Earlier this year they were artists-in-residence at The Fifth Season residency: Jan Adriaans (DAI, 2015), Marianna Maruyama (DAI, 2014) and Gerwin Luijendijk. Their time together resulted in a new video work called The Third Potential. On show at Beautiful Distress House in Amsterdam until 16 Dec.
The Third Potential
. . . Somewhere in a wooded area of the Netherlands, three men stand attentively in front of a mental healthcare facility (their stage?), they greet everyone who enters
(their choreography?), they perform a role, they ride their bikes around the campus
(with props?), they follow their directors, they discuss strategies for cooperation with the neighborhood (their audience?), and they wear uniforms (costumes?). They all agree this job is different from others they have held.
What does it mean to be a security guard? to perform a role that makes people feel safe?The Third Potential portrays security guards in an abstract way and research their verbal and non-verbal communication. The nine-screen video-installation shows the paradox of protection and threat. The presence of a security team can create the feeling of safety and at the same time raise the question: 'Are we safe here?'
Beautiful Distress House
Van Riemsdijkweg 41 A / Amsterdam-Noordwww.vijfde-seizoen.nl
Exhibition runs till: 22 Nov.
Thu & Fri 11.00-18.00 hr. Sat & Sun 12.00 – 18.00 hr.
Jan Adriaans, Gerwin Luijendijk and Marianna Maruyama were selected by the Mondriaan Fund for a working period at The Fifth Season. The exhibition The Third Potential presents the result of this residency and is a co-production of The Fifth Season and BeamLab. The Third Potential is made possible by Altrecht GGZ, The Mondriaan Fund and Fivoor Forensic and Intensive Psychiatric care.