Disclosed #17 Sara Rajaei

Disclosed #17 / Sara Rajaei

Agnès, Laura, Helena & the others
Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8 pm

“There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless. In any case, the instant she turned, smiled and waved to the young lifeguard (who couldn’t control himself and burst out laughing), she was unaware of her age. The essence of her charm, independent of time, revealed itself for a second in that gesture and dazzled me. I was strangely moved. And then the word Agnès entered my mind. Agnès. I had never known a woman by that name.” – Milan Kundera, Immortality, Chapter 1: The Face, Section 1, (1988).

Agnès, Laura, Helena & the others is the first presentation of Sara Rajaei’s ongoing project; The picture book without pictures, a comprehensive artistic research on the oeuvre of the Czech author Milan Kundera. Her project centers on language, examining Kundera’s body of work and his struggle with translation, seeing himself as misinterpreted, mistranslated and misunderstood.

While the first part of the project specifically focuses on text, the second part brings together a series of larger than life-size pencil drawings inspired by some of Kundera’s characters, creating an archive of bodies. These were envisioned and drawn by Rajaei through her reading of Kundera’s literal descriptions which voice his emotional distance, and analytical criticism of his characters’ traits and physical appearances.

For Disclosed #17 Sara Rajaei presents a selection of these drawings and preparatory studies completed between 2016 and 2018.

Agnès, Laura, Helena & the others is part of the public program DISCLOSED initiated by Het Wilde Weten, which has been running throughout the last two years. Het Wilde Weten consists of sixteen artists that have a studio in the former nunnery at the Robert Fruinstraat. Every six weeks one of the members hosts a public event that derives directly from their artistic practice. This results in lively series of talks, exhibitions, screenings, performances and more, disclosing the energy and pluriformity of the collective and creating public moments to meet and interact.

With special thanks to Team Thursday for the poster design & Lora Sariaslan and Neva Lukic for their ideas and (curatorial) support. This program is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Artist Talks – Patricia Westerholz and Simen Gjersvold

Artist Talks – Patricia Westerholz and Simen Gjersvold
Sunday October 21st – 15:30h-17:30h doors open: 15:00h

You are invited to a double artist talk by two current resident artists in Rotterdam: Patricia Westerholz (Goethe Institut) and Simen Gjersvold (Tent & Het Wilde Weten). The resident artists will talk about their work and their plans during their stay in Rotterdam.

Patricia Westerholz (D) is this year’s visiting artist in the long-standing exchange program between sister cities Rotterdam and Dresden, a collaboration between Goethe Institut Rotterdam, CBK Rotterdam and Kulturamt Dresden. She lives and works in Dresden since 1995 and graduated at the HfBK Dresden, both Bachelor and Master degree.
Patricia did working- and artist-residencies in Oman, Turkey, Senegal, New York, Straßburg and Rotterdam
Together with Andreas Kempe she runs the space for contemporary art Galerie Ursula Walter, Dresden since 2003. www.patriciawesterholz.com / www.galerieursulawalter.de

Simon Gjersvold (NO) was 2017’s winner of the Tent Academy Award for best foreign film. As part of this award the winner gets offered a residency at Het Wilde Weten. This prize has been established in close collaboration between Tent and Het Wilde Weten. Simen was born in Trondheim in 1992 but grew up in Oslo. He just graduated from Nordland College of Art & Film, with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and Moving Images.
He is currently based in Oslo, working both as an artist and at Tronsmo, the best bookshop in the world.

The talks will be moderately moderated by Simon Kentgens, who was artist-in-residence in Dresden early this year, as part of the Rotterdam-Dresden exchange program. He is an artist living and working in Rotterdam, and program leader of the Autonomous Practices at the Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam.

Sunday October 21st – 15:30h-17:30h doors open: 15:00h
Artist Talks – Patricia Westerholz and Simen Gjersvold
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021 XB Rotterdam



Artists and curators working in the field of contemporary art are invited to apply for a residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, from December 2018 – February 2019 (3 months), or May 2018 – August 2018 (4 months).

Het Wilde Weten is an independent artist-run initiative in Rotterdam, providing artist studios, a public platform for contemporary art and an Artist-in-Residency program. The residency provides Dutch and international artists the opportunity to live and work in a studio-building amongst 16 artists. The residency program promotes cultural exchange by connecting parallel practices. Rotterdam has a vibrant art scene with many artist-run initiatives, galleries and exhibition spaces.

