BEYOND THE BINARY
Last Saturday we visited EXPOSED at the EYE film museum in Amsterdam, where the exhibition of Danish artist Jesper Just opened its doors. In his cinematographic work Just explores gender, desires, relations and identity in a refined visual idiom. His work goes beyond the binary structures by challenging the stereotypes that have crept into relations between men and women and slowly but surely turned into the ‘rules’ that govern human behavior in public spaces. Jesper Just makes you feel uncomfortable in situations by leaving you exposed to your own sense of embarrassment or astonishment. Another awesome aspect of this expo is the way that he reacts on the unconventional architectural structures of the EYE museum.
We had a full 5D experience during the opening event of this exhibition. For the sake of art we took a photo in the nipple photo booth which was made into a pin for fellow visitors to wear. Then, we entered the ‘Body Garden Room’ by artist Pleun van Dijk, who showed us that our human bodies are always in process and state of renovation. We constantly shed skin, hair, sweat etc. leaving behind piles of ‘body waste’ which is full of information. By revealing what is normally hidden, van Dijk tells us a visual story and changes our view on our own body waste. On the spot visitors were invited to leave behind their own body waste. The effect of this was enormous, as the mere act of curating this bodily waste turned toe-nails and armpit-hair trash into true treasures by displaying them in the room. A perfect example of the Cool Curation trend! Although someone has even left their teeth, we chose to add sweat to the database ;)
Next to this multisensory experience, that we call Sensory Fetishism, these artists provide a good example of the Mass Avantgarde movement that entails a more and more critical, raw and crude view on the status quo of today’s society. They go beyond binary structures and open up a new playing field where everything is in the mix; regardless of age, gender, highbrow, lowbrow culture. A new esthetic is in the make.
For anyone in the mood for some cultural capital during the holidays, this exhibition is a must see!