Thursday, December 06, 2012

deSERVICEGARAGE hosts NFTA: Ginta Tinte Vasermane

Ginta Tinte Vasermane, 'Working Frames' (2012), video still

deSERVICEGARAGE is pleased to host the Netherlands Film and Television Academy (NFTA) Master of Film Graduation Show by Ginta Tinte Vasermane.

Ginta Tinte Vasermane graduates from the NFTA Master of Film programme with her multi-channel video installation 'Working Frames' (2012). In her non-narrative videos she composes and choreographs theatrical-performative scenes, which play with the relationship between bodies, architecture, the space of the frame and their limits and elasticity (expansion). While setting up human bodies in the architectural space and in the space of the frame as sculptural elements, she stages an existence with its own logic and rules.

"Movements are composed in a specific rhythm and become irrational and possible at the same time. The arrangements of body positions are expressive of, and play with, the inner conditions of an observer placed in diverse social conditions, spaces and structures. With light irony and poetic methods I play with a subject through staged scenarios. There’s a questioning of who we are and what we do in specific locations."

Ginta Tinte Vasermane (b. 1979 Riga, Latvia) lives and works in Amsterdam. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (VAV, 2010) and is currently graduating from the Netherlands Film and Television Academy Master of Film programme.

Opening 6.12.2012 19:00h until 01:00h

Exhibition open Friday 7.12.2012 - Sunday 9.12.2012, 12:00h - 18:00h

Finissage: Sunday 9.12.2012, 13:30h - guided tour and artist talk by Bart Rutten and Ginta Tinte Vasermane.

Bart Rutten (curator of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) will give a guided tour through the exhibition and have a talk with Ginta Tinte Vasermane about her multi-channel video installation 'Working Frames'. RSVP to We are looking forward to see you!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

DeSERVICEGARAGE in conjunction with HALBE presents every day another exhibition at inEXactlyTHIS/deKUNSTVLAAI2012.

HALBE is dedicated to the former secretary of state Halbe Zijlstra, who decided upon major cutback in the Dutch art world. Artistic quality, entrepreneurship and public outreach are the three main-pillars as published in “More than Quality: A New Vision on Arts Policy”. And this is where HALBE comes in: a beautiful blond beer, brewed, designed and sold by artists, that finances the arts.
Located in the former club of the Sint Nicolaas Lyceum during inEXactlyTHIS/deKUNSTVLAAI2012, DeSERVICEGARAGE invited HALBE to host the bar. The profit makes it possible to organize a one-day exhibition, every day of the festival.

With participating artists Alex Winters (23 Nov), Jasper Mittelmeijer (24 Nov), Erlend Larsen (24 Nov), Feiko Beckers (25 Nov), Frank Koolen (28 Nov), Pim Blokker (29 Nov), Judith Leysner (30 Nov), Isfrid Angard Siljehaug (1 Dec), Sjoerd Tim (1 Dec) and Ian de Ruiter (2 Dec)
inEXactlyTHIS/deKUNSTVLAAI2012 takes place from 23 November until 2 December 2012

Monday, October 08, 2012


I take my hammer and start drawing.

Graphite on the dancefloor, in the living room, on the wall in the hallway and on my bike.

I make an inspiration date, during dinner I form a subject into the piece of graphite, which I carry with me.

There is jumping from a self-made storey, paper and pink paint break my fall while four ladies in tutu tattoo me.

With warm lemonade in my percolator I see the world turning.

It is a drawing for the washing machine, relaxation and motion.

I sign, with greetings and suchlike,



Tuesday, October 02, 2012

EASTSIDE: Art for Breakfast 07.09.2012

    EAST SIDE viert zondag 7 oktober al weer haar tweede 
    Art For Breakfast

    Hedendaagse kunst op internationaal niveau met een        
    Zeven bijzondere locaties in Amsterdam Oost bieden
    een gratis ontbijt aan in combinatie met spraakmakende       

    Gebruik de routekaart en bezoek alle zeven locaties
    voor een compleet ontbijt.

    Openingstijden: van 11.00 tot 17.00 uur
    toegang en ontbijt gratis

Wednesday, August 22, 2012



hosted by de ServiceGarage





de ServiceGarage

The two-year master programme Fine Arts at AKV|St.Joost stimulates young artists to investigate their art and professionalize their practice, while using their personal qualities to the fullest. Collaborating with de ServiceGarage is both the last test for them as well as a strong start of the next phase of their career.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Festival of Choices / SIL KROL

The exhibition "Platforms for Civil Resistance", hosted by De ServiceGarage, is the first stage of an ongoing project in which different dilemmas concerning 'the protester', public space and power will be questioned and criticized. By proposing 5 architectural structures, new gestures are given to various forms of civil resistance. The monumental architecture, designed with the idea of a park landscape, can exist as permanent objects that facilitate the continuous development of pluralistic ideologies to 'organization'.

New questions arise. What is the need to structure and institutionalize civil resistance, will this lead to liberalization or restrictions? When a specific location is appropriate and designated as the ‘ultimate protest place’, what happens to the urge to protest? And will the protester benefit the aestheticization of his appearance?

These and other questions will be discussed in the public debate on 15 July. A closing event of the exhibition everyone is invited to take part. 

Program closing event "Platform for Civil Resistance", SIL KROL 15 july 2012:

16.00: walk-trough
16.30: public debate "Platforms for Civil Resistance' 
17.30: drinks etc.
18.00: music!

