‘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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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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Otherworldly characters — Belkis Ayón at Ludwig Forum Aachen

Fionn Meade

Breathing life into a fraternal ritual order that excluded her by definition, Belkis Ayón (1967-1999) delves deep to estrange it, make it new, and manifestly her own. Fionn Meade visits her sure-handed, transfixing retrospective at the Ludwig Forum in Aachen and discusses the large-scale ‘print installations’.

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Shadow-work: Kévin Bray's 'The Collective Shadow' at Upstream Gallery

Jordan Ross Ellingwood

Kévin Bray is a master of projection. In his first solo exhibition, The Collective Shadow, currently on view at Upstream Gallery in Amsterdam, he conjures up a meta-experience that plays with projection in its many forms – casting light on our lived experiences of the digital-physical age and on the shadowy psychologies that slumber within us. 

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A fascinating awkwardness: on Jennifer Tee’s exhibition Still Shifting, Mother Field

Robin Waart

This weekend Jennifer Tee’s solo at Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam (in cooperation with Secession Vienna), can be experienced full scale, including the performances. Robin Waart, who saw the show in Vienna and once more in Rotterdam, took note of the differences and similarities between the exhibitions, especially in the way the performances are re-activated by the local dancers.

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Metropolis M Magazine for contemporary art No 1 — 2023