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Onomatopee 140 / Cabinet project
Homestead of Dilution

exhibition sceduled for July 2017


Homestead of Dilution
Onomatopee 140

by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

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





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