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Pick Up This Book – A New Publication by ADA Rotterdam

October 29, 2013

Pick Up This Book, ADA Rotterdam's new publication

With Pick up this book we (ADA) seeked to address questions that emerged in the periphery of our collective practice, but became a pivotal interest, concerning hospitality and the documentation of our often ephemeral research based projects. The publication includes work by two thinkers who have provided us with ideas, which profoundly shaped our thinking and formed a continuous presence during our working period in Berlin: the text Hostipitality by Jacques Derrida and Unbounded, Limit’s Possibilities, a lecture by Irit Rogoff, of which a transcription is included. Focusing on a breakfast discussion we organised as ADA in Berlin, we set ourselves the task of writing from memory what happened on that day, resulting in six completely different reports, meandering between facts, associative sidetracks and interesting notions that had come up during the event. These texts are complemented by the writer and artist Maria Barnas, whom we asked to be present at the breakfast and write her response to the event. The book is presented in the exhibition space at Kunstverein Göttingen and is activated by means of instructional sentences mounted onto the walls, which, drawing on the content of the book, spatially frame it. Pick up this book is designed by Dongyoung Lee.

http://adarotterdam.nl

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Upcoming: February 2011

January 31, 2011

RAiR presents a selection of Rotterdam Artist’s in Residence from the past 10 years by Duende, foundation B.A.D., Het Wilde Weten, Kaus Australis and Kunst&Complex. Curated by Leo Delfgaauw.


Sat. Feb. 12 noon – 6pm / Hillelaan 28, Rotterdam.

Inside ADA’s Cabinet, Meet, discuss and interact with artist initiative ADA, Area for Debate and Art. The members of ADA will discuss their archive of lectures and other public projects by using artefacts and objects as mediators.

ADA is a self-organized, independent artists initiative formed in September 2008 to support, nurture, stimulate and to create space for critical reflection and debate in and about art, in an open, cross-disciplinary minded and a friendly environment. At the core of ADA are the art practices of six Rotterdam based artists (Maja Bekan, Deirdre M. Donoghue, Gerwin Luijendijk, Margo Onnes, Esmé Valk and Sjoerd Westbroek) who also run ADA’s public program. ADA is as much a mental state as it is a physical location. It can be thought of as a multifaceted, porous sphere, consisting of people, thoughts, ideas, knowledge and experience/s, which flow in and out from the Area. A common philosophy of the members of ADA is the simple belief in the value of specifically framed human encounters as artistically meaningful and valuable sites, where new knowledge can be activated and allowed into being.

http://www.adarotterdam.nl

Upcoming November 2010

November 10, 2010

A Brief History of Play / TENT., Rotterdam / 28.11.2010

A Brief History of Play is a light tour into the interrelated history and relationship between play and education. During the tour emphasis is given on the activity of play itself and the participants are invited to play, instead of engaging in the topic on a purely conceptual level.

The Open Office For Words presents:

May 15, 2010

“Thinking About Performativity”

In May, The Open Office For Words returns to its original format of a reading room and a collective library, serving fresh coffee, tea and cakes.

The theme for May: Performativity in the arts and related fields.

The theme for May is performativity and texts considering relations between performance, identity and performativity in the fields of arts, philosophy, media and gender studies are welcomed. Thinking About Performativity begins a series of sessions relating to aspects of performativity as they present themselves in the work of the participants. You are cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute to the above themes. Books, journals, research papers and images related, whether from the field of arts or science are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format.

(It is preferable to notify The Open Office for Words in advance of your participation.)


Date & Time:        Sunday 16th May, 2010 | 13:00 – 15:00

Location:               ADA | Bree 93 B, 3074 BD, Rotterdam


‘Multiplicities and Urban Textures’ -reader

February 1, 2010

The following bibliography is a list compiled of the texts that were brought to The Open Office For Words by participants at Multiplicities and Urban Textures (31.01.2010) at ADA, Area for Debate and Art. This list is entirely accidental and fortuitous.


