Art Auction Contemporary

Art auction was a series of exhibitions that took over two years of time. Berk Duygun curated 3 radical art auctions at the culturally unique locations: Royal Academy of Arts – The Hague, De Besturing – The Hague, and De Studio – Antwerp.

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“By organising art auctions we aim to create a deviant economy that is controlled by the participant artists’ and audience’s initiative. This initiative connects the participants to a more direct form of creativity embedded in micro scale economic values. Therefore it creatively connects these different frameworks behind the field of collecting and selling contemporary art, aims to form a foundation towards an equal level of autonomy and (financial) independence for all groups concerned. To create the most fair and sustainable ground, the initiative aims to develop and grow to the extent of every participant’s expectations, dreams and hopefully accomplishes even beyond.”

The project aims to confront and overcome the issues that many artists and groups involved in art struggle with in contemporary dimensions. In the end the project’s goal is to find and define an equal level of practice and gain, which is beautifully demonstrated throughout the first two auction events, in which all participants could communicate, bargain, and laugh (and drink) together deriving from that very state of leveled out equality that they are situated in.  With such a chaotic and miss-behave friendly environment, the project hopes to motivate and give that drive to others to take initiatives themselves, so that their contributions to the art and event world can grow to bigger extents and levels than just participating: to create, organize and distribute themselves is to take a prominent position and becoming part of those dimensions of art.  

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With the nocturnal carousel Night Shift, Gouvernement seizes the impressive De Studio-building for a peculiar artistic night out, unleashing all kinds of artistic creators in every corner, cellar and hallway. Night Shift combines artists from different backgrounds and disciplines by offering them an artistic wild card as well as an eclectic, public platform which is part of an established art organisation. Within such an informal playground they are free to present projects ranging from finished and cross-over projects to thrilling experiments and try-outs, while evoking new relations with the public. In a 12-hour long swirling program, the actions succeed each other swiftly, allow for new interpretations and meanings, ultimately adding a multiple layers. From dazzling and subtle performances, through in situ activated, peculiar interventions and installations to other less categorizable events: the night shift is irreversible!

Berk Duygun: Shifting at 25 km/art hour Visual artist Berk Duygen introduces you to the current Zeitgeist of The Hague by curating a temporary micro-initiative represented by six distinctive artists (Yair Callender, Afra Eismaa, Christian Thomsen, Sam Andrea and Trijntje Noske). Experience art* on the move at 25 km per hour and jump on the hand-crafted Limozine to enjoy a wild, artistic tour in and around De Studio (16:00-22:30). Cherry on the cake is the Art Auction (23:00-23:30), which in the end designs its own deviant economic system, controlled by the input of the participating artists and the audience. Afterwards, the Limozine joins us on stage. Perfect timing for plenty of selfies! *Your art may vary.

Curated by Gouvernement

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