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Ideology Meets Implementation

13/10/2017 – 18/11/2017

Participating artist(s) Mojtaba Amini, Vasily Bogatov, Ehsan Fardjadinia, Barbad Golshiri, Yoeri Guepin, Joseph Hughes, Mehregan Kazemi, Dimitra Kondylatou, Taisiya Krugovykh, David Maroto, Pendar Nabipour, Mojtaba Tabatabaie, belit sağ, Dorine van Meel

The world has been stuck in a suspended era for far too long. The ideological systems that pervade our societies are still rooted in (Western) notions such as post-modernism, post-colonialism, post-marxism, post-democratism – a veritable era of postponement in which we willingly delay needed changes. We all know what is wrong, but often choose to look away. Whilst complaining about the way in which “things are organized”, we fail to engage in organizing things ourselves, under our own conditions. A state of collective neglect.

How can we break through this era of postponement? How significant are our individual roles on a systemic scale? Are we a direct product of the ideologies that infuse our social environment, or are we wired to react against them? Is it possible to identify the ideological system in which each of us lives, in order to find glitches that can be exploited to emphasize its internal contradictions? How can we be sure that the system is not going to reabsorb any critical action initially intended to undermine it? And most importantly, how can we coexist in such a community?

Ideology Meets Implementation shows how ideological systems actually function when they are put into practice. Ideological systems are implemented by agencies such as national governments, and often remain invisible to those who live under their rule. Ideologies are based on ideas that crystallise in norms that dictate the political and cultural principles in a given society. However, their theoretical frameworks often meet a sharp contrast with the concrete realities of their implementation in daily life.

For this exhibition, we have formed a group of international artists and activists who criticise and question current ideologies through a wide range of media and interdisciplinary practices. The works address the power structures that are at play within the societies in which we live. One powerful example is works that zoom in on the way in which governments and media deploy language in order to enforce discipline and define us. These works examine the ways in which the state exercises its power to control our movement, especially in the realm of those of us who try to cross its borders, as well as the means by which the state physically and mentally disables us in order to implement control and censorship.

Ideology Meets Implementation also hosts the Non-Fascist House: a stage for self-organized life running throughout the exhibition with performances, debates, reading groups, lectures and screenings. It focuses on the historical and present-day forms of fascism, as well as anti-fascist movements, specifically islamophobia and racism in the context of the Netherlands, on art/activism in Russia and LGBTQ rights in Western Asia and North Africa.

The exhibition Ideology Meets Implementation is a space for exchange and a means of actively blurring conventional distinctions between activist and artist, artwork and event, audience and participant.

We kindly invite you to share this experience of dialogue and coexistence with us.

Opening, friday the 13th of October

  • 20:00: Opening
  • 21:00: Opening speech by Pendar Nabipour
  • 22:00: The Distribution of the Sacred System by Barbad Golshiri
  • 23:15: “Round Heads and Pointed Heads” performance on Stage for Tragedy | Scene one – “Crisis in the Land of JAHA”, “Rise of IBERIN” and “Allegation of the Lord of Boxes”


imi-public-programme-schedule.pdf(1.14 MB)

Events will only take place in English.

  • Saturday the 21st of October, 15:00-18:00: Open Source Government by Pendar Nabipour. Open Source Government aims to directly involve members of a society in the structuring of their government or society through open-sourcing their respective legislation. The project invites thinkers, artists, programmers, developers, social scientists, political scientists, financial professionals, lawyers and other individuals to take part in a conversation with the aim of designing a collective blue-print that can facilitate the constitution of an open-sourced society. For Ideology Meets Implementation Nabipour and Showroom MAMA will coordinate a public session in the form of a seminar at W139. Open Source Government
  • Saturday the 28th of October, 18:00 – 22:00: Empathy Tournament by David Maroto. David Maroto’s playable installation Empathy is an art project in the form of a board game that includes questions and answers for two players. The players are confronted with seemingly daily situations that contain dilemmas in which desire, doubt, fantasies and beliefs are central . The winner is the one with the ability to empathize with the opponent and anticipate their reactions.
    Whereas Empathy is displayed in the exhibition and available for visitors to play at any time, the Empathy Tournament constitutes a one-day public event in which eight players interact with each other and four copies of the game. The winners of the first round will play in the semi-finals, leading to a grand finale in which the best two “Empathy” players will measure their abilities against each other. The evening will start with a short introduction by David Maroto and will culminate with a prize-giving ceremony for the most empathic participant.
    If you want to play, please book at communication@w139.nl. The game works best when played with friends, so it’s recommended to book in pairs, though individual players are welcome as well. The “Empathy Tournament” is also a performance open to members of the public who do not wish to play but enjoy watching the development of the game, discussing it and even making bets about the results. Everyone is most welcome to join.


