What is there to see?

A number of works are immediately eye-catching, such as Lily van der Stokker’s Celestial Teapot and a spectacular ‘rope fountain’ by the London-based art collective Troika. Other works offer the public a chance to see places normally not accesible to visitors of Hoog Catharijne, such as the roofs and the dispatch basement. A new film by Gabriel Lester is showing in the Mirliton Theatre. The exhibition also offers a programme of one-time only performances and presentations. AMore information on all works below.

 

Agnieszka  Kurant

Agnieszka Kurant

The End of Signature

The End of Signature (2013)
Light sculpture

Is it possible to encapsulate a whole group of people in a single symbol? Polish artist Agnieszka Kurant collected the signatures of residents of the Radboudtoren and used a software program to combine these into a single signature. This now signs the building as a moving light sculpture. During Call of the Mall, Kurant wants to collect all the signatures of the visitors to Hoog Catharijne and merge them into one signature. We call on you to leave your own signature at one of the collection points. This new collective signature will be placed in Hoog Catharijne.

With thanks to the residents of the Radboudveste. 

  • The End of Signature

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Outside

Alberto De Michele

Alberto De Michele

balletje balletje

Balletje-Balletje (Thimblerig) (2013)
Video

This nimble-fingered game looks like a magic act, but it is a con-trick. Thimblerig was played frequently in Utrecht city centre in the 1980s. It was outlawed in 1991, but with this video Alberto De Michele brings it back to the public space. The Dutch-Italian artist often takes inspiration from the world of criminality. His artwork replaces the advertisements that are generally displayed in this illuminated sign and shows us another form of deception.
With thanks to Cório.

  • balletje balletje

    photo (detail): Alberto De Michele

Areas

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Annette Krauss  & Maja Bekan

Annette Krauss & Maja Bekan

What Shall We Do Now?

What shall we do now? (2013)
performance

Backstage walks in Hoog Catharijne, - initiated by Annette Krauss and Maja Bekan in the framework of The School of Temporalities.

Annette Krauss and Maja Bekan invite you to a series of walks through Hoog Catharijne that explore the backstage of time. Builders, office workers, researchers, cleaners, writers, security guards and residents have been asked to join the public walks as guiding experts, and to consider the questions: How do you deal with time in Hoog Catharijne and would you be willing to share your time with us?
The guided walks are envisioned as (sociable) moments of sharing experiences of passing and using time in Hoog Catharijne, casting light on different times-zones and the people who inhabit them.

Friday June 21 (10:30): Backstage with security
A walk with the security guards of Hoog Catharijne and an experience of time through the surveillance system, in front of and behind the monitors.

Saturday June 22 (19.30): Underground HC (with Jan Maarten Dalmeijer)
The ‘Backstage walkers’ will join an evening tour with an architect from Aorta. We are particularly interested in the method of guided tours, time and backstage curiosity.

Sunday June 23 (12.00): Living long in Hoog Catharijne (with Fokke Mulder)
A walk with a resident of one of Hoog Catharijne’s three apartment building and his occasional views on the city.

Monday June 24 (11.00): Office cultures (with Carlijn Diesfeldt, Linde Dorenbosch and Bart Witte)
A walk with temporary occupants of Hoog Catharijne’s office spaces and the ups and downs of free-lancing.

Monday June 24 (19.00): A ceiling, ladders, and public time (with Daniel Kemnitz and Frans Willem Kosten)
A guided walk while experiencing the ceiling of public space with a maintenance employee and a writer who will speak about public time.

Tuesday 25 June (7.30  and 11:00): Invisible work – invisible time (with Khadija Fakidi, Asim Ozkaya, Bart van de Merkt)
A walk with caretakers of Hoog Catharijne who will guide us through different phases of their (work)day.

Wednesday 26 June (16.00): Balconies, shop-windows and basements (with Jacq Cornelissen and John Makkink)
An off stage walk with the center manager from the operational company of Hoog Catharijne and its service coordinator.

With thanks to Aorta, Asito, Bam, Corio and Trigion.

