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curious stories to tell (en)

It is one of the cultural characteristics of the Netherlands to dispense with curtains, which in other cultures are often considered indispensable, thus leaving rooms facing the street exposed to view, defenceless. Cultural scientists argue a Calvinist background for this, with the intention of proving that there wasn't anything to conceal, in that particular household. According to different opinions the custom allowed for displaying ones property.
The artist group MIKC, using the former Delden stadhuis as an exhibition site, had issued an international invitation to engage with this open-ness of Dutch living-rooms.  From 5.12.2009 to 27.12.2009, daily from 5 to 8.30 pm, under cover of dusk, shelter of night and the title of buiten bioscoop / neighbours, rooms created by artists were exposed to view.

The video installation ’curious stories to tell’ by Karl-Heinz Mauermann shows scenes from the life of a married couple. Does it show scenes from the life of a married couple? Early-morning coffee drinking, statesman-like greetings from a window, as well as murder and manslaughter are submitted to the voyeuristic view of the audience.

Length: 15 min. loop / Actors: Heidi and Reinhard Matten
with kind support by Studio-Bühne Essen


Artists taking part in this exhibition:
Digna Sinke, Bill Spinhoven, Salah Saouli, Philip Ultee, Sigrun Gudmunsdottir, PseudonieM, Karl-Heinz Mauermann, Simone Zaugg, Diana Dodson, Basil Harmse, Mes Dickson, Daniel Maalman, Collectief Adhoc, Jacqueline van der Horst, Seyit Battal Kurt, Martin Oostenrijk, Harry Hendriks, Gera Baas,Insook Ju Sukuyun Yang

In 2008 at the same site the exhibition living had been shown.
Karl-Heinz Mauermann showed look-out / uitkijk.

In 2011 at the same site the exhibition buiten bioscoop had been shown.
Karl-Heinz Mauermann showed Don't look!