MULTIPLIED by Troebel Neyntje
Antwerp art collective ‘Troebel Neyntje’ has worked out a new concept called ‘Multiplied’. Any artist can send in his or her multiple (a series of identical art objects) idea and portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org, until the February 25. The selected work will be shown to the public at the Troebel Neyntje headquarters at Paardenmarkt 8 from theJune 14 until the July 7, as well as at other locations around the city.
The concept was devised in association with Susan Kuijpers, whose idea it initially was. She felt that not enough is being done around multiples in the art world and that the accessible form of it could make artists help each other to work out concepts. Susan previously worked out similar concepts in association with De Apotheek and Marc Lyssens. Antwerp Art Weekend also worked around multiples, but Susan felt this was too limited. Multiplied is intended for all ages and is less commercially oriented.
The goal is to make more people enjoy the format this time and get rid of the idea that the art of multiples is not original. The accessibility of the concept has already been shown through submissions of artists in Brussels, Ghent and the Netherlands, which shows that the project is directed outside of the local circle of the organizers.
Funnily enough, Idris Sevenans (founder of Troebel Neyntje) and Susan met through Idris’ girlfriend Zena who participated in Susan’s previous multiples project. Idris liked the idea as well as the principle of open calls, which hasn’t really been established in Belgium, but is very common in the art world of foreign countries. The idea to democratize and maintain a certain level through selecting the works that get sent in is very appealing to Idris. He would like to look at different concepts and build permanent collaborations. The question remains how realistic the works are, but he insists that there is still room for failure.
The two organizers intended Multiplied as a democratic art concept for both artists and non-artists, for their work to be spread around. The accessible initiative aims to bring, more or less, quality artwork to the surface.
For more information, check the Multiplied website.
Text and pics by James Vansweevelt