-Without and Within, Mark Pimlott,

Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas

The Arcades Project; Walter Benjamin, (ed. Howard Eiland, Kevin Mc Laughlin),Harvard University Press,

-City, Rediscovering the Centre, William H. Whyte

Flesh and Stone, The Body and The City in Western Civilization, Richard Sennett

Modern Times, Modern Places: Life & Art in The 20th Century, Peter Conrad, Thames &Hudson, 1998.

-The Atlas of Experience, Louise van Swaaij, JeanKlare, Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999.

-Autoidentity, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, 2002.

The Most Important Buildings of The Twentieth Century: Airport,(ed. Steve Bode, Jeremy Millar ), 1997.

Amsterdam, Ed Van Elsken, Van Hokkema & Warendorf, 1979.

-Interfering; A Collection of and About Contextual Interventions in Urban Space, (ed. Hieke Pars, Iris Schutten), 2003.

Weegee; Naked New York, Neues Publishing Company, New York, 1997.

The Man of The Crowd, Edgar Allan Poe in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

On The Crowd in The City, Friedrich Engels in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

-The Art of Flanerie, Victor Fournel in Art in Theory 1815-1900, Blackwell Publishers, 1998.

Image Contributions:

-Ellen van Vollenhoven

Multiplicities and Urban Textures

January 28, 2010

Announcing the theme for the month of January 2010:‘Multiplicities and Urban Textures’

January’s Open Office For Words looks at the city and the urban environment in terms of how they can be  read and understood by looking at modes of reading the city and the multiple uses and meanings of urban spaces.

SpeakersTaina Rajanti (Doc. Pol. Sci, Head of Research at Pori School of Art and Media, Helsinki University of Art and Design) will talk about Walter Benjamin and The Arcades Project now and in the last century. Rajanti will focus on the new arcades i.e the semi-public commercialized urban spaces, and people’s need to occupy those spaces, to use them and abuse them for their own practices, and how it is possible to introduce new meanings, ways of reading and uses to those spaces.

Frans-Willem Korsten (Prof. dr. Erasmus University, Leiden University) will talk about modes of reading the city, specifically the possibilities of broadening sensibility and the multiplication of worlds, instead of the vectorization of the urban world. In relation to this, Korsten will consider the principal difference between reading the urban environment as a narrative or as a poem.

You are cordially invited to search through your resources and to see whether you perhaps might have something to contribute to the above themes. Books, journals, research papers and images related, whether from the field of arts or science are all welcome, as are art-works, documentaries and interviews in a dvd-format.

It is preferable to notify The Open Office for Words in advance of your participation.


About The Open Office For Words:

The Open Office For Words is a cross-disciplinary reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of knowledge, made possibly by the collective act of sharing ones texts, whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition, or indeed texts in the larger sense of the word; including any work whether visual or written. The intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation which will allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as for quiet reading.

Practical information:

Date: Sunday the 31st of January, 2010.

Time: 13.00 – 15.00

Place: ADA, Area for Debate and Art

Bree 93 B

Rotterdam 3074 BD Rotterdam

http://adarotterdam.nl/

Email: openofficeforwords@gmail.com


March Open Office For Words

March 1, 2009
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THE OPEN OFFICE FOR WORDS

March’s Open Office for Words took place on the 1st of March at ADA, Area for Debate and Art, Rotterdam.

Speakers included: Priscilla Fernandes, Edward Clydesdale Thomson and Ruth Legg.

The above reader has been compiled from the texts and artworks that were present.

The talks are also available as podcasts: 

To subscribe to The Open Office for Words -podcasts in iTunes click here.

Alternatively to link to the feed, go to: http://podcast.recordingbox.nl/feeds/openofficeforwords.xml 

The Office served Chocolate Date-Cake, Classic Cheese Cake and Lemon Taart. A selection of Coffee, Rooibos and Chinese Jasmine tea was poured.

