St. Joost- Transition

Today we give the floor to a new crop of curators and artists, with students from eight art academies and universities putting together a programme of new work, remixes of films or short historical avant-garde films from EYE’s collection. The AKV|St. Joost Master Institute in Breda presents Transition.

Students of eight degree courses present a one-hour programme in this new edition of EYE’s Research Labs. The Research Labs allow scope for the unexpected and often emerge from a synergy between other art forms, such as performances or the visual arts. EYE’s Research Labs also offer the opportunity to do research in EYE’s collection, honing the skills of a new generation of curators and artists. The programme is in English.

Transition

“There is a time for everything under the heavens: a time to give birth and a time to die; a time to embrace and a time to shun embracing; a time to search and a time to give up as lost.”

And then there are the times of neither and nor, neither beginning nor end. Rather, this is the time in between. Days that seemingly don’t matter, but still everything happens.

Transition – a process of change, of shifting seasons, of individual and collective transformation.

We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.

Transition, a word that means something vastly different to each one of us in this period of time. Coming from various backgrounds and various nations, we are working on very diverse and very personal projects. We translate the political shifts in our home country into a relatable experience, and share the effects that those shifts have on our own homes and identities. We question prejudices that we either have or are facing, or maybe even both, and what happens if we take the step to bring those prejudices out in the open? We explore the borders between maker and observer – when does the maker become an observer, and when does the material take over as the maker itself? We listen to the rhythms of noise and silence. We observe what we see when we are not fully present, when we are daydreaming. We analyze what happens when objects make the shift from the ordinary to the sacred.

We translate, we question, we explore, we listen, we observe, we analyze. We perform. We connect. We create. And all the while we change, we are being changed.