Peach 2019-2020

Artist biographies and practices



a) Megan Boyle & Nick Toti

b) Sebastien Senaeyve

c) Rabea Ridlhammer

d) Eleanor Zurowski

f) Throughout the year: Rotterdam Art & Radio (RAAR) podcasts


a) - October/November 2019: Megan Boyle & Nick Toti 

We have been discussing details for the instigating iteration of the exhibition with Megan for a number of months. She will be showing a 37 hour long video documentation of the reading of her book ‘Liveblog’. She released this book in November 2018. Artist/filmmaker Nick Toti filmed the project. With funding received from Gemeente Rotterdam we will fly Megan and Nick to Rotterdam to install their work, open their exhibition, and give a public lecture at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Gallery - dates to be confirmed once funding to bring Megan to Rotterdam has been secured. Please see attached letter from Witte de With.

 

LIVEBLOG

“In 2013, Megan Boyle was unhappy with the life she was living and wanted to document it on the internet for an audience. Her hope was that if she documented each thought and action on the internet, then she would begin to behave in a manner more appropriate to the life she wanted to live. She needed a judge and a jury to see her crimes and non-crimes, her actions and thoughts, and her life. The results are an illuminating text of great length with poetic insight on every page. It is a reading experience that leaves a little bit of Megan Boyle inside of you long after you have finished reading it. This is akin to Karl Ove Knausgard’s My Struggle and David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, yet totally different and new—and it is a book of daring length. Drugs, love, home, parents, friends, life, death, work, and the internet.”[2] 


A review of her book is available on The New Yorker website:

https://www.newyorker.com/books/under-review/liveblog-and-the-limits-of-autofiction




b)- December 2019: Sebastien Seynaeve

A 7-hour DJ set, from 2pm until late drawing from the history of electronic music in connection to personal and collective memories 


Autumn 2019 will mark the return of the Autumn BAR. Sebastien Seynaeve is a musician and filmmaker who started his career as a DJ at the end of the 1990s. He is based in Kortrijk, Belgium. For his project at Peach, he will be playing a daytime 7-hour performance; a DJ set of electronic music that will chronologically survey 25 years of electronic music and link with it personal and collective memories.


At the Autumn Bar, Sebastien will be exploring concepts of nostalgia through his own autobiography. He will track down the music he was listening to through the years that evoke personal and collective memories. What happened when the first album of Daft Punk came out in 1997? What were we doing? Can you remember that time?

Sebastien will play a selection of tunes chronologically, in the manner of a historian of music, and will address the different music and cultural movements that have occurred since 1995 - such as Acid house, Rave, Hardcore Techno, Gabber, French house, and Electro. This will be a free event. 





c) - FebruaryMarch 2020:  Rabea Ridlhammer

New works by Rabea Ridlhammer articulated through a new installation.


Rabea Ridlhammer (Germany, 1990, based in Rotterdam and Duisburg) has a background in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. In 2015 she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where she co-founded and organized various exhibitions and events at the illusive artist-run-space bunker0621. Her research-based work often results in wearable items, videos or printed matter, thus extending beyond writing. She holds an MA of Art Praxis from the Dutch Art Institute.




d) - July 2019 - June 2020: Eleanor Zurowski

An exhibition and a cooking event of recipes we will have exchanged over the research and writing period.


Eleanor Zurowski is an artist and a baker. They currently live in Sydney, Australia. They are interested in the question of how, why and what we consume. Their work uses text, sound, and performance as modes of intervention and methods of futuring. They have contributed to Framework, Rabbit Poetry and Radiophrenia, are currently completing their Honours Degree in Fine Arts, and are involved in the New Age Noise program. Eleanor Zurowski often uses baking and cooking as a way to investigate personal relationships, autobiography, and the role of food within them. 


Eleanor has previously made a project at Peach. See more details here:

http://www.peachopposite.com/exhibitionslist/ourdailybread





Eleanor Zurowski’s ‘Do(ugh)n’t You Want Me Baby?, HD video, 2019



f) - Throughout the year: talkshow with RAAR (Rotterdam Art & Radio)

 

Rotterdam Art And Radio is a sonic platform for experimentation in audible artworks based in Rotterdam-South.  The project was initiated by Joshua Thies in June 2016 as an extension of his sound-based studio practice. Since its beginning, it has become a monthly podcast with over 100 guests and collaborators.  Essentially, RAAR aims to promote live performance of audible artworks via live audio streaming from various sites throughout the city of Rotterdam and beyond. RAAR specializes in curated podcasts, live streaming of art-related lectures, performances and events plus audio documentation of art-related happenings.  It is, also, an established space where people have conversations about the weather and other important and less important matters. In the year 2019 and 2020, Peach and RAAR will organize live streams from Peach’s location. Following the theme of Autobiography, we will use RAAR as a platform to expand our new program and build on the work artists will contribute to it. 


The first podcast will be made together with Megan Boyle. Throughout the year, we will invite  the artists from the program to contribute and create a platform for exchange between, therefore extending the space of the exhibition into a platform for discussion and sharing the work with an audience beyond Peach’s gallery space.

 

A RAAR podcast, 2019













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