On Friday 25 November the artist Joke Robaard
will premiere her new video, Small Things That Can Be Lined Up
(2016). For the work, Robaard has reorganized her archive of photographs and related texts drawn from fashion magazines and other media sources, which she has collected over a forty-year period. Together with eight students from the Cygnus Gymnasium in Amsterdam, parts of the archive have been performed for the camera by means of text rehearsals and discussions.
In the video, various assemblages of images are intersected in new ways, accompanied by the overlay of text passages by philosophers Plato and Vilém Flusser that address the magic of images, text, and textiles. This is complemented by the students’ interpretations of the potential meanings in the combinations of images. These reveal an open-ended and game-like structure, in which latent historical, political, and social information embedded within the archival images can be read in new ways.
The screening will be hosted in Robaard's studio, also the location of her archive. Running for approximately forty-five minutes in length, the video will be available for viewing throughout the hours of the premiere. It will be accompanied by food and drinks by vegan chef Mari Pitkänen, served in the surrounding garden of the Wittenburg Studios.
On Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 November the video will be available for viewing at selected hours, with reservations being essential for these sessions.Small Things That Can Be Lined Up
is presented as part of If I Can’t Dance’s Finale for Edition VI – Event and Duration
(2015 – 2016).