Wendelien van Oldenborgh develops works, whereby the cinematic format is used as a methodology for production and as the basic language for various forms of presentation. With these works, which look at the structures that form and hinder us, she participated in various large biennials, and in smaller dedicated shows. Recent presentations include: Cinema Olanda, solo at the Dutch Pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennial 2017, and at Witte de With Rotterdam; currently in bauhaus imaginista HKW Berlin 2019. Van Oldenborgh had solo presentations at Significant Other, Vienna 2018, the Showroom, London 2015, the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven 2010 and she participated at various Biennials: Bienal de Cuenca 2014, Venice Biennial 2011, 4th Moscow Biennial 2011, Bienale de Sao Paulo 2010 and Istanbul 2009, amongst others. Since 2015 she has been a member of the (Dutch) Society for Arts and was a recipient of the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Art (2014). A monographic publication, Amateur, was published in 2016.
An intensive with Wendelien van Oldenborgh
May 20 – 31, 2019
Week One is shaped by a screening / reading / discussions program, which will include screening and discussing some of my works, watching a few related films, reading text together and discussing all of this in relation to the focus on forms of “Realness”. This week we will be thinking around something we can call for example: Aesthetics towards the Real or: Relating to Realness, or Motivated by the Real. We will be touching on methods of the cinema - since this is my central knowledge - but staging, architecture and other formal considerations will get a place. The following texts, are used as a starting point for conversation in relation to the selected film program.Week Two focusses on the works of the participants. We will do individual as well as small group sessions to look at where everyone is and most likely take this into the installation processes.
Preliminary reading list:
1 - Mick Eaton on Jean Rouch: from the book: Anthropology - Reality - Cinema (BFI 1979) - The Production of Cinematic Reality
2 - Guy Brett on Lygia Clarke: from Art in America (issue 57, july 1994) - In Search of the Body
3 - Claire Bishop on art and social/political reality: from Artforum (feb 2006) - The Social Turn: Collaborations and its Discontents
4 - Ellen C. Feiss on collaborations with people in precious status, ‘rights’ and the art institute: A Critique of Rights in We Are Here
5 - Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Asset as Set: Filmmaking in Relation to a Certain Realness of Site in e-flux journal #90 (April 2018):