Do It With Us

Group exhibition and event programme at the former Mirta Demare Gallery, Rotterdam (NL), 26 May – 24 June 2016. With Aloardi, Filmwerkplaats and misprint-it. Download the exhibition catalogue.

The exhibition included the artist talk and participatory event ‘Everyone a Double-Sided Sheet (a collective action book)’ by misprint-it, as well as three workshops: ‘Graffiti Text – film’ by Filmwerkplaats, ‘artist’s books’ by misprint-it and ‘Circuit Bending with Greeting Cards’ by Aloardi. The finissage on 24 June started with a book presentation by misprint-it at Drukkerij de Boog, Rotterdam, followed by a performance in the form or a street parade by Aloardi, and ending with the exhibition view of the film projections by Filmwerkplaats.

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Exhibition Do It With Us presents a programme with three artist-initiatives that share their creative processes in a group or a collective. Aloardi, Filmwerkplaats and misprint-it are examples of platforms that exchange knowledge and ideas by creating alternative learning situations or environments. Through their practices, they contribute to a vital cultural field of artistic experiments and actions such as film, publications, sounds, and workshops.

Inspired by the vitality of encounters and interactions, Aloardi, Filmwerkplaats and misprint-it develop their own tools and methods, contributing to a repertoire of artistic forms brought back into the cultural field. Their performative projects, for instance, often deal with (mis)used analogue and digital technologies. An example of this is reusing trash, hacking the functionality of devices, generating feedback or intervening on found footage.

Looking at the world through an attitude that confronts daily life reality, more than the arts, and using error and failure as a starting point, they play with the status quo that is inspired by their collective spirit. The members and partners of Aloardi, Filmwerkplaats and misprint-it deal with a sense of community in a society that has all the inspiration needed to vitalize that what is already there.

The group exhibition Do It With Us was hosted by the former Mirta Demare Art Gallery, Rotterdam (NL), 2016. The exhibition was curated by Janneke van der Putten as part of the Aloardi Exchange Programme 2016. Three artist initiatives presented their work: Aloardi (Gabriel Castillo Agüero, Chrs Galarreta, Janneke van der Putten), Filmwerkplaats (Nan Wang, Yoana Buzova, Judith van der Made, Juul van der Laan, Bart Koppe, Coen Janssen, Patrícia Chaves) and misprint-it (Patrícia Pinheiro de Sousa). Supported by Gemeente Rotterdam and CBK Rotterdam (Centre for Visual Arts Rotterdam). The Mondriaan Fund supported the project by Filmwerkplaats.

Poster design by Gabriel Castillo Agüero and Gisella Lopez Ginocchio.
Photo by Mihail Bakalov.