Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Using the Museum, group exhibition, curated by Nick Aikens, Christiane Berndes & Steven ten Thije

Sept-Oct 2014

Antiphony is an answering machine service that was set up for the Van Abbe’s museum phone number +31 (0)40 238 1000.

The museum’s main phone number was occupied by a new service, offering callers the chance to select and speak to someone about 12 words redefined under the constraints of desert lands- capes: action, silence, withdraw, emptiness, failure, violence, doubt, chaos, ritual, border, nomenclature and pabulum.

The goal of the project was to challenge these notions and perform an alternative, subjective and human immaterial data journey.

The system was activated from the 28th of September to the 12th of October 2014.

Participants: Jan Adriaans, Bachtijar Ashari, Michał Ciołek, Eline Janssen, Roderick Van Langen, Aarti Sunder, Boukje Ypma, Olga Niziołek, Laila Torres Mendieta, Constanza Puente, Sarah Demoen and Kastė Šeškevičiūtė

Special thanks to Peter Claassen (ICT-coordinator of VAM)

Antiphony is part of the group exhibition ‘Using the Museum’, the culmination of a year-long pro- gram taught by the Van Abbemuseum as part of the DAI’s co-op Academy.

‘Using the Museum’ includes projects by: Hanan Benammar, Michelle Browne, Eduardo Cachu- cho, Voitka Group, Anneke Ingwersen, Louis Liu & Artémise Ploegaerts, Sofia Ocana Urwitz, Marie-Andree Pellerin, Abner Preis, Kim Schonewille, Tommie Soro, Malina Suliman and Silvia Ulloa.

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