21.07.2016 - 25.09.2016


Authentic Boys

Holidays! Since the advent of the commercial holiday, the tourist has superseded the historical figure of the traveller or pilgrim. We fantasise about escaping daily routine, for a couple of weeks every year, to places where stress, worry, and the pressure to perform are irrelevant. We depart for paradisiacal resorts, blue skies, authentic cuisine, and friendly locals. From Thursday 21 July, TENT presents the video installation ‘Happyland’, a portrait of the holidaymaker in all of us. The show is curated by Jesse van Oosten.

In ‘Happyland’, Authentic Boys artist collective define five groups of travellers and the paths they tread toward personal happiness. One group is homely, another rebels against society, and the others either seek hardship, glamorous luxury, or the purity of nature. What their journeys have in common is a search for the authentic self: a mystical tour and profound existential quest for self-realisation. In this regard, these contemporary tourists are reminiscent of the pilgrims of yesteryear. Authentic Boys humorously portray the vacationers, interspersing serious contemplation with playful rebellion. Unbuttoned T-shirts on tanned chests with shiny necklaces, camping folklorists, outdoor men, and backpackers are all scrutinised. Authentic Boys light-heartedly portray the stereotypical characters of tourist subcultures at a time when travel, tourism, and global industry are in decline, and the sharing of our foreign and exotic experiences is done using the social media platforms through which we constantly communicate.

Authentic Boys is an international collective of artists: the performers Gregory Stauffer and Johannes Dullin (Geneva and Berlin) and the filmmakers Boris van Hoof and Aaike Stuart (Rotterdam and Berlin). Formed in 2007, they work on projects that humorously and intuitively respond to their immediate surroundings. Their performances, videos, and installations have featured at theatres, art spaces, and film festivals across Europe. As ‘Performing Life’, they initiate social and educational projects in cooperation with museums, galleries, and schools.

Thursday 21 July at 20:00Opening, concurrent with the exhibitions Optic Mountaineering, The Back Room – Arie de Groot, and the TAA 2016.
Saturday 23 July and Saturday 10 September, 15:00 until 17:00 – Authentic Boys City Safari
a performative, touristic tour of Rotterdam. Suitable for English, German, and French speakers
Friday 16 September, 20:00 – Summer Holiday Slide Night with Authentic Boys

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