Over de expositie
In August 2005 SMART Project Space (SPS) moved into the former Pathological Anatomical Laboratory located on the Wilhelmina Gasthuis terrain in Amsterdam Oud-West. This change of location generated different explorations of SPS´ surroundings. A research into the actualphysical building and its history took place in December 2006-January 2007 in conjunction with an exhibition in which artists were invited to respond to the earlier function and the history of the building (´Fumus Fugiens´). In April / May 2007 a research was conducted investigating the local social and cultural fabric in which SPS is embedded and more particularly, into the question how an (inter)national platform for contemporary art can develop meaningful relationships with local audiences (´Kiosk7: OudWestKiosk´). These explorations are inextricably bound with the ongoing process of reflecting on the potential functions and challenges that spaces for contemporary art face at the moment. Set amidst this backdrop, the exhibition ´A Number of Worlds Resembling Our Own´ will intersect with expansive renovation work that will be carried out in the coming period at SPS. It is this acute state of transition, of becoming and of ongoing re-invention that posits the starting point for an exhibition that is both a tribute too and a critical reflection of our capacity to shape our surroundings according to imaginative and idealistic projections of worlds-to-be. The participating artists and cultural producers present work that deals with places, ostensibly existing between reality and the imaginary, between the past and the present and/or future, exploring and questioning the way our (built) environment is influenced and shaped by historical, political and societal idealistic or utopian visions.