— Delphine Bedel


26 September- 26 October 2008
Breda Photo 2008 / Lokaal 01, Breda

The Experience of Atopia.
Exhibition and Film Programme curated by
Delphine Bedel
Kamal Ajafari, Delphine Bedel, Renata Poljak, Ilya Rabinovich, Rossella Biscotti

With a very singular and strong photographic or cinematographic language, the works presented in the exhibition and the films selected for the screening, investigate the urban or political transformation -that occurred in the diverse contexts addressed by the artists- and draws unexpected and complex relations between personal memory, history and experience. Personal narratives reflect upon historical and political changes, which often find a translation into specific architectures, places and images. Buildings, industrial sites, holiday location or family houses become the central character of the works presented. The ‘return to place’, the recall of familiar locations and images or films becomes a subtle movement between architectures of memory and placelessness. Atopia, as defined by Roland Barthes, is a singular place that resists taxonomy, stereotypes and territorialisation. It is a place in movement. The exhibition offers a reflection upon the transitory structures of cultural representation and the experience of atopia.
A publication, edited by D. Bedel will be available in the exhibition.

Film Screening Saturday 27 September, 20.00
Jérôme Schlomoff, Mounir Fatmi, Ayako Yoshimura

These films present unexpected perspectives on the inescapable process of urban transformation, from the city of Amsterdam to the French suburbs or the megalopolis. Often made out of still images, and constructed on visual and poetic narratives, these films reflect upon urban palimpsests and globalization. Schlomoff and Yoshimura will introduce their film.

Breda Photo 2008 / Lokaal 01, Breda
Kloosterlaan 138, NL-4811 EE BREDA. +31 (0)76 514 19 28
Opening: Friday 26 September, 20.00 Thur-Sun, 13.00-17.00

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Press: Fraction magazine, nr. 3

The Top 15 Photo Books of 2008!

selected by Melanie McWhorter (Photo-Eye magazine)

All that is solid melts into air – Notes on Tourism by Delphine Bedel
Authors: Delphine Bedel, Francesco Barnardelli, Rachel Esner, Bruno Latour, Marco Pasi, Olivier Rolin and Thibaut de Ruyter
Design by Esther Krop.
episode publishers, Rotterdam 2008

All that is solid melts into air, Notes on Tourism is a reflection on the work of artist and writer Delphine Bedel. From amusement parks and monuments, to camping and beach resorts, her photographs and writings document sites of tourism in diverse contexts. She brings into question the visual representation of leisure, architecture, and cultural artefacts.

This book explores three complex and controversial tourist destinations
and cultural heritages whose identity, use, and meaning have shifted radically over time: a giant Lenin statue buried in a forest of Berlin, the monumental Nazi holiday resort in Prora, and the nearby landscape of the Chalk Cliffs on Rügen as painted by Caspar David Friedrich, all located in Germany. As one of today’s largest world industries, tourism and leisure influence our way of life and reflect
upon shifting cultural, economic, social, and historical realities. The process of constructing meaning and interpretation through images takes center stage in the experience of tourism.

What is the relationship between architecture and identity? Who owns the past? What is the Romantic imagination of nature in relation to tourism today? Using her photographic research as a starting point, Delphine Bedel invited writers from diverse disciplines to contribute to the book, resulting in original and unexpected historical and critical perspectives on the relations between visual culture, tourism, and memory politics.

Language: English
Size: 24 x 17 cm, 64 pages, paperback
ISBN: 978-90-5973-072-4

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Exhibition 20 July – 7 September 2008
Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam

Curated by Delphine Bedel and Ayako Yoshimura,
in collaboration with Jelle Bouwhuis

Bik Van der Pol, Patricia Esquivias, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Mustafa Hulusi, Arnout Killian, Matthieu Laurette, Sascha Pohle, Lisl Ponger, Erkan Özgen & Sener Özmen

“The […] ambivalence of tourism, which also applies to our world in general, is reality and its copy at a time when copies are increasingly more realistic and reality is increasingly penetrated by the illusion of fiction” (Marc Augé)

In the exhibition Beyond Paradise tourist image production and narratives, as we know them from travel brochures, postcards, advertisements, films and so on, are appropriated in the works presented. They reflect on the construction of expectations, experiences and the social imaginary of places evoked by the ubiquitous and pervasive culture of tourism we are living in nowadays.

The starting point of this exhibition also stems from the paradox that tourism still involves romantic, if not paradisiacal imagery, whereas the tourist experience is actually shattered by all kinds of forces that haunt our daily lives: commercialism, gentrification, the complex entanglement of migration and tourist destinations, war, and fear of terrorism. But it is also significant for the strength of our tourism-minded culture that even such threatening notions and experiences can be integrated in a package tour.