Het Wilde Weten is located in the heart of Rotterdam, the main museums and art centres are easily reachable on foot. On the first floor the guest artist of Het Wilde Weten has access to a 30-sqm studio that is furnished with a chair, loft bed, refrigerator, wardrobe and a large table. There is a private shower and shared toilet adjacent to the studio. Downstairs is a shared kitchen, on the second floor there’s a coffee corner. The guest artist has access to a bicycle and internet connection. Due to fire safety regulations they can only accept individual artists living in the building.

The organizers will provide support for the guest artists in connecting them with artists, curators or other agents working in their field. With that in mind the guests are asked to give an artist talk introducing them to the Rotterdam art scene and fellow HWW-members. These artist talks are often organised in cooperation with other Artist in Residence programs in Rotterdam. Upon request an exhibition/event in the 80 sqm exhibition space of Het Wilde Weten is possible (this is not included in the fee).

Costs of the guest studio at Het Wilde Weten are €375,00 per month. Het Wilde Weten can provide a letter of invitation on request in order for you to apply for funding. Email the following to residency@hetwildeweten.nl

• CV (PDF)
• Portfolio (PDF)
• Link to website
• Brief description of the plans during the residency
• For which residency period you are applying

Deadline for application is 23d of October 2018

More info HERE


performance program

Friday July 20th at 7pm
Het Wilde Weten

Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021XB Rotterdam

Performances by:

Neva Lukić (poetry/prose reading)
Cathleen Owens
Katerina Sidorova
Masaaki Oyamada (performed by Judith Moss)

Words fail me endeavors to explore „the word“ and „the symbol“ throughout different media and various artistic expressions. This performance event is structured around three points which create the podium where the language exists, metamorphosing and disappearing by means of various artistic qualities and sensibilities. These points are the philosophical writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, short stories and poems by Neva Lukić and performance pieces by Cathleen Owens, Katerina Sidorova and Masaaki Oyamada (performed by Judith Moss).

Neva Lukić

„So, allow me to build you the place where I find myself:

House House House House House House

House House House House House House

House House House House House House

House House House House House House

Just like this. Not a gram more. Here, the words “House” and “A building that has walls and blah blah blah…” are in perfect balance on the seesaw.“ (excerpt from the short story Universe)

Cathleen Owens

How am I coming across here? How can I manipulate you to see me the way I want to be seen? Can I exist in a world of my own? How can I take my revenge? Is this too dark? I’m sorry.

“Wordvomiting” of everyday life, private or social media communication; grasping something in the moment only to have it become an abstract sound another moment… In any case, words eternally disintegrate before the eyes.

Katerina Sidorova

Over the course of the performance the space is slowly filled with NO’s, which add up, merge and overlap, just like single voices in a crowd, until we can no longer hear what is said, just sense the overall refusal of the state things are in.

Masaaki Oyamada (performed by Judith Moss)

When language is transformed into something else, we allow ourselves to communicate other source of dimension. When language becomes a pigment, drawing becomes a listing or conversation.

The Words Fail me was realized as an outcome of Neva Lukić residency in Het Wilde Weten.

Neva Lukić is a writer and curator living in Croatia and the Netherlands. She has had experience in museum curatorship, as a freelance curator and as an art critic. She has published five books (poetry, short stories and a picture book) and has collaborated with the artists from other art fields with the aim to create interdisciplinary artworks like short films, visual poetry and literary performances.
All artists in Words Fail me are the members of See Lab art initiative in Den Haag. The aim of Lukić residency was also to establish the dialogue and exchange between the prominent art initiative like Het Wilde Weten and the new initiative like See Lab, and therefore to bring the Hague artist initiative climate to Rotterdam.

Special thanks goes to Anke van den Berg for the booklet design.
This program was realized with a kind support of See Lab and Mountain.

At 21:30 pm we will end the evening with a concert by Medium!

Disclosed #16 Wouter Sibum

Disclosed #16
Infra-nature landscape LANDSCAPE landscape
Wouter Sibum

Saturday July 14 at 8pm
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021XB Rotterdam

With talks by:
Wouter Sibum, Gert-Jan Wisse, Bureau B+B Urbanism and Landscape Architecture Rotondologisch genootschap – Tijs van den Boomen and Peter Jonker

Disclosed #16 is an evening with talks adressing ‘successful’ and ‘unsuccessful’ landscapes: in some areas all landscape elements seem to coincide and form a whole, but in other places the amount of elements do not create unity. What makes a landscape ‘good’?

