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-Fang (Beach),

Fang (Beach),
Xiamen
2002
  -Limei,

Limei,
Xiamen
2002
  -Fang & Limei (Stairs),

Fang & Limei (Stairs),
Xiamen
2002

-Stereo Extrem II, CA

Stereo Extrem II, CA
1999
  -12th of Never, CA

12th of Never, CA
1999
   
 
Gerald Van Der Kaap was born in Enschede, the Netherlands, in 1959.
He studied at Academie voor beeldende Kunsten St. Joost, Breda.
From 1980 until 1989 he worked as an editor and publisher for different magazines.
He has carried out several commissioned art projects. He also works as VJ and is the creator of an “automatic veejay machine” at club 013 in the South of Holland.
He has also worked as a producer of art visual magazines such as Zien (1980-86) and Blind (1989).
He currently works on a number of assignments and projects which have/will become public shows in the Netherlands.
He’s been awarded Capi-Lux Alblas prize in 1996.

Gerald Van Der Kaap is one of the world’s leading media artists whose work has caused considerable controversy.

Passing the Information (II) is the sequel to a project of the same name, which Van Der Kaap presented in 2002 in Xiamen, China. Van Der Kaap spent three months as artist in residence at the University of Xiamen, a fast growing city on the South China Coast. According to officials, Xiamen is not only the most beautiful but also the cleanest city in China. For his exhibition in Xiamen, Van Der Kaap rebuilt a classroom with traditional Chinese school desks. A white surface was installed as a type of blackboard on which the artist projected video portraits of students he made acquaintance with. Passing the Information does not present teachers in front of the classroom, but students watching students telling jokes or students looking into the camera with a penetrating gaze. In this setting, the entirety of Chinese hierarchy and authority is temporarily neutralized, if not nullified. Without solicitation, Van Der Kaap also organized an outdoor party where he was both VJ and DJ. More than 1000 young people attended the party, which was the first of its kind in China.

Part Two consists of a series of works that result from a rigid, almost formal direction. The works explore situations in and around the campus and demonstrate an outstanding quality. They reside in a liminal zone between reality and fiction. The works are neither wholly documentary in nature nor illusions of narcissistic dreams. They are more a reflection of an engaged approach in which people are not models or actors, but participants. No commitment is implied, but Van Der Kaap aims to stimulate, or as he describes it, “pass on information.”

If Part One can be qualified as a “Manifestation,” Part Two is certainly a “Manifesto.” According to Van Der Kaap, “these are temporary and autonomous actions. Yet in one way or another they seem to bear consequence in the spheres outside photography. In China at least, they seem to interfere in their reality. Why specifically there? Maybe because such turbulent changes are taking place in China at this time. This work requires a totally new culture…"

The leading roles in Passing the Information are interpreted by three Chinese girls: Fang, Limei and Weiwei. Any real-life resemblances is merely coincidental. They play themselves, other people, and their own dreams. Van der Kaap has kept the hundreds of sms-messages and diary notes that he received from China via e-mail for a future publication or film. He may use this material when he returns to Shanghai to make a short film. As the artist said himself, "This is a work-in-progress. The making of as well as the meaning of the work change in time and through passing …let’s make it easy… the information."

Bart Vanderbeken
 
 
 
Gerald van der Kaap - Selected Group Exhibitions
 

2010

Il piacere del collezionista. Collezione Finstral, Kunst Meran / Merano Arte, Merano (Italy)
  Still in Motion - The 10th Anniversary, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Roma (Italy)

2009

WATW. Three Shadows, Photography Art Center, Beijing (China)
  Geloofsstrijd, Church at Eeneum, Groningen (The Netherlands)
  Mise-en-scene, Short Film Festival (MSFF), Seoul (South Korea)
  FIB-Art, International Festival of Benicàssim, Benicàssim (Spain)
  Uit Japan, Galerie van het LUMC, Leiden (The Netherlands)
  Salon de l'Amitié, Arti at Amicitiae, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  The Unforgettable Fire. 25 Years Torch, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Micromovies, 38th International Film Festival, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

2008

Bienal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo (Brasil)
  LOOP Festival, Foto Collectania, Barcelona (Spain)
  Las partas y el todo, Centro Cultural Bancaja, Alicante (Spain)
  More to Love. The Art of Living Together, The Art Center at Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok (Thailand)
  Young Love, Club Soma BKK at Box RCA, Bangkok (Thailand)
  Yes, Negative, PSG Art Gallery, Bangkok (Thailand)
  5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul (South Korea)
  Filmlounge, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

