‘Revealing the Invisible’
Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield

10 September 2010 - 31 October 2010

The art of Stansfield/Hooykaas mainly consists of sculpture, sound, still images and filmed material. With ‘Revealing the Invisible’ Madelon Hooykaas has compiled an exhibition aimed at the experience of spatiality and the deeper levels of the artworks. She has created the video installation ‘Mount Analogue’ specially for De Ketelfactory. This installation constitutes the point of departure for Dorothea Franck’s philosophical and poetic essay ‘Kunst en aandacht‘ concerning the oeuvre of Stansfield/Hooykaas and, in particular, the exhibited works at De Ketelfactory.

The body of work produced by Stansfield/Hooykaas has a considerable international reputation. Their works have been shown, for instance, in Sydney (Biennial), Kassel (Documenta) and London (Whitechapel Gallery) and are included in, among others, the collections of the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. Running concurrently with the exhibition at De Ketelfactory is a display of several works by Stansfield/Hooykaas at Museum Gouda. Among these is the well-known work ‘From the Museum of Memory’ (on loan from the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam). Later this year, the exhibition of work by this duo will travel to Glasgow, Scotland.

In September 2010 the book ‘Revealing the Invisible. The Art of Stansfield/Hooykaas from Different Perspectives’ will be published by Uitgeverij de Buitenkant. In this richly illustrated catalogue, the work of Stansfield/Hooykaas is discussed by eleven internationally known authors.

Madelon Hooykaas

Madelon Hooykaas and Elsa Stansfield are media artists from the early days. They have been working together since 1972. As a duo, they have always experimented with the latest technology and discoveries in the audiovisual field. Their oeuvre deals with space and time: the tide, the cycle of the seasons and natural elements from physics, such as radio waves and magnetic fields. They make use of video and photography in combination with other materials such as stone, aluminum, glass, phosphorous and water. In almost all of their work they refer explicitly to the earth and to nature, and spirituality is part of their philosophy of life. Although Elsa Stansfield died unexpectedly in 2004, Madelon Hooykaas continues to carry out their ideas. At De Ketelfactory a number of older works (including the work ‘Horizon’, on loan from the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam) can be seen in combination with the new video installation ‘Mount Analogue’.

distillation ‘Deep Looking’

Date: 26 September 2010
In collaboration with: Dorothea Franck and Erik Hagoort

Dorothea Franck on art and attention 
Why art? What use is it? Is art more than an expensive form of entertainment? Does art make a difference to you life, even if you’re not an artist? On the basis of ‘Mount Analogue’ and other works in the exhibition, Dorothea Franck speaks on the experience of art and the way in which it can be part of life. She is a philosopher, expert of language and literature and a poet. She taught style science at the University of Amsterdam and semiotics at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Dorothea Franck publishes and advises in the fields of communications, ethics and aesthetics.

Erik Hagoort and the art of the encounter
Erik Hagoort speaks on ‘Ethics and encounter in art’, the subject of his thesis. Hagoort studied theology at the University of Amsterdam and specialised in the relationship between philosophical ethics and contemporary art. He is an art critic, curator, and theory teacher at the master of fine arts at AKV/St. Joost, Breda and Den Bosch.

video portrait

publication (in Dutch)

From the text ‘Collaboration: in retrospect’ by Madelon Hooykaas:
“To me, collaboration with others is the essence of creating art. When I say collaboration, I don’t just mean working with another artist – like I did for over thirty years from the early seventies with Elsa Stansfield (1945-2004) – but also with the person leading the exhibition space, or a curator and the assistants who help set up the exhibition, and everyone else involved to make it into a success. The exhibition at De Ketelfactory and the events organised around it form a beautiful example of how different elements can come together organically and create a new whole.”

articles (in Dutch)

Samen in de kunsten: Stansfield/Hooykaas – Florette Dijkstra in De Kantlijn

De ontmoeting van Madelon Hooykaas en Elsa Stansfield – Froukje Holtrop in Musis

Revealing the Invisible – Eleanor van Beusekom in Beelden

press release (in Dutch)