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Come Closer: Gemini Exit (Beeny's Retirement)


Come Closer: Gemini Exit (Beeny's Retirement)

GEMINI EXIT (Beeny's Retirement)

"Plenty who are not experts comfortably characterise a Gemini." Astrological charts are discarded, used, embraced like other technologies. A label is worn with a set of limits. NASA states that Project Gemini (1961-66) was thus named for the two men who would fit in the capsule, attempting space walks and docking, always recording the results. The gesture of alienating and forcing the position of not knowing, a system for deluding expertise, is at the core of this iteration of Come Closer, echoing ‘The Instrument Of Troubled Dreams’, a site-specific installation by Janet Cardiff (1957) and George Bures Miller (1960) that was composed in and around the Oude Kerk.

Beeny's Retirement is a scored situation for camera by Ivan Cheng, with new sculptures by Kristoffer Zeiner cast in the role of Beeny*. The score is structured temporally by the Transept organ of the church, played by pianist Marta Warelis. A series of half-lives, mini golf holes, and emotional contexts play out for registration on a range of devices. The 'public' is invited to use their own headphones and electronic devices to stream audio files prepared by Cheng, containing texts and audio to listen to, relay, and prescribe movement. The act of mediating this content is voluntary, with the role of the witness and their recording device is given equal emphasis.

As well as welcoming an audience to experience the work as a 'public', the artist seeks (a) camera enthusiasts and hobbyists, and (b) those interested in performing. Please see below for further details.

GEMINI EXIT (Beeny's Retirement) is performed in English, but can be experienced without an understanding of language. Please bring headphones. Make sure to dress warmly but comfortably. Style is optional. Please note that the situation will be filmed, the footage intended for a video work. The Koffieschenkerij will be open afterwards for drinks and conversation. Please reserve your seat online to receive advance information.

* Beeny refers in part to Beanie Babies, understuffed soft toys produced in limited numbers; highly collectible. Further, parts of the structural logic finds origin in S03E11 of Gilmore Girls, in conjunction with recent events and relationships. This project functions within the broader interest in (de)materialisations of scores.


Do you have a passion for lens-based technology and an interest in framing bodies, sound, objects, and architecture? I was so struck by the role of the recording device in the Cardiff/Miller work, in the anonymity of the microphone, the presence of the sound recorded. I wanted to invite your unique, subjective eyes to capture the situation, which will function as an unpredictable social object. There are so many ways, then, to edit the material. There will be low light and high contrast conditions, and a variety of speeds of movements.

Please reach out to mail(at) if you are interested in bringing your gear or hearing more. No ticket purchase is necessary for camera holders.

How can I dissolve or act as disciplinarian? It's so hard to articulate performing under different signs of power, so it's probably best if we forge a friendship or trust. What reveals a figure or brings it into light? We are interested in a group of volunteer performers who are able to commit a single rehearsal on February 19 from 6 - 7:30pm, as well as the performance. What can be imparted or shared in the limits of time? How does my projection of how you behave meet with your expectations of me?

Please reach out to mail(at) if you are interested in joining as a performer or hearing more. No ticket purchase is necessary for performers.


This program is part of Come Closer: a series of four intimate evenings, where visitors and artists explore the sonic space of the Oude Kerk with dance, performance and deep listening exercises. Come Closer has been developed in relation to the work of Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller and has been curated by Radna Rumping.

GEMINI EXIT (Beeny's Retirement)
come closer: ivan cheng with kristoffer zeiner

Friday 22 February 2019, 18:00-19:00
Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein (De Wallen), Amsterdam
Tickets online from 3 January 2019

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