DISPLAY #3 Killing Time

Het Wilde Weten
Opening Friday 19 November, 17.00*
DISPLAY #3 Killing Time
An exhibition by Daan de Boer, organized Luuk Smits

Robert Fruinstraat 35, Rotterdam
Opening: Friday 19 November, 17.00*
Opening hours: 22 & 24  November, 15:00 – 20:00
Drum-massages: 23 & 26 November, 15.00 – 20.00
Fire-side gathering with potatoes: 28 November 17:00 – 20:00

For the third edition of our on-site presentation series DISPLAY, Het Wilde Weten member Luuk Smits invites Rotterdam-based artist Daan de Boer to present a ritual-based exhibition, ‘Killing Time’. True to Daan’s practice, the exhibition engages all the senses, unfolding through materials, scents, sounds, tastes, and social interactions. Over the course of 6 days, one may encounter a series of altars created by the artist, which centre upon and celebrate everyday life; engage in a “drum-massage”, a meditative experience where those in attendance are bathed in sound (sign-up below); and gather around the fire for the artist’s signature baked potatoes as a closing ritual (the potato, an icon of the everyday that features often in his work). Together, each component contemplates time through ritual-making, grounding us more intimately within the everyday, the present moment.

Killing Time

Once upon a time, not too long ago. 
There was a time that the time was gone. It was a timeless and strange situation. 
Everybody was waiting for the time to come, then life would be easy again.
People knew the time would come. There were legends from even longer ago––
There used to be plenty of time. Those were wonderful times, when nobody was waiting. There were other legends too. They say that there was too much time and the people from the past chased the time away; there was much discussion about this. Could time really be so vast that you desired it gone? And what kind of weapon did they use to chase it away? Many thought the other legends could not be true. Everybody agreed that it was taking forever for the time to come. 
Daan de Boer
All drum-massages will be carried out by the artist within the exhibition space, welcoming a max of two people for each session of 20 minutes. To reserve a spot, click here for all available time-slots.
Additionally, please note that:
  • To ensure privacy, the exhibition will be closed to walk-in visitors on these days;

  • It is recommended to wear comfortable clothing;

  • Here, the massage in question is carried out through sound as opposed to touch;
  • The artist will be wearing a mask.

Daan de Boer (NL) is a Rotterdam-based artist whose works question and celebrate everyday life. With a long-standing interest in rituals and ritual-making, he focuses  on the repetitive actions and objects punctuating daily life that are rendered invisible – or insignificant – precisely due to their habitual nature. Working across a broad array of mediums, whether painting, bronze, or more socially-oriented works, De Boer is interested in seeking a more intimate relationship with the material world. His recent exhibitions include SIGN Project Space, Groningen; Museum Jan Cunen, Oss; Little Bird Gallery and Seemeon29 in Sofia, Bulgaria, during his time in residency with IMAGO.
Killing Time is part of the public program DISPLAY initiated by Het Wilde Weten. The DISPLAY program is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fonds, with special thanks to Summer Lee for the poster design.
* Het Wilde Weten follows the corona measures so you need a QR-code or valid proof of a negative test to attend the opening