(Exhibition opens at 12.00 hrs, bar opens at 16.00 hrs.)

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


I say We
Instead of asking the obvious stupid question: “Is the idea of communism still valid today and can it still be used as a tool for political practice and analysis?” one should ask the opposite question: “How does our predicament today look from the perspective of the communist idea?”  Zižek in his debate at ‘Marxism 2009’
How do artists work with systems that used to provide an alternative/ for capitalism? This exhibition investigates how certain artists critically reflect on contemporary social and political structures by re-investigating socialist and communist structures in a critical and non-nostalgic way.

Due to the disappearance of communism in central Europe and in the largest parts of Asia, capitalism has lost it’s concrete opponent; another system doesn’t seem realistic. The slogan “develop yourself!” both on a personal and financial level, is embraced almost everywhere. Ideals that are being supported by large groups, or a pre-defined identity to which you belong, seem to be official history in this time of capitalist globalism. 

The last years however, it seems that the quest for a shared identity and solidarity is finding its way to the foreground again, both in politics and in society. Large amounts of European inhabitants are being drawn to populist political parties, which are based on emotions and group identities, rather then on administrative reliability. But on the other hand people are occupying the western streets as well in large amounts (inspired by the recent events in the Arab world). In times of economical crisis and political insecurity, it seems that also the capitalist world is capable again of questioning it’s systems as they are and have been; imagining alternative political structures for a different global future.

In a time where collectivity and individualism are engaging in a new problematic and ambivalent relationship, the Service Garage wants to explore how contemporary artists relate to old collective ideals or political tendencies and how they translate this into their work. 
Is there a contemporary take on almost lost ideologies like communism and socialism, or are these ideologies out-dated and unchanged? 

I say We

Bernd Trasberger
Anna Hoetjes
Christoff Zwiener
John Körmeling
Cedric van Turtelboom
Arik visser
Helmut Dick

Monday, April 16, 2012




In his essay De l'Amour the French writer Stendhal describes the process of crystallization. According to him, the process of the formation of salt crystals is similar to the development of love. In four steps Stendhal dissects the process of falling in love. From admiration to acknowledgment, from acknowledgment to hope and from hope to the eventual delight. Four simple steps that logically follow each other in an orderly and rational order.
In his work Feiko Beckers aims to so the same as Stendhal. He also attempts to approach feelings and events in such a way that they become clear and understandable.
In his videos and performances Beckers both recounts and stages personal stories with the participation of actual members of his family and friends. These stories often revolve around personal failures, accidents and embarrassments he once experienced.
His work is an attempt to find answers to the unexpected and relentless nature of these unfortunate events. By creating structures and strategies in which these events are not only inevitable, but also easily explainable.

  The title of the exhibition The arranging of books by color also refers to the use of a structure. Namely the idea of arranging books in a bookcase according to the color of their covers. Although visually resembling a structure, when put into practice it does not at all work.  Forgetting the color of a book renders the book unfindable in the end.
The same goes for the structures that Beckers creates in his work. They are seemingly feasible structures that - when put into practice however - fail miserably. Failures that affect the artist himself, but above all the people he invites to take part in his work; his family and friends.

  For The arranging of books by color Beckers has realized three new video works. Works that are presented together with the respective sets in which they were filmed. Thereby not only exposing the work's artificiality, but also questioning the sincerity with which the acts and ideas are put forward.

photography: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

Saturday, March 03, 2012




Titled after one of the works on show, Effect Rating is an expansive selection of Johann Arens' most recent works. Bringing together this group of works for the first time, this show describes the artist's continuous interest in the complex and often contradictory concurrence between imagery and actual social space. 

The works vary in format and display – from a scale model and installations to online presentation, photo wallpaper, projections and video screenings. Although Arens employs the language of both sculpture and film, at the core of his practice is a cinematographic preoccupation with different modes of moving image production. His work is an evolving system of collected, collaged and digitally processed imagery that responds to the conventions of film and its representation of reality. 

Much of Arens' works is concerned with the role of the various 'devices' used in image production; which then assume an object-like quality. Considering their social dimension he explores how they shape one's own viewing behaviour and with this, indirectly portrays the body of an active, producing 'user'. A complex but stylized investigation in forms, structures and processes of viewing and role-attributing, this exhibition further traces Arens' interest in methods of filmic expression and viewing practices. 

Johann Arens (b.1981) was born in Aachen, Germany. After graduating from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam in 2006, he has worked in Berlin during a 5-month residency by the Nipkow Program and received a one-year stipend by the Netherlands Foundation of Visual Arts. Lately he completed his MFA at Goldsmith, University of London.

Recent expositions include ‘New Contemporaries’ at the ICA London, ‘Deceptive Eye’ at the Institute of Continuation in Stockholm, and ‘No Soul For Sale’ Festival at Tate Modern in London. Amongst others he participated in ‘A useful-looking useless object’ at Sierra Metro in Edinburgh and ‘I'll explain you everythiinnngggg’, Chert Berlin.

Opening 3rd of march, 20:00h
Exhibition open from 7th of march - 1st of april 
Wednesday - Sunday 12:00h - 18:00h

cruquiusweg 79
1019 AT Amsterdam

Exhibition was realised with kind support of the Sandberg Institute, CreativeColors & VriendenvandeSERVICEGARAGE.