What does the world look like after the coronavirus? Where are the challenges, what opportunities have arisen? In March 2020, the Oude Kerk joined forces with Mister Motley . Together we invited sixteen artists to respond to questions raised by the corona crisis. Their contributions, in the form of short films, were presented in the online project The World After . The combination of uncertainty and optimism that characterized the lockdown period can be clearly felt in the contributions. In this way, the videos together sketch a striking image of the strange spring of 2020.
These videos can also be seen in the Oude Kerk from 19 September to 3 January. Not as works of art in a traditional exhibition, but as part of a long-term conversation between the Oude Kerk, the artists and the rest of society. The World After: Conversation Pieces therefore also includes an extensive public program with performances, screenings, artist talks, concerts, debate evenings and an auction. Mister Motley provides extra depth with a program including (radio) conversations, essays and interviews. There will also be a charity auction.
Reaction to the context
De Oude Kerk presents context-specific projects: artists are usually invited to create new work that responds to the special building, the history and the environment. During the lockdown, the Oude Kerk was closed: not the physical place, but the global social situation formed the starting point and context of this project. The World After: Conversation Pieces is the post-lockdown sequel to The World After . The videos have been installed throughout the church. As a visitor you will discover this new layer at the same time as the historic building and its stories.
Free space in the programming: News market artists
De Oude Kerk has been working for some time on consciously creating open spaces in the programming, so that everyone can share in the ownership of this place on the basis of equality. These plans gained momentum due to the corona crisis. The first step in this 'deprogramming' is a collaboration with the artists from the neighborhood. Via an open call, the local artists' community Open Ateliers Nieuwmarkt has been invited to create work that responds to The World After . These contributions will be added to the exhibition in the Oude Kerk on 6 November.