come closer #3: crying violet

27 March 2018

An indigenous Dutch flower, the Crying Violet is believed to be completely extinct. Historically the flower was a symbol of inviolate purity, benevolent wildness and fresh beginnings. The introduction of the invasive species commonly known as the Tulip at the end of the 16th century was the beginning of a slow but effective extinction process for the Crying Violet.

On this occasion students from the Radical Cut-Up interdisciplinary Master’s programme of the Sandberg Instituut will not only commemorate the Crying Violet, but also symbolically bring the flower back to life. As a part of this initiative, visitors of the in the Oude Kerk will encounter the legacy of the Crying Violet through a series of interventions and happenings designed to rekindle the generative spirit of the legendary flower.

These interventions are orchestrated by Fabian Reichle and utilize imagery, sound, scent and other experiences, allowing the audience to recall the existence and legacy of the Crying Violet, and to question the role humans play as the primary cause of the destruction of nature.

come closer
Come Closer #3 is the third in a series of intimate ceremonies. Come Closer #4 will take place on 20 April 2018.
The evenings bring 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.

come closer #3
crying violet
27 March 2018, 18:00–19;00 (doors open at 17:45)
tickets: €10.00 (free entrance with Museumkaart, Friends of the Oude Kerk, ICOM, I amsterdam City Card)
language: English
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Come Closer is the public programme associated with the exhibition NA by Christian Boltanski. This exhibition is supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Fonds 21 ,Gravin van Bylandt StichtingJemi BloemenwinkelStichting Gifted Art and Stichting Zabawas.

image: lou buche