Each walk will take approximately one hour. Participation is free.
All walks start at the informationpoint of Call of the Mall.
Please apply via contact@school-of-temporalities.info

  • What Shall We Do Now?

    beeld: Annette Krauss en Maja Bekan

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Antonio  Vega Macotela

Antonio Vega Macotela

The Idea of Gift

The Idea of Gift (2013)
Sculpture

The rules of purchase are simple: you receive something in exchange for money. A quick, efficient transaction, but also empty and meaningless. Mexican artist Vega Macotela examines possible alternatives. With his wishing well, it is about the gift: you throw in a coin, but don’t know whether your wish will come true. That requires hope, faith and sacrifice. Macotela has designed special coins for this well. You can obtain these in exchange for some personal item in various shops around Hoog Catharijne. What are you willing to give up for your dream?

 

  • The Idea of Gift

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

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Bik Van der Pol

Bik Van der Pol

Not all those who wander are lost

Not all those who wander are lost (2013)
Performance

Showing on Saturday 6 July and Saturday 21 September from 10:00 to 19:00 hrs.
Hoog Catharijne is situated in the heart of the Netherlands. It is a place where many streams of traffic converge, move alongside and over each other. More than 26 million people traverse the shopping centre every year. Most of them pass each other by, but prefer not to engage with one another. However, a society is formed where people encounter each other, meet up or even clash. With this in mind, Bik Van der Pol developed a performance in which that dynamic is reinforced in collaboration with all kinds of social associations (from music groups to horse-riding clubs).
Many streams of traffic occur here; 26 million people traverse the shopping centre every year. Bik Van der Pol has developed a performance about those streams of movement. This plan is based on an idea of a French philosopher. He argues that an encounter between individuals and groups is the only way in which exceptional ‘things’ can develop. Bik Van der Pol will literally cause encounters and clashes between groups and individuals, in the hope that something new is thus created, which will contribute to our society.

With thanks to MediaMarkt and all the participating clubs and associations.

Hobby-Draaiorgelbouwclub Noord-Limburg, Pax Jazz Band, Fanfare 11-11, Wereldvrouwenkoor Bianca C, Waar het Asfalt Ophoudt, Gregoriaans Koor Utrecht, Dom City Dolls, Bezwaren Fanfare, Blaaskapel de Blaaskinkels, Vogelvereniging Kanaria, Lachyoga, Tutti Saxi e.a.


http://www.bikvanderpol.net/

  • Not all those who wander are lost

    image: Bik Van Der Pol

Performance

Showing on Saturday 6 July and Saturday 21 September from 11:00 to 15:00 hrs.

Christian Jankowski

Christian Jankowski

Concept Cleaners

Living Sculptures (2012)
Sculpture

These days, living sculptures are a common sight in large cities. Street artists who portray Che Guevara or Julius Caesar are well-known tourist attractions and the ‘sculptures’ themselves are part of our popular culture. Berlin-based artist Christian Jankowski became fascinated by them. The living sculptures try so hard to look like statues that Jankowski decided to immortalize them in bronze. As bronze statues, do they then become art with a capital A again?

Concept Cleaners (2013)
Performance

The cleaners of Hoog Catharijne are on the go day and night to keep the place clean, safe and attractive. They know the complex like no other and ensure a pleasant stay in the shopping centre. The cleaners form a close-knit group and some have worked here for 25 years already. That’s why Christian Jankowski chose them to carry the texts about Call of the Mall. On the back of their uniform you can read the themes that the exhibition examines. Thus they confront the public with the ideas behind the exhibition.

With thanks to Asito.

 

  • Concept Cleaners

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Outside

Dries Verhoeven

Dries Verhoeven

Fare Thee Well Niemandsland

Fare Thee Well! (2012)
installation

The Station Area is the largest building site in the Netherlands. Much will change and disappear and we wish it farewell, but the NS Hotel remains. Here, on the top floor, you will find the installation by theatre maker Dries Verhoeven. You can see the student flats on the Van Lieflandtlaan through a telescope. Everything is upside down, except the text on the LED display, which talks about saying farewell. The melancholic atmosphere is reinforced with opera music by Handel.

With thanks to NH Hotel Utrecht and SSH Utrecht.

