Exhibition as Performance. Any Printed Story on Request
Based on performance, exhibition All the Knives (Any Printed Story on Request) is triggered by audience entering the exhibition space. Always animated by performers, the show gathers stories of objects that are in constant flux.
Curated by Åbäke
Co-production Z33 House for contemporary art and Frans Masereel Centre
Performers Oshin Albrecht, Adaline Anobile, Frédérique de Montblanc, Dana Dijkgraaf, Eveline Lambrechts, Lune Léoty, Michiel Reynaert, Rebecca Rosseel, Carlotta Scioldo, Barbara Van Beers, Suzy Vanderbiesen, Sanne Van Giel, Greet Verstraete, Gosie Vervloessem, Sofie Vrancken, Paola Zampierolo.
‘All the Knives’ fits in with the biannual curator projects organised by the Frans Masereel Centrum since 2004. For the 2012 edition, the Frans Masereel Centre and Z33 launched an international open call for curatorial proposals for an exhibition on graphic arts and printmaking. The purpose of this concept is to make the dynamics of graphic arts more widely known among the general public and to survey into the transdisciplinary nature and new forms of presentation of the medium.
The London-based graphic design collective Åbäke was selected and came up with a rather atypical concept. With ‘All the Knives’, they propose a performative exhibition with very minimal presence, perhaps a chair, a table, a box in an otherwise seemingly empty space. The content of this exhibition is in a state of standby until a member of the audience enters. Performers/invigilators welcome the visitor into a world of stories for which printed graphic items and conversational situations are the catalysts. The show is a collection in constant flux, gathering stories of objects which usually are present in a gallery space or people’s pockets.