come closer #1: netochka nezvanova – ‘the most feared woman on the internet’

16 February 2018

Netochka Nezvanova was a notorious online persona who made an unforgettable impression in the mid-1990s. Netochka, also known as ‘The Most Feared Woman on the Internet’, will be remembered on 16 February, in the Oude Kerk.

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The evening brings you closer to Christian Boltanski’s ideas in his exhibition NA – ‘After’ – and probes the themes in his work, such as transience and personal mythologization, in greater depth. How do we remember and how can we forget? How can you shape your legacy? And can you revive something or someone? These are the pivotal questions during several mythical memorial ceremonies in February, March and April 2018.
We pay particular attention to people and movements that deserve our attention, but have not necessarily gained a place in the collective cultural memory. The evenings are put together in association with various artists, designers and thinkers. The performative programme is loosely based on the format of a memorial service – after which there will be time to have a drink and mingle.

netochka nezvanova
In this context, the first of a series of ceremonies is on 16 February. Netochka (also known as antiorp, integer or =cw4t7abs) was a software engineer, artist and critic, but also an erratic provocateur who, from one day to the next, seems to have vanished into thin air. She remains elusive today. During the pioneer days of Internet art she sent a close-knit online community into turmoil. On 16 February we’ll remember Netochka Nezvanova. During a ceremonial moment we’ll get to know the person and the myth surrounding Netochka. In a procession we’ll move past film, sound and testimonials of artists and today’s thinkers. Together we’ll summon the ghost of this ‘Internet troll’ avant la lettre.

The programme is composed in collaboration with Radna Rumping, Michiel van Iersel and Josephine Bosma. With contributions by Josephine Bosma, Martijn van Boven, David Gauthier, Geert Lovink and Damon Zucconi.

come closer #2, #3 & #4
On 16 March we set the album Ready To Die by rapper The Notorious B.I.G. in a new perspective with curator Amal Alhaag, and on 20 April architect Arna Mačkić transports us into the inspiring body of thought of jazz legend and philosopher Sun Ra, who in his very own way bent history to his will and thus managed to create a new mythology for the future. The artists and designers of the Radical Cut-Up (a Master’s programme at the Sandberg Institute) are together creating a Gesamtkunstwerk in which they explore the bounds of their own creativity and make a joint sacrifice.

come closer #1
netochka nezvanova – ‘the most feared woman on the internet’
16 februari 2018, 18.00-19.00 (doors open at 18.45)
tickets: 10 euros (free entrance for museumcard, friends of the Oude Kerk, icom, I Amsterdam)
language: English
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Come Closer is the public programme associated with the exhibition NA, by Christian Boltanski. This exhibition was brought to you by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Fonds 21 , Gravin van Bylandt StichtingStichting Gifted Art and Stichting Zabawas.

image: martijn van boven, 00:12:21 (screenshot), 2002