Beyond Paradise
investigates modes of representation and visibility, starting from the mass production of images ? a scheme central to the leisure industry ? and the idealized imagery of places, and moves away from the familiar Tourist Gaze to construct unexpected fictional or personal narratives. The promises of these idealistic and seductive images are appropriated and eventually shifted in the works presented in the exhibition, to reveal other realities, and take us beyond paradise in order to question one of the greatest fictions of our times: that of tourism.

Film programme
In the framework of ‘Beyond Paradise’ a film programme will be presented in Maison Descartes in Amsterdam on Thursday, September 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. The programme, compiled by Delphine Bedel and Ayako Yoshimura, aims to present broader perspectives on some aspects of tourism activities and fictional representation, in various geographical and political contexts. The programme features work by: Kamal Aljafari, Olivo Barbieri, Bik Van der Pol, Mounir Fatmi, Kwang-Ju Son and Quirine Racké & Helena Muskens. The complete programme will be announced on the SMBA website and by Maison Descartes.

The exhibition is accompanied by the free SMBA Newsletter nr. 105 (EN/NL) with an introduction by the curators and a work by Matthieu Laurette .

Rozenstraat 59, Amsterdam
Opening: Saturday 19 July, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Supported by the Institut Français des Pays-Bas and in partnership with Maison Descartes

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Book Launch Thursday May 15 at 8 p.m.

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam is pleased to invite you to the launch of the publication All that is solid melts into air – Notes on Tourism by visual artist and independent curator Delphine Bedel. Within the framework of this book presentation British sociologist John Urry will give a lecture, followed by a short introduction to the publication and a round table discussion with some of the contributing authors.

Notes on Tourism is an ongoing artistic project that aims to produce a discursive platform through lectures and writings, to bring into question the visual representation of leisure, architecture, and cultural artefacts. As one of the largest world industries today, tourism influences our way of life and reflects upon changing economic and social realities. All that is solid melts into air explores controversial tourist destinations and cultural heritages. One of those is the Nazi holiday resort of Prora on the Baltic island of Rügen. Its identity, use and meaning have shifted radically over time, which was subject of a photographic project by Bedel. Using her photographic research as a starting point, writers from diverse disciplines were invited to contribute to the book, resulting in unexpected historical and critical perspectives on the relation between visual culture, leisure, and memory politics. The book is published by episode publishers in Rotterdam.

After a short introduction by Jelle Bouwhuis, curator of the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, British sociologist John Urry will give a lecture on ‘The Tourist Gaze’, a topic he researched for his book of the same name which was published in 1990 and republished in 2002. After that, Rachel Esner, one of the contributing authors of All that is solid… will briefly introduce the publication, followed by a round table discussion with Urry, Bedel, Esner, Francesco Bernardelli and Marco Pasi.

John Urry is a British sociologist and Professor at Lancaster University. He is noted for his work in the fields of the sociology of tourism and mobility. Among his many publications are The Tourist Gaze (1990, 2002), Consuming Places (1995), Touring Cultures (1997), Tourism Mobilities (2004), and Performing Tourist Places (2004). Other fields of research include regionalism, economic and social change and complexity theory.

The publication will be available at the book launch through Shashin, an Amsterdam based bookstore for contemporary art, photography, design and fashion.

All that is solid melts into air – Notes on Tourism
Editor: Delphine Bedel
With contributions by: Francesco Barnardelli, Rachel Esner, Bruno Latour, Marco Pasi, Olivier Rolin and Thibaut de Ruyter
Design: Esther Krop
Language: English
Size: 24 x 17 cm, 64 pages, paperback
Price: € 17.50
ISBN: 978-90-5973-072-4
Published by: episode publishers, Rotterdam 2008

Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam
Language: English
Free admission

The publication is available online at Shashin.nl

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Sunday 16 March, 4pm-8pm

Michael Landy, Delphine Bedel, Constant Dullaart, Doro Franck, Lars Kwakkenbos, Mustafa Stitou and surprise guests…

Films by Joan Jonas, Michael Landy, D.A. Pennebaker / Yves Tinguely

Hosts: Ann Demeester & Mark Kremer

During the course of an afternoon and an early evening various guests will discuss the theme ‘neo-retro-Romanticism’ in the context of the exhibition “To Burn Oneself with Oneself: the Romantic Damage Show” (Feb 23 – April 6) in de Appel. A company of makers and thinkers will discuss Romanticism, in a series of consecutive presentations. Statements, short lectures and film screenings will combine in focusing on the exhibition in de Appel and casting links to the outside world.

