David Helbich & Nicoline Timmer
Curators: Fleur van Muiswinkel & Suzanne Wallinga
A Tale of a Tub is pleased to present Modern Elevations, a duo presentation by David Helbich (DE, 1973) and Nicoline Timmer (NL, 1975) at Art Rotterdam 2015. Modern Elevations takes as its basis the architecture of the Justus van Effen Bathhouse, where A Tale of a Tub is housed, and the Van Nelle Factory, where Intersections takes place. These two major monuments in Rotterdam – designed by father and son Brinkman – have an international reputation. Both are prime examples of the innovative, modernist architecture from the early twentieth century, based on utopian ideas that strived towards a universal language of rational design. Modern dance and composition came to life during the same period. A Tale of a Tub has specifically chosen to present two individual artistic practices in which choreography and composition – in relation to space and experience – play a central role. Modern Elevations creates a layered exploration of space; the space of the location, the historical space and the space between you and me.
Composer and artist David Helbich creates site-specific installations, performances, and realizes composed walks in different cities. Helbich’s work tends to lean towards abstraction and is characterized by a humorous, often absurdist character. During Intersections, Helbich presents a new performance, developed especially for the Van Nelle Factory, in addition to a work in which the viewer is invited to participate.
For Modern Elevations Nicoline Timmer worked on the second part of her ‘opera’ Once upon a Particular occasion which she started in 2013. The opera is best understood as a ‘musical’ structure, a constellation of works that expresses a set of insights, questions and desires that underline Timmer’s practice. The very personal reading that Ludwig Wittgenstein held in 1929 in Cambridge, entitled “Lecture on Ethics” plays a central role in Timmer’s presentation at Art Rotterdam. Timmer undertook a journey in search of Wittgenstein’s original notes that included all of his erasures and corrections.
Modern Elevations is generously supported by the Gemeente Rotterdam, the Mondriaan Fund and the Goethe Institut. Special thanks goes to The Wren Library, Trinity College in Cambridge, and the Österreichische Nationalbibliothek in Vienna.
About the artists
David Helbich (DE, 1973)
Composer and artist David Helbich has been working in Brussels since 2002. He composes, creates installations, writes lyrics and realizes composed walks in different cities. During Art Rotterdam, his work can also be seen at 50 hours or Beurss5ouwburg, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (BE) and Nearly Not There. Ephemeral Spaces, Sounds and Objects, W139, Amsterdam.
Nicoline Timmer (NL, 1975)
Nicoline Timmer (1975, Vriezenveen, NL) lives and works in Amsterdam. In 2008 she obtained a PhD in literary studies at Utrecht University, in 2011 she graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and, from 2012 to 2013, she was artist in residence at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten Amsterdam. Her work was recently exhibited at Prospects & Concepts, Art Rotterdam (2016), Mit/von/über/nach – a recital, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2015), Flexible frameworks, Arti et Amicitiae (2015), Personal science solution is for me, MoMart (2015), Art Rotterdam, Intersections, with A Tale of a Tub (2015).