The questions in Casting 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, Marina Abramović, or Miss Van?
Casting Doubts asks you thirty questions during a walking tour through Dijkspark. Large planters have been set up in a grid and show the questions on their sides (one side in English, and on the other, in Dutch). As a visitor, you are supplied with a punch card containing flower seeds. You answer by pushing the appropriate answer seed from the card into the planters, sowing your answer into the ground.
Would you like to learn what type of artist you would have been? After answering your 30 questions you can scan your seed card into the Casting Doubts evaluator. The top of the tower will show you your artist's colour: Green stands for modern, red for romantic, and blue for beaux-art. At the same time, a small evaluation is printed inside the entrance.
Local residents, together with Klimmuur Centraal, Hanneke's Boom, Barco Restaurant, the Shaffy Tuin and Mediamatic are working to keep Dijkspark bee-friendly, biodiverse, and (mostly) free from cars. The Casting Doubts project is one of many initiatives to contribute to this goal. In our selection of flower seeds, a beekeeper was consulted.
With a background in Psychology, Theatre Science, and the Arts, Jasmin is keen on combining elements of research, behavioural studies and the arts. The creation of artwork with various layers of rationality, absurdity, imaginative power, and research elements are the main focus of her practice.
Masha Ru (1984, Russia) is an artist with a background in natural science, living and working in Amsterdam. Her projects combine Mathematics and scientific research with a personal, cultural and spiritual approach.
Casting Doubts is made possible, in part, by: Gemeente Amsterdam, Het Mondriaan Fonds, Creatieve Industrie, Stichting Stokroos, AKV St. Joost, Tuin Joop,Cruydthoek,De Godin,Bolderik,Silene,123 Zaden,Velt,Zaadhof, De Nieuwe Tuin and Seed Care.
Casting Doubts (Twijfel Zaaien)
You can access the installation for free
Purchase the seed card for €5,- at Mediamatic Eten
Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6, Amsterdam