Kunstraum exhibitions

I Like My Job Five

SOMA (Plus TRBE Recordings)
21 - 27 September, 2020

Binnie Sisters: The Muddy Clearing
Reopening July 3 - August 1

Julie Béna: The Jester & Death
January 10 - February 15

Dangerous Bodies: Barbara Kapusta
12 October - 16 November
(PV 11 October 6:30 – 9pm)

To Ailsa Rock
Beatrice Loft Schulz and Lindsay McMillan
14 June – 28 July

Something soft: Julie Béna, Susie Green, Deniz Ünal & Zoe Williams
13 April – 25 May (PV 12 April, 6.30–9pm)

Nils Alix-Tabeling
Le Bétyle d’Ail
19 January – 22 February 2019

Anna Hulačová
Graceful ride
29 Sept – 24 Nov 2018

Shelly Nadashi
The Avocado Vampire
26 April – 9 June 2018

Mary Hurrell
2 (Aerial)
9 March – 14 April 2018

Von Calhau!
12 January - 10 February 2018

Merike Estna
fragments from the shattered toe
29 September – 25 November 2017

Jennifer Tee
Structures of Recollection and Perseverance
1 July – 9 September 2017

Sophie Jung
Producing My Credentials
14 April – 27 May 2017

Olivier Castel
Communicating vessels
25 November 2016 - 11 February 2017

9 September – 5 November 2016

Jumana Emil Abboud
Haunted Springs and Water Demons in Palestine
14 May – 30 July 2016

Dorine van Meel
Disobedient Children
23 October – 19 December 2015

New Pabulum
Aline Bouvy and Simon Davenport
6 September - 10 October 2015

Alex Cecchetti
The printing house of hell
27 June - 22 August 2015

Barbara Visser
Manual/2: The Patient Artist
25 April – 13 June 2015

Unlearning to speak
Tyler Coburn, Luca Frei, Joachim Koester, Jacopo Miliani
28 February - 11 April 2015

Nicoline van Harskamp
25 October - 13 December 2014

Zin Taylor
The Tangental Zigzag
14 June – 26 July 2014

Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon
Curated by Thomas Cuckle and Mette Kjærgaard Præst
26 April – 31 May 2014

Flirting, playing, eating, drinking, talking, laughing
with Søren Aagaard, Magnus Clausen, Robert Kjær Clausen, Simon Foxall, Steffen Jørgensen, Peter Larsen, Jørgen Michaelsen, Allan Nicolaisen, Carl Palm, Fredrik Paulsen, Anna Margrethe Pedersen, Merete Vyff Slyngborg and Ditte Boen Soria
Curated by Mette Kjærgaard Præst and Mette Woller
22 February – 5 April 2014

An Opal World
Rossella Biscotti, Priscila Fernandes, Jan Peter Hammer, Alberto De Michele
25 October — 30 November 2013

Late Nights & Early Mornings
Willem Besselink, Jacob Dahlgren, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Relief Journal
21 June — 29 September 2013

Miles Thurlow
Variable Foot
20 April — 1 June 2013

Peter Wächtler
Celtic Dawn
22 February — 6 April 2013

Definitional Disruptions
with Nel Aerts, Filip Gilissen and Hedwig Houben
1 December 2012 — 2 February 2013

Jason Coburn
x ways to improve your y
28 September — 17 November 2012

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Peter Wächtler
Celtic Dawn
22 February — 6 April 2013

For his exhibition at Kunstraum, Peter Wächtler presents Tim and Racky (2011). Set in the fraternity house of Rotterdam’s oldest and largest student association, R.S.V. Sanctus Laurentius, the films characters have been cast from its membership of Dutch students. Within this house different spaces and sites serve as the regular haunts of the young adult subjects; a bar, a café for having lunch and the living room of Tim’s parents.

The acting on display is wooden and awkward (a partial result of not being trained actors) and further exaggerated through the challenge of delivering the script in a language other than their own. Unnatural pauses, mistimed lines, and lacklustre intonation are at odds with the expressive narrative, profound philosophical statements and outbursts of emotional temperament, rendering the cast as vessels from which the words pour: “I’ll let this pain in as deep as possible…this black tar will saturate my guts for ever and ever”

Across the film’s three acts, its eponymous protagonists lament their two and a half year relationship with the assistance of the ‘shit monkey from hell’ as a deus ex machina, ‘The Wrong Woman’, ‘Old Socialist Friend’s From The Past’, Bob, the ‘oracle’ and harbourer of deep feelings for Racky and Tim’s psychopathic father, who each impart their knowledge and wisdom against an occasional soundtrack of Coldplay, stock sound effects, Billy Joel and a 19th century sea shanty.

Wächtler’s films, texts and readings consistently offer elaborate constructions that offer us a well deserved detour from the banality of everyday existence into the fantastical filmic and literary genres of thrillers, B-movie horror, tragicomedy and dark romantic drama. For Wächtler, it would seem, his use of English as a native German speaker is approached as a vehicle to be manipulated.

Curated by Gemma Lloyd

tim and racky, 2011, 59:38 mins will be screened on the hour during exhibition opening times.
Sunday 3 March at 4pm: Peter Wächtler narrates a text with accompanying drawings at Cubitt Gallery.

about the artist:
Peter Wächtler was born in Hannover in 1979 and now lives and works in Brussels. Recent solo exhibitions include B.A.C.K., Ludlow 38, New York (2013); Studium Maximum, Reisebürogalerie Diko-Reisen, Cologne (2012); Das Kino im Alten Mühlenviertel, Lars Friedrich, Berlin (2012); The Set, Etablissement d’en Face, Brussels (2011); New Album, SIC, Brussels (2010); Sustainability, Elisa Platteau Gallery, Brussels (2009) and Songbook, kunstraum muenchen, Munich (2009). Selected group exhibitions include Un Scene II, Wiels Centre d‘art contemporain, Brussels (2012); Melanchotopia, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; Beginning Good. All Good, Basso, Berlin and Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria; and Acts of Refusal, Arthouse Tartu, Estonia (all 2011).
He is co-founder of the exhibition space Sotoso in Brussels: www.sotoso.org


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