Erik Kessels – Archive Land (sign.)
15 x 12.4 cm , 790 g.
Erik Kessels – Archive Land (sign.)
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With the exhibition Archive Land the Dutch artist Erik Kessels opens the hitherto unpublicized template collection of the MAKK.

A kind of encyclopaedic image archive, it once served as a guide to artistic designs for the Fine and Applied Arts. Kessels will use the (photo)graphic plates, which recall oversized playing cards, to build ruins for a walk-through room installation and create a temporary “dig site”. A sound installation by the British artist Robin Rimbaud alias ‘Scanner’ translates the archive into sound.

The installation resembles an archetypal dilapidated historical building. Just like an archive, these structures are often hidden away and difficult to access – relics from bygone times. Walking through these motifs ranging from the Middle Ages to the 19th century and letting the mind wander encourages visitors to perceive these usually hidden visual worlds in a new way.

Erik Kessels (born 1966 in Roermond, Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam. He is creative director and head of the KesselsKramer advertising agency in Amsterdam, which he founded together with Johan Kramer in 1995 as a “legendary and unorthodox” communications agency. Since 2000, he has also published the Useful Photography magazine and has edited several books, for example Missing Links (1999), The Instant Men (2000), In almost every picture (2001-2013) and Wonder (2006). www.kesselskramer.com

The exhibition will be accompanied by playing cards and a music cassette in a collector's box (200 copies, signed by Erik Kessels and Scanner).
NoteCardboard Box with card set and music tape, signed & numbered, edition of 200
ContributorsSoundinstallation von Scanner alias Robin Rimbaud
Type of bookExhib'publication
Museum / PlaceMAKK Cologne
Article IDart-51536


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