Archiving contemporary art: a transdisciplinary endeavour

Archiving contemporary art: a transdisciplinary endeavour

On Saturday 18 June 2022, the new issue of the magazine DeFKa Research* will be presented at a ‘Meet & Greet with Gert Wijlage/DeFKa Research’ afternoon event in the bookstore Van Der Velde in Assen.

Issue SC 2022/5 of this series of publications displays essays, exhibits, and manifestos on the theme of Decoration, Craft & Design. It came out in April and was celebrated with a reception in the project space of DeFKa Research, situated in the Havenkwartier of Assen. The first copies of the magazine were presented to the attendees by the editors, Gert Wijlage and Adrie Krijgsman, and each contributor was handed a copy. With a few words by each contributor and questions about the specific proposals and the artistic practice, a contentment of the intellect came about, followed by vivid discussions.

The ever growing exhibit/archive of the DeFKa Foundation (Stichting), initiated in 1994, was also part of the presentation. With enthusiasm I offered an ik-snap-er-niks-van artefact for the DeFKa archival collection: an ik-snap-er-niks-van cotton bag with an ik-snap-er-niks-van T-Shirt in it. It was accepted and immediately added to the presentation. This, together with the publication SC 2022/05 where my contribution is text and images about my ik-snap-er-niks-van project (concept-practice-history-meaning), means a significant step further for the project, and therefore I am grateful.

*DeFKa stands for ‘Departement voor Filosofie en Kunst in Assen’ (Department of Philosophy and Art in Assen). DeFKa SC Magazine is an essayistic platform for transdisciplinary research with leitmotiv the archiving of contemporary art. Each issue has a theme on topos/areas that illuminate the archiving endeavour from a philosophical, scientific or artistic perspective. Textual language is (mainly) Dutch.

P.S. 1 The DeFKa Research magazines can be ordered at bookstores, also online, with their ISBN number. All issues of the series are presented with their theme and ISBN number on

P.S. 2 The project ik-snap-er-niks-van/ικ-σναπ-ερ-νικς-φαν is an art project presented in the form of a webshop. The project was a normal webshop from end-2017 till the beginning of 2022. When the hosting requirements changed, the project moved to a webpage on my atelier’s website, see . There are still some items available for sale (T-Shirts, etc.), while I am working on moving the project to the next level, in (artistic) form and circulation.

Textile in art – The Hague

 Analog 2014 Textiel Festival
6-26 September in The Hague

There is one day left to visit this textile festival, easily accessible in the centre of The Hague. So, Friday morning and luckily also in the evening during the wider cultural event called Hoogtij; a round  to exhibitions outside the normal opening hours. I would say, do take the offer; Analog is a show made by the art and design workers themselves; so, happily not a curator’s dream.

At the Grafische Werkplaats most probably you will be amongst people working on their silk-screens and etches; at Gemak you will be challenged with more sophisticated options; take it or leave it, as always. I found most interesting the heat sensitive fabrics at Interieurwinkel Edwin Pelser and the down to earth with a flair of light sensitivity works presented at HOOPwarenhuis. The images below come from this presentation. Enjoy!

"YUMI" by Christa van der Meer
“YUMI” by Christa van der Meer

"Denim Days-Sleepless Nights" by Studio Codex
“Denim Days-Sleepless Nights” by Studio Codex Joshua Enker
fashion by Joshua Enker

"SCAPES trials" by Ilse Versluijs
“SCAPES trials” by Ilse Versluijs

... by Hector & Wolf
fabrics by Hector & Wolf

"Downtown dress up"  by Daniela Larue
“Downtown dress up” by Daniela Larue

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