Annual Report 2015–2016
One year ago we started collaborating under the name physical culture. We are now happy to be celebrating our cotton wedding anniversary by sharing our annual report. The form of the annual report belongs to what’s called gray literature, a genre that is non-commercial nor uses traditional distribution channels. The purpose of production and focus of topic vary from lists of inventory, financial reports to chritsmas cards. Its emphemeral quality provides an equally poetic and functional insight to a concrete testimony of labour.
Our collaboration began as the result of a residency at Da Costakade at the end of 2015 in Amsterdam. Working together as friends, the residency provided a stage to carefully mount subjectivities to physical formats. A main concern was the stretch of the body and time. In this time we were exercizing a method which delicately interconnect topics, be it forms of writing, building, moving or hosting. We were searching for connotations and comfort in physical objects, establishing spaces with the effective language of decoration.
The project as a whole was–beside an online agenda–consiting of the 3 following parts:
The opening: 17th of December 2015
We floored the 64 m2 space with a wall-to-wall carpet. It was the experience of a collaborative labor, providing a surface to host intimate sessions of work and relaxation. It was executed with the lazy body in mind, inviting its visitors to stretch out horizontally. For the opening we invited for a casual slumber and served infused alcohol of pine nuts, maple sirup, olives and cypress tree hidden in the closet marked by the number 1.
The reception: 31th of December 2015
On New Year’s day 2015, we invited for exercises on the carpet; warm-up, transitions, stretching and massage. We served a tower of champagne a ‘horn of plenty’ and glazed red apples. We chose this specific day of New Year’s eve, in order to harvest the specialness of a common ritual and the natural bringing together of people for an invisible spectacle.
The finissage: 24th of March 2016
As a closure, we produced a publication consisting of texts and images reflecting on the topic discussed before, during and after our residency. It was launched at San Serriffe in Amsterdam. The space has a bright yellow-painted floor and a neon ceiling. For the event, we switched the colors of the two, by altering the light and applying a softer surface to the floor. We read excerpts of our texts, of which one guided the guests into a restful meditative state. For ordering please email.
Good morning: 31st of March 2016
In the aftermath of the residency, we performed at Unfair Art Fair in Amsterdam. Mixing leftover ideas from our residency, we produced a series of semi transparent foldable walls which provided a room for us and our audience to feel calm in, at what otherwise felt like a large and unfamiliar setting. As a result we performed our texts cut up as a play of sound alongside a choice of our favorite ASMR soundscapes.
Kenzo: 17–19 of October 2016
Following a period of moving in an out of countries, physical culture finally regrouped in october 2016 as the fashion brand KENZO inquired a large-scale mural for a new shop in Barcelona. The production is still to be finished, but here are our proposals which each utilize different methods of production.
Chroma Lives: 3rd of December 2016
If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t To Be Part Of Your Revolution, asked us to participate in ‘Chroma Lives’; a performative archive project by Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich which explores ‘Chromaliving: New Designs for Living’—a group exhibition held in Toronto in 1983 within a former department store, and comprising a theatricalized vision of contemporary living through domestic room displays—and its contemporary “restaging”. The curator Grant Watson engaged with the artists in a conversation about the project and the presentation was set within a mise-en-scène of works by Amsterdam-based practitioners working at the nexus of art and design including us. For this occasion and within this context, we revisited the carpet from our residency. Working on the carpet and giving it a new more closed shape, also closed the year full circle.