Currently Romanticism is a topical theme. This is shown, for example, by three other recent exhibitions about Romantic tendencies and thematics in contemporary art. The exhibitions “Wunschwelten. Neue Romantik in der Kunst der Gegenwart (Frankfurt 2007), “Romantic Conceptualism”(Nuremberg and Vienna 2007), and “RAW Amongst the Ruins” (Maastricht 2007) made clear that Romanticism forms a strong undercurrent in the generic development of contemporary art. An undercurrent that even makes itself felt within the reputedly strict confines of conceptual art that is based, after all, on irrefutable logic.

But how does Romanticism relate to contemporary Romantic feelings? How do today’s artists experience and express a Romantic stance? These are just some of the questions that form the starting point for the development of the exhibition in de Appel. In order to answer these questions it seems necessary to refresh our memory about Romanticism as a historical epoch. At the time there was no hint of the shallow sentimentality now popularly associated with the notion of ‘Romance’. The explosive character of Romanticism, the period directly after the Enlightenment in which the individual led by personal feelings once again determines his position in the world, has been covered by Isaiah Berlin in “The Roots of Romanticism” (1965/1999). Berlin, among other things, shows convincingly that during the period of Romanticism, a new paradigm evolves whereby consensus on the basis of rationality is replaced by divergence – and its acceptance on the basis of emotion. However the discovery and acceptance of an individual world of emotion for poets, thinkers and artists, had a strong critical and reflective component. The realm of emotion fascinated people: a zone in which man, no longer bound by ratio, might experience freedom. Nonetheless they also acutely realized that in this world man ventured along the edge of his own abyss…

De Appel, Amsterdam
Nieuwe Spiegelstraat 10
NL-1017 DE Amsterdam
+31 20 6255651

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4 Nov 2007 14.30, Architecturecafé
RAP Architectuurcentrum, Leiden

Tussenruimte?Paul Gerretsen en Philippe Terrier-Hermann
Op zondag 4 november 2007 wordt om 14.30 uur een Architectuurcafé georganiseerd rond het thema van de lopende tentoonstelling ‘Tussenruimte?’. Ateliermeester Paul Gerretsen geeft een toelichting op de tentoonstelling en fotograaf Philippe Terrier-Hermann organiseert een debat naar aanleiding van zijn boek ’93 Hollandse Pracht’.

Deelnemers aan het gesprek zijn:
Wilfried Lentz, directeur SKOR
Rebecca Sakoun, beeldend kunstenaar
Delphine Bedel, beeldend kunstenaar
Paul Gerretsen, Atelier Zuidvleugel

Steden uit het zuidelijk gedeelte van de Randstad zijn gedurende de afgelopen eeuwen steeds meer naar elkaar toe gegroeid, waardoor het begrip Randstad steeds meer een realiteit lijkt te worden, of toch niet?

Deze vraag is onderwerp van de tentoonstelling ‘Tussenruimte?‘ die het RAP in nauwe samenwerking met het Bureau Zuidvleugel heeft georganiseerd. Herinrichting van de Zuidvleugel, het zuidelijk deel van de Randstad, was onderwerp van onderzoek voor het bureau. Dit onderzoek is per 1 november aanstaande voltooid. Paul Gerretsen, ateliermeester van Atelier Zuidvleugel, doet verslag.

In datzelfde kader kregen kunstenaars opdracht om geïnspireerd door het Hollandse landschap een tentoonstelling in te richten in het Scheltemacomplex. Een van de kunstenaars, de franse fotograaf Philippe Terrier-Hermann zal zondagmiddag te gast zijn. Hij interviewde gebruikers van de Zuidvleugel en fotografeerde hun favoriete plek. In zijn boek 93 Hollandse Pracht doet hij hiervan verslag. Enkelen van de geïnterviewden zullen aanwezig zijn en deelnemen aan een rondetafelgesprek met de fotograaf en de ateliermeester over het Hollandse landschap en de verschillende visies die hierover bestaan.

RAP Architectuurcentrum
Nieuwstraat 33, NL-2312 KA Leiden. T +31 71 5137525
RAP Architectuurcentrum

Hollandse Pracht

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Official launch and symposium, October 6th, 2007, 14:00-18:00

Guest speakers: Jan Verwoert, Frans-Willem Korsten, Marina Grzinic.
Moderators: Katarina Zdjelar & Renée Ridgway

Another Publication is a book project around the manifold perspectives on otherness. Twelve writers were invited to contribute a text on this subject, each writing a preface to a possible book around the ‘other.’ Together, these prefaces trace different identifications and applications of the term, such as collaboration, love, aesthetics, institutional critique and globalisation. In addition, 82 artists were invited to submit a cover for this book and they, in turn, invited another to contribute an image for a cover. Each compilation of texts is framed by one single cover image, each in an edition of seven.

