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Group show: Wunderland Unframed (over)

17 July 2004 until 29 August 2004
  Wunderland Unframed
  Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA)

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam - SMBA
Rozenstraat 59
1016 NN Amsterdam
Netherlands (city map)

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In Wunderland unframed, the ad hoc Flemish collective of Anouk de Clercq, Joris Cool and Eavesdropper, and Dutch artist Govinda Mens cast an eye over the marvellous mental landscape of understanding, memory and imagination. In a more tightly focused contribution, Barbara Visser evokes the visual exhibition history of Bureau Amsterdam.Wunderland is the marvellous mental space in which the images we see every day are stored. As in Alice’s Wonderland, the relationships, possibilities and meanings are different from those of reality. The landscape of our imagination cannot be taken in at a glance; time and again a new perspective presents itself, a situation is created or an image or a new outlook (or insight) is conjured up. The artists involved in Wunderland unframed explore issues relating to the credibility of images, the way images acquire meaning or are furnished with a context in terms of space, location, manner of presentation, but also in the media - on television, in news programmes, newspapers and magazines and the world wide web. The exhibition takes as given the relative incredibility of images; the subjectivity of interpretation and the way it depends on context, ‘observer’, experience, knowledge, belief... Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak. But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.

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