13 September – 9 November 2014

Opening: Saturday 13 September, 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

With: Kristina Benjocki, Sebastián Díaz Morales, Peter Fengler, Priscila Fernandes, Daniele Genadry, Walid Sadek, Rayyane Tabet, Esmé Valk, and Cynthia Zaven.

This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time is the second exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam (SMBA) in the framework of the Stedelijk Museum’s Global Collaborations program (2013-2015). The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between the American University of Beirut (AUB) Art Gallery and the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and is developed by curators Angela Harutyunyan and Nat Muller, with newly commissioned works by the selected artists. The show will travel to the AUB Art Gallery in March 2015. The exhibition is accompanied by a series of artist talks and performances, a screening program, a symposium and a publication.

This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time takes its cue from Laurie Anderson’s ominous 1982 song From the Air. Anderson’s song depicts a feeling of imminent disaster, characterized by a loss of control over our agency and positioning in the world. We seem to live in an era of acceleration, ever-expanding and dominating technology, and ongoing crises that are more than ever before experienced on a global scale. While we can share our daily events to a degree that was not possible before, we seem to have less power over the course that the world is taking. Although we are constantly exposed to the various histories in the making, because of the incessant news feeds, social media and other recording devices we might understand less of our current times as we become overloaded with information. Events play out in real-time, we have them at our fingertips, but does that really help shed light on our current condition? Angela Harutyunyan and Nat Muller suggest that we are in dire need of reconsidering how we experience and record our times.

This is the Time. This is the Record of the Time activates different temporalities and calls on us to pause and reflect, even if only for a moment. The artists investigate to what extent the recording mechanisms and material recordings of our lived times represent and influence our perception of temporality. The works engage with history, politics, form, social and individual narrative and lived experience from a contemporary angle that looks into the past and at the present moment, and glances into the future. Rather than making sweeping generalisations or seeking truths, many works in the exhibition are personal and open-ended, hinting at the suggestion that “records of the time” are always partial, incomplete and subjective.

Public Events

Sunday, September 14

Location: SMBA
Time: 2 p.m.

Artist talks with Daniele Genadry and Cynthia Zaven, and a conversation between Walid Sadek and Rico Franses.

Thursday, October 30 and Friday October 31

Location: Stedelijk Museum
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.

Sculpting in Time: Present Conditional. A screening program curated by Rasha Salti with films by Mahdi Fleifel, Sarah Francis, Ghassan Salhab, and Mohamed Soueid.

Saturday, November 1

Location: SMBA
Time: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Museumnight in Amsterdam with performance-lecture PAPERWORK by Peter Fengler at 8 p.m. at SMBA

Sunday, November 2

Location: Stedelijk Museum
Time: 1 – 6 p.m.

Housing Time: Museum, Memory and Momentum in Lebanon. A symposium on Beirut’s relation to memory, history, collections and museums old and new. With the participation of Zeina Arida (Sursock Museum), Octavian Esanu (AUB Galleries), Mona Hallak (Beit Beirut) and Kristine Khoury. Followed by The Night of Recounting the Years, a screening of the Egyptian classic The Mummy (1969) with live music by Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin.