Cmd P for 2079, a futuristic journey through the world of print
Exhibition at the Allard Pierson from 3 November 2019 until 19 January 2020
Artists: Åbäke (UK), Karin Ferrari (AT / IT), Emre Hüner (TR / NL), ooooo (*)
What will printed artwork look like in 2079? Will it still exist or will the digital world have permanently repressed tactile media? For the exhibition Cmd P for 2079, AGA LAB and curator Sofie Dederen selected four international artists who are researching print and speculating on the future of the medium during the artist-in-residence program. Who will determine what and how we transfer, and how does the volatility of digital media affect future generations and their power structures?
Through interaction with the curators and the collection of the Allard Pierson, the artists-in-residence investigate the above questions. In this way, the exhibition creates new connections between the future, present and past.
(The title Cmd P for 2079 refers to the shortcut on the Mac computer for printing documents). During the exhibition, a tour is given and an expedition to AGA LAB with print demonstrations and workshops. Keep an eye out for our newsletter and agenda!
Sixty years of experimenting with graphic techniques
The reason for the research is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of AGA LAB. As a collective creation and research place, AGA LAB gives artists, designers and photographers the space to focus on material, image and technology. In 1958, AGA LAB was set up for artists as “Amsterdams Grafisch Atelier (AGA)”. The facilities that the workplace offers now give room to experiment with graphic techniques such as screen printing, etching, lithography and digital techniques. A special focus within AGA LAB is on its Artist in Residence program in which around 46 international artists are encouraged to explore the limits of the medium based on their artistic motives. Cmd P for 2078 therefore not only stands for the exhibition at the Allard Pierson but certainly also for the intensive research, experiments and production residency of the artists in AGA LAB.
The curator is Sofie Dederen, Director of the Frans Masereel Centrum until spring of 2019, now a freelance curator from Antwerp.
The new and improved Allard Pierson
Cmd P for 2079 will take place in the partly transformed Allard Pierson, a merger of the Allard Pierson Museum and the Special Collections of the University of Amsterdam. With the amalgamation of collections and modifications to the building, the museum aims to open the striking historic building on Rokin to the public. The renewed program, such as ”Allard Pierson Live” and the artistic research for Cmd P for 2079, help shape this process. In 2020 the exhibition will be shown in Frans Masereel Center, the Flemish colleague institution of AGA LAB.
The exhibition is the closing of the residency period. The outcome of the project can be seen in the Allard Pierson from November 3 to January 19. The exhibition will be continued in the spring of 2020 in the Frans Masereel Center, the new exhibition space of the Flemish colleague institution of AGA LAB.
Cmd P for 2079 is a co-production of AGA LAB and Frans Masereel Centrum (Belgium), in close collaboration with the Allard Pierson.
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Financial support from the Mondriaan Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie NL, Pictoright Fonds and Prince Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Thanks to: Platform 0090 Vlaanderen and Kessels Kramer.