Lecture performance on the Religious Struggle with Images – Somewhere Between the Iconoclastic and the Iconophilic.
A new series by THE OFFICE (Katharina Fichtner) accompanying our celebrated publications
For this lecture performance and the magazine the artist Gert Jan Kocken, who currently holds a residency at the Rijksakademie, will uncover the processes of research that precede his actual artistic work of large scale photography. Based on a collection of thousands of images sourced from the internet, Gert Jan illustrates religion’s problematic relationship with images. Meandering through time, somewhere between iconoclasm and iconophilism, he will present his manifold findings, and demonstrate how images have been deployed to tell the story of the world, from its creation to the present day.
With the magazine THE WORLD ACCORDING TO The Office wants to provide an open space in which an artist can discover different ways of examining the world that surrounds him/her. Using sources other than his/her own work, s/he is invited to develop new content and unexpected formats by collecting images, texts, graphics, and/or by inviting artists, friends, family members to contribute.
The World According to Gert Jan Kocken, ed. by THE OFFICE, published by argobooks, 64 pages, 15 Euro
Kindly supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands