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Agenda

Homestead of Dillution - public discussion and book prsentation
Onomatopee
Thursday, July 6, 17:00 - 18:30

A presentation by the artists will be followed by a discussion touching upon various aspect of the Homestead of Dilution project.  It will reveal the connection between historical research and the present and demonstrate how art can indicate the contemporary.



Exhibition

Onomatopee 140 / Cabinet project
Homestead of Dilution

An exposition, book presentation and public discussion with and by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

The Homestead of Dilution exhibition will run from 24 June 2017, to 20 August.
Opening, talk and book launch: 6 July 2017, 17:00

Who do we allow to live among us and how do we exclude? With variable intensity the question whether psychiatric patients and people with intellectual disabilities can, may or should live among ‘normal’ people has been a subject of debate since the beginning of the twentieth century. The project Homestead of Dilution looks at the Nieuw Dennendal experiment (1969-1974) where psychologist Carel Muller and architect Frans van Klingeren devised an alternative model for ‘deranged’ and ‘healthy’ people to live and play together on the secure property of a psychiatric institution. Nieuw Dennendal, widely considered to be the most ground-breaking experiment in Dutch post-war health care, has become relevant again as more and more mentally distressed people appear in the streets.

The experiment has a special relationship with Eindhoven. After a number of scandals, the government ordered the evacuation of Nieuw Dennendal in 1974. The staff was discharged and the patients were ‘deported’ to the psychiatric institution De Grote Beek in Eindhoven. The action divided public attention in The Netherlands. The present relevance of Nieuw Dennendal is demonstrated by the film Homestead of Dilution by Domenico Mangano and Marieke van Rooy. A symbolic piece of the façade of one of the pavilions where the experiment was conducted is displayed in the middle of Onomatopee’s exhibition space. Furthermore, attached n the Onoamtopee "shopwindow" are the Dilution adhesives (2017), initially made to be included in the publication.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Artist Domenico Mangano and architectural historian Marieke van Rooy have been collaborating in the Dilution project since 2014. Through film, installations, sculptures and participative projects, they research present and historical attempts to arrive at an inclusive society.

The Dilution project has been developed in collaboration with Het Vijfde Seizoen, Mondriaan Fonds, Kunsthuis Syb, Instituto Buena Bista, Nomas Foundation and Onomatopee.

 


Publication

Homestead of Dilution
Onomatopee 140

by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy
2017


Price: € 18,00    

Homestead of Dilution

by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

ISBN 978-94-91677-67-0
softcover, 132 pages.
28 full page images in full color
133 x 206 mm / 5, 2 x 8,1 inches standing  

The concept of ’dilution’ – bringing together healthy and mentally ill people to overcome the formation of a polarised and hierarchical society – was developed during the Nieuw Dennendal experiment at a Dutch mental healthcare institute in the 1970s. 

With this book we broaden the scope of what dilution could mean today, viewed through various historical, artistic, sociological and philosophical lenses. Could the historical concept of dilution be deployed as a contemporary artistic principle and be rediscovered as a means to achieve peaceful cohabitation? Does it have the potential to bridge and unify radical forms of otherness as part of an artistic process or perhaps life in general?

 

This publication comes out of the artistic research for the video work Homestead of Dilution, and is the result of an artist-in residency by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy at Het Vijfde Seizoen (located on the grounds of the mental health institute Altrecht in Den Dolder, The Netherlands), from January to May 2015.

The project The Dilution Adhesives (2017), was made specially for this publication. Each copy contains a selection of stickers with images and illustrations from the Nieuw Dennendal archive, which is part of the collection of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.

The publication is part of the Dilution Project, which is developed by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy in collaboration with Kunsthuis SybHet Vijfde Seizoen, Instituto Buena Bista, Onomatopee and the Mondriaan Fund. The publication was presented for the first time at the exhibition Homestead of Dilution at the Nomas Foundation in Rome, from 3 May – 1 August 2017, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, and presented at the exhibition space of Onomatopee in Eindhoven, July 2017.

Editors: Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk, Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

Authors / contributors: Esther Vossen, John Foot, Ilaria Gianni, Aaron Schuster

Copy editors: Billy Nolan, Leila Rejali

Translators: Billy Nolan, Oliver Dorostkar

Graphic designer: Bardhi Haliti

Cover images: Nieuw Dennendal Archive, Collection IIISG, Amsterdam

This publication was made possible with support from Het Vijfde Seizoen / Altrecht GGZ, the Mondriaan Fund, Magazzino, Nomas Foundation

 

 

 

 








© Onomatopee 2011
From the exhibition ’Homestead of Dilution’ by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy
– curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk
4 May until 28 July 2017, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy
From the exhibition ’Homestead of Dilution’ by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy – curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk 4 May until 28 July 2017, Nomas Foundation, Rome, Italy