In a temporary settlement on the lower deck of the Paleiskwartier underground car park in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.a labyrinth of twenty-five separate, interlinked spaces, Marjan Teeuwen organized, curated Stressed Spaces. In line with the concept, the underground car park has been chosen as the exhibition site. The paradox of the relation between inside and outside is mirrored in the choice of this location and found its equivalent in the properties of an underground car park. The exhibition left the isolation of the museum to find a fitting ambience in an environment typically accessible to large groups of people. This employment of public space was in turn countered by the creation of twenty-five enclosed spaces, which combined took on the form of a settlement. A self-chosen route across and through these confined, individually defined rooms disclosed an equal number of artistic domains. In fact, twenty-five individual presentations were unfolded. On an unexpected site, an overwhelming and unique experience of art presented itself. In these hectic times with their imperative demand of mobility, the underground car park evoked a metaphorical image of a temporary standstill, of being out of this world for a moment. This simultaneous seclusion and accessibility to large flows of visitors highlights the paradox of this artistic attitude: temporary immobility and isolation versus insight and creative blossoming. With a location that was more accessible to larger flows of visitors than a museum, while maintaining museological standards, KW14 attracted new audiences.
Participating artists: Maartje Korstanje, Charlotte Schleiffert, Voebe de Gruijter, Jasmijn Visser, Rob Voerman, Andrei Roiter, Karen Sargsyan, John Bock, Jasper de Beijer, Florette Dijkstra, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Robbie Cornelissen, Martha Colburn, Paul de Reus, Natasha Kensmil, Ina van Zijl, Rik Meijers, Krijn de Koning, Rinke Nijburg, Eva-Fiore Kovacovsky, Aaron van Erp, Barend van Hoek, Jesper Just and Marjan Teeuwen.