Kunsthal Rotterdam is opening its new exhibition ‘Black Album / White Cube’ online! In collaboration with the Rotterdam online radio station Operator, for three nights in a row the focus will be on art and music. To what extent are these worlds connected to each other? What concepts are exchanged between visual artists and musicians? Why is everybody playing vinyl again these days? And what was it like when the first gabber techno tracks started to shake Rotterdam to its foundations in the 1980s and 1990s?
The exhibition ‘Black Album / White Cube’ will be the inspiring setting for three live broadcasts. Hosts Samira Ben Messaoud, Femke Dekker, and Thomas Fonville will talk to some high-profile guests from the worlds of art and music. After the talk, the DJ will take over for a ninety-minute set. Follow the special online opening programme live via this page.
PROGRAMME 18.00 – 20.00 HRS
FRIDAY 19 JUNE
18.00 – 18.30 hrs:
Host Samira Ben Messaoud will talk to the artist duo Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek. Inspired by the emerge of gabber culture in Rotterdam in the 1990s, they portrayed numerous individuals from various subcultures over the past 26 years. Their ongoing art project Exactitudes® is part of the exhibition Black Album / White Cube.
18.30 – 20.00 hrs: Set with DJ mad miran.
SATURDAY 20 JUNE
18.00 – 18.30 hrs: Host Femke Dekker will talk to George Ruseler, frontman of the Rotterdam Terror Corps, and guest curator Max Dax, former editor in chief of the famous German rock and pop culture magazine Spex, and of Electronic Beats magazine.
18.30 – 20.00 hrs: Set with DJ Marcelle.
SUNDAY 21 JUNE
18.00 – 18.30 hrs: Host Thomas Fonville in conversation with DJ and artist Natasja Alers, organiser of the Grauzone Festival.
18.30 – 20.00 hrs: Set with DJ Max Dax
BLACK ALBUM / WHITE CUBE. A JOURNEY INTO ART AND MUSIC
The exhibition ‘Black Album / White Cube’ combines the worlds of visual art and pop music. Thirty five internationally known artists are showing work that is influenced by music: from A$AP Rocky, Lady Gaga and Britney Spears to Joy Division, Euromasters and The Beatles. Over two hundred contemporary artworks have been brought together in the exhibition, including photography by Wolfgang Tillmans and Anton Corbijn, video installations by Cyprien Gaillard and Arthur Jafa, and paintings by Albert Oehlen and Emil Schult. Within themes such as ‘remixing and sampling’ or ‘original and copy’, countless exciting cross-overs are created.