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Claus Richter (Ger)
The big battle of Vijfhuizen
Installation on location, part of the group exhibition Dreams are my Reality – the seriousness of play, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen. Vijfhuizen, The Netherlands, 2010.
Claus Richter is highly fascinated by the reenactment of historical situations and movie scenes. His cardboard world seams to poke fun at the seriousness of history. He is however wholly absorbed in his play, and by doing so he demonstrates how much we need the play to get hold of a situation.
Dreams are my Reality – the seriousness of play. Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, March 28 through June 27, 2010. From March 28th, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen, which is part of the defence line of fortresses surrounding Amsterdam, presents the exhibition “Dreams are my reality: the seriousness of play”. This exhibition playfully highlights the way artists and the public interact with history and national heritage sites. Seven international artists will show how imagination and reality are linked. History is hence made to be seen as a palpable construction: a game in which we all have a role to play.
“Homemade history!” History is both a matter of seriousness and a hobby; therefore, the way reenactment and Living History groups operate was taken as the basic assumption for the exhibition. But ‘making’ history can be seen as a social game, even if no theatricals are used. Old myths and collective memories are mixed together with personal experience. Film and media images become factoids. An historical monument becomes a stage set; and a stage set becomes a prop to confirm and elaborate an historical experience.