Continue reading Disclosed #16 Wouter Sibum


Exhibition & Symposium

Opening Thursday 21 June at 7pm at
Robert Fruinstraat 35
3021XB Rotterdam

Wouter Venema (NL), Isabell Schulte (DE), Christian Pilz (DE), Alexandra Roozen (NL), Marc Nagtzaam (BE), Bas Ketelaars (NL), Kim Habers (NL), Hannelore van Dijck (BE)

Within the practice of contemporary art, the medium of drawing is used in it’s full breadth. From concept sketch to miniature; from installation- to performance drawing. Characteristic for the medium is the direct connection between eye and hand: the shortest route/way between idea and execution. Within this connection, a space for fragile and intuitive forms of expression can establish, that carries a moment of physical awareness. Lines form traces that are difficult to erase. They offer an excellent opportunity to work in a process-oriented manner, to integrate mistakes and merge making and thinking.
The exhibition brings together six artists who use the repetitive and process-oriented qualities of the medium in particular. Not the fast line but a form of patient repetition stands in the foreground. Instead of forming narratives by figurative elements, structures are constructed that make the process behind the drawing visible, and reflect a personal experience of space and time.
A symposium will be held alongside the exhibition. Here different aspects of the medium of drawing are illuminated and discussed on the basis of the artistic positions of the participating artists. How does contemporary drawing relate to other artistic media? Is the duration of the production and the experience of concentration a goal on itself? How does the everyday practice of the artist stand in relation to the increasingly complex, accelerating society we live in?

Opening hours:
fr. 22.06 12pm – 8pm
sa. 23.06 12pm – 8pm
su. 24.06 12pm – 4pm

sa. 23.06 12pm – 3pm (there will be lunch and drinks!)
We’re looking forward seeing you Rotterdam!

Beatrijs Dikker & Bas Ketelaars
We thank Elise Mathilde Foundation and Goethe-institut Rotterdam for supporting this exhibition.

(Image by Wouter Venema, Still of One to One, Cyanotype on paper, wood, steel, 2015)

Disclosed #15 Annette Behrens

Annette Behrens with Keukenverhalen i.c.w. Romana Siemons | Mariana Hirschfeld

True Value

A value that would be obtained in an ideal system. An ideal system is one that would have no errors at all. In other words, this is a value that is perfectly accurate. Strictly speaking, the ‘true value’ is hypothetical – no such thing can actually exist.

​For this edition of Disclosed​ Annette Behrens ​takes her ongoing visual research of the soybean as a starting point to explore different perspectives concerning the plant. Through food, industrial products, medication or cosmetics the soybean is closely interwoven into virtually every aspect of our daily lives yet invisible to most of us.
Our knowledge of this legume is largely gained through images and information presented in the media, by NGO’s or often simply hearsay. The same, ever repeating images of, for instance, the tropical deforestation are part of our collective image library. By looking at the development and the use of the plant throughout the past, roughly, 150 years a complex system of interdependency, economics, history, environmental problems and different values can be revealed and questioned.

For this event different aspects of the soybean are examined through photography, video, text, spoken word and meal tastings. A selection of soybean related dishes with their own stories from China, Indonesia, India and Japan will be offered by The Hague’s Keukenverhalen in collaboration with graphic designer Romana Siemons. Rotterdam based spoken word artist Mariana Hirschfeld will perform a tekst written especially for this occasion.

Saturday at 8p.m. and Sunday at 2p.m. a maximum of 30 participants can join the tasting of Keukenverhalen’s meals and Mariana Hirschfeld’s performance, please register at: info@annettebehrens.com
The exhibition space is open for everyone afterwards at 9.30p.m. (Saturday) and 3.30p.m. (Sunday). Please note that the event will be partially Dutch and English.
The evening is free of charge, drinks at your own expense.

True Value is part of the public program DISCLOSED initiated by Het Wilde Weten. Het Wilde Weten consists of sixteen artist that have a studio in the former nunnery at the Robert Fruinstraat. Every six weeks one of the members hosts a public event that derives directly from their artistic practice. This results in lively series of talks, exhibitions, screenings, performances and more, disclosing the energy and pluriformity of the collective and creating public moments to meet and interact.

Special thanks goes to Team Thursday for the poster design.

This program is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds.

Annette Behrens’ project SOY is kindly supportet by Canary Project Artist’s Grant, Miap Foundation and Fonds Kwadraat.

