Serge Onnen @ Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, NL
The Fear of Small Numbers
This Fall Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen presents the exhibition The Fear of Small Numbers by Serge Onnen (FR/NL, 1965). In the fortress Serge Onnen constructs an alternative economy. Hard numbers become fluid and loose the definite meaning as we know it. A roulette, a wheel of fortune, “rotorliefs”, a phenakistiscope and an LP spin at high speed. A party of Chinese shadow puppets plays a sudoku-like game and looks with half an eye at Onnen’s animation movie CLOACINAE (2017)*, which is here shown for the first time. Onnen works with drawings and of pre-cinema techniques. He was a resident at the Rijksakademie and teaches at the Rietveld Academy. Onnen lives alternately in Brussels and Amsterdam.
With sound contributions by i.a. Harold Austbø, Jaap Blonk, Li Daiguo, Dick el Demasiado, Fred Kienhuis, Jonas Ohlsson, Oorbeek, Yvo Sprey, Mark van Tongeren and Mariana Ungureanu, Simon Wald-Lasowski. *I.c.w. Sverre Fredriksen.
Photos: Christian van der Kooy
Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen