From 19 November until 18 December 2022, Gabriel Fontana’s Turning Towards Fluidity: A Tournament of the Unknown will take place at W139. Unfolding over a period of one month, and running parallel to the World Cup, A Tournament of the Unknown aims to overcome binary thinking and rigid social values, through a series of games, ceremonies, workshops and classes.

The Tournament of the Unknown will serve as a framework through which we think, act, and engage amongst each other, inviting us to re-imagine alternative modes of being together in society.

During the opening and the closing, the audience can actively participate in the tournament. Also, various groups – ranging from local schools to art organisations – will be invited to participate in the organised games held at W139. In addition to the tournament, an exhibition and public programme will take place in the W139 ‘arena’ so that the space is also activated in between games. We will be showing a selection of artworks and we will be organising a public program that includes lectures, a film night, and mediated world cup viewing sessions.

The exhibited artworks, which include installations, textiles, and video works, will intervene into the sports hall and provide new entry points into sports as a microcosm of society. Next to this we have curated a selection of clothing and accessories by independent designers and artists that engage with the intersection of sports and fashion. Merchandise, specially designed for the exhibition, will also be available at the W139 shop.

Participating artists are a.o. Joana Cavaco, Ronnie Close, Delphine Dénéréaz, Martynas Gailiušas, Kexin Hao, Davy de Lepper, John Lucas, The Platform, Claudia Rankine, Julius Thissen, Paul Whitty, Florian van Zandwijk, Versatile Forever, Sample.CM.

Supported by VriendenLoterij Fonds, Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fonds, City of Amsterdam and Concrete.

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19 November until 18 December 2022
Tuesday to Sunday 12:00-18:00

Opening Turning Towards Fluidity

18 November from 19:00 • free entry • W139

W139 warmly invites you to the opening of Turning Towards Fluidity: A Tournament of the Unknown, the upcoming exhibition of Gabriel Fontana, on 18 November. During this special evening we will play three games—Multiform, Fluid Field, and Sonic Crosse—that are developed by Gabriel Fontana to introduce new value systems that are geared towards togetherness, deep listening, and inclusivity. Through these games, Gabriel investigates how our bodies perform, internalize and reproduce social norms. Two of the games we will play are specially designed for Turning Towards Fluidity.

During this active opening, Joana Cavacao will be our MC, guiding us through the night. There will be musical accompaniment by snufkin and unique performances by Kexin Hao and the Queer Choir. You are invited to participate in the games, or simply watch from the bleachers.

Public Program

18 November, 19:00-00:00
Opening Turning Towards Fluidity: Tournament of the Unknown. Three games, specially designed by Gabriel Fontana, will be played during the opening: Multiform, Fluid Field and Sonic Crosse.
 During this active opening, Joana Cavacao will be our MC, there will be musical accompaniment by snufkin and unique performances by Kexin Hao and the Queer Choir.

29 November, 19:00-00:00
The Platform presents: A conversation with researcher Nathanja van den Heuvel and live screening of the World Championship football match Iran x US, accompanied by a DJ battle.

8 December, 20:00-22:00
Film screening of works by Ronnie Close, Pia Lindman and Florian van Zandwijk.

18 December, 19:00-00:00
Closing event of Turning Towards Fluidity: Tournament of the Unknown. Three games will be played during this event: Sonic Crosse, Multiform and An onymous Allyship. Joana Cavacao will be our MC, there will be musical accompaniment by snufkin, a performance by Kexin Hao and the Queer Choir will close the month of tournaments with a unique performance.

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