A Tale Of A Tub

Event Onsite 5 September 2020 from 17:00 to 1 November 2020 18:00

The total scab-free solidarity and performative silence that struck floor-shows and soundstages from Desert to NJ coast for over half a year

A group exhibition with Lara Almarcegui, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Daniel Jacoby, David Maroto, Falke Pisano, and Victor Santamarina. Curated by Tiago de Abreu Pinto.

The exhibition The total scab-free solidarity and performative silence that struck floor-shows and soundstages from Desert to NJ coast for over half a year takes its title from and refers to a particular extract from Infinite Jest (a novel by David Foster Wallace) that focuses on president Johnny Gentle, a jester-like character who embodies a lack of compromise, responsibility and empathy towards others. He epitomises somebody who does not involve the community in his decisions, nor fosters a sentiment of unity among them. The works in this exhibition engage orally and somatically with the visitor by showing how the environment affects, protects, or alters the body in processes of exchange, to essentially reconfirm the importance of interrelationality and intersubjectivity between ourselves and others. Johnny Gentle stands as a neuralgic element to raise socio-political questions addressing the dichotomy of the private and the public—understanding the body from within, and its relation to the surrounding environment that potentially affects us and is affected by us. The exhibition ultimately unfolds a psycho-topological conundrum involving the visitor in a “catalogue-novel,” in which a set of characters open a dialogue around solidarity, collectivity, interdependence, and the process of becoming empathetic subjects.

This exhibition marks the inaugural edition of A Tale of a Tub’s annual Open Call for Exhibition Proposals, conceived in collaboration with and support from CBK Rotterdam. The exhibition is additionally supported through the municipality of Rotterdam and the Mondriaan Fund.

Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015 (detail). At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Geometric Dancer Doesn’t Believe in Love, Finds Aspiration and Ecstasy in Spirals, 2015, video; Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015; Daniel Jacoby, Pink Dusts, 2019. Overview at A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Geometric Dancer Doesn’t Believe in Love, Finds Aspiration and Ecstasy in Spirals, 2015, video still. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015 (detail). At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015 (detail). At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Daniel Jacoby, Pink Dusts, 2019; David Maroto, Meskalamdug, 2020. Overview at A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Daniel Jacoby, Pink Dusts, 2019 (detail). At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Daniel Jacoby, Pink Dusts, 2019 (detail). At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015 (detail), sculpture and text-panel. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015, sculptures and text-panel. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015 (detail), sculpture. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Negotiations in exchange, 2015, text-panel. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015, text-panel. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015 (detail), sculpture. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Falke Pisano, The value in mathematics: Learning in proximity, 2015 (detail), sculpture. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Lara Almarcegui, 10 guides to Wasteland, 2003-2018. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Lara Almarcegui, A Wasteland: Rotterdam, Genk, Moss, Madrid, 2003-2014, slide projection. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
David Maroto, Meskalamdug, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
David Maroto, Meskalamdug, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
David Maroto, Meskalamdug, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Side-tray, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Side-tray, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Side-tray, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Head-bucket (left), 2020; Chest-basin and hands-plate (right), 2020. Both part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights at A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Daniel Jacoby, Pink Dusts, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2019. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Bum-bowl, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Bum-bowl, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Victor Santamarina, Bum-bowl, part of the installation which includes 37 meters of wax pipes and sensor lights, 2020. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Geometric Dancer Doesn’t Believe in Love, Finds Aspiration and Ecstasy in Spirals, 2015, video still. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.
Mercedes Azpilicueta, Geometric Dancer Doesn’t Believe in Love, Finds Aspiration and Ecstasy in Spirals, 2015, video still. At A Tale of a Tub. Photo: LNDWstudio.