The Active Space Presents TINKEBELL
Help bring TINKEBELL to The Active Space! TINKEBELL has been a
supporter of The Active Space since its opening in February 2011.
We are proud to have TINKEBELL be our first ever exhibiting international artist. This
holiday season instead of doing an exhibition The Active Space will be
supporting this charitable project by TINKEBELL but not only by raising awareness and funding. Active Space Director Ashley
Zelinskie will be accompanying and assisting her hands on while on her trip to SAVE
KOREA! We hope that we can spread the love of the Bushwick art scene
around the globe and this will be the first step in doing so.
Upon the projects completion The Active Space will be hosting an exhibition and opening featuring the work. We all know the fast paced lifestyle that New York offers sucks you in as soon as you arrive. We hope to raise awareness on world issues and educate New Yorkers about the lives of people across the globe. Through the artwork we hope to make the world a smaller place.
"Researches the issues of contemporary populist movements,
including animal and human rights activism, and their strategies.
Hypocrisy within these movements and discourses is the main focus
point of her work."
TINKEBELL. IS a dutch artist and currently working on a large
project called "SAVE THE WORLD". For this project she travels
around the world to 'save' people, animals, places and situations
'according to the Dutch norms'.
Around March 2013 we want TINKEBELL. to show her SAVE THE WORLD
project in The Active Space, but for now she still needs funding
to be able to save our planet.
About The Active Space:
The Active Space is a progressive arts center in the quickly growing
community of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Once a feather factory, this three
story building is now home to twenty five artists studios and
exhibition space. Community is important within the Active Space and is
what sets us apart from other artist studios. Artist not only work side
by side on their own projects but are encouraged to collaborate with one
another as well as exhibit and plan shows within the space.
TINKEBELL. about her project:
SAVE THE WORLD (in South Korea)
In January 2012 I'm planning to visit South Korea...
Earlier this year I 'saved' a dog in Gambia, a family in Guinea
Bissau, 69 turtles from being eaten in China and a complete
neighborhood in Peru. All were part of her SAVE THE WORLD project:
Interventions worldwide that explore what happens when we force
our (Western) view of the world on other cultures.
When we, as Western people, or more specific, born in the
Netherlands, travel around the world, to countries which are “less
Western” or just “different” (which is in fact every place
outside the Netherlands) we all experience the same thing: We
see how people, situations, animals, ‘things’ are treated in a
wrong way. Things aren't organized well (enough) and the way
people live, roads are made, buildings are build is done badly.
Everything is always better in the Netherlands. We know how to
get things done and how the world should be organized.
This feeling shows up especially at the moments we experience
cultures that are different from ours. Even in countries that, at
first sight, look very close to our own culture.
And this feeling that we have as Dutch people, is often not just a
feeling. There are many cases where we also act towards it:
For example: We have an organization in the Netherlands that asks
Dutch foreigners when they are on vacation in certain countries,
to get street dogs from, for example Spain, on the plane to the
Netherlands. This organization places these dogs in families to
keep them as a pet. Because, according to this organization: The
dog has the right to be loved and taken care of by a family.
When we travel to Africa for a nice warm holiday in the sun, it is
completely normal to bring an extra suitcase filled with our own
old clothes: To give away to the people there: An ideal way to get
rid of your junk and at the same time getting the feeling to do
something good for the world.
The thing we often forget in these “good deeds” is to communicate.
Do you actually need our help? And if so, what kind of help can I
(we) offer? Even at times we do ask ‘locals’ about how they feel
it doesn't really matter what they say. We keep thinking that “the
don't know any better”.
Isn't it pure arrogance to think that everything is better the we
handle things? That our norms are superior next to any other
culture? And that, without having the experience to live in a
different cultural environment?
The project “SAVE THE WORLD” is a project about this clash between
different cultures. The need to help people to pamper our own ego
without communication with the “needed”.
With this project “SAVE THE WORLD” I want, beside the signalized
clash, also discuss our own norms we use as a base to ‘help’.
Through a series of interventions in about 10 different countries
spread over the world I’m planning to ‘save’ people, animals,
situations etc. to our Dutch norm. In this way, by
decontextualizing this norm, I hope to show this clash to my
audience and I also hope to create a discussion about the
imperfectness of our own norms.
Between these interventions I present my world saving activities
to a large audience at multi media art centre 'Mediamatic' in
Amsterdam (NL). The audience there will also be my think tank for
future interventions within this project and with every
presentations there will be speakers from different groups like
NGO’s, philosophers, politicians etc.
At the end of these SAVE THE WORLD series there will be an overall
exhibition about the project at Mediamatic and TORCHGallery in
Amsterdam and at the Active Space in NYC. (end 2012/begin 2013)
At the same time there will be a book published (SAVE THE WORLD)
with an overview of all interventions, presented as a personal
Finally there will also be the presentation of a documentary made
by “Jan de Bruin”: He follows me during the whole project for this
film and meanwhile he makes short films to present all the
What I hope to achieve is a new, more open way of thinking about-
and looking at our way of “helping” all over the world. What are
the changes if we throw away this feeling of living in a superior
Reconcideration of norms and
How I work:
Below you find the movies of previous interventions in Gambia,
Guinea Bissau, China and Peru to give you an idea of what I’m
planning to do in about 10 different countries spread over the
world in the next 2 years.
Every time when I arrive in another country, I will do some
research first. What is different from our norms and where do I
get the urge to intervene, to help?
So, I cant say on forehand what I will do while I’m visiting a new
place. It is all based on described concept and then, research at
the location where I am.
The average time I need for that will be around 4 or 5 weeks per
country, with the possibility that I have to come back (like in
the Guinea Bissau example) to work things out.
So, what do I need?
That's hard to say because at the moment I decide exactly what to
do is when I'm already in South Korea. So, I can tell you know
that the price of a plane ticket will be about $1000,- and staying
and living in or around Seoul for one month will be about $2500,-
The average amount I've spent per intervention is about $15000,-
So that's the amount of money I try to raise here right now.
To be (more) sure of being able to leave to South Korea even
before this year ends(!!) please spread the word and tell all your
friends you want me to SAVE THE WORLD!