Apprentice Master #8 – by Riet van Gerven

Apprentice Master #8 Bas van den Hurk

Bas van den Hurk, Non-lineair war, Apprentice Master #8, SEA Foundation 2017
Non-Linear War – Bas van den Hurk, Christina Cushing, Melle Nieling and Liselotte Pollaris installation view KunstpodiumT, Tilburg

24 February 2017
by Riet van Gerven

 

KunstpodiumT

Non-Linear War |
Apprentice Master #8
with master Bas van den Hurk

24.02 – 13.03.2017

KunstpodiumT
Noordstraat 105
5038 EH Tilburg
The Netherlands

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Apprentice Master #8

Bas van den Hurk is the master and Christina Cushing (1995 UK), Melle Nieling (1992 NL) and Lotte Pollaris (1994 BE) are the students in this Apprentice 2017 Master edition titled Non-Linear War – master apprentice #8 at KunstpodiumT. During the opening reception I enter through the front door. I feel hopeful when I enter, as for the purpose of this exhibition the windows are blinded. No peeks from passersby and no streetwise preview-preview for me when visiting KunstpodiumT this time. There is a short stimulant exhibition introductory text available and I scan over it before entering the hallway. It reads: “This exhibition unites four international artists whose emulous works are in constant struggle, meeting one moment, then pushing away, colliding, overlapping and shaking hands”. I read the word emulous twice and once more again. Emulous? As in antagonistic, at odds, combative, following, copying, mimicking, deceptive, echoic, reflective? So why is this collaborative project called Non-Linear War? The short explanatory text reads further: “Putin’s right hand, Vladislav Surkov, employs a political strategy of maintaining control through constantly destabilising reality. The Ukrainian unrest, as a prime example of such perception management, has been dubbed a non-linear war.”

‘Validate Me’

Indeed, Surkov is credited with inventing the system of “managed democracy”. The meaning became clear to me as soon as I entered the exhibition rooms at KunstpodiumT. At first I was struck by the light. Blue and pink tube lights are mounted in their casks on the ceiling. Normally there were daylight tubes fixed that would, in other circumstances, enhance the works of art instead of mocking them as they do now. The blue and pink light befalls each of the exhibition rooms and blurs the vision, and likewise, the perception of the artworks in their circumferences. The coloured light ostensively denies all but one work their existence: the film projection ‘Validate Me’ (2017) of the Nottingham based Christina Cushing. This work celebrates the rivalry within. The projection declines to be eaten. As in the linear-war tense so to speak, it demonstrates that denial is only a formal recognition of hostilities. While shedding special interest and light on the natural colourful forms with a smooth voice-over, this flexible and fluctuating application of animation remains the essential tool for the continuation of politics stretched by ambiguous means of the other art works in hiding. Furthermore I noticed that in all three of the other exhibition rooms one or two of the Master’s works were exhibited, but in the room where Christina Cushing’s work was displayed, his works were absent. Maybe it was the killer instinct of Melle Nieling’s screens on which www.thedarkweb.nu was echoing The Master’s deceptive aptitude? Or just simply the derivative yet colourful projection of Validate Me being captivating? Or maybe the group dynamics of covering up and dispersing within that are meant to refrain from pseudo-personal chatter and resulting in cutthroat friction, thus becoming the reality of everyday? It is certainly distressing and imposes that killer instinct, which latches on to you while inside Non-Linear War at KunstpodiumT.

Website:
KunstpodiumT | Apprentice Master Programme
Bas van den Hurk
Christina Cushing
Melle Nieling
Liselotte Pollaris 

On view until 13.03.2017
Noordstraat 105
5038 EH, Tilburg
The Netherlands

Bas van den Hurk, Non-linear War zaaloverzicht, Apprentice Master #8, SEA Foundation 2017
Bas van den Hurk, Non-lineair war, Apprentice Master #8, SEA Foundation 2017