The questions in Raising Doubts are based on earlier research by artist Jasmin Moeller (The Reality of Theory) and are inspired by the essay The myth of artisthood by art historian Camiel van Winkel. In this work, van Winkel distinguishes three types of artists: Romantic, Modernistic and Beaux-Art. Answering the questions does not only serve to start a conversation, but also show what kind of artist you would have been. Do you identify more with Van Gogh, Marine Abramović or Miss Van?
Raising Doubts asks thirty questions during a walking tour through Dijkspark. Large flower pots have been set up in a grid and show the questions on their sides. As a visitor, you are supplied a punch card containing flower seeds. You answer by pushing the appropriate answer seed from the card into the flower pot, sowing your answer in the ground.
Over the coming months, Jasmin Moeller and Masha Ru will also be working to develop an online platform for Raising Doubts. More information will follow.
At the moment, Dijksgracht’s head is under much development. Local residents, together with Klimmuur Centraal, Hannekes Boom, Barco Restaurant, the Shaffy Tuin and Mediamatic are working to keep Dijkspark bee-friendly, biodiverse and (mostly) free from cars. The Raising Doubts project is one of many initiatives to contribute to this goal. In our selection of flower seeds, a beekeeper was consulted.
Dijksgracht Freedom Meal
Raising Doubts opens Tuesday May 5th, Liberation Day, when we celebrate freedom. Concurrently, Dijksgracht will host Streetdiners, as a part of the May 4th and 5th Freedom Meals. More information on the program, the participants and the meals can be found here.
Raising Doubts is made possible, in part, by: Gemeente Amsterdam, Het Mondriaan Fonds, Creatieve Industrie, Tuin Joop, Cruydthoek, De Godin, Bolderik, Silene, 123 Zaden, Velt, Zaadhof, Stichting Stokroos, De Nieuwe Tuin and Seed Care.
Opening Raising Doubts
Tuesday May 5th, 16:00 - 19:00
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam