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European contextualising (...)
With contributions by Charles Esche,
Mihnea Mircan, Council of Europe

Black Dog Publishing, London

ISBN-10: 1908966696
Hardback: 244 pages

Black Dog Publishing London, 2014

Contributors: Charles Esche, Mihnea Mircan, Council of Europe Archive

This publication is the result of an extensive period of research into the history of the European Flag, opening up intriguing discussion on the changing socio-economics of EU nations, the disappearance of once booming textile industries and the strong individual identities of a union in flux.

This publication profiles the documents, design proposals and written correspondence between Heitz, Lévy, and further collaborators they would form the painstakingly diplomatic development of an iconic vexillological moment.

As part of the book's research, a collection of fabric monochromes woven by weavers from all 28 member states of the EU in th base colour of the flag was compiled. These collated monochromes as such become a map themselves of the socio-economic shift within EU member communities, an embodiment of the disappearing textile industries of Europe.

European contextualising (...)
Hardback: 244 pages
Publisher: Black Dog Publishing London
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1908966696
ISBN-13: 978-1908966698
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Homing II
Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam

Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

November 22 2014 — January 25, 2015
Curator: Wilfried Lentz

Wilfried Lentz, Rotterdam

Participants: Doug Ashford, James Beckett, Rossella Biscotti, Josef Dabernig, Susanne Kriemann, Simon van Til, Remco Torenbosch, Leonid Tsvetkov

The formal and structural play with image and viewing, by the use of viewing devices, appropriation of old imagery and artefacts, the use of exotic technologies and the recirculation of image is another anchor in the selection of works. Simon van Til operates the photographic camera methodically, double exposing films in order to explore notions of location and displacement, doubling and pairing. Leonid Tsvetkov uses ordinary household packaging as casts for cement forms creating totemic elements evoking drum columns from antiquity, while Remco Torenbosch will show a new body of works exploring the processes of financial and labout abstraction, embodied in historical ans recent forms of currency mining.

Wilfried Lentz Rotterdam is established in April 2008. The gallery offers an international program of contemporary art. The exhibitions express an interest in the cultural and social conditions of our environment, how it is formed and perceived, as well as its stories and myths. Most of the artists express their ideas through innovative use of the mediums of film and photography, as well as through performances and installations. Gallery artists have been included in international exhibitions such as Documenta, biennials in Venice, Istanbul, Taipei and Sao Paulo, Performa New York and Manifesta. Our clientele consists of private and institutional collectors from all over the world.

Blue times
Kunsthalle Wien

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

October 3, 2014 — January 11, 2015
Curators: Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen

Kunsthalle Wien

Participants: Saâdane Afif, Billy Apple, Nadia Belerique, Irma Blank, Edith Dekyndt, Simon Denny, Sylvie Fleury, Ryan Gander, Prinz Gholam, Liam Gillick, Edgar Leciejewski, Derek Jarman, Toril Johannessen, Chris Kabel, Tobias Kaspar, Yves Klein, Walt Kuhn, Goshka Macuga, Jonathan Monk, Alex Morrison, Otto Neurath, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Walid Raad, Mark Raidpere, De Rijke / de Rooij, Willem de Rooij, Pamela Rosenkranz, Julia Scher, Société Réaliste, Michael Staniak, Hito Steyerl, Derek Sullivan, Walter Swennen, Remco Torenbosch, Lidwien van de Ven, Lawrence Weiner, Raed Yassin

The group show Blue Times examines the iconology of the colour blue from different disciplines and perspectives. International artistic positions are confronted with pop cultural artefacts and the influence of colour on everyday life and art is subject of the program accompanying the exhibition.

This exhibition is inter-­‐disciplinary and historical by design and tells our story through the filter of the color blue. It makes reference to key moments that marked our social history as well as it refers to an underlying story of our evolution, it highlights how the color blue went from being a sacred color to becoming a symbol of freedom via the United Nations Blue.


Theatre of operations
Théâtre de l'Usine

Théâtre de l'Usine, Geneva

January 2015 Curators: Emile Ouroumov, Bénédicte le Pimpec

Théâtre de l'Usine
, Geneva

Participants: To be announced soon

The “operations”, artistic gestures of addition, subtraction, multiplication or differentiation, are all inscribed in the present, as opposed to an immutable conception of time. Taking place inside or outside, in a sustained continuity over three days and with interweaved temporalities, the actions, objects, interventions and exhibitions shape their own means of mediation inside the theatrical model. Displaced from the domain of contemporary art, their creative tension negotiates the hierarchy of the theatrical edifice, overexposing in order to better deconstruct the conflict opposing “actors” and “spectators”, thus allowing the emergence of zones of shared sensitivity in between theatre and visual arts.

