Witte vlag in The Book Lovers Pop-up Store / De Appel arts centre

Book Lovers Pop-up Bookstore / Mark Geffriaud

The Book Lovers presents the first (pop-up) bookstore dedicated exclusively to artist novels. The bookstore is hosted by de Appel arts centre and run by Buchhandlung Walther König. For the first time the novels will not only be on display for public’s perusal, but also available for sale, fulfilling in this way the public dimension inherent to the novel format. In addition to this, the full collection of artist novels will be on display, borrowed for the occasion from MuHKA in Antwerp.

The novel Witte vlag by Emily Kocken is part of the collection and will also be present in the store.

There will be an accompanying public program of performances. The opening will be on 28 January.

Opening 28 January 18:00 – 21:00
Among others: Jaap Blonk, avant-garde composer and performance artist, reads an excerpt from Guy de Cointet’s novel Espahor Ledet Ko Uluner! and Mark Geffriaud (photo) performs A New Refutation of Time.

1 February 14:00 – 21:00
Performance Simultaneous by Heman Chong, artist, curator and writer.

Opening hours
Tuesday 28 January: 18:00 – 21:00 Opening
Wednesday 29 – Friday 31 January: 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 1 February: 12:00 – 21:00
Sunday 2 February: 10:00 – 18:00

De Appel Arts Centre
Prins Hendrikkade 142
1011 AT Amsterdam

The Book Lovers

Don’t be a girl: Celebrate Women’s Day during West Wednesday

The Maiden Element nr.1, 2012

Emily will answer questions about using autobiographic data in one’s art practice. How much do we need to know about an artist in order to understand and appreciate the work?

The Maiden Element focuses on the force and fragility of femininity and womanhood, an universal theme that is celebrated on Women’s Day all over the world. Young women have fought for a better fate in the past, and in many ways they still have to. The Maiden Element wants to be a silent witness of this process, sharing private categories defined by the artist that are highly autobiographical. 

The project was developed in close cooperation with a small circle of young girls. Emily created an intimate workspace in the studio with each model, while the mother or father was present. Sharing private categories with every girl she exposed her own childhood little by little. 

13 March from 18:00 – 21:00

C&H art space
2de Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 753 09 64

Read-in: Picnic at Hanging Rock

Read in Picnic at Hanging Rock, Emily Kocken, 2013

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Within the scope of her solo show ‘The Maiden Element’ C&H art space presents Emily Kocken with a read-in of the film script of ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ on Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

In the film (director: Peter Weir) a group of schoolgirls disappears on Valentine’s day in 1900 during an excursion picnic to the million of years old mountain Hanging Rock (Victoria, Australia). The film has owned cult status since its first viewing in 1974 due to the mesmerizing style of storytelling in which it expresses themes such as the friendship between girls, social class struggle and the problematic relation between humans and nature. The film triggers many questions and leaves the viewer with even more. 

Emily will not show the film. She testifies live about her personal connection with the film by executing a public reading of a part of the original screenplay (in English) in cooperation with the audience. By reading the text out loud, from the applied character’s perspective, every member of the reading group becomes involved with the testimony. However, for every member the experience is different. After the read-in (duration approx. 45 min.) there is room for discussion accompanied by drinks.

The cast will be assembled in order of application. One can apply by sending an email to Cosimo di Leo Ricatto (gallery owner) via info@ch-artspace.com or by phone (020) 753 09 64.

February 13, 2013
18-21 hr, read-in from 19 hr (duration approx. 45 minutes)
C&H art space
2de Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam


In het kader van haar tentoonstelling ‘The Maiden Element’ presenteert C&H art space Emily Kocken op woensdagavond 13 februari met een read-in van het script van de film ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’.

In de film (regie: Peter Weir) verdwijnt een groepje schoolmeisjes op Valentijnsdag in 1900 tijdens een excursie naar de miljoenen jaar oude berg Hanging Rock (Victoria, Australië). De film heeft sinds de eerste vertoning in 1974 vrijwel direct een cultstatus verworven door de betoverende manier waarop thema’s als meisjesvriendschap, klassenstrijd en de problematische relatie mens en natuur worden uitgedrukt. De film roept veel vragen op en laat de kijker met vragen achter.

Emily laat de film niet zien, maar getuigt live van haar persoonlijke verbinding met de film door een openbare lezing van een deel van het scenario (de originele versie, dus Engelstalig) samen met het publiek. Via het uitspreken van de tekst, vanuit het perspectief van een toegekend personage, wordt ieder lid van de leesgroep betrokken bij deze getuigenis. Na afloop van de read-in (duur ongeveer 45 minuten), kan er nagepraat worden onder het genot van een drankje.

De rollen zullen op volgorde van aanmelding verdeeld worden. Aanmelden kan bij Cosimo di Leo Ricatto via info@ch-artspace.com of (020) 753 09 64.

13 februari 2013
18-21 uur, read-in vanaf 19 uur (duur circa 45 minuten)
C&H art space
2de Kostverlorenkade 50
1053 SB Amsterdam

Agenda West / West Wednesdays is een samenwerkingsverband tussen galeries uit Amsterdam-West.