Friday, 28 February 2014

Paper Cuts

Looking for something to do this weekend? Look no further. A very talented friend of mine, paper artist extraordinaire Mandy Smith, and art director/director Hal Kirkland have teamed up to bring you Paper Cuts – an interactive experience opening this weekend in Amsterdam. I'm going to use their own words to describe their collaboration –
"Paper Cuts is an interactive paper sculpture that invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. However, unlike it’s deadly ancestor, this blade will result in nothing more final than a ‘possible’ paper cut.
The guillotine became part of popular culture during France’s Reign of Terror (1793-94) and the subsequent French Revolution. While used well into modern times throughout other European countries the last time it was used for official business was in France was 1977.
This experience brings a new twist to this infamous apparatus while arousing people’s natural fascination for the macabre. It will transform a powerful and oppressive symbol of death into a thing of
beauty. Delicate, inviting and something people may even line up for.
Voluntarily this time.
And every time the paper blade falls a camera will be triggered to capture the expression of the those who have put their neck on the line for an art experience like no other. Each fearful facial expression,
forever immortalized on the Paper Cuts website.
Paper Cuts will launch on March 1st at one of Amsterdam’s most historic locations, the Waag. The Waag is Amsterdam’s oldest remaining non-religious building and has also served as a guildhall, museum, fire station and anatomical theatre. From here Paper Cuts will then begin its journey to galleries around the globe."

Sounds fantastic, right? See you there!

Paper Cuts
Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag
Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam.
Saturday 1 March 2014, from 12.00 'till 18.00 hrs
Entrance is free.

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