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23 Years of OT301: 16 10 20 a publication by NOH collective

Saturday, Nov 12 2022 · 5:00 PM · 9:00 PM


Genre: exhibition, performance, book launch Line up: NOH collective Open: 18:00 - 22:00 hrs Tickets: € donation 16 10 20 The origin of this project lies elsewhere. In November 2020, we launched our first chapbook, titled 15 03 20. The title commemorates the date that we, the founding members behind Notes on Hapticity Collective, last saw one another in person before the introduction of The Netherlands’ first lockdown. Our urgency to create 15 03 20 arose in direct response to our desire to not only maintain contact with one another over geographic borders, but to also create for ourselves a space in which to safely gather, share our thoughts and sensibilities, and be alongside one another. We planned to launch 15 03 20 on Friday 16th October 2020. However, another lockdown was announced that very same week and came into effect two days before the scheduled event... This project, 16 10 20, takes its title and thematic departure point from that date that we once again had to reconcile the necessity to stay home and be patient. The circumstances of this second, months-long lockdown provoked us to wonder: how can we re-imagine audience engagement when exhibitions and other public presentations are subject to so much precarity? In particular, it struck us that performative practices — whether they be in the artistic, theatrical or filmic context — were especially affected by social-distancing. When stuck between four walls, the ‘fourth wall’ — the traditional threshold between performer and spectator — is no longer an invisible barrier but a literal, concrete blockade. As the pandemic ensued and uncertainty remained ever palpable, we found ourselves compelled to examine sentiments and experiences of isolation and loneliness, but equally solitude and introspection — the quiet organising, unfolding and archiving of the unsettled mundane. What can one do when alone? What can one practice, exercise or perform when one is a spectator of oneself? And how does it feel to know that one is actively observing oneself? Herein you will find a compilation of performance scores — a concept that has been freely interpreted by our contributors, in much the way that we wish for you, our dear reader, to interpret them. These scores can be activated and enacted without needing an artistic or theatrical setting. In other words, you shall become as much the spectator as the performer. As you meander through the scores, you will encounter constellations of thoughts and associations (bookmarks) composed by Martín La Roche Contreras, Arefeh Riahi and Maartje Fliervoet, who together form the artistic research collective, To See the Inability to See. For making this project possible, we would like to thank Karin de Jong, Teuntje Fleur, the whole team at PrintRoom, and Stichting Stokroos.




OT301, Overtoom, Amsterdam, Netherlands

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