“Vom Liebesbrief zum Avatar, vom Telefon zu Tinder”. The German/French tv network ARTE presents a webseries on virtual love. Its creators spoke with Verhoeven about the implications of Cyberlove for our personal lives, following his work Wanna Play? (Love in the time of Grindr).
Next June, a sinister fairground attraction will arise on the Amsterdam Mercatorplein (Mercator Square). We are very pleased to announce the Dutch premiere of Phobiarama, 12 – 20 June at the Holland Festival.
Phobiarama is Verhoeven’s latest ‘living installation’, in which he depicts a society obsessed with safety and perfection. Politicians, marketers and terrorists make good use of our alert state of being. Visiting Phobiarama will be an immersive excursion into our contemporary culture of fear.
“What had just been a normal street intersection is rendered strange behind the glass. (…) What the eye sees is acoustically over-inscribed or countered.”
Invited by the German performance group Rimini Protokoll, Dries contributed to the sixth edition of Truck Tracks Ruhr: “album Bochum”. In this project the audience is transported in a truck of glass past various locationsin the city, each location provided with a different soundtrack made by a visual artist or theatermaker. Dries made a track for the local recycling company. Other artists participating in this project are (ao) Lotte van den Berg and Gob Squad (photo by Volker Hartmann).
Dr Sigrid Merx (Media and Culture at Utrecht University) studied how artists use the city as a stage. In a reading organised by ‘Studium Generale’ entitled ‘Art disrupts’, Merx talks of how art on our streets makes us stop and think about the city. Verhoeven’s work is also addressed in the talk. Following on from the reading, Marloes ten Kate (programme maker) wrote a blog entitled ‘Confrontational art’.