The Hague, 18 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
From 21 July to 17 August 2012, The Hague’s principal church Grote Kerk, will be renamed Volkspaleis, or People’s Palace.
The multidisciplinary project is intended for the general public. The monumental video installation Asylum by visual artist Julian Rosefeldt, artworks produced by the ROLU design workshop, a series of lectures by writer Maartje Wortel, a concert by the band Santa Cruz, and a collection of texts on “super-hybridity” by Jörg Heiser will all be featured within the church’s walls.
Born in Munich in 1965, Julian Rosefeldt is one of the most important video directors of the modern era. Asylum (2001), a life-sized labyrinth containing nine screens, is an installation put on by 120 actors – who are, for the most part, also asylum-seekers. These nine contemporary “living paintings” raise questions about xenophobia and the desire for the exotic.
The American cooperative ROLU, set up by Matt Olson and Mike Brady, focuses on the design of modern urban landscape installations, as well as furniture. On the occasion of Volkspaleis, ROLU will be designing a new piece made to fit the location.
Born in the Netherlands in 1982, Maartje Wortel started her career in 2009 when she published a collection of stories which earned her the Anton Wachterprijs Prize. During the Volkspaleis, she will be displaying new stories made available on MP3-players during the event.
The band Santa Cruz forms an integral part of The Hague’s underground scene. On Wednesday 1 August at 9pm, the group will be giving a concert that combines metal, gospel, and trance music.
Born in Berlin in 1968, Jörg Heiser is a journalist and co-editor of Frieze magazine. He is behind the term “super-hybridity” – the process of accelerating the blending of sources and contexts that fuel artistic production to such an extent that they eventually become foundations for the following idea. A new essay on the topic will be published as part of the Volkspaleis event.
Grote Kerk, or Sint Jacobskerk, is one of The Hague’s oldest buildings, first mentioned in writings dating back to 1335.