A Tale of A Tub

Sunday, June 23, 2024

2 PM

Artist talk with OLGA MINCIŃSKA and HARRIET ROSE MORLEY

Join us for an artist talk with Olga Micińska, one of the artists in our current exhibition The Lips of History, and Harriet Rose Morley.

Artist and trained carpenter Olga Micińska made a new commission for The Lips of History that builds on our need for a dedicated work space within the building—both for our daily ‘office’ tasks and for our educational activities. Drawing on the wooden desks sat at by telephonists throughout history, the question of (gendered) labour at the heart of telecommunications operations and the different cable systems and conduits making up these networks, the two modular bodies of furniture produced by Micińska hold court on our mezzanine, ready to become reconfigured in different ways depending on our needs within the space. 

On June 23 Olga will be in conversation with fellow artist and collaborator Harriet Rose Morley, with whom she founded The Building Institute— a non-formal, experimental platform connecting and supporting women and queer builders in their professional development within the broadly considered field of construction work. The Building Institute also aims to emancipate the undermined knowledges dwelling the craft domains and uses a range of tools to execute its mission, including educational activities, public talks, exhibitions, advertising campaigns, and publications. The initiative is currently being developed into a membership-based organisation—a process that Olga and Harriet will reflect on throughout the course of the talk.

Accessibility

This event will be held in English

Biographies

OLGA MICIŃSKA (1987, Łódź, Poland) is a visual artist currently living in Amsterdam. She graduated from the MA Art Praxis programme at Dutch Art Institute and holds MFA diploma in Sculpture from Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Also trained as a woodworker, Micińska collaborates with craft studios of various techniques. Recently, she initiated The Building Institute, an experimental and non-formal organisation that engages with diverse questions surrounding the subject of labour and that attempts to emancipate the undermined knowledges dwelling in the craft domains.

HARRIET ROSE MORLEY (1994, UK) is a multidisciplinary artist, teacher, builder and welder based between the Netherlands and the UK. She focuses on furniture construction, architectural installation and collaborative making projects by exploring the intersection of art and labour and challenging traditional notions of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ work. Alongside her practice, she is currently the co-director of Platform BK—a membership organisation that researches the role of art in society and takes action for a better art policy in the Netherlands.

Part of the exhibition

The Lips of History
May 4 – July 21, 2024

PELUMI ADEJUMO
BIA DAVOU
HAZEL MEYER & CAIT McKINNEY
OLGA MICIŃSKA
KIRSTEN PIEROTH
ATSUKO TANAKA
and the HOUWELING TELECOMMUSEUM

Guest writer: CAIT McKINNEY