Vondervotteimittis – Artist Talk by Falke Pisano

Page Not Found is delighted to invite you to an artist talk with Falke Pisano, following her recent performance in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Although book publishing does not seem to come easy to her (she has not made another monograph publication after her first artist book Figures of Speech eight years ago), Falke Pisano’s practice offers plenty of opportunity to think about different forms, scales and intentions of publishing in the context of an artistic practice. Often working in cycles that span over several years, she produces a field of different expressions that include — besides sculptures, installations, videos and performances — articulations of intention, reflections on method, curatorial gestures and conversations.

In her artist talk at Page Not Found, Falke will speak about her latest cycle “Vondervotteimittis” in which she questions concepts, categorisations and divisions that have been naturalised in the emergence and unfolding of western modernity and coloniality, and that still structure the foundations of our everyday reality. She will specifically focus on the performance “Wonder-What-Time-It-Is”, which departs from Edgar Allan Poe’s 1839 satirical story “The Devil in the Belfry,” narrating an event that takes place in the fictional Dutch village of Vondervotteimittis. Chaos ensues after a foreigner enters the town, attacks the bell-ringer, and rings thirteen o’clock, thereby disrupting the ordered, predictable lives of the town’s inhabitants. Falke uses the story to discuss the standardisation of time during the nineteenth century, and its connection to industrialisation and imperialism. She also is attentive to how xenophobia can arise from resistance to alternative knowledge frameworks.

The artistic practice of Falke Pisano (b. 1978, Netherlands) scrutinizes the ways in which systems of thought are structured, formalized, and ultimately naturalized. Her series of works stem from long-term research cycles that delve deep into specific subject matters and undermine conventional frameworks of knowledge by triggering a continuous exchange between language, ideas, materials, and forms. Her current research addresses the development of modern science and its process of institutionalization. The notions of progress, rationality and universality embedded in the official discourse are destabilized as the artist negotiates different modes of thinking and opens up the possibility for diversity, pluralism, and heterogeneity in the realm of empirical sciences.

Pisano studied at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht and the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht. She has participated in residencies at NTU CCA, Singapore; M4gastatelier, Amsterdam; the American Academy in Rome; Capacete, Rio de Janeiro; and the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Her work has been exhibited and performed at venues including Praxes Center for Contemporary Art, Berlin; The Showroom, London; De Vleeshal, Middelburg; Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; the Berlin Biennale; BAK, basis voor actuele Kunst, Utrecht; De Appel Arts Centre, Amsterdam; the Venice Biennale; Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid; the Biennale of Sydney; Manifesta 7; and the Istanbul Biennial. In 2013 she was awarded the Prix de Rome.

Doors open at 20:00.