Nachtelijke Dwaling #3
Roderick Hietbrink
31 May 2014, 8 pm – midnight
oude kerk, oudekerksplein, amsterdam

online tickets: 5 euro

Doors open at 7:30 pm. Dress warmly, the church can be cold!

Nachtelijke Dwalingen consists of bimonthly, performative events that will take place in and around the Oude Kerk. These ‘dwalingen’ are organized by different artists and each have their own starting point, in which the hidden, forgotten and obscure aspects of the Oude Kerk as well as her environment the Red Light District, will be examined. Invited by the Oude Kerk and curated by Julia Geerlings with the collaboration of Rieke Vos, artists have been asked to create new work concentrated in a nocturnal walking route, which examines the rapidly developing area of the Oude Kerk.

Nachtelijke Dwaling #3 by Dutch artist Roderick Hietbrink will focus on the everyday life amidst the tourism and prostitution at the Red Light District. The performance will go into the ‘dwalingen’ that we are confronted with as individuals; the fantasies or the fears of the unknown we experience in this distinct neighborhood. The area is so well known for its public nature that people often forget that many families live here as well. The neighboring residents of the Oude Kerk place flowerpots on the street seemingly to demarcate their own territory. In a city like Venice, the daily life is almost entirely replaced by tourism. Will the Red Light District await the same fate? Nachtelijke Dwaling #3 will lead us through the homes of people who live in the Red Light District and it will form the setting for the intimate stories from Hietbrink’s childhood. These everyday but sometimes absurd anecdotes reveal personal issues regarding sexuality, insecurity and shame that often go hidden behind one’s public persona. The evening will be concluded with a music performance by Djs of Red Light Radio.

Roderick Hietbrink (NL, 1975) studied at the Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost in Breda and finished his masters at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Hietbrink took part in a number of residency programs including the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten (2011/2012) in Amsterdam. His practice encompasses video installation, cinema, performance, objects and photography, exploring different aspects of the psychology and inherent conflicts between our rational and instinctive self. Work by Roderick Hietbrink has been featured in solo and group exhibitions at Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Centre Pompidou, Paris; De Appel, Amsterdam; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the 5th Moscow Biennale. His work is represented in public and private collections, including Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and the Caldic Collection.