— On authenticity & manipulation
For the tenth time, Stichting Beelden op de Berg is organizing an international exhibition in the Arboretum Belmonte in Wageningen. The curator Koos Flinterman and co-curator Krijn Christiaansen have chosen two themes for this edition that are central to both contemporary visual art and science: authenticity and manipulation. Is there such a thing as authenticity? Or is simulated authenticity the only kind we ever really experience? They invited a select group of celebrated Dutch and international artists to create new works of art that explore the realm of the original and the manipulated. The results include a fifteen-metre-long chicken coop with two pheasant-like primeval chickens from the Belgian artist Koen Vanmechelen’s Cosmopolitan Chicken Project; a film by Barbara Visser about the deserted tropical greenhouse near the arboretum; a series of tomato plants growing in the thin space between two sheets of perspex, a bio-printer, and modified historic audio recordings of African music. (Re)Source showcases new sculptures, installations, and films by artists and designers who play, reflect, and work around the themes of authenticity and manipulation. (Re)Source is a treat for the eye and a feast for the mind.