Nishiko (Jp)
Nasan Tur (Ge)
Chris Burden (Us)

May 23 - June 6 2010
Opening: Saturday, May 22 at 7 pm in Zuidwal 52
Open: Saturday and Sunday from 1-5 pm,
and by appointment

What makes someone a good person? What do behaviour, conduct and possessions tell us about somebody’s place in the world? And what happens when the seemingly unshakable principle of mutuality is reversed and the giver only wants to take? These and other questions are raised in three conceptual works that provoke the ethical framework and imagination of the viewer in an accurate, compassionate and mildly humorous way.

About the works shown:

Nishiko, Best Person of the World
(site-specific installation, publication (420 x 297 mm, 24 pages), 1st floor Zuidwal 52 Den Haag, 2010)
For this exhibition, Nishiko has developed a site-specific project consisting of a publication in relation to an empty exhibition space, in order to imagine and trace out the life and personality of the 'best person of the world'.

Nasan Tur, Like new
(Old shoes coloured by street shoeblacks, size and quantity are variable, 2007)
The installation consist of classical men's shoes in various sizes and types. At first view they look 'like new'. On closer look the shoes are old, used, worn out and in bad condition. The shoes show a history of walking thousands of kilometers, and how they took the shape of the feet of their owners. On an other level, the shoes show us something about a different appreciation of possession, and of social status. Many people draw conclusions about the character and social standing of a person from his respective shoes. In the Western world the shoes would have ended in the bin a long time ago. In other parts of the world people put effort in keeping them in a neat state. The shoes from 'Like New' have been around for a long time; they have been coloured and polished over and over again to get as close to their original appearance as possible. The maintenance is traditionally done by shoeblacks, a group who represents a working class that everywhere in the world belongs to the lower social stratum. It is a heterogenous group: from little children to old men, they all earn their livelihood as shoeblacks. They are mobile, independent and have the working-equipment under their arm.

Chris Burden, Send Me Your Money
(Broadcast on KPFK, Close Radio, (recorded live) March 21, 1979, 55 min. 45 sec.)
For one hour, live, on F.M. radio Chris Burden repeatedly asked the listeners to "consider the possibility of sending money directly to me, to Chris Burden, 823 Oceanfront Walk, Venice, California 90291". Interjected between his continuous appeals to send money directly to him at his address, Chris Burden would explain that he was not selling anything and that he was not part of any charitable or religious organisation. He emphasized that he was not asking for two or three big individual contributions, rather, he wanted everyone to send him a little, even as little as a quarter. Chris Burden tried to emphasize that working together they could make him rich, and that their loss would be invisible, whereas his gain would be substantial. He suggested that it would be as if they altogether just "jogged one step to the left".

- 'Waarom ik voortaan mijn schoenen poets' by Lynne van Rhijn (Dutch only).
- Preview report on Trendbeheer

 Joost Nieuwenburg listening to   Chris Burdens 'Send Me Your Money' 
 Joost Nieuwenburg reading Nishiko's   publication 'The Best Person ...' 
 Joost Nieuwenburg reading Nishiko's   publication 'The Best Person ...' 
 Joost Nieuwenburg reading Nishiko's   publication 'The Best Person ...' 
 Image from Nishiko's publication    'The Best Person of the World' 
 Image from Nishiko's publication   'The Best Person of the World'