No man’s land 2008
Showing 13-22 September, except on Monday. Weekdays at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00 hrs. Sat and Sun, extra show at 15:00 hrs. Ticket sales: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.
In the hustle and bustle of Hoog Catharijne and the station, we are constantly confronted with the other. We see people pass us by, but do we really look? We often place someone in a category based on outward characteristics, sometimes positive and sometimes negative. The performance by theatre maker Dries Verhoeven (1976) offers participants the opportunity to depart from the station area with their destination unknown. The spectator is met by a (migrant) guide who takes them for a walk to an unknown destination. You have to entrust yourself to an uncertain situation.
With thanks to NS and ProRail.
A coproduction with Stadsschouwburg Utrecht

 

  • Fare Thee Well

    photo: Dries Verhoeven

  • Niemandsland

    foto: Maarten van Haaff

Areas

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Performance

No Man's Land: Showing 13-22 September, except on Monday. Weekdays at 17:00, 20:00 and 22:00 hrs. Sat and Sun, extra show at 15:00 hrs. Ticket sales: Stadsschouwburg Utrecht.

Outside

Ester  van de Wiel

Ester van de Wiel

The Garden Factory

The Garden Factory (2013)
Vegetable garden

Leaving your office chair to collect a fresh egg from under the hen or pick a head of lettuce. That sounds like a fantasy in this world of concrete and steel. But not if it’s up to designer Esther van de Wiel. She has designed a completely self-sustaining roof garden: The Garden Factory. Rainwater is collected and compost is made from the biodegradable waste from Hoog Catharijne. The hens provide fertilizer, dig over and weed the garden. But the local residents and children from a primary school also lend a hand.

Realized in collaboration with Corio.
The Garden Factory is open continually. Work takes place in the garden every Friday.

  • The Garden Factory

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

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Performance

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Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Tank Man

Tank Man (2013)
sculpture

Does this figure look familiar to you? He’s the man who obstructed a column of tanks on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 5 June 1989, when the student protests for greater democracy were put down heavy-handedly by the Chinese military. Tank Man has since become a symbol for the resistance of a brave individual to a powerful system. Spanish artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo places him life-sized in Hoog Catharijne, where the public can literally run into him. What will he do in the flowing mass of shoppers? Who or what is he obstructing here?

With thanks to Rabobank Nederland.

  • Tank Man

    photo (detail): Fernando Sánchez Castillo

Areas

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Performance

OPEN CALL: THE FACE OF TANK MAN?

Do you recognize this person? He is the man who obstructed a column of tanks on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on 5 June 1989. Weeks of turbulent student protests were put down by the Chinese military in a heavy-handed manner. This ‘Tank Man’ (his identity is unknown) wrote history and lives on as a symbol of the resistance of one brave individual to the power of a system in which the human measure is in danger of being lost. 

Fernando Sánchez Castillo examines the relationship between art and (political) power.
He uses images that are embedded in our collective memory and looks at the kind of meanings they could still have in our current society.

What is Tank Man doing here in the flowing mass of shoppers? Who or what is he obstructing? Do you see yourself following in his footsteps? Do you have a personal motive to do so? Fernando Sánchez Castillo is searching for a suitable face for Tank Man. When you would qualify, the artist offers the opportunity to make a hyper real model of your face so you can be the next Tank Man in the last month of Call of the Mall. 

Send your motivation and a photo of your face to info@callofthemall.nl and mention ‘Open Call Tank Man’. It’s also possible to propose someone else as a candidate. Based on the received proposals the artist will decide how to proceed with his Tank Man series. 

Gabriel  Lester

Gabriel Lester

The Blank Stare

The Blank Stare (2013)
film

People stare a lot in a shopping centre or on a railway platform. Lost in thought, they just gaze at a random point in the distance. Dutch artist Gabriel Lester made a film with this subject. It is the final film of a trilogy in which he examines the inward view. In The Blank Stare, people, creatures and spirits in five rooms are mutually connected through their staring into infinity.

The film is showing in the Mirliton Theatre in Hoog Catharijne, where the Utrecht artistes Herman Berkien and Tineke Schouten, among others, once performed.

