By bringing together artworks and practices that point to overlapping trajectories within the contemporary urban landscape, this year Matrix City exhibition âOpportunities of Entanglementâ speaks about ambivalences between entanglement (or even enslavement) and the next playful âliberation of mankindâ. The exhibition touches upon the shelf life or expiration date of contemporary concepts of the city; something hard to comprehend in the current boom of urban and metropolitan territories, but with a long and recurrent base in history. Â For this occasion Matrix City appropriates part of Hoog Catharijne, Utrecht’s 1970s avant-garde shopping center, which is today regarded outdated and finds itself on the verge of a major reconstruction. This site in an eerie way reminds of parts of Constant Nieuwenhuysâ New Babylon, a superstructure meant to liberate humans of physical work – just in Hoog Catharijne one was to find satisfaction in shopping, not in play.
Matrix City presents SMAQ’s Charta of Dubai and the X-Palm.
Participating artists: SMAQ (Sabine MÃ¼ller, Andreas Quednau), Francesco Jodice, Kayle Brandon in collaboration with Heath Bunting, Persuasive Games, Bureau dâEtudes, Derivart, Pond Media and Design with Wildlife Conservation Society, Victor Borisov, Vladimir TodoroviÄ and Justin Tan, Molleindustria, Damon Rich, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Daniel Castro and Robert Atkinson), Dubravka SekuliÄ, moddr_ (Danja Vasiliev, Gordan SaviÄiÄ, Walter Langelaar)
Curatorial team: Ana DÅ¾okiÄ, Marc Neelen and Kristian LukiÄ in collaboration with Arjon Dunnewind, Impakt Foundation.
Opening: Wednesday 13 October 2010, 17:00-18:45
Exhibition: Thursday 14 until Sunday 17 October 2010, 11:00-18.00 (ThursdayÂ until 21.00)
Utrecht, The Netherlands
Charta of Dubai / X-Palm
For more information please visit: Impakt Festival