W139: The exhibition “/|\” shows works which have been ignited by the notions of the highway. From July 15 till August 14 . With a.o. Momu & No Es (DAI, 2013) as well as Fraser Stewart (DAI, 2013)

19.07.16 | tag: Amsterdam

Five guys in a ragged station wagon covered with bumper stickers, speeding towards a destination unknown. Iggy Pop, shirtless, is driving and grinning frantically. Jack Kerouac is riding shotgun, high on an unknown substance, filling sheets of paper with frenzied scribbling, scratching “NOTHING BEHIND ME, EVERYTHING AHEAD OF ME”. In the back, James Ballard is licking the window. Filippo Marinetti, in the middle, leans forward and shouts in a thick Italian accent: “Let’s go! Friends, away! Let’s go! WE MUST SHAKE AT THE GATES OF LIFE, TEST THE BOLTS AND HINGES, LET’S GO!” Wim Wenders is gazing out of the window, solemnly thinking “THE YANKS HAVE COLONIZED OUR SUBCONSCIOUS”.

A line of trucks approach and roar past, Iggy hoots and shouts. Suddenly he swerves and pulls the car over on the side of the road, where two men are sitting on the roadside, wearing similar black-rimmed glasses and checkered shirts. Iggy sticks his head out of the window, beckons them to come over. They introduce themselves as the Strugatsky brothers and ask in broken English for a ride. They scramble on the back seat, and as the car accelerates, they share their sandwiches with the company. One brother says “PUT IN YOUR TEETH”, the other whispers “LET’S GO”.

Kerouac turns up the radio to Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ and hums along as the car travels on.

Sirens howl. The oncoming road is jammed, a motorbike gang stands nearby, one of them has collided with several cars. Squeezed on top of Marinetti’s lap, Ballard excitedly opens the window, leans out and twists his neck to get a better view, screaming “QUICK, LET’S MAKE LOVE, BEFORE YOU DIE!” Iggy snarls at him, speeds up and says “Let’s get a drink boys. In a couple of miles we’ll hit the Finish Line Diner, let’s grab some of them drinks, they say they give you brain freeze!”

#1 Jack Kerouac, On the Road, 1957
#2 Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism, 1909 (trans. 1973)
#3 Wim Wenders, Im Lauf der Zeit, 1976
#4 Arkady Strugatsky, Boris Strugatsky, Roadside Picnic, 1971
#5 The Normal, Warm Leatherette, 1978

Participating artists
Domenique Himmelsbach de Vries | Daniël Hofstede
Sil Krol | Momu & No Es | Eric von Robertson
Benjamin Roth | Fraser Stewart | Koen Taselaar
Andreas Tscholl | Robbert Weide 

Opening hours
The exhibition “/|\” is open daily from 16 July till 14 August between 12:00 - 18:00

Entrance: Pay-what-you-will
When leaving “/|\” W139 invites you to decide for yourself how much you would like to pay.

W139 Shop
The shop is open during “/|\” between 12:00 - 18:00
Also visit the online shop for editions, books, t-shirts, posters and more!

For more information about “/|\” and W139: http://w139.nl/en/