Wednesday, August 5, 2009


Here's a recent project by one of the Dutch artists participating
in the ArtRoPa Suriname-Netherlands exchange programme...Arnold Schalks

In 1966 a number of facsimile texts, drawings and sketches were published under the title The White Box / À l'infinitif, which Marcel Duchamp made à propos of his famous work The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. In one of those texts Duchamp writes in an imperious tone of his dreams of a new kind of dictionary...

Duchamp's dictionary is a multimedia project avant la lettre, which makes it a marvellous excuse for Poetry International to ask musicians, poets, designers, visual artists and architects to react to Duchamp's text. With no preconditions. The final form of the presentation issues from the reactions, and hence was not predetermined either.

Five artists: Elisabeth Tonnard, William Engelen, Paul Bogaers, Arnold Schalks and Anneke Auer accepted the challenge to ignore the boundaries of their own discipline and to go in search of new forms and unexpected connections. In order to find a way of translating Duchamp's ideas.

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