  • The Blank Stare

    videostill

Areas

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Performance

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Germaine  Kruip

Germaine Kruip

A Possibility of an Abstraction: Circle Dance

A Possibility of an Abstraction: Circle Dance,  2013
performance
20 juni (17:30 – 21:00) & 23 juni (12:00 – 17:00)

The performance by Germaine Kruip (1970) is showing in the dispatch basement of Hoog Catharijne. In this deserted location, an Islamic cleric – a Sufi – performs a dance. He spins on his axis and attempts to bring the heavenly universe in contact with the earthly. The dance is completely stripped down by the artist. Music and traditional clothing are omitted. What remains is the spinning dancer who falls into a trance, whereby the visitor starts to experience this space differently.

Carry on, 2013
performance
13 & 15 september (13:00 – 16:00)

Throughout Call of the Mall, a surprising choreography between unsuspecting shoppers will also take place in the shopping centre. While the basement work is about achieving a personal relationship with a higher spiritual power, in the shopping area it’s about spreading the tender relationship that people can have with one another.

  • A Possibility of an Abstraction: Circle Dance

    Photo: Gabriele Heidecker, courtesy of Gabriele Heidecker, Berlin.

Areas

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Performance

A Possibility of an Abstraction: Circle Dance
20 juni (17:30 – 21:00) & 23 juni (12:00 – 17:00)

Carry on
13 & 15 september (13:00 – 16:00)

Henrik Vibskov

Henrik Vibskov

Tubilus

Tubilus (2013)
installation

The Radboudveste was opened in 1976. Its residents are delighted with the view; others are horrified by this concrete colossus. It is the only building in Hoog Catharijne that will not be modernized on the outside. The Danish Henrik Vibskov gives the grey structure a counterbalance with his colourful installation in the entrance hall. The colours and patterns are reminiscent of the seventies-wallpaper from the time when the tower was built. The soft material of the textile tubes, inspired by garbage chutes, is in contrast to the austere and rectangular forms of the building.

With thanks to the residents of the Radboudveste.

  • Tubilus

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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John  Miller

John Miller

Imaginary Excavation

Imaginary Excavation (2013)
Text installation

‘Under the paving stones, the beach!’ cried the Parisian students during their protests in 1968. They wanted to bring art and poetry, creativity and carefreeness back to their urban environment. American artist John Miller took inspiration from this slogan. He placed the text ‘Under the street, the street’ by the escalators. After all, from the Roman times up to the present shopping centre, people have built street upon street and layer upon layer. In a place such as this we can start again and again, is what Miller wants to say.

With thanks to V&D.

  • Imaginary Excavation

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

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Krijn  de Koning

Krijn de Koning

47m2

47 m2Work for the Hoog Catharijne Shopping Mall (2013)
installation

In a shopping centre, your eyes are pulled in all directions. Advertisements, billboards and shop windows constantly demand our attention. Dutch artist Krijn de Koning turns his back on this profusion of slick images. Seen from the outside, his work consists of a rough construction of unfinished board material. But once you enter, the floor and ceiling prove to be painted in bright, contrasting colours. This is also a space made by human hands, with a preconceived plan and goal just like the shopping centre outside of it.

 

  • 47m2

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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LIGNA

LIGNA

The Cry of the Mall. Requiem for a Fordistic Dream

The Cry of the Mall. Requiem for a Fordistic Dream (2013)
Sound piece 

What does the Call of the Mall actually sound like? For years, that was obvious: ‘Buy! Consume!’ But with the economic crisis and the arrival of online shopping, the role of the shops has changed. Hoog Catharijne also has to find new ways to hold on to its public. The kind of ‘call’ that might be appropriate is (still) unclear. The German artists’ group LIGNA gives shape to this in the form of a monologue that resounds throughout the entire shopping centre.

The work by LIGNA can only be heard in the evenings, from 18:00 hrs to 9:00 hrs. On Thursdays from 21:00 hrs to 9:00 hrs.

  • The Cry of the Mall. Requiem for a Fordistic Dream

    photo: Jannes Linders

Areas

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Lily  van der Stokker

Lily van der Stokker

Celestial Teapot

Celestial Teapot (2013)
Sculpture

A functional everyday object: the teapot. Lily van der Stokker blew it up to gigantic proportions. Thus, she places domestic life on a pedestal, in the middle of all the aggressive building and fast-paced business world of Hoog Catharijne. Her teapot is a beacon of cosiness in the commercial shopping centre, but one that demands a very impressive spot thanks to its proportions.

