“In 1996, Chris Kraus hosted the ‘Chance Event’ at Whiskey Pete’s hotel & casino in the scorching hot Nevada Desert. The Chance event was announced as being a ‘three-day philosophy rave’, during which visual artists would converge with philosophers, poets and musicians. The Chance event was conceptualized based on Jean Baudrillard’s findings on ‘chance’, and they therefore fittingly chose the casino to build the event in and around.”

Together with Megan Bruinen, I occupied the 2020 residence of het resort, the former gay sauna ‘t Pakhuisje, during August 2020. 
This summer took place in a time when, induced by a Global pandemic, our society was forced into a constant state of change. The Summer Sauna Take Over therefore revolved around the theme of ‘transition’. Transforming ‘t Pakhuisje into a platform for conversing with the current state of society, they decided to invite fellow artists, musicians and researchers to join them in a month-long investigation into - and conversation about this transitional period.

During the month of August, we welcomed nine different artists, who each passed by for a few days to interact with the space of the former gay sauna and the theme of transition. These different perspectives were on show in the last two days of the Summer Take over, in the final exhibition: ‘Safe Crash’. During ‘Safe Crash’, ‘t Pakhuisje was transformed into a monument of transition: a space where, through a variety of visual, research-focused, performative and sound-based works, a collective approach towards dealing with transition was shown. The invited artists included Indigo Deijmann, Nadia van Essen, Marrit Meinema, Anastasija Kiake, Mans Weghorst, Heike de Wit, Sam Reith, Annick van Vliet and Cara Farnan. 

Megan Bruinen, “This All Happened Today, Tomorrow and a Year Ago”

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