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upcoming, ongoing and a brief selection of other projects and exhibitions:
Solo exhibition and Book Presentation
oct 22nd – nov 18th
Artist’s talk and book presentation with Dick Hebdige at 4 pm
October 22nd, 2022, 3 – 8 pm,
672 S. Lafayette Park Place, Suite 44,
Kolkata: Run in the Alley
11 Sep 2022 — 13 Nov 2022
Kolkata: Run in the Alley, created by more than twenty artists from India and the Netherlands, is a group exhibition about the metropolis of Kolkata, India. The exhibition presents contemporary applications of ancient Indian crafts alongside agitprop posters, paintings made using natural pigments, cutting-edge textile designs, refined erotic silhouettes, inlaid floors, and beautiful sculptures in bronze and cardboard. Teams of Indian and Dutch artists will compose and stage the exhibition, providing intimate drawing rooms, cartoon salons surrounded by bamboo walls, busy passageways with neon light, specially made floors, and poster walls.
Tim Breukers, Arunima Choudhury, Gautham Choudhury, Sarbari Roy Choudhury, Bonno van Doorn, Sanchayan Ghosh, Nobina Gupta, Somnath Hore, Henri Jacobs, Maartje Korstanje, Sachi Miyachi, Riten Mozumdar, Sumantra Mukherjee, Ruchama Noorda, Srikanta Paul, Ganesh Pyne, Piyali Sadhukan & Saumik Chakraborty, Ushmita Sahu, Amritah Sen, Sarbaijt Sen, Paula Sengupta, Praneet Soi, Arthur Stokvis, Koen Taselaar.
Dakota By Night: The Ritual Cleansing
Friday 2 September
21:00 – 03:00 hrs
As Above, So Below 🙃
Book launh 3:00 pm Sunday 12 June, 2022 Rozenstraat Project Space: As Above So Below 🙃 – a comprehensive overview with written commentary of the artworks produced in a range of mediums over a twenty-year period by Amsterdam-based artist, Ruchama Noorda. Those attending are invited to step into Ruchama’s cosmos/space-time capsule where dreaming mirrors action, where life and work, prana and carnality, microcosm and macrocosm open into one another.
published by Jap Sam Books
Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers?
10 Sep – 19 Dec 2021
Circadian Power Plant, Nest, Den Haag, photos: Charlott Markus
Lily van der Stokker
The artists in this exhibition answer the question of the exhibition title with a resounding “YES!”. They show that the flower as a symbol can seduce, comfort, heal, adorn and distract, and find common ground in feminist affinities, queer desires and ecological solidarity. But flowers can also represent a form of oppression and censorship, a secret language, a wink and a punch all in one.
‘Is it possible to be a revolutionary and like flowers’ is an exhibition diptych with the Centraal Museum (Laurie Cluitmans and Eva Burgering) where ‘The Botanical Revolution’ is being shown simultaneously.
The Great Invocation
04.09 – 07.11.2021
curated by: Pádraic E. Moore
‘The Great Invocation refers to the mantra allegedly received by British writer Alice Bailey from a spirit guide in 1945, as the last battles of WWII ravaged Europe. Bailey described The Great Invocation as a synthesis of meditation, prayer, and affirmation, that would assist the world in times of unprecedented calamity, thus ‘saving humanity from self-destruction’…
With work by Mikala Dwyer, Bertus Jonkers, Madge Gill, Jan Kervezee, Marc Lamy, Leo Luccioni, Ruchama Noorda Sharon Overmeiren, Ewoud van Rijn, Linder Sterling, Emma Talbot and Suzanne Treister. The exhibition is accompanied by the in-depth program Brandstof with a performacne by Ruchama Noorda and a lecture by Tessel M. Bauduin.
RX Receiver Platform PowerPointerformance
Digital landscapes are projected onto a screen. Placed before it, plants and stone pigments are strewn across a built platform. We are watching a PowerPoint presentation, a format native to corporate offices and academic institutions, the stuff of proposals and sales pitches, presentations and lectures. Hijacking this format for higher spiritual purpose, Ruchama Noorda is an artist whose work is deeply concerned with healing, nature, and the mythologies of alternative medicine as absorbed by the counterculture. This performance-based work is titled Rx, or ℞, an abbreviation used in medicine and pharmacology, communicating which drugs a patient has been prescribed. Derived from the Latin word ‘recipe’, ‘to take’, the same two letters occur in electronics, where it refers to the ‘receiver’.
Noorda’s practice draws upon ‘Lebensreform’, a late 19th- and early 20th-century social reform movement that rejected the rapid advances of industrialisation and urbanisation, advocating instead for vegetarianism, organic farming, sobriety and naturopathy. Lebensreform also turned to spiritual philosophies, including yoga and theosophy, for alternative models of living. Possibly due to the emigration of some of its practitioners to California in the mid-20th Century, the ethos of Lebensreform seems to have shaped or inspired the ‘hippie’ counterculture that emerged in the 1960s. Noorda’s practice draws upon the teachings and ritual practices of these movements, seizing digital means of presentation to offer a “faith-based praxis ritual” or live invocation of spiritual wisdom—all the while complicating the binary thinking which sets the corporate in opposition to the counterculture in the first place.
Photography: Aad Hogendoorn
Blue Monday: Opening of Tumulus Hermitage
Ornamental Hermitess, Ruchama Noorda, 2020 photography: Victoria Ushkanova
On September 21st, 2020 on the evening leading up to the Autumn Equinox, Ruchama Noorda will perform a ceremony to mark the occasion using extracts from the planted woad. The performance will take place in front of the Sluisdeurenloods.
In July and early August 2020, an ornamental hermitage built from compacted earth-bags and discarded home improvement detritus collected on the streets during the pandemic, was constructed at the centre of the Tumulus, slightly sunk into the earth.
This one-person hide-out and End Times shelter is fronted by a door with a two-way peephole. Here, in the city centre, you are invited to step back, and savour solitary time at the moment when light and dark are in the balance. The Tumulus hut provides an opportunity for a re-set – a place to pause, turn inward and prepare for what is coming…
The Tumulus Hermitage will be open to the public from 19:00 hours.
At 20:30 sharp Noorda’s performance will begin.
UCSB Spring Arts Colloquium talk
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9KG DE OXIGÉNIO
07.12.2019 — 16.02.2020
I’m showing an installation @Galeria Municipal do Porto with Uma Certa Falta de Coerência in Porto, Portugal. A group exhibition with:
Babi Badalov, Daniel Barroca, António Bolota, Camilo Castelo Branco, Merlin Carpenter, Rolando Castellón, June Crespo, Luisa Cunha, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Pedro G. Romero, Dan Graham, Alisa Heil, Mike Kelley, Ruchama Noorda, Silvestre Pestana, Josephine Pryde and Xoan Torres.