 

  • Celestial Teapot

    photo: Jannes Linders

Areas

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Lotte van den Berg

Lotte van den Berg

Agoraphobia

Pleinvrees (Agoraphobia) 2012

No decor, no light design, no PA system, no public gallery. The station hall itself constitutes the podium for this performance by Lotte van den Berg (1975). Pleinvrees is a reaction to the destruction of the social system and communal structures. As a spectator, you use your mobile phone to follow, at a distance, a man who seems to be talking to himself, until he addresses you directly and involves you in his lonely protest, his appeal to society for solidarity and fraternization.
Realized in collaboration with NS, ProRail and Arkadin. A coproduction with Nieuw West / Marien Jongewaard and Noord Nederlands Toneel.
 

 

  • Agoraphobia

    photo: Willem Weemhoff

Areas

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Performance

Performance 13 July, 18:00 hrs; 1 September 15:00 hrs 

Matthew  Darbyshire

Matthew Darbyshire

IP

IP (2013)
Installation

The English artist Matthew Darbyshire made copies of objects he found in Hoog Catharijne; objects that reveal how the economy (production and consumption) is organized. An old-fashioned sewing machine symbolizes craftsmanship. The sculpture from wooden debris refers to nature, as a counterpart to the artificial environment of the shopping centre. The terracotta figure propagates Eastern spirituality as an answer to our urge to consume. The oversized pink flowerpot is a familiar sight in the shopping centre and the ice cream cone makes us think back longingly to a time before infinite choice existed. 

 

  • IP

    image: Matthew Darbyshire

Areas

area 1
Maze  de Boer

Maze de Boer

1973

1973 (2013)
installation

Hoog Catharijne opened on 24 September 1973. Back then, the car park contained the most up-to-date cars of the time, such as the VW Beetle, Vauxhall Manta and the Austin Mini. Last year the car park was given a thorough renovation. It’s now so modern that it contrasts with the dated shopping centre. Dutch artist Maze de Boer wonders whether it is actually possible to mask the history of place through renovation. What do you think?

With thanks to Corio and Interparking.

  • 1973

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Melle  Smets

Melle Smets

Radio Homo Ludens

Radio Homo Ludens (2013)
Radio installation 

Hoog Catharijne was built according to the ideals of the Homo Ludens: Playing Man. It was intended as a place for consumption, relaxation and entertainment. Melle Smets stayed in a tent on the roof of Hoog Catharijne for a week to find out what still remains of those ideals. He discovered a remarkable village culture: hundreds of people live, work, and amuse themselves here every day with great pleasure. Smets gives these villagers a voice with his radio station. Come and listen to the live broadcasts with stories, in-depth interviews, local choirs and muzak orchestras.

 

  • Radio Homo Ludens

    image: Melle Smets

Areas

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Nathan Coley

Nathan Coley

Burn the Village, Feel the Warmth

Burn the Village / Feel the Warmth (2013)
Light sculpture 

Riots, arson, looting, fighting. Protesting youths left a trail of destruction in British cities in 2011. The reasons remain unclear, but in the social media a traditional African saying was quoted: ‘If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.’ With this text as a beacon light on the facade of Hoog Catharijne, British artist Nathan Coley gives us food for thought.

With thanks to the tenants of Trindeborch

  • Burn the Village, Feel the Warmth

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Pilvi  Takala

Pilvi Takala

Permit-full Zone

Vergunningvolle Zone (Permit-full Zone) (2013)
Installation

Initially there were no house rules in the public space that is Hoog Catharijne. But these have been introduced increasingly over the years: there is a duty-to-report policy for distributing flyers, making music, demonstrating or selling goods and many forms have to be completed. However, Finnish artist Pilvi Takala, who is fascinated by (un)written rules, has managed to free this space again. She has requested permits for all kinds of activities that are not usually allowed here. So please, feel free! Incidentally, not all the permits were granted...