  • Friday the 13th of October, 23:15: Non-Fascist House at Stage of Tragedy “Round Heads and Pointed Heads” performance. Scene one: “Crisis in the Land of JAHA”, “Rise of IBERIN” and “Allegation of the Lord of Boxes”.
  • Saturday the 4th of November, 19:30: Scene two: “Contemporary Subversive Insurgency” hosted by Quinsy Gario with the participation of Angela Bartholomew and more.
  • Saturday the 11th of November, 19:30: Scene three: “Public Trials”.
  • Saturday the 18th of November, 19:30: Final Scene: “Living Death March”, “Deportations” and “The Land of JAHA’s Future”.
    The powerful allegory of the Nazi regime’s racial policy in Brecht’s Die Rundköpfe und die Spitzköpfe (1934) is adapted by Ehsan Fardjadniya into a large group performance that takes place in the four scenes above.
    Performers: Noah Voelker, Fernanda Romann, Angelo Custódio, Eva Pyrnokoki, Pedro Matias, Arthur Guilleminot, Elisabeth Raymond, Anthony Nestel, Thais Di Marco, Fleur Mollo, Fazle Shairmahomed, Floris Schafer, Veniamin Kazachenko, Irini Pigaditi, Gerolamo Lucente, Toby Paul, James Hewitt, Leonie Kuipers, Kamran Novin, Olivia Malena Vidal and Maria Montesi.
    Adapted text and directed by: Ehsan Fardjadniya.
  • Sunday the 19th of November, 19:30: Public discussion: How to carry on the “Non-Fascist House”.


  • Sunday the 15th of October, 18:30-22:00: Screening I : Russian Actionism and Prison System with programmer Taisiya Krugovykh & Vasily Bogatov. Taisiya Krugovykh & Vasily Bogatov will talk about and screen videos on a new wave of political activism in Russia: the Voina art group, Pussy Riot and Petr Pavlensky. If one’s artistic practice is political actionism in Russia, sooner or later one will go to jail. All of the aforementioned individuals and groups were imprisoned.
    Taisiya Krugovykh is a video artist, performer, specialist in film editing theory and member of Gogol’s Wives art group. She films people who have woken out of comas and those who have been released from prison, as well as her parents and herself. She also works with linguistic projects connected to the theme of migration.
    Vasily Bogatov works and lives in Moscow. He is a film director and member of Gogol’s Wives art group. He collaborated with Russian radical performance groups Voina and Pussy Riot as a videographer and clip-maker.
  • Sunday the 22nd of October, 18:30-22:00: Screening II : LGBTQI+ in West-South Asia & North Africa with programmer Sophie Hoyle. Sophie Hoyle will present moving-image works made by and exploring the experiences of LGBTQI+ people and communities in the West-South Asia and North Africa, dealing with identity, cultural attitudes, social inequalities and political activism.
    Sophie Hoyle is a London-based artist and writer whose work and research explores an intersectional approach to post-colonial, queer, feminist and disability issues. Hoyle explores experiences of being part of the South-West Asian and Northern African diaspora in order to relate interpersonal experiences to wider structural violence.
  • Sunday the 29th of October, 18:30-22:00: Screening III : Monument in Flux with programmer Amirali Ghassemi. Amirali Ghasemi will present Monument in flux, which gathers artists, filmmakers and video essayists living across the globe, from North America to New Zealand, via Iran. We witness how monuments are in the state of constant flux from the ancient Tomb of Cyrus the Great to unsteady contemporary pedestals. We observe how revolutions can promise hope and change, and how these promises fade in the course of time, generating a sense of flux that washes away everything that is solid.
    Amirali Ghasemi is a curator, media artist and designer. He has directed exhibitions, workshops and talks for Parkingallery & Limited Access Festival. He works with photography, video, interactive projects and texts. His long-term curatorial project, IRAN&CO, consists of an on-going exhibition and a collective archive devoted to the representation of Iranian art beyond the country’s borders. In summer 2014, Ghasemi co-founded New Media Society, a network-based research platform, library and video archive in Tehran. New Media Society.
  • Sunday the 5th of November, 18:30-22:00: Screening IV: How to talk about “WE” with programmer belit sağ. belit sağ will present a selection of videos that deal with racist violence in Europe, including the story of a woman who lit herself on fire in protest against the racism she lived through in the 1970s and the 1980s, as well as a selection of videos made for the People’s Tribunal against a Neo-Nazi group that killed ten people in the course of eight years in mid-2000s.
    belit sağ is a videomaker and visual artist living in Amsterdam. Her work has been presented in art spaces and film festivals including Toronto/Rotterdam/San Francisco International Film Festival (2016/2017); EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (2015); MOCA, Taipei (2016) and Tütün Deposu, Istanbul (2014).
  • Sunday the 12th of November, 18:30-22:00: Screening V: Open Call. The final week of the screening program will be organized via an open call. For the launch of this final screening week, selected participants will be invited to a panel discussion to introduce their work. The open call will be announced on October 29th via W139’s website and social media platforms.

