Guest curator Nicolette Gast worked intensively with Sarkis and wrote an essay about the exhibition. On entering the Submarine Wharf you will receive a booklet containing her essay. We provide a foretaste here.
One of the things guest curator Nicolette Gast writes about in her essay is Sarkis’ first visit to the Submarine Wharf in the winter of 2010:
‘Several missing skylights had allowed snow to blow in, covering the floor with a glistening white layer. The snow muffled the acoustic, creating an enchanting silence. He was immediately reminded of the church interiors of the Dutch painter Pieter Saenredam (1597-1665). Sarkis is fascinated by the architecture of churches and appreciates their value as places where people congregate. Sarkis immediately decided that he wished to transform the Submarine Wharf into a spiritual and sacred meeting place.’
‘The first thing that Sarkis did’, explains director Sjarel Ex about this visit to the Submarine Wharf, ‘was clap his hands: the building’s acoustic pleased and inspired him.’ In the exhibition the composition ‘Litany for the Whale’ by John Cage is played continuously. Here you can listen to a performance of this work, written for two singers and based on the underwater calls of whales. In the Submarine Wharf Cage’s piece is performed in a version that carillon player Frank Steijns made specially for the carillon in the exhibition. You will be able to download this performance from boijmans.nl from June.