 

  • Permit-full Zone

    image: Pilvi Takala and Siri Baggerman

Areas

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Performance

In de Vergunningvolle Zone kan wat ergens anders niet zomaar kan. Van 20 juni tot en met 22 september is op deze zone elke dag van 08.00 – 23.00 een Kleine Evenementenvergunning van toepassing.
Dat betekent dat je in dit gebied activiteiten mag organiseren zonder een vergunning aan te vragen. Wil jij ook op een van de drukste plekken van Nederland iets moois organiseren? Dat kan! Lees hier meer.

Robbie Cornelissen

Robbie Cornelissen

Robbie Cornelissen

The Waiting Room (2013)
Drawing

Amidst the commotion of the station hall, Utrecht artist Robbie Cornelissen is working on a huge pencil drawing until 18 July. His precise, concentrated work stands in stark contrast to the constant stream of travellers in this colossal space. Here, everyone is in a hurry and in transit, but peace and concentration are required to properly view this drawing. The artwork solicits a moment of attention in the middle of the everyday rush. And perhaps a conversation with another viewer?

With thanks to NS and ProRail.

  • Robbie Cornelissen

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Performance

Tekenschema Robbie Cornelissen
Za 22 jun        10.00 – 18.00 uur
Zo 23 jun        10.00 – 18.00 uur
Ma 24 jun      10.00 – 18.00 uur
Woe 26 jun    10.00 – 18.00 uur
Do 27 jun       13.00 – 21.00 uur
Di 2 jul            10.00 – 18.00 uur
Woe 3 jul        10.00 - 18.00 uur
Vr 5 jul           10.00 - 18.00 uur
Za 6 jul           10.00 – 18.00 uur
Di 9 jul            10.00 - 18.00 uur
Woe 10 jul     10.00 - 18.00 uur
Vr 12 jul         10.00 - 18.00 uur
Za 13 jul         10.00 - 18.00 uur
Woe 17 jul     10.00 - 18.00 uur
Do 18 jul        10.00 - 18.00 uur

Sanja  Medić

Sanja Medić

Everything Must Go

Everything Must Go (2013)
Vegetative wall with photograph

Many shops stand vacant due to the economic crisis. That is not a pleasant sight in the shopping street. Therefore, shopjackets are often fitted: prints behind the shop windows that give the impression that the shop is still in use. For this hoarding, the Serbian artist Sanja Medić made a very large variation. In the photo, you can recognize images of a forest and an escalator in Vredenburg. This work sketches an image of the future of a shopping centre deserted by humanity and that is gradually overgrown by nature.

Realized in collaboration with Corio.
With thanks to BAM.

  • Everything Must Go

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Outside

Sylvie  Fleury

Sylvie Fleury

C'est La Vie

C’est la Vie ! (2013)
Performance

For Call of the Mall, Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury had five copies made of Yves Saint Laurent’s famous Mondrian Dress from 1965. Every week, five models wearing these dresses and with different pedigree dogs will walk through Hoog Catharijne, on shoes by designer Rem D. Koolhaas. With their expensive haute couture, stylized shoes and luxury pets, the models wander through the shopping centre as symbols of our consumer society.

 

  • C'est La Vie

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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Performance

The models enter here every Friday at 17:00 hrs.

Troika

Troika

Persistent Illusions

Persistent Illusions (2013)
Sculpture

The fountain on the Clarenburgplein was once an important distinguishing feature of Hoog Catharijne. It symbolized the allure of the shopping centre, with its luxurious aviaries, roof gardens, palm trees and marble. Much of that has since disappeared, but the fountain returns briefly during Call of the Mall. Only, instead of spouting water, it spouts rope. And yet, Persistent Illusions by London-based Troika is just as inviting as a real fountain and it remains a distinguishing feature in the shopping centre.

 

  • Persistent Illusions

    image: Troika

Areas

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Wilfredo  Prieto

Wilfredo Prieto

Uncertain Future (2011)

Uncertain Future (2011)
Sculpture

The economy creaks and groans, the balance of power is shifting and nobody knows what the future will bring. Our uncertainty about the rapidly changing world is captured by Cuban artist Wilfredo Prieto in a simple glass ball. Like the crystal ball of a fortune-teller, but with no fortune-teller. There is no one to interpret what the ball reveals, no one who can tell us our future. And we are left even more unaware than we were already.

 

  • Uncertain Future (2011)

    photo (detail): Jannes Linders

Areas

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