FROZEN TIME 2020

It is time, it’s about time. In time, on time. Time by our side, time on our hands. Take your time, take time out. Tell the time, time will tell. Spending time, timing it. A long time, a lot of time, the whole time. In my time, at times, for the time being, all the time. Having time, keeping time. Killing time, wasting time, doing time. For a time, from time to time, at the same time, some other time. Time and time again, in no time at all. Turn back time, this time around. Set a time, serve your time, give someone the time of day. Work against time, be behind times, fall on hard times. The times have changed, the time has come. Time passing, time running out. Time’s up. Time’s out…

2020 SEASON: FROZEN TIME

Each season, Corridor Project Space focuses on one main theme that is explored in a series of exhibitions. We work with international artists and writers living mainly in the Netherlands and Turkey.

In 2020, CPS has celebrated its 5th year of existence by announcing an open call for emerging artists to submit their site-specific projects focusing on the yearly theme: “Frozen Time”. Frozen Time reflects on the immediate and current existence of the space we run and the artist we are going to work with. Within Frozen Time, CPS wishes to pay homage to the circumstances artists live and work in, and to their approach in making art in relation to historically, socially, and politically engaged practices.

For CPS, the past 5 years have been about establishing the space without long- term structural funding, a constant reminder of the near future, our ethereal existence.

Frozen Time also relates to our current societal obsession with time. People take courses in time management; many are diagnosed with burnouts; and more and more people actively engage with the concept of living in ‘here and now’. The moment we share is a time that will never return, a moment we can use to look at history and think about the future, a moment to reconsider the meaning of the word ‘Time’ itself.

In our 2020 programme, CPS would therefore like to reflect on time and its effect(s) on us, hosts, artists, visitors, inhabitants. We invited artists who approach the theme through different angles and practices, leading us to think about solidarity, economy, and boundaries formed by and through time. Thus, we intend to use time as a tool to dive into the hopes, expectations, and plans of each individual subjectivity coming from the artists, ourselves, and our audience.

1 Frozen Time is inspired by the book TIME, from the series Documents of Contemporary Art published by Whitechapel Gallery in 2013, edited by Amelia Groom.

IN JUNE PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL: STRESSING THE COMMON PRESENT

For the season 2020, Corridor Project Space has organized a programme of duo- and collaborative shows expressing the different artists’ relation to and through time. Going from PAST to FUTURE, the season will be punctuated by a chapter concerned with the PRESENT, therefore involving time-based projects. In June, Corridor PS will host a performance programme presenting 4 events spread over the 4 week-ends of the month.

The different performative works will focus on the moment and the place we all share as artists, as hosts, as audience, as passers-by, as inhabitants of CPS’ surroundings, as inhabitants of our current time. Engaging different cultures, generations and practices, the artists will address the concerns we share at this moment in time and space, involving our relation to personal or common memory, anxieties or fascination for what is going to come, and focusing on the physical connections existing today, here, now. The 4 groups of artists will depend on the immanent conditions offered by the current context (the moment and the location) as much as they will make use of them.

Corridor PS gives the artists the opportunity to show their work from Friday to Sunday every week-end of June. The artists will build up their projects during the week before the opening on Friday evening, creating various stages, connecting established practices to experimental ones.

The 1st event will present the work of Rotterdam based artists Ulufer Çelik and Merve Kilicer who will take over the space and experiment with what they call “poet(h)ical practices”, related to collective memory in the perspective of time.

The 2nd event will be held by Maarten Schuurman and his new work Binary Galaxie, transforming the space into an Arcade Hall. Time will be frozen in order to make a notation of his mechanical moves on the perimeter of a square..

The 3rd event will gather artists Jean Medina, Natalia Martínez Alcalde and Montserrat Llampallas. The collective will approach temporal symmetry: they will celebrate the longest and brightest day, halfway towards the dark days, June 21 .

The 4th event of the performance series will present the collaboration of artists Ohad Ben Shimon & Veniamin Kazachenko. Reclaiming Time aims to revisit the collaborative modus operandi the duo initiated in 2012 as a carving of a “time out”.