Bo’i Palu
An exhibition by Julian Crestian, Travis Geertruida, Leomar Imperator, Narolian Mercelina, Goretti Pombo and Jisang Shim.
Curated by Priscila Fernandes.

from 18pm onwards at
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35

from 14-17pm

Bo’i Palu, in Papiamento, means ‘underneath the tree’, an expression that characterises unproductive individuals, but also self-established or impromptu businesses found on the side of the roads in Curaçao. Picking up from the dichotomy of this expression – whose connotation is both negative and positive – Priscila Fernandes has invited several artists she met during her residency at Instituto Buena Bista, in Curaçao, to reflect about the about the relationship between leisure and work.
For the past weeks, this young group of artists has been meeting at HWW to discuss and produce work for an exhibition opening this Friday at 18pm.

Poster by Julian Crestian

Disclosed #14 Simon Kentgens

Simon Kentgens

In collaboration with Eva Olthof, Rieneke de Vries, World Esperanto Association and restaurant Habibi

A visit to the headquarters of the World Esperanto Association, located in Rotterdam.

Meeting point:
14:30 PM
Het Wilde Weten
Robert Fruinstraat 35

A maximum of 20 participants can join! Please be on time for registration.
To join, please register at: simon-at-simonkentgens-dot-com (free)


Esperanto is a politically neutral, constructed language, that was conceived in the late 19th century by Ludwik Zamenhof. His aim was to create a common language that is easy to learn, that can be universally used and creates a bridge between nations to foster harmony between different nationalities. It became popular in the early half of the 20th century and rapidly spread to all continents. Before and during World War II it started facing attacks; European dictators like Hitler, Stalin and Franco considered Esperanto to be a language for anarchists and conspiracists, and made efforts to exterminate it. After the war English slowly but surely took over as an international language. In the last decades the Esperanto Association saw its number of members declining, even though in recent years there is an increase in people learning Esperanto through language apps like Duolingo. Up to this day Esperanto is still spoken by an estimated 2 million people in around 140 countries worldwide. The Universala Esperanto-Asocio (World Esperanto Association) has official relations with the UN and UNESCO. It’s headquarters is located in Rotterdam since the 1960’s.

For Disclosed #14 Ekspedicio Malkaŝita, we are organising a visit to the Universale Esperanto-Asocio headquarters. There we will get introduced to this remarkable language, its history and current usage and we will have a group talk on its sociolinguistic implications, with several experts in the field. The community and network grew around the language, in stead of the other way around. It has developed its own distribution channels, lobby groups, schools, publishers, researchers etc., and is mostly self-organised and self-supportive. What kind of challenges does this organisation face in changing political climates? Esperanto was designed to foster equality, what potential does it carry in current polarised times? It is mainly an international network – can this language also unite on city level? Or should we instead focus on local linguistic common grounds that often transcend nationalities? like ‘Rotterdams’? or both?

The day will be concluded with a communal dinner at restaurant Habibi (free of charge for participants – drinks at your own expense – cash only)


Simon Kentgens kunlabora kun Eva Olthof, Rieneke de Vries, Universala Esperanto-Asocio kaj restoracio Habibi.

Sabato, Marto 17 2018, 14:30 komencpunkto Het Wilde Weten, Robert Fruinstraat 35 Rotterdam

Esperanto estas politike neŭtrala, konstruita lingvo, kiu estis koncipita fine de la 19-a jarcento fare de Ludwik Zamenhof. Lia celo estis krei komunan lingvon facile lerneblan, kiu povas esti universale uzita kaj kreas ponton inter nacioj por instigi harmonion inter malsamaj nacioj. Ĝi estis populara en la frua duono de la 20-a jarcento kaj rapide disvastiĝis al ĉiuj kontinentoj. Antaŭ kaj dum la Dua Mondmilito ĝi komencis alfronti atakojn; Eŭropaj diktatoroj kiel Hitlero, Stalino kaj Franko konsideris Esperanton esti lingvo por anarkiistoj kaj konspiroj, kaj penis ekstermi ĝin. Post la milito la angla malrapide sed verŝajne okupiĝis kiel internacia lingvo. En la lastaj jardekoj la Esperanto-Asocio vidis, ke ĝia nombro da membroj malpliiĝas, kvankam en la lastaj jaroj kreskado de homoj lernas Esperanton per lingvaj apps kiel Duolingo. Ĝis la tago de hodiaŭ Esperanto ankoraŭ parolas ĉirkaŭ 2 milionojn da homoj en ĉirkaŭ 140 landoj tutmonde. La Universala Esperanto-Asocio havas oficialajn rilatojn kun UN kaj UNESKO. La ĝenerala kazerno situas en Roterdamo ekde la 1960-aj jaroj.

