To My Fellow Looters
27/10/10 Jonas Staal
In the last two issues of METROPOLIS M, Anna Tilroe and Domeniek Ruyters exchanged a correspondence about engagement in art today. As the third and final letter in the series, here is a response from Jonas Staal.
The Legacy of the Artist Placement Group
23/08/10 Lily van Ginneken
The practice of temporarily ‘placing’ artists in the worlds of government and business for research and other projects has greatly expanded since the 1990s. But it was the Artist Placement Group that began it all in the mid sixties in London. Lily van Ginneken examines the group’s legacy.
In a previous issue, METROPOLIS M asked artists what role they believe art plays in today's crisis-battered world. We continue the discussion here with a contribution from Anna Tilroe, who in the form of a letter, asks whether the art world, certainly in the Netherlands, is really interested in social engagement.
How to Live in a Game
Harun Farocki’s War Games
22/10/09 Pieter Van Bogaert
Immersion, the recent work by the German filmmaker and artist Harun Farocki, shows therapists using game technology in the treatment of traumatized soldiers. Shown last summer at SMART Project Space, the film was previously presented in Leuven, together with two earlier works by Farocki. Here, it was clear that Farocki had previously used war as a game with analogue, electronic and digital media, blurring the distinctions between virtual and actual reality.
previews 10.09.08 Erik van Tuijn
Amsterdam, (& Den Bosch)
SMCS (& SM's, until november 16th)
05/09/08 - 30/09/08
Amar Kanwar is the final artist to 'dock' at the temporary Stedelijk Museum CS's Docking Station. The Torn First Pages unfolds as his personal investigation into the political situation in Burma.
From flower power to punk – pyschedelia comes in many guises. Its multiplicity of forms is part of what inspires the fascination for this movement that continues to this day. In 2005 and 2006 there was a large retrospective exhibition in Frankfurt and Liverpool called Summer of Love. Lars Bang Larsen, currently busy with his doctoral research, is a specialist on the subject. METROPOLIS M asked him to expound upon the deeper meaning of the movement.
Art in the Deserted City
Detroit Has Soul
20/04/07 Mars van Grunsven
Each month, thousands of residents leave Detroit, never to return again. The city is allegedly too dangerous to live in and beyond saving.
But for the local artists, the desolate urban landscape is a precious incentive.