Just when the longest strike in the Netherlands (6 weeks) since 1933 has come to a close – connecting the government, the Dutch railways, angry and sympathetic citizens, an ethical discussion about bonuses and trade unions by making TRASH visible – I found a book by Greg Kennedy named ‘The Ontology of Trash’. It’s a rather wonderful book in all its quietness, since Kennedy simply asks himself: ‘So many objects of our daily lives know but a fleeting presence. What does it mean that much, if not most, of our ordinary commerce with the world involves destruction?‘ And that’s just what the fierce strikers did; making visible the meaning of trash and, most of all, the importance of its disappearance for our modern life. I hope to add a link to the book very soon.
Ad de Jong presents new work under the heading ‘Receiving Radiant Spaces’ at Annette de Keyser Gallery in Antwerp, Belgium