Julian Rosefeldt (1965, DE) can be regarded as one the most important video artists on an international level. His work has been included in numerous collections and is frequently shown in renowned museums, all over the world. At Volkspaleis in the Grote Kerk and at West, Rosefeldt’s work will be displayed for the first time in the Netherlands.
The American cooperative ROLU (USA), set up by Matt Olson and Mike Brady, focuses on designing installa- tions, modern city sceneries and furniture.For Volkspaleis, ROLU will create a new object that is in response to the location: the Grote Kerk. ROLU specializes in the broadening of experiences and wants to take the visitors out of their comfort zone; using their ‘lost and found designs’, they cause a wavering between the parameters of design and art, and high and low culture.
West has asked Maartje Wortel to write new stories, especially for Volkspaleis. Wortel’s autonomous stories will be available on MP3-players during the manifestation. The visitor can make his or her own choice in how to combine the four elements: the architecture of the church, ROLU’s interior sculptures, Rosefeld’s video installation and Maartje Wortel’s stories.
The music by Santa Cruz (NL) is characterized as the sinister successor of ‘rock legend’ Orange Sunshine. Both bands appeared on the Motorwolf label and they form an integral part of Den Haag underground music scene. The band Santa Cruz will provide an ‘unplugged’ performance, in which a metal-mantra will be combined with elements of gospel and trance. A modern devotional mass and likewise performance, which forms a perfect match with Rosefeldt’s video installation Asylum. The concert will be announced on the website and on the Facebookpage of West.
Jörg Heiser (1968, DE) is co-editor of frieze magazine, co-publisher of the magazine frieze d/e, writes for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and is a frequent contributor to art catalogues and publications. Heiser introduced the neologism ‘super-hybridity’ with a themed issue of frieze magazine (No. 133, September 2010), as a term for the process of accelerating the amalgamation of sources and contexts that feed into artistic production, to an extent that they are atomized and transformed into the seed of the next idea. A new essay on this topic will be published in the context of Volkspaleis.