The rest of the week, the Sunday program will be available in the exhibition space for the audience who missed the original event.


  • Thursday the 2nd of November, 19:00-21:00: Public Reading Group: Muslim Feminist Perspectives by Alina Jabbari. In this public event Alina Jabbari and participants will collectively read a number of texts by Islamic and Muslim feminists. The objective in organizing this reading group is to create a space for people to come together, critically engage with these texts and think through what they (can) mean for our daily lives as Muslims. Please note that respect, care and understanding will serve as guidelines during the discussion! 20 participants max. If you would like to participate, please send an email to communication@w139.nl. Alina Jabbari is the founder of Haar Minaret, an inclusive, women-centered, queer affirming, anti-racist and pluralist masjid.
  • Thursday the 9th of November, 19:30: Public Dialogue: Deconstruction of White Privilege & United Non-Racial Movement moderated by Mercedes Zandwijken. Series of dual dialogues about current Dutch and international racial matters.
    Mercedes Zandwijken is the initiator and director of Keti Koti Tafels. She is a specialist in developing and setting up think tanks and innovative projects as well as in initiating and directing dialogues on various polarizing subjects. In her work as a social therapist, Zandwijken works tirelessly on civic participation, network development and social cohesion.
  • Thursday the 16th of November, 19:30: Conversation circle: Decolonizing the Globalized Dutch Art Institution. In the Netherlands, the politics of knowledge production has been crucial to recent developments in the art landscape. During this event, a conversation about the implications of transforming contemporary art institutions will take place by asking the following questions: How have globalised Dutch art institutions positioned decolonial curatorial concerns and art practice? What happens when artists, theorists and curators of colour are invited to these platforms and use these spaces to present their ideas and work? Furthermore, how does this praxis coincide with the desire for a re-examination of organisational functions and forms, curatorial concerns and art practices? And finally, what does a decolonial art institution look like?
    Organised and conceptualised by Katayoun Arian.
    Katayoun Arian (Tehran, 1984) is a researcher, curator and writer with a background in art history (Leiden University) and a Masters degree in social science/anthropology of organisations (Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam). Her projects range from exhibitions, discursive events and screenings to reading circles and other forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative work. Recent curatorial projects include Grada Kilomba: Illusions at Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2017), I Speak in Tongues at 37PK, Haarlem (2017) and Voices Outside the Echo Chamber: Questioning Myths, Facts and Framings of Migration, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2016). Previous projects include Kitchen139, a ten-day collective project as part of The Grand Domestic Revolution – User’s Manual (GDR) at W139, Amsterdam, a long-term research project by Casco, Utrecht (2011) and The End of This Story (And the beginning of all Others), Framer Framed, Amsterdam (2015).

This project is made possible through financial support from the Amsterdams fonds voor de kunst, Mondriaan Fund, and CBK Rotterdam.