Por Malkaŝita # 14 Ekspedicio Malkaŝita, ni organizas viziton al la Universala Esperanto-Asocio-ĉefsidejo. Tie ni enkondukos ĉi tiun rimarkindan lingvon, ĝian historion kaj nunan uzadon, kaj ni havos grupan paroladon pri siaj socilingvaj implikaĵoj, kun pluraj spertuloj en la kampo. La komunumo kaj reto kreskis ĉirkaŭ la lingvo, anstataŭe aliflanke. Ĝi disvolvis siajn proprajn dissendajn kanalojn, ĉefgrupojn, lernejojn, eldonistojn, esploristojn ktp, kaj estas plejparte memganizita kaj mem-subtenema. Kio speco de defioj faras ĉi tiu organizo alfrontas en ŝanĝi politikajn klimatojn? Esperanto estis desegnita por subteni egalecon, kian potencialon ĝi portas en nuntempaj polarizitaj? Ĝi estas ĉefe internacia reto – ĉu ĉi tiu lingvo ankaŭ kunigas sur urba nivelo? Aŭ ĉu ni fokusu lokajn lingvajn komunajn terojn, kiuj ofte transcendas naciojn? kiel ‘Rotterdams’? aŭ ambaŭ?

La tago estos finita kun komuna vespermanĝo ĉe restoracio Habibi (senpage por partoprenantoj – trinkas ĉe via propra elspezo – nur mono)


EKSPEDICIO MALKAŜITA is part of the public program DISCLOSED initiated by Het Wilde Weten, which will run throughout the coming two years. Het Wilde Weten consists of sixteen artists that have a studio in the former nunnery at the Robert Fruinstraat. Every six weeks one of the members hosts a public event that derives directly from their artistic practice. This results in lively series of talks, exhibitions, screenings, performances and more, disclosing the energy and pluriformity of the collective and creating public moments to meet and interact.

This program is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Viktorie Langer – Out of time

Viktorie Langer – Out of time
Het Wilde Weten – Guest artist exhibition

Saturday 27th January 2018 – 19:30 till late.
Sunday 28th January 2018 – by appointment.

“The seven paintings I made in Rotterdam are like walking the Nieuwe Binnenweg, from Albert Heijn, stop in by smooky Out of time, than to somber Delfshaven, still awareness mighty harbor few steps from you. Absorbed inspiration from city and its diversity, dissimilarity but at same moment, great interplay.”

For the last two months Het Wilde Weten has been host to artist Viktorie Langer as part of our exchange with Futura in Prague and with the support of the Tsjechisch Centrum, Rotterdam.
Please join us Saturday 27th of January for a chance to see the new work she has made while in Rotterdam.

Viktorie Langer (born in 1988, Czech Republic) is primarily a painter, while also working in the media of collage, drawing, textiles and ceramics. Her striking large-sized canvases are clearly inspired by early 20th century art, rather than current trends. Yet the almost abstract work of Langer uses a very contemporary language and has a well-established signature style. The artist has introduced her work primarily in the context of the Czech independent art scene, however, she has also exhibited her work at the National Gallery in Prague, Prague Biennale 6 and at the Sør-Troms Museum in Trastad, Norway. She was finalist of Jindřich Chalupecký award 2017 and is represented by Zahorian & Van Espen Gallery.

The residency is kindly supported by Futura in Prague and the Tsjechisch Centrum, Rotterdam.

Composure – Charles Baudelaire

(The speaker addresses himself)

Lighten up, you bitch, stop being so bitter.
You lobbied for night. It falls. Right here.
The air, a haziness, wimples the town.
Peace for some, for the others the jitters.

With cranked-up hope, the plodding herd, most of us,
sapped silly by desire, that ruthlessness,
we bend in the traces and ask mortgage on remorse.
Dear, dear, glum thing, let’s hold hands. Come ‘ere.

Let’s get away. Look up. There the gone years slouch
in second-hand robes on the balcony of the sky—
over the abyss Regret breaks water, smirking.

The dead sun’s gonna pass out under the bridge.
And like a mummy’s long bandage, off to the west,
listen, sweets, listen, the double-soft dark is coming on.