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‘The Gardener’s Last Song, 2x15 minutes’

November December, 2010, Juul Sadée showed her multi-media installation ‘The Gardener’s Last Song, 2x15 minutes’ with Your-space in the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. During the exhibition the installation turned into a ‘situation’ with a program of public discussion, a domestic happening, a workshop and a lecture, as well as several tea-garden performances.
Visiting speakers for this program include Joost Bolten, philosopher and lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, Ans van Berkum, art historian and publicist, Almere.

Your-space seeks to pose important questions concerning contemporary art’s relationship to social circumstances and the political climate of the region. The focus of Your-space’s programme for 2010 is the collecting of relationships, – politics, stories and cities – under broader theme of ‘dingpolitik’. The project, ‘The Gardener’s Last Song, 2x15 minutes’, manages to draw each of these aspects together: based on personal relationships with the city of Eindhoven, its poetic and industrial history, while also incorporating the multilayered nature of Juul Sadée’s work with domestic ideas, network theory and spatial experience.

As starting point, ‘The Gardener’s Last Song, 2x15 minutes’, is based on the etymology of Eindhoven. Ende and Hova can be translated to ‘Last Garden’ and ‘The Garden of Eden’. The Garden as a model for our existence.
While working on the project with other contributors, the concept found its way to ideas about ‘man and living’, ‘space/time’, ‘science, philosophy and art, crafts and design’, based on personal relationships with the city of Eindhoven.
All these aspects together are incorporated in the multilayered nature of Juul Sadée’s work with domestic ideas, network theory and a holistic view on the world. Feelings of beïng rootless and alienation are evoked by the multi-medial spatial experience.

The project includes a new publication: ‘Book of The Gardener’s last song;, particles, patterns and passions’, by Juul Sadée.

The interaction with the participants gave reason for some side-activities.

- Weekly: ‘tea-garden’
performance, tea and cake during Thursday’s from 5 till 9 pm, Saturday’s and Sunday’s from 3 till 5 pm.

- 25 November, 'Playful Science'
2-6 pm., student workshop with Juul Sadée and Joost Bolten.
7,30 pm, presentation and public talk with Joost Bolten, philosopher and lecturer in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam.

- 25 November – 19 December, 'Man And Living' 
'parallel-exhibition'  with works from Castor Bours, Iesje Jeuken, Joos Hamer, Olaf Kramer, Joost Bolten, Ans van Berkum, Lucas Kramer, Antonia Frank

- 28 November, ‘Hermits, Wanderers and Other Outsiders’
2 pm, lecture and public talk with Ans van Berkum, arthistorian, publicist, director Casa Casla, institute for architecture, Almere

- 19 December finnisage
3-5 pm, ‘domestic meeting’ with artist, participants and public.
Content: debate, music, poetry
Topic: ‘existence, place and identity’ related to habitat and science