FOTODOK and Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons present:
This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below
The building of Lange Nieuwstraat 7 was once a monastery, a school for children with learning disabilities, and now is occupied by FOTODOK, Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons, two artists studios, and In De Ruimte. Spanning six centuries, the building has undergone transformations depending on its use and ownership, adapting to the times and needs of its tenants. Archival material, folklore, architectural evidence, and artistic imagination weaves a tapestry of stories about this location.
For almost a year, Utrecht-based artist Bart Lunenburg, assigned by FOTODOK, researched archival materials from The Archives of Utrecht to learn more about the multi-layered history of this particular site. The research led to the production of new work This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below, where photography, installation and moving image intertwine into a carefully constructed dramaturgy of the space. Lunenburg’s work relates to material features of an habitable building–furniture, floors, doors, windows, and ceilings. A visitor is guided through a space from the remaining medieval foundations of the building to the top floor that was removed during the latest reconstruction in the seventies.
Not limited to the exhibition space upstairs, the entire building becomes activated. Researchers Lieke Hettinga and Deborah Sielert, architect Andreas Müller, artist Christian Nyampeta, and writer Siobhan Wall, among others, share their contributions related to the Abraham Dolehof. Works and materials inspired by the area and the building of Lange Nieuwstraat 7 are brought together and staged to consider what a place offers us, how we are preserving, maintaining, and nourishing our resources, and how to cultivate the “we” of this location.
This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below was conceived as both a follow up on the subject of collective memory that is currently in the spotlight of FOTODOK and as the first Chapter within Common Grounds: Story / Heritage, co-produced by Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons and FOTODOK. The complete work of This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below is on view through 5 April, while slight adaptations will be made for the following chapters of the exhibition program where more artists and contributions gradually join and transform the space.
Opening Friday, 6 March, 18.00-21.00
Find more information about the upcoming chapters and public events of Common Grounds: Story / Heritage coordinated by Casco here.
Curators: Daria Tuminas, Casco Art Institute
Production: Martha Stroo, Casco Art Institute
Design: David Bennewith, colopon.info
FOTODOK and Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons thank for the structural support Gemeente Utrecht. The exhibition was made possible with the support of: The Mondriaan Fund, KF Hein Fund, the BankGiroLoterij Fonds – Doen Foundation, Fentener van Vlissingen, Fonds 21, the Pictoright Fund, Foundation for Arts Initiative, Arts Collaboratory.The support in research: Het Utrechts Archief.
*Image (c): Bart Lunenburg, detail of the installation Room Without Residents from This Creaking Floor and All the Ceilings Below (2020)