Probabilities/Apatriotism

Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, The No-Window: (Im-)Possibilities of the Photographic Image

Padraig Robinson, Retrospect: Ethical Issues in Social Research

17:00 -18:00

Round table discussion


12 March

Exhibition opens at 11:00



Kristoffer Frick, The Corleck Head

Anne Helen Mydland, Topographies of the Obsolete

Maartje Fliervoet, Nineveh and its Remains


Round table discussion



Dirk Bruinsma, Dérive for Winds and Percussion


13 March

Exhibition opens at 11:00



Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, Reading Stanley Brouwn

Dirk Bruinsma, Traces of Dérive

Noa Giniger, Everything Near Becomes Distant

Janine Armin/Taf Hassam, Burning Down the House: In Search of the Parallel Polis


Round table discussion



Admission: Free

Reservation advised:

The exhibition and the symposium and the research were made possible by the kind support

Mondriaan fonds, Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst, puntWG