On the occasion of its 25th anniversary, Witte de With examines its legacy, dedicating the ground-floor gallery to a series of commissioned presentations by a select group of contemporary artists and curators. Each participant makes use of Witte de With’s archive and creates an image-based work that analyzes sediments of contemporary art history, presented on a large-scale light box that is visible to the city day and night.
The first framework of the year long program Art In The Age Of… focuses on energy and raw material, and how these phenomena shape, or are narrated by, contemporary artistic practices. Since early times art objects have floated on currents of exchange; drifted with the motion and transformation of raw materials like wheat, minerals, and cotton. How does contemporary art relate to geothermal energy? To oil, gas, or even alternative sources such as the sun? Or could it even fly on rays of cosmic energy?
Building on its long history of framing and instigating debate, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art presents WdW Review, a new online platform aimed at informing our ever-expanding spheres of action in an age of constant reformations be they aesthetic, geographic, economic, communal, ecological, and even spiritual. This project seeks to foster a new collegium of knowledge partners in a purpose-built infrastructure so as to address how the world is shaped today as a consequence, or in spite of national, international, and other group ideologies.