Offering Visual and Content support, Saskia Burggraaf (DAI, 2020) is part of the team of Nieuwe Vide Artspace. Saskia happily shares with us that their zine 'Metamorphosis. On future bodies and living identities' is now online and that current DAI-students Azul de Monte and Lou Lou Sainsbury (both DAI, 2021) have contributed AMAZING pieces. Together with Chris Kore and Juliacks, Azul and Lou Lou had been invited to speculate on the past, present and future of bodies and living identities. At a time when society has more than ever been confronted with the fragility and vulnerability of the body, and the economic consequences that are tied to this, it is important to investigate the relationship between capitalism and the body.
At a time when society has more than ever been confronted with the fragility and vulnerability of the body, and the economic consequences that are tied to this, it is important to investigate the relationship between capitalism and the body. That is why Nieuwe Vide presents the online zine Metamorphosis. On future bodies and living identities. The four artists in this zine have been invited to speculate on the past, present and future of bodies and living identities. From machine learning to avatars, and everything in between, we invite you to explore this digital sphere. You can choose to use different modes of exploration, by listening, reading, looking, hearing, feeling, and come back to it again to experience a different work.
Bodies (human/non-human life forms) are inextricably linked to capitalism. Every existing body is linked to a certain value. For example, often a body to a certain extent determines economic position; think of gender, health, skin colour, etc. The body can also internalize capitalism; humans force themselves to take on too much work, out of economic necessity or the feeling that ‘idle’ bodies are not appreciated in our society. Or we spend tons of money on products that will supposedly improve our bodies. Some bodies oppress other bodies for their own gain. A body, and its perceived identity, can determine someone’s position during a protest, during a pandemic, at work or when simply walking down the street. Saying that the body is regulated by capitalism therefore means many different things.
Metamorphosis. On future bodies and living identities
Nieuwe Vide is an arts podium and creative breeding ground that originated out of Haarlem’s local squatter’s movement.
Today we continue to build on the activistic ideals and DIY mentality that forms the basis of our institution.
In deference to these roots, the cultural hotbed at the heart of the Vide community is constantly looking for ways to link art and society
and connects with other people via art, communal meals and a friendly atmosphere.
At the Nieuwe Vide, we are convinced that art can help us to think about new ways to view and organize the world.
We relate subjects and theories that inspire us to every-day and recognizable phenomena in an easily accessible way
and would even like to go one step further by putting into practice the ideas we discuss. The Nieuwe Vide opposes the patriarchal norms that still dominate modern society; instead it opts to endorse collectivity, appreciation, care, consultation and emotion.
This leads us to address topical subjects like capitalism, feminism and digital culture, unafraid of evolving with the times.
Well anchored in this world, the Nieuwe Vide looks to the future.