2007

Crysalis. Teoria dell'evoluzione, Castello Svevo, Trani, Bari (Italy)
  The Trip-Pop Game, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)
  The Suspended Moment. Works from H+F Collection, Centraal Museum, Utrecht (The Netherlands)
  Shadows in Paradise, Breendonk Memorial, Willebroek (Belgium)
  The Suspended Moment-works from die H+F collection, Cultureel Centrum Hasselt, Hasselt (Belgium)
  Dutch Eyes, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
  Festival Pocket Films (screenings), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
  Choix d'artistes, Institut Neérlandais, Paris (France)

2006

Frames Revisited, De Hallen, Haarlem (The Netherlands)
  Driving Fast Through a Slow-motion Landscape, Crac Alsace, Altkirch (France)
  Dutch Installation Arte, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest (Rumania)
  The Total Immersion, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucarest (Rumania)
  Everyday is Not Like Everyday, tNt (TaotNthea), Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  El momento suspendido. Colleción H&F, MARCO, Vigo (Spain)
  Whisper Not!, Huis Marseille stichting voor fotografie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  L'esprit du Nord: Netherlands Now-L'école du Nord, Maison Européenne de la Phtographie, Paris (France)

2005

In Sight: Contemporary Dutch Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (USA)
  Leporello. Een reis door de collectie, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Frames Revisited, Institut Néerlandais, Paris (France)
  Le temps suspendu, Crac Alsace, Altkirch (France)
  Crysalis 2005, Castello Svevo di Bari, Bari (Italy)
  Going Dutch, Museum of New Art, Pontiac, Michigan (USA)
  H x B x D, Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, Den Haag (The Netherlands)
  Österreichisches Kulturforum Prag, Prague (Czech Republic)
  Halte Brussels, Vlaams-Nederlands Huis, Brussels (Belgium)

2004

Arco, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Madrid (Spain)
  MiArt, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Milano (Italy)
  Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)
  The Past of the Present:Encounters with Modernism, Shangai Art Museum, Shanghai (China)
  Neverland, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem (The Netherlands)
  Le cinéma des photographes néerlandais, Maison Européenne de la Phtographie, Paris (France)
  Pretty World, Aeroplastics Contemporary Gallery, Brussels (Belgium)
  Take Five!, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

2003

Arte Fiera, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Bologna (Italy)
  Arco, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Madrid (Spain)
  MiArt, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Milano (Italy)
  Experience, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Foto Biennale Rotterdam, Nederlands Fotomuseum, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

2002

Are you experienced, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Film Lounge. Films by Dutch Photographers, Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  On Track, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Artissima, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Torino (Italy)
  Angeli e Demoni, Portfolio in Piazza, Savignano sul Rubicone (Rn) (Italy)
  MiArt, LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Milano (Italy)
  Paris Photo, Torch Gallery, Paris (France)

2001

Photography from the KPN Collection, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Face Off, Aeroplastics, Brussels (Belgium)
  My Generation. 24 hrs of video art, Atlantis Gallery, London (UK)
  Trade, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur (Switzerland)
  Trade, Nederlands Foto Institut, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Art Film, Kunsthalle, Basel (Switzerland)

2000

DEAF_00/Machine Times, V2_/NFI, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Un autre pays..., Palais des Congres G. Pompidou, Perpignan (France)
  Still / Moving, National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto (Japan)

1999

aLluciNation, B&D Studio, Milano (Italy)
  Erste Triennale der Fotografie 1999, Deichtor Galleries, Hamburg (Germany)
  Lange Nacht der Museen, VEAG Medienkunstfassade, Berlin (Germany)
  Video Virtuale. Foto Fictionale, Museum Ludwig, Köln (Germany)
  Thin Ice, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Fireworks, De Appel, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Lost in Sound, CGAC, Santiago de Compostela (Spain)
  The Spiritual Side of Beauty: Dutch Session, Marella Arte Contemporanea, Milano (Italy)

1998

Do Normal, SF MOMA, San Francisco (Usa)
  Reservate der Sehnsucht, Dortmunder U, Dortmund (Germany)
  World Wide Video Festival, De Melkweg, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  The Holy Heart, A project at De Balie, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Re: ZERO = 0, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1997

