The international group exhibition curated by Bik Van der Pol takes place at Kunstfort Asperen, located at the historic Hollandse Waterlinie defense line. The Fort Asperen was founded in the nineteenth century. The exhibition refers to the military history of the fort.
Jasper Nien's installation at the "Too Late Too Little ..." exhibition, 2011, photo: press materials
The international group exhibition curated by Bik Van der Pol takes place at Kunstfort Asperen, located at the historic Hollandse Waterlinie defense line
The Fort Asperen was founded in the nineteenth century. On the 12th of April 1940 the fort was perfectly prepared for the war. Yet, the New Dutch Waterline became immediately obsolete as the German Luftwaffe flew over the Fort without any problems, dropping their paratroopers far behind the defense line. This particular moment marked the end of the New Waterline's military function.
This system, though being well conceived (if necessary it could turn the economic center of the country, the region of Holland, into an almost completely isolated island), it never presented an adequate solution against 'intruders'. In some way, the defense system was out-dated from the start, as it was based on the defensive principles of the first Dutch Waterline. It turned out to be, despite all efforts, no match for the resourcefulness and imagination of the opponent who - often with surprisingly simple means - would escape, break in, strike back, or pave another way into the desirable territories.
The exhibition "Too Late, Too Little, (and How) to Fail Gracefully" ironically refers to the military history of the fort. This summer Kunstfort Asperen presents an interdisciplinary manifestation on the matter of failure, impossibility, superfluous building of a fortifications and creating expectations that can not be met.
The projectis focused on the issue of the "intruder" and presents a critical and often ironic view at social boundaries.When does the other become a threat to us? When do social barriers occur and how to gain from them? Through projects and artistic operations, the manifestation strives to convince a broad audience to contemplate the concept of territory and how it is defined. Do borders indeed offer the expected safety and protection? Or are they merely a mental construction made up by our minds?
The various artistsic projects and activities are developed under code-names, such as Trojan Horses, The Historical Fort, Early Warning Systems, Smokescreens and Camouflage, the Campaign and Infiltrators, opening the project to historical and contemporary issues: from ecology, war, development of the internet and info terrorism, to the ideologies of property.
One of the participating artists is Polish Artur Żmijewski, who presents a reportage of social progress from 2009. "Democracies" is a series of documentary videos presenting various demonstrations from Europe, Israel and the West Bank, which the artist filmed during his travels in addition to his DAAD Berlin grant.
The exhibition is accompanied by a publicity campaign with lectures, film screenings, installations, performances, and more.
Participating artists: Lara Almarcegui, Tarek Atoui, Marc Bijl, André Cadère & Alain Fleischer, Critical Art Ensemble, Teddy Cruz, Martijn Engelbregt, Tim Etchells & Vlatka Horvat, Harun Farocki, Zachary Formwalt, Freddy Heineken, Runa Islam, Jeroen Jongeleen, Otto Karvonen, the Mobile Academy & Hannah Hurtzig, Jasper Niens, Navid Nuur, Cesare Pietroiusti, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Hito Steyerl, Pilvi Takala, Javier Telléz, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, The Yes Men, Artur Żmijewski.
Exhibition opens on the 11th of June and runs through the 25th of September 2011.
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Source: press release