Landing Strip (2019) | Willem de Haan Archived

Multidisciplinary artist Willem de Haan approaches serious issues in a cartoonesque, sculptural and sometimes laughable way in order to pay homage to a certain object, subject or situation. With the site-specific installation ‘Landingstrip’ he paid homage to the exceptional spatial environment of the monumental NDSM-wharf and created an alienating situation in which the boundaries between script and reality fade away.

The absurdist presentation Airport Noord addresses the question of what the multi-purpose space, which originally served the international infrastructure, can be used for in the future? The installation Landing Strip on the Y-slope was part of the overall project Airport Noord and was an extension of the fictional Departure Lounge, which Willem de Haan opened together with Kamagurka at gallery Patty Morgan.

Toothbrush, ears, clean socks, passport? Check! The alarm clock for the first train to the airport is set, but then… FLIGHT CANCELLED. So back home.

A closing performance took place around the installation Landing Strip on Wednesday 14 August: In CANCELLED | A Performance by Willem de Haan, Willem showed that no matter how hard he tries, some things are beyond his control. Because when can’t you do anything but surrender to fate? And what does that fate bring with it?

The installation Landing Strip and the project Airport Noord offers, following the example of the North-South line, a new fictional connection between Amsterdam Noord and the city across the street and the rest of the world.

This project was (partly) made possible by the AFK.

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