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discourse on art into the very same arena where
art is shown. And with the group Nomads &
Residents, we create, in collaboration with
others, a platform for informal presentations
and discussions by artists, critics, curators,
architects, using existing spaces in cities
such as New York, Los Angeles and Rotterdam.
Through research and archived information (from
(art) history, journalism, media, magazines and
internet) we create a frame of reference
composed of images, events, media coverage and
texts. Circulation of knowledge and reuse of
existing and left-over spaces, forms and
situations are thus important tools in our
work. Not by adding yet another new idea to the
cycle of production and consumption, but by
revising and reactivating an existing
situation. This reusing does not stem from
nostalgic desire, but is sparked by the
understanding that things lie concealed in the
folds of recent history which have to be
actively exposed in order for us to be able to
move on.

A collection only comes alive when taken into
operation, when the objects are being shown and
 
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allowed to function as & ‘working papers’ at
large. Married By Powers deals with the
significance of an international art collection
such as this FRAC collection. What does it
mean, a collection, how do its individual
pieces determine our vision on art, what do
they mean for contemporary perception in a
changing world and in what ways can a
collection be valued and activated, beyond the
usual practice of exhibitions and associated
publications. And, not the least: what do these
objects mean to the present generation of young
artists, designers, architects? We invited nine
young colleagues to choose in their turn, as
our partners, from the 150 pieces and to state
their reasons for their choice(s). They are all
active in the broader field of the arts and
come besides from The Netherlands from
different parts of the world. They are today‘s
and tomorrow’s cultural producers.
Their choice is presented during three days, in
SHED, the space next to GYM (which is the space
where the depot is installed). Their
motivations are recorded on video and on show,
thus forming an ever-increasing shadow
collection, while the exhibited choices change
 
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