Every year, Nest organises a One Nest Stand presentation for which academy students get the assignment to make a work in the sphere of one of the exhibitions of Nest. This year, eight students of the Willem de Kooning Academy deal with the theme Alchemy. In The Element of Surprise they shed their light on the transformation of knowledge and materials, on the non-rational sides of science, the Â quest for eternal youth, or on the need to add a spiritual value to the banal.
Most of the time, it is the first time for the participants to Â show their work outside the academy. To give the students a thourough preparation for the exhibition, they are offered a tutoring program. Alchemy-curator and artist David Rickard, Alchemy-artist Oscar Santillan, Nest director Eelco van der Lingen and independant curator Yasmijn Jarram will give the students feedback on their plans and give them advice on the execution of the work.Â
One Nest Stands are exhibitions for one evening only. The Element of Surpise is on view on the 20th of November between 20:00 and 24:00 h.