Book launch ‘Cross-Examinations’

11.12.2015, 17:00 — 21:00 Bookpresentation

Free admission

Duration: doors open from 18:00 till 22:00

The book ‘Cross-Examinations’ will be on display, accompanied by new works by contributors Nicoline van Harskamp, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Willem Oorebeek and Anja Kirschner & David Panos.

On the same evening, from 19:00 until 20:30, Nicoline van Harskamp will present in Extra City’s cinema space her new video ‘Wer Mae Hao’, followed by other video pieces from the series ‘Englishes’ and a Q&A session with the artist.

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“‘Cross-Examinations’ is an exercise in writing, erasing, and rewriting. Its four, increasingly layered iterations interrogate issues pertaining to torture, pain, and being. They engage a series of texts and works, such as an exchange between Heidegger and Jünger, poetry by John Donne and Jean Daive, a novel by Nachoem Wijnberg, Cranach’s ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Catherine’, Broodthaers’s ‘Fémur d’homme belge’ and ‘Fémur de la femme française’. A constant attempt to reassess its own claims, ‘Cross-Examinations’ is a palimpsest, printed and reprinted until the ink becomes page.”

Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei


A publication produced by Extra City Kunsthal.

Text by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei

With contributions by: Nicoline van Harskamp, Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Willem Oorebeek & Léon Spilliaert, Anja Kirschner & David Panos

Edited by Mihnea Mircan

Design by Remco van Bladel & Andrea Spikker

Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent

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In 2012 and 2103, Extra City presented ‘Cross-examinations’, a series of four exhibitions engaging questions of artistic responsibility and agency from various perspectives. The series was a progressive accumulation of evidence and divergent truths, an inquiry into artistic modes of verification and into art’s capacity to diagnose a historical situation.

Cross-Examinations 1: Anarchism Without Adjectives: On the Work of Christopher D’Arcangelo (1975-79)

14/09 – 30/09/2012

Curated by Dean Inkster and Se?bastien Pluot

Including works and interventions by Pierre Bal-Blanc, Martin Beck, Ce?line Condorelli, Corinne Diserens, Andreas M. Fohr, Mario Garcia Torres, Group Material, Nicoline van Harskamp, Ben Kinmont, Jiri Kovanda, Pierre Leguillon, Rainer Oldendorf, Uriel Orlow, Emilie Parendeau, Alejandra Riera, and Isidoro Valcarcel Medina.

Cross-Examinations 2: How Much Fascism?

05/10 – 11/11/2012

Curated by What, How & for Whom, in collaboration with Mihnea Mircan. Including works by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Judith Hopf, Sanja Ivekovic ?, Gert Jan Kocken, Thomas Kvam, Avi Mograbi, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Cesare Pietroiusti, Lidwien van de Ven, and Z?elimir Z?ilnik.

Cross-Examinations 3: These and Other Works: Explaining Belgian Art to

a Foreigner

23/11 – 30/12/2012

Including works and interventions by Liudvikas Buklys, Jacques Charlier, Jef Cornelis, Thomas Crombez, Wim Cuyvers, Daniel Dewaele, Liesbeth Doms & Sarah Hendrickx & Chloe? Dierckx, Filip Francis, Lara Mennes, Willem Oorebeek, Karl Philips, Marc Schepers, Henri Storck, Sarah Vanagt, Roland Van den Berghe, Wilfried Vandenhove, Stefan Wouters, and projects by Guy Bleus, Hugo Roelandt, Ria Pacque?e, Danny Devos, Jan Fabre, Koen Theys and Dirk Paesmans, Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen, and Yoshio Nakajima.

Cross-Examinations 4: Anja Kirschner & David Panos, Ultimate Substance

24/01 – 03/03/2013

Language English

Location Kunsthal Extra City - Antwerpen-Berchem, Eikelstraat 25-31, 2600 Antwerpen

Cross-examinations #4 24.01.2013—03.03.2013

Cross-examinations #3 23.11.2012—30.12.2012

Cross-examinations #2 05.10.2012—11.11.2012

Cross-examinations #1 14.09.2012—30.09.2012