Introduction room Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum. Design: Lesley Moore. Films: Mals Media. Photo: Bas CzerwinskiIntroduction room Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum. Design: Lesley Moore. Films: Mals Media. Photo: Bas Czerwinski
Introduction room Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum. Design: Lesley Moore. Films: Mals Media. Photo: Bas Czerwinski

Exhibition Prix de Rome 2021 at Stedelijk Museum

Until 20 March 2022 the Stedelijk Museum will host the exhibition Prix de Rome 2021. The nominated artists, Mercedes Azpilicueta, Alexis Blake, Silvia Martes and Coralie Vogelaar, have developed new work especially for this occasion. In april 2021 these artist were selected by the international jury, after which they made new work during a working period of five months.

Mercedes Azpilicueta
(Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1981, lives and works in Amsterdam)

Mercedes Azpilicueta, Potatoes, Riots and Other Imaginaries, 2021 Jacquardgeweven tapijt, objecten, kledingstukken en geluid. Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

Mercedes Azpilicueta, Potatoes, Riots and Other Imaginaries, 2021
Jacquardgeweven tapijt, objecten, kledingstukken en geluid.
Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

Potatoes, Riots and Other Imaginaries explores unseen, often informal modes of social organization, and the forming of intimacy and solidarity in everyday life. This sculptural tapestry invites the public to view both sides of the woven material, in which subjects such as food economies, young female workers at textile factories, and women-led global rights movements coalesce. The artist draws these subjects together in the context of her research into the Potato Riots of 1917 in the Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam, organized by working class women in response to food shortages during the First World War.

Mercedes Azpilicueta has a particular interest in notions of the vulnerable or collective body, decolonial feminism and dissident voices. She brings together various characters from the past and the present, who manifest as voices, shapes, texts, traces and memories into multi-layered works.

Alexis Blake
(Pittsburg, USA, 1981, lives and works in Amsterdam)

Alexis Blake rock to jolt [ ] stagger to ash 2021 Performance, tentoonstellingsruimte met architectonische interventies, gedimd licht, geur, tabloidpublicatie. Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

Alexis Blake
rock to jolt [
] stagger to ash
2021
Performance, tentoonstellingsruimte met architectonische interventies, gedimd licht, geur, tabloidpublicatie.
Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

Stepping through the narrowed corridor leading into the next exhibition room, in what seems to be an empty space, an experience of change occurs: the light and the smell—developed with smell researcher and artist Sissel Tolaas on the subject of decay—is different from in the rest of the museum. This exhibition room has been transformed into an atmosphere inspired by a proposition: Could this small museum gallery offer us the space we have been missing in society, a place where we can temporarily accommodate collective, invisible, and intangible senses following traumas, following mourning or loss? This work takes place in conjunction with a performance situated around the monumental staircase of the historic museum building, through which Blake explores the outlawing by the Ancient Greeks of lamentation by women, involving cathartic wailing and highpitched exclamations that facilitated the collective processing of trauma.
For more information about the performance, please visit www.stedelijk.nl/en/performance/alexisblake.

Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that brings together visual art and performance through the use of choreography, sound, video, sculpture and printed matter. She investigates the way the body is represented in art history and beyond, which she then critically examines, disrupts and re-negotiates.

Silvia Martes
(Eindhoven, NL, 1985, lives and works in Amsterdam)

Silvia Martes, To Confirm That You Are Not a Robot, Place a Check in the Box Next to “I’m Not a Robot” (video still), 2021 Eenkanaals film-installatie, grijstinten en kleur, 21 min., 21 sec. Prix de Rome 2021.

Silvia Martes, To Confirm That You Are Not a Robot, Place a Check in the Box Next to “I’m Not a Robot” (video still), 2021
Eenkanaals film-installatie, grijstinten en kleur, 21 min., 21 sec. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

After passing through the specially designed corridor and taking a seat in the film room, the museum visitor sees a wall-filling projection of a film telling the story of three protagonists in 2121, a hundred years from now. It paints a picture of a possible future resulting from our behavior in the realms of technology and the climate. The narrative follows the three characters as they move through the remains of what was once Mother Earth. They are “the last standing.” One is a human with an external resemblance to the artist herself. Another is an audible but invisible being. The third is a non-binary robot that is suffering enormous guilt about the destructive role of technology. The three characters consult an oracle to gain some idea of what awaits humanity—rather than being a crystal ball that predicts the future, however, this oracle functions as a history book.

Silvia Martes produces experimental films, that appeal to the science fiction genre. Most of the times, the narratives of her short films find their origin in an autobiographical experience or are inspired by collective human behavior and yet show an intentional detachment and distraction from the real world.

Coralie Vogelaar
(Delft, NL, 1981, lives and works in Amsterdam)

Coralie Vogelaar, Interpersonal Biofeedback Apparatus Encoding Cardiac Fluctuations, 2021 Interactieve 10-kanaals geluidsinstallatie van keramiek, aluminium, vibratie speakers, sensors, foam platen, acrylaat, algoritmisch compositie programma SuperCollider en MaxMSP visuele programmeertaal voor muziek, video en audio. Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

Coralie Vogelaar, Interpersonal Biofeedback Apparatus Encoding Cardiac Fluctuations, 2021
Interactieve 10-kanaals geluidsinstallatie van keramiek, aluminium, vibratie speakers, sensors, foam platen, acrylaat, algoritmisch compositie programma SuperCollider en MaxMSP visuele programmeertaal voor muziek, video en audio.
Prix de Rome 2021. Foto: Daniel Nicolas

The interactive installation Interpersonal Biofeedback Apparatus Encoding Cardiac Fluctuations examines our urge to exert control over our body, the uncontrollable nature of the conditions that influence how we feel, and the data systems that analyze our state of wellbeing. Visitors are invited to take a seat and place a sensor on their earlobe. Their heart rate variability (HRV), the period between heartbeats, will immediately become audible as the sound of ticking metal, friction on ceramics, and squeaking polystyrene. Changes in HRV directly impact on the sound composition by Sjoerd Leijten, and vice versa.

Coralie Vogelaar is an interdisciplinary artist who combines scientific disciplines such as behavioral studies and data analysis with artistic imagination. Fascinated by algorithms, she explores the tense relationship between human and machine. By collaborating with experts from various disciplines, her (video) installations and performances incorporate the application of machine logic to human bodies, and vice versa.

Introductiezaal Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum. Design: Lesley Moore. Films: Mals Media. Foto: Bas Czerwinski

Introductiezaal Prix de Rome Stedelijk Museum. Design: Lesley Moore. Films: Mals Media. Foto: Bas Czerwinski

Based on the new work the jury will select the winner of the Prix de Rome. This will be announced on 30 November. The winner will receive 40,000 euros and the possibility to participate in a residency programme. For the Prix de Rome 2021 the Mondriaan Fund works together with the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

Exhibition
Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein 10 in Amsterdam
Open daily 10 am – 6 pm and Friday 10 am – 8 pm
13 November to 20 March 2022
https://www.stedelijk.nl/en

On 30 November an accompanying publication is to appear, with texts by Rein Wolfs, Dagmar Dirx and Esmee Postma. Photography: Daniel Nicolas. Design: Lesley Moore.