Announcing ‘The Open Office For Words’ theme for the month of March 2009.

February 26, 2009
March’s theme at the Open Office for Words is Representation.
  

  

Speakers: 

Edward Clydesdale Thomson’s talk: A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista, looks at the politics of representation by observing how different technologies of display affect our modes of looking and thus our visual experience/s. Together with Jonathan Crary’s notions about modes of attention and Foucault’s ideas on technologies of  power, he brings us on a journey through the Rotterdam Zoo via three different modes of spectatorships; spectacular vision / social vision / fully immersive vision, as they are shaped for us by the surrounding architecture. 

Ruth Legg’s talk: The Look of Science looks at how images are used to display meaning and knowledge in different contexts, particularly within science. Her focus is on examining the ways in which an image, object or set of words is made to represent a range of ideas, system of beliefs or produce a collective mood. She will be presenting a work in progress, which addresses the way in which science, through-out history has used imagery to present difficult ideas.

Priscila Fernandes’ work: The Ultimate Explanatory Representation of the Self (video performance realized exclusively for this talk) is the documentation of an absurd effort to find an ultimate representation for the notion of identity. The character in the video, in a didactic exercise of incongruous references from the Enlightenment individual to the postmodern subject, explains the imagining of multiple personalities (or shared personalities) as reflective of a sense of the fragmented representation of identity in contemporary society.


For more information and to reserve contact: openofficeforwords@gmail.com

 


 

 

THE OPEN OFFICE FOR WORDS

December 5, 2008

The Open Office for Words is a cross-disciplinary thematic reference library that comes into being for a few hours every month. Its premise is to function as a momentary culmination and dissemination of (written) knowledge, made possible by the collective act of sharing ones texts whether part of a literary or theoretical tradition. The hopeful wish and intention of The Open Office For Words is to facilitate the pooling together of resources in a friendly, semi-intimate space and to create a situation that can allow for chance meetings and conversations between people across different disciplines interested in similar subjects, as well as quiet reading.   

How it works: Through a mail-out, you will be informed about the next thematic topic. You can then search through your own resources and see whether you have something to contribute. The users of The Office are then invited and welcomed to bring in reading material, such as books, journals, research papers and images related to the months thematic topic. It is also possible to contribute artworks, documentaries and interviews on a dvd-format. Note: the connections between source materials and topics can be loose as well as explicit, however they should not be purely associative.

Inform The Office in advance about any possible material that you may have and wish to contribute. Then bring it with you. You can also mail in text suggestions.

Participants can not lend the material out, but rather use The Open Office as a reading room in order to be inspired, informed and introduced to how ideas and related topics are dealt and covered within various fields, such as literature, cultural theory, philosophy and the arts. Where certain key texts are not present, a readinglist will be (collectively) put together.

There will be a photocopier in The Office, which the users can avail off for the making of max.5 free photocopies each and only of the source material available at The Office.

After the closing hour of the library, the participants will take their personal books etc. back. Every temporary donation will be carefully noted down by The Office, so that each contributor will have their materials well taken care of and safely returned after the two hours.

The Office serves herbal tea and homemade cakes.

Opening Hours:

The Office will be open every first Sunday of the month for two hours between 13.00-15.00, starting on the 11th of December 2008.

Address:            ADA, Area for Debate and Art.

                                Room 207.

                                Houtlaan 21, Rotterdam.                            

Contact:              Deirdre M. Donoghue

                                 The Open Office for Words

                                 openofficeforwords@gmail.com

                                 Tel: 06-53323708

Tea at ADA, 11.01.2009

December 5, 2008

ADA, Area for Debate and Art will have it’s official opening on the 11th of January 2009.

The opening event masquerades itself as a tea-party, emulating the 17th century Salon tradition, where the upper classes gathered together for conversation and readings about philosophy, literature and art. Besides tea and conversation, the opening includes a filmscreening and other activities, which will be announced closer to the date.

For more information visit: http://adarotterdam.wordpress.com/