The term “Theatre of Operations” designates a defined geographical area in which an armed conflict is in progress, involving at least two adversaries.

Europe, the future of history
Kunsthaus Zürich

Kunsthaus Zürich, Zürich

June 12 — September 6, 2015
Curator: Cathérine Hug

Kunsthaus Zürich

Participants: To be announced soon

What image represents Europe? The fall of the Berlin Wall, perhaps, and the unification of Eastern and Western Europe after four decades of division along ideological lines? The reconstruction and the economic miracle following the disaster of the Second World War? Universal human rights and a political consensus among Europeans based on freedom and democracy? Or football championships and the Eurovision Song Contest? Not since Antiquity has a single image stood for Europe, and any that purports to do so can only be a fragment. Europe is a multifaceted mosaic that, despite tensions beneath the surface, is no longer at risk of breaking apart.

In 1924 Ernst Ludwig Kirchner posed the question: ‘A unified Europe would be the end of wars and it will come, but when?’ This exhibition sets out to chart the various forms in which society’s ongoing desire for a peaceful Europe has been depicted through the history of ideas. It takes in atmospheric themes such as the delineation and dissolution of frontiers, landscape as a factor in the construction of identity, the development of democracy, labour and mobility.


Searching for blue in the European Union flag. Panel talk with: Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Remco Torenbosch

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
November 18, 2014
Curators: Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen

Kunsthalle Wien

— Speakers: Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Remco Torenbosch

The curators of "Blue Times" Amira Gad, Nicolaus Schafhausen and the artist Remco Torenbosch discuss the history of the European flag, socio-economic change in the EU countries and national identities within the Union. Part of the Vienna Art Week.

This event is part of the Blue Times exhibition in Kunsthalle Wien.

Any history of color is, above all, a social history. Blue has a long and topsy-­‐turvy history in the Western world. Once considered a hot color, it is now icy cool. This group exhibition delineates the historical narrative of a color: blue. It traces and narrates the historical and social trajectory of a color, looking at the role or significance that a color can play within a society and how this has been reflected in visual culture, pop culture, art, and more. The show re-­‐stages or reflects, in a way, this social historical narrative via one color.

The value of nothing

TENT, Rotterdam
September 4 — November 11, 2014
Curators: Jesse van Oosten, Michel v. Dartel

TENT Rotterdam

Participants: Meschac Gaba, Jeanne van Heeswijk, Iratxe Jaio + Klaas van Gorkum, Priscila Fernandes, Helmut Smits, Gil & Moti, Oblique International, Kym Ward, Roel Roscam Abbing, Weronika Zielinska, Antonia Hirsch, Paolo Cirio, Jonas Staal, ZUS, Claire Fontaine, Bill Balaskas, Remco Torenbosch, Jonas Lund

How can we rethink the concept of value without departing from common financial and economic standards? What alternatives are there to determining what is valuable? How is the immaterial valued? The Value of Nothing shows artistic practices and projects that arise out of or concentrate on different economies, new value systems, and alternative work strategies.

The core of the project comprises five new projects by Jeanne van Heeswijk, Helmut Smits, Meschac Gaba, Remco Torenbosch and Jonas Lund. The projects address the role of the market, alternative forms of valuation or the changing meaning of economic exchange.

Arne Skaug Olsen in conversation with Remco Torenbosch

Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen (Norway)

October 9, 2014
Curator: Anthea Buys

Hordaland Kunstsenter
Bergen (Norway)

Speaker: Arne Skaug Olsen, Remco Torenbosch

A lecture by Remco Torenbosch, in conversation with art critic Arne Skaug Olsen. In the context of the intensive research into the history of the European Flag, opening up intriguing discussion on the changing socio-economics of EU nations, the disappearance of once booming textile industries and the strong individual identities of a union in flux.

HORDALAND ART CENTRE based in Bergen, Norway was established 1976 as the first artist run art centre in Norway. Its activities are based around the exhibition programme with equal emphasis on seminars, presentations and dialogue. Since 1987 HORDALAND ART CENTRE has hosted a Nordic residency programme, from 2008 also open to international artists, curators, writers and other art professionals.

Size Matters,
In relation to Minimalism

Fort Vijfhuizen, Vijfhuizen
July 6 — August 31, 2014
Curator: Nathalie Zonnenberg

Fort Vijfhuizen

Participants: Eva Berendes, Lucas Lenglet, Navid Nuur, Esther Stocker, Remco Torenbosch

Objectivity, seriality, reproducibility and participation of these aspects have been given a new meaning. In the work of the artists in this exhibition In particular, the physical aspect of Minimal Art, the 'Gestalt', plays a crucial role. In various works The scheme of the works in this exhibition compared with the characteristic areas of the Arts Fort. The visitors complete if it were the work, it's their body that determines the size of things.

