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Upcoming session of ARRG with Baukje Spaltro and Jade Mandrake. The event will take place on December 3rd, from 13:00, in Oudemanhuispoort. The event is moved to the much larger room D1.09 providing a better option for everyone to safely distance, if necessary.

Event details of Artistic Research with Baukje Spaltro and Jade Mandrake
Date 3 December 2021
Time 13:00

Baukje Spaltro, as her name reveals, is a Dutch Italian artist based in Amsterdam. She was born in Milan and grew up in different Dutch cities. So she developed her interest in the ‘sense of a place’. After her graduation she painted the soul of her birthplace in Milan. Inspired by the Roman genius loci and the trilogy Spheres by philosopher Peter Sloterdijk, she researches on the canvas the genius loci of European urban areas. Her City Spheres installations redefine the urban space as a self-constructed local society. Showing the local sense, always painted and often in collaboration with local communities. Spaltro paints to redefine a place and to act. The moment, the place, and daylight determine her color combinations of fluorescent and tonal colors. The fluorescent surfaces boycott effective thinking and force an intuitive perception. Color unfolds the soul of a district that beats like a human heart. Since 2015 she has created and exhibited City Spheres in DenHelder, Amsterdam, Arnhem, Berlin, Milan and Turku (Fin). Now she is working in Haarlem Schalkwijk, this work will be shown at De Vishal in january 2022. In 2018 She created the InsideOUT Panorama with a community of 200 Frysian (ex) mental patiënts made for Leeuwarden Cultural Capital 2018. She studied BA Theater Design, AV and painting at the Art Academy Utrecht and MA in painting at the Accademia di Belle Arti Brera, Milan. Her work is exhibited in the Netherlands and abroad, and part of (inter)national art collections.


Jade Mandrake is a multimedia artist and researcher born and raised in NYC. Working in stained glass, audio, video, photography, narrative and more, since 2019 she explores interdisciplinary and artistic research methods for urban planning that moves toward an international, open-ended model for commoning. As part of her larger project of artistic research with hermetic architecture, the natureculture continuum as it relates to the desire for self-actualization features as a primary mode of knowledge production. She presents her work at universities and galleries, private residences, and public-facing venues in New York and abroad. Becoming a Still Life provides a sample of the dialogue she conducted with the hermetic building, Het Scheepvaarthuis in 2019, the start of an ongoing artistic research project she calls Sex with Buildings. A lively interlocutor, this building and he work with it co-creates with the project Commoning with Children in the Fringes of Cities, initiated by Francesca Ranalli, and continues to entangle with their upcoming, funded project, A creative and natural urban commons with youth: toward an international toolkit.