Mu, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Designprize Rotterdam 1997, Kunsthal, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  In Context, Groninger Museum, Groningen (The Netherlands)

1996

9th VideoFest, Podewil, Berlin (Germany)
  Burning the Interface, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Australia)
  hARTware, Künstlerhaus, Dortmund (Germany)
  Zeitgenössische Fotokunst aus den Niederlanden, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin (Germany)
  Radical Images, Neue Galerie, Graz (Austria)
  Under Capricorn. The World Over, Wellington Art Gallery, Wellington (Australia)
  Under Capricorn. The World Over, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  100 Photos, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1995

8. VideoFest '95, Podewil, Berlin (Germany)
  Chromapark '95, E-Werk, Berlin (Germany)
  Beyond the Global Village, Triennale di Milano, Milano (Italy)
  Sonar '95, CCCB, Barcelona (Spain)
  Fotografie nach der Fotografie, Aktionsforum Praterinsel, Munich (Germany)
  Fotografie nach der Fotografie, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur (Switzerland)
  Fotografie nach der Fotografie, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (Finland)
  Fotografie nach der Fotografie, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (Usa)

1994

Rendez-vous provoqué, De Waag and Leiden (The Netherlands)
  Promenade in Asia, Sisheido Gallery, Tokyo (Japan)
  RoXY Interactive, Club RoXY, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Rendez-vous provoqué, Musée National d'Art et d'Historie, (Luxemburg)
  Verso l'Europa e oltre, Palazzo Comunale, Modena (Italy)
  Hypermedia, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris (France)
  Artifices 3, Salle de la Légion d'Honneur, Saint-Denis (France)

1993

Krieg, Neue Galerie, Graz (Austria)
  Art in the Age of Information, Wood Street Galleries, Pittsburgh (Usa)
  Prosthetics. From Extensions to Ecstacy., V2, Den Bosch (The Netherlands)
  European Media Art Festival, Dominikanerkirche, Osnabrück (Germany)

1992

Brain, Beatrixhospital, Gorinchem (The Netherlands)
  The Comfort Zone, The Living Room, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  P.P.O.W., New York (Usa)
  Acquisitions 1985-1993, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1991

The History of the Electronic Page, ICA, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  New Art from the Netherlands, ART/LA 91, Los Angeles (Usa)
  150 Works from the Collection, Groninger Museum, Groningen (The Netherlands)
  XXI São Paulo Biennial: Dutch Entry, Municipal Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (The Netherlands)
 
 
Gerald van der Kaap - Selected Solo Exhibitions
 

2008

C'est toi qui as changé, AP2/Future building of FRAC, Dunkerque (France)

2007

Gerald van der Kaap, Frac Nord - Pas de Calais, Dunkerque (France)
  Singer Award 2007: Gerald van der Kaap, Singer Museum, Laren (The Netherlands)

2004

Jump Cut, Camera Austria, Graz (Austria)

2002

Passing the Information (II), Torch, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Passing the Information (I), Chinese European Art Center, Xiamen (China)
  Passing the Information (III), LipanjePuntin artecontemporanea, Trieste (Italy)

2001

A Compilation (These Are My Intentions), Vooruit, Gent (Belgium)

2000

State of Bliss, SupperClub, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  I Want a Permanent Wave, Dutch Pavillion Expo 2000, Hannover (Germany)
  Harder, Better, Stronger. 9-hour live VJ-perf., Horizons @ RAI complex, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1999

New Pictures By Me: Some with really stupid titles, Torch, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1998

Sixth Sense. 11-hour non-stop live VJ performance, Horizons @ RAI complex, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1996

Gerald Van Der Kaap, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1995

Wonderland IV, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, Den Bosch (The Netherlands)

1993

Life on Mars, Torch, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  The After After Party, SupperClub, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Disco Infinity Foundation, Club RoXY, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1992

ThrustMaster Remixes, Galerie Heijenbrok, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
  Van Krimpen, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Art & Project, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
  Total Hoverty, Artlab 2 @ New Pier Hall, Tokyo (Japan)
  Chill Cave, Torch, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

1991

Galerie Albrecht, Munich (Germany)
  Hover Hover, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (The Netherlands)
 
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