The Ongoing Conversation offered a series of fast-paced one-day exhibitions, conceived as a dialogue rather than a series of isolated events. During three weeks the exhibition spaces became a stage for orchestrated ambiguity, paradox, spectatorship and theatricality. From Melville to Wikipedia, from post-colonial questions to universal issues as love and death; all of this were explored and performed in six mini solo-exhibition events.
Featuring a range of international artists, each exhibition was complemented with an invited guest who lectured, performed or participated.
This project was the outcome of a collaboration between 1646 and the Master Artistic Research, The Hague.
In the exhibition, entitled Hidden Transcripts , the autobiographical, fiction and documentary came together in an event. The setting was a colorful one containing glitter, feathers and confetti. There was music and the public was invited to also wear Carnival masks. In the space there were several video projections containing artistic as well as archive material from, among others, footage relating to Caribbean protest actions in The Hague in 1969, the year that an act of revolution took place in Curacao. During the event everything that happened in the exhibition space was being filmed as a kind of ‘live set’, turning those present into actors and becoming the basis from which a later video work would be created.
The evening featured a guest lecture by Charissa Granger.