Ferrotopia – Stichting NDSM-werf
25 April – 2 December
25 april – 2 december
Tt. Neveritaweg 61, Amsterdam
Ferrotopia is an art installation in the public space, ‘gesamtskunstwerk’ and pop-up museum in one. The art installation is an ode to iron (ferro = iron) and consists of a collection of characteristic buildings grouped around a central square. Components of this have already been seen during the past three years at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum (Germany) and at the Center Pompidou in Paris (France). A new work will also be presented at the NDSM shipyard; the Valhamer House, a place for destruction and recycling. The ensemble will be finished with the unique Happy Gietloods, a fully equipped and ready-to-use metal workshop, smithy and foundry.
Against the backdrop of Ferrotopia a program of visual art, design, theater, film, music and lectures unfolds from the opening. In this, romanticism of the industrial heritage is linked to the rediscovery of new industry and craft in a circular economy. This program is realised in collaboration with, among others, Over het IJ festival, Partizan Publik, MU Eindhoven, EYE Film Museum and, of course, Atelier Van Lieshout itself.
The focal point of the installation is the Domestikator, who caused a stir because of it’s sexually tinted appearance. Atelier Van Lieshout clarifies the theme of this artwork as follows:
“Domestikator reflects on the way humans cultivate and domesticate the world by applying their ingenuity and creativity, yet how at the same time they challenge ethical and real borders by new technologies. With the artwork, artist Joep van Lieshout wants to start a dialogue about these positive and negative forces, while playfully addressing one of the last few remaining hypocritical taboos.”
Ferrotopia is realized on behalf of the NDSM shipyard foundation. The project is made possible with financial contributions from the City of Amsterdam, Mondriaan Fund, Amsterdam North District and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.
For more information about Ferrotopia go to http://www.ndsm.nl/en/event/ferrotopia/