Fort at Vijfhuizen is part of the sector Locks in the Stelling van Amsterdam. It was the task of this fort to the ring canal and embankment of the Haarlemmermeer polder and the remaining dry strip of land along the western edge of the polder, to defend.

Fort at Vijfhuizen is based on the design model 'A' from 1897, where the retractable turrets had an independent place on the flank angles. Is also a so-called Genius Shed on site. This metal Genie Shed is the only surviving example of this type. In the nearby Geniedijk is a secondary battery.


Museum Arnhem, Arnhem

March 15 — Augustus 17, 2014
Curator: Mirjam Westen

Museum Arnhem

Participants: Faig Ahmed, Zarina Bhimji, Thomas Boland, Marie Julia Bollansée, Célio Braga, Tiffany Chung, Julie Cockburn, Kyriaki Costa, Ana de la Cueva, Yael Davids, Shezad Dawood, Glucklya, Nicholas Hlobo, Merel Karhof, Aisha Khalid, Fransje Killaars, Kimsooja, Monali Meher, Christien Meindertsma, Almagul Menlibayeva, Floor Nijdeken, Barbara Polderman, Saad Qureshi, Berend Strik, Lin Tianmiao, Remco Torenbosch

Threads will feature works from more than 20 international artists and designers in which the medium of thread or textiles play a prominent role. Their work can be seen as a metaphor for the ‘interweaving’ of artistry and craft; art and the public; and personal and societal themes.

The exhibition is multidisciplinary and includes installations, video works, wall hangings and standing objects, some of which are interactive. Thus visitors will be able to make a stitch on the embroidery hoop Crossover Collective (2013) by Floor Nijdeken(1981, Apeldoorn) and get to know Internet ‘cross-links’ in contemporary culture in Thomas Boland’s (1987, Apeldoorn) project which links 40 ‘hotspots’ in Arnhem with each other and with Museum Arnhem: wireless.

Patricia Reed in conversation with Remco Torenbosch

Motto, Berlin

June 14, 2014
Motto Berlin bookstore

Motto Berlin

Speakers: Patricia Reed, Remco Torenbosch

In the context of the intensive research into the history of the European Flag, opening up intriguing discussion on the changing socio-economics of EU nations, the disappearance of once booming textile industries and the strong individual identities of a union in flux.

Artist and writer Patricia Reed (b. 1977, Canada) lives and works in Berlin. The focus of her artistic and textual practice is the contingency of normality. The play with the plasticity of the normal, both conceptually and materially, constitutes the foundation of her practice.

The Story Behind,
European Contextualisation

Nogueras Blanchard, Barcelona
March 20 — April 25, 2014
Curator: Direlia Lazo

NoguerasBlanchard Barcelona

Participant: Remco Torenbosch

Part of the serie: Lisa Oppenheim, Tatiana Mesa, Haris Epaminnda, Francesco Arena, Christopher Knowles, Tris Vonna-Michell, Danh Vo

European contextualisation is part of an ongoing investigation into the history and production of the blue flag of the European Union designed by Arsène Heitz and Paul Lèvy in 1955. The presentation shows a collection of textile fabrics made in the European blue color code by the still existing weaving mills in the European Union. Although the color code for the EU flags is mandated, because of the differing production processes in each country and at each mil, it can still vary, resulting in a wide diversity of blue tints, as seen in this collection.

According to Torenbosch, these interpretations are a striking metaphor for the more recent European situation: “The idea of Europe is not a collective concept, and it certainly can not be defined. Each member country has different ideas about its meaning… The color differences reflect the diversity in expectations and visions.”

The Story Behind is an extended group exhibition articulated in a series of several individual presentations of an artwork. The project will focus on those artistic projects in which the story or reference– be it fictional or real– plays a central role, conceptually or formally, and is crucial to understand and fully appreciate the artist’s proposal.

A large part of contemporary art practice is based on the telling of it, whether through the conceptualization of intentions that might not be noticeable from just looking at the piece or through the description of the underlying work processes that are crucial in the understanding of the works, or also through the artist’s own interpretations that give way to a specific reading of his or her pieces. In any case, the recou- nting of a piece, meditated or spontaneous, influences our perception of it.

