Bodies in disarray – Christina Charles & W.E.B. Du Bois

Manuela Zammit

In the early 20th century, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois coined the theory of double consciousness, in his case the realisation of being Black and American at the same time. This theory of identity friction, of being at once similar and different, has resonated with various marginalised groups in society, including the queer community. Artist Christina Quarles created drawings to a text by Du Bois at the request of Afterall Books.

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‘Thank you for your email, I am sleeping’ – visiting ‘Out of Office’ at IMPAKT, Utrecht

Matthew Sturt-Scobie

Packed schedules, hidden labour and exploitative productivity; the way work works, isn’t working for us, IMPAKT states. Matthew Sturt-Scobie enters its office-turned-exhibition space, hoping that the group exhibition ‘Out of Office’ will present him with valuable alternatives.

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Spreading Yourself Thin – Felicia von Zweigbergk about Lost Property, Butcher’s Tears and more Tears to come…

Jessica Gysel

For Metropolis M, Jessica Gysel meets with queer & feminist collectives that exhibit alternative ways of cooperation and collaboration. For her fifth and final text in this series, she speaks with Felicia von Zweigbergk, one of the founders of Amsterdam’s brewery Butcher’s Tears. ‘To work your way out of capitalism is really hard. But at least the hard work is ours.’

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A ‘post-conference’ on post-extractive culture: three days of dreaming worlds 

Ilaria Obata

​The collaborative symposium ‘Towards a Post-Extractive Culture: A gathering of souls dreaming and building a world of many worlds’ at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and OT301 invites its audience ‘to learn and unlearn by disobedient futures’. Ilaria Obata reports on three days of ‘deep listening’, intergenerational storytelling and knowledge sharing. 

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Telling someone else's story – in conversation with Marie Ilse Bourlanges on intergenerational trauma

Liza Prins

What do we transmit to the next generation? And can learning about our lineage bring us to a deeper understanding of society at large, or of ourselves? Marie Ilse Bourlanges researched the story of her grandmother who spent thirty years of her life in a psychiatric institution. It resulted in the book Mother's Milk. Liza Prins asks Bourlanges about intergenerational trauma and the conficts that come with telling someone else's story.

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Hundreds of Artists Are Voicing Support for Reina Sofia Director Manuel Borja-Villel, Who Abruptly Departed the Museum Amid Right-Wing... read more
Willem de Ridder has died. read more
The British-Caribbean sculptor Veronica Ryan won the Turner Prize 2022, for her Windrush sculpture and for her solo exhibition “Along a... read more
Lara Khaldi will take on the position of director of de Appel, starting January 2023. Khaldi (born in Jerusalem and living in... read more
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In reference to the central theme of Metropolis M No 5- PALEO a review of Anselm Franke & Hila Peleg's exhibition and book Ape... read more
Yes, But is it Edible is a unique book, presenting the scores of two operas of the American composer Robert Ashley. read more
Where is play in art? Fucking Good Art talks about it with Tijs Goldschmidt, Evelyne Reeves, Joris Luyendijk and Zoë Gray. read more
A new magazine by the Mexican artist Mariana Castillo Deball examines the way objects and artifacts work in our understanding of... read more
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Slideshows | Video’s

Thinking in public – A portrait of Shimmer

What makes Shimmer so special? Nele Brökelmann talks to its curators Eloise Sweetman en Jason Hendrik Hansma to find out more about the ever changing art space in Rotterdam. The view from Shimmer’s window consists of huge cranes,... read more

Het zoete leven - feestelijke seizoensopening Amsterdamse galeries

Ook bij de Amsterdamse galeries is het nieuwe culturele seizoen van start gegaan. Er is opvallend veel fotografie en schilderkunst dit jaar – met een flinke portie levenslust en oog voor detail. In Annet Gelink Gallery, Galerie Bart,... read more

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 1 — 2023