Art & everyday life

In this section, Mister Motley investigates the art world up-close and aims to connect art to everyday life. Next to that, Art & Everyday Life invites artists to write about their everyday experiences, about their love for art and the dark edges surrounding it, and they will provide us with commentary on the now and report on their researches and residencies in The Netherlands and abroad.

On mechanical eyes, digital ghosts and dirty hands

A young archive beyond scary and funny

I owe you the truth in painting, and I will give it to you.

Fact 1: In the night of 24–25 January 2017, a bookseller at Amazon.com wrapped up the very last copy of George Orwell’s 1984. The paperbacks, hardcover copies, even the dusty second-hand copies, were completely sold out. An apologetic message was posted to the website.

Art, fashion, literature, make-up, music, and theatre appear to have dissolved into a thick, oppressive grey fog that has enveloped the world. ‘Drones’ hover in the air like futuristic items of jewellery, while large TV screens, framed as paintings, show images of Big Brother day and night, alternating with a constant stream of ‘news’. A totalitarian political party controls the human soul – and with it, the entire mechanism of love and hate. Life revolves around ‘news facts’. Or rather ‘alternative facts’ that turn out to pose such a threat to society that they are capable of dislocating an entire nation.