Max Andrews (Latitudes) in conversation with Remco Torenbosch organised by Nogueras Blanchard in co. with Latitudes

Fundació Antoni Tàpies Library
March 18, 2014
Curator: Direlia Lazo

Fundació Antoni Tàpies Library Barcelona

Speakers: Max Andrews (Latitudes), Remco Torenbosch

In the context of the solo exhibition European Contextualisation at NoguerasBlanchard, the gallery has organised the book launch of Remco Torenbosch's most recent publication 'European contextualising in analytical sociology and ethnographical representation on history and present' (Black Dog Publishing, 2014) at the library of Fundació Tàpies. The exhibition is part of the exhibition cycle 'The Story Behind' curated by Direlia Lazo. This event consists of a talk between Max Andrews (Latitudes) and Remco Torenbosch.

Latitudes is an independent curatorial office initiated in April 2005 by Max Andrews and Mariana Cánepa Luna, that works in an international context from and in Barcelona, Spain. We initiate and develop contemporary art projects in association with institutions and collaborate with artists in productions encompassing a range of organisational forms and scales: genres of display and presentation; editorial practice and publication; forms of assembly, hosting and programming; as well as theoretical and interpretative contexts.

This publication profiles the documents, design proposals and written correspondence between Heitz, Lévy, and further collaborators they would form the painstakingly diplomatic development of an iconic vexillological moment.

As part of the book's research, a collection of fabric monochromes woven by weavers from all 28 member states of the EU in th base colour of the flag was compiled. These collated monochromes as such become a map themselves of the socio-economic shift within EU member communities, an embodiment of the disappearing textile industries of Europe.

Lecture by Paul O’Neill and Remco Torenbosch (Q&A with Guus van Engelshoven)

de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
January 5, 2014
Coordinator: Guus van Engelshoven

de Appel arts centre Amsterdam

Speakers: Paul O’Neill, Remco Torenbosch

On January 5th 2014, de Appel arts centre welcomes two guests: Remco Torenbosch, artist from the Prix de Rome exhibition and curator, writer, artist, and educator Paul O’Neill.

Remco Torenbosch will present his publication part of the research for his work in the Prix de Rome exhibition: European Contextualising in Analytical Sociology and Ethnographical Representation on History and the Present, 2013. With contributions by Charles Esche, Mihnea Mircan and the Council of Europe Strasbourg. Published by Black Dog Publishing London

Paul O'Neill will present the curatorial anthology Curating Subjects (2007), Curating and the Educational Turn (2010) and Curating Research (2014), published by de Appel and Open Editions (Amsterdam and London). With this series of theoretical publications, de Appel arts centre aims to share the specific knowledge on curatorial practice taught in the Curatorial Programme with a broader audience. On the occasion of the publication of Curating Research, Paul O’Neill will talk about the history of the series and the relations between the different publications.

Paul O’Neill is currently Director of the Graduate Program in Curatorial Studies at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, New York. He is international tutor of the de Appel Curatorial Programme, Amsterdam, and international research fellow with The Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media, Dublin. O’Neill is author of Locating the Producers: Durational Approaches to Public Art (Amsterdam, Valiz, 2011), edited with Claire Doherty. He recently completed the authored book The Culture of Curating, the Curating of Culture(s), (Cambridge, The MIT Press, 2012).

Prix de Rome 2013

de Appel arts centre, Amsterdam
October 25, 2013 January 26, 2014
Organisation: Mondriaan Fund

de Appel arts centre Amsterdam

Participants: Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch, Ola Vasiljeva

The Prix de Rome is the oldest and most prestigious award in the Netherlands for artists under the age of 40. The award dates back to 1808 when Louis Napoleon introduced the Prix de Rome in the Netherlands to promote the arts. Although the award adopted various guises over the years, the aim has always been to trace talented artists and promote their further development and visibility. The Mondriaan Fund has organised the award since January 2013. The award and the organisation are funded by the Mondriaan Fund. The four selected artists, together with 46 other artists, were nominated by a wide group of scouts and then chosen by an international jury. Each artist presents very different but also subtly related interests and creates art which both inspires and challenges.

The jury consists of Kathleen Bühler (curator at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern), Ann Goldstein (director at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam), Nicoline van Harskamp (artist and winner of the Prix de Rome 2009), Navid Nuur (artist) and Domeniek Ruyters (editor in chief of Metropolis M).

On 26 October, an exhibition opened in de Appel arts centre in Amsterdam featuring the work of four artists who have been nominated for the Prix de Rome 2013. Christian Friedrich, Falke Pisano, Remco Torenbosch and Ola Vasiljeva created new work which was assessed by the international jury. The exhibition was on show until 26 January 2014.

Foreground: Raed Yassin China, 2012, Background: Remco Torenbosch EU, 2011-2014

Remco Torenbosch EU, 2011-2014

From left to right: Remco Torenbosch EU, 2011-2014, Derek Jarman Blue, 1993, Otto Neurath Gessellschaftgliederung in Wien, 1930