Editors: Katarina Zdjelar and Renée Ridgway. With text contributions by: Mieke Bal, Dieter Lesage, Bojana Kunst, Steve Rushton, Hito Steyerl, Nato Thompson, Thomas Michelon, Frans-Willem Korsten, Jelena Vesic, Boris Buden, Jan Verwoert, Rosi Braidotti. Graphic designer: Sander Boon.In cooperation with Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and Revolver Books.

Once again, many thanks to the writers and all of the 164 image contributors for their images! Oliver Ressler, Mieke Bal, Christoph Keller, Peter Piller, Erzen Shkololli, LIGNA, Marina Grzinic and Aina Smid, Zoran Todorović, David Maljković, Chris Sullivan, Paul Khera, Christina Erman Widerberg, Karl Persson, Raqs Media Collective, Inder Salim, Ivan Grubanov, Predrag Pajdić, Siniša Ilić, Bojan Djordjev, Ivan Moudov, Michael Hofstetter, Carey Young, Ine Lamers, Robert Suermondt, Bert Sissingh, Nalini Malani, Nourit Masson-Sékiné, Diego Ferrari, Mr. Chankyong Park, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Diego Bruno, Craig Coulthard, Philip Provily, Chad McCail, Biljana Djurdjević, Jos van der Pol, Maurice Bogaert, Melvin Moti, David Maroto, Antoine Prum, Holger Nickisch, Liesbeth Bik, Stefan Saffer, Monali Meher, Renzo Martens, Banu Cennetoglu, David Kellner& Ivan Jurica, Frank J.M.A. Castelyns, Roland van den Berghe, Kara Hamilton, Johan Waerndt, Sanjeev Sinha, Hans Bernhard, Nancy Bleck, Odili Donald Odita, Tere Recarens, Durga Kainthola, Servullo Mendez Rey, Hinrich Sachs, Olaf Probst, Tamuna Chabashvili, Betsy Green, Anneke A. de Boer, Sandra Semchuk and James Nicholas, Christiaan Bastiaans, Carlos Aires, Joseph Semah, Duba Sambolec, Delphine Bedel, Caecilia Tripp, Natasja Straat, Melanie Carvalho, Alireza Rasoulinezhad, Ni Haifeng, Caterina Pecchioli, Matthijs de Bruine, Margret Wibmer, Peggy Buth, IRWIN, Group OHO (1966 – 1971), Katrin Plavcak, Marieken Verheyen, Eduardo Molinari / Archivo Caminante, Simon Ferdinando, Susan Kendzulak, Abrie Fourie, Shaheen Merali, Basekamp, Thomas Buxó, Mark Zirpel, Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe Jaio, Tina Aufiero, Mounir Fatmi, Sylvia de Swaan, Kenneth R. Vick, Masist Gül, Hung-Chih Peng, Els Vanden Meersch, Sonia Balassanian, Anita Di Bianco, Libia Castro & Ólafur Ólafsson, Maria Dumlao, Tiong Ang, Stefan Bohenberger, Charlie Citron, Ella Klaschka, Cecilia Mandrile, Sandra Stephens, Stephanie Benzaquen, Judi Werthein, Remy Jungerman, Arthur Neve, Mary Ellen Carroll, Sharmila Samant, Raul Marroquin, Risk Hazekamp, Tushar Joag, Dawn Woolley, Radcliffe Bailey, Marietheres Finkeldei, Berend Strik, Desiree Palmen, Albert Weis, Thomas Lenden, Mark Brogan, Franco Angeloni, Karolina Freino, Marisa Jahn & Steve Shada, Shunji Hori, Serkan Ozkaya, Stani Michiels, Lisa Holden, Ayreen Anastas, Luisa Kasalicky, Rene Gabri, Astrit Schmidt-Burkhardt, Rob Birza, Guerilla Girls, Mohamed Abdulla, Rachel Wilberforce, Steve Lambert, Isabel Cordeiro, Sal Randolph, Kathe Izzo, Orgacom, Bert de Muynck, Naomi Tereza Salmon, Lucia Zegada, Atone Niane, Manon de Boer, Paul Carter&Paul Gray, Rodrìguez foundation, Birgit Knoechl, Mark Booth, Fendry Ekel, Joachim Stein, Nasrin Tabatabai, Miloš Lolić, Naro Snackey, Josiah McElheny, Adi Hollander, Eitan Ben Moshe, Ana Dzokic, Corinne Gambi

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Casco Projects, Utrecht
Nieuwekade 213-215
NL-3511 RW Utrecht
T/F: +31 (0)30 231 9995

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