The DCR is a multi disciplined artist initiative, located near the city centre in the former office building of the electric power plant in The Hague. It offers workspace to 40 artists (members), Nest, Studio Loos, Danslab and Zeebelt theatre company... and we have 3 guest studio's available for applicant artists.
During the three-month period in residence at the guest studios I will be working on a film, the third part of a trilogy investigating relations between visual representation and economic processes. In this film I am looking at the emergence of the field of financial journalism in the 1840s in relation to the first appearances of photographs in newspapers in the 1880s. I have been conducting research at the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam regarding this period in relation to a notebook of Karl Marx’s from 1868 dedicated to The Economist and Money Market Review. During my time in residence at the guest studios I will be both carrying out research at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, specifically in their vast newspaper archive, and synthesizing this material with that of the Marx notebook. This synthesis will be carried out in the medium of film and video.
My work consists of tiny changes in daily life. It is based on the notion that spaces contain memories and time as a result of human action and behavior. These memories can easily be ignored as our attention is distracted by elements that occupy our daily life. I point the attention to this phenomenon by suggesting the viewer to notice and rediscover trivial things.
I have been working to document the tiny incidences in daily situation. During 3 months residency program, I want to go out to take photos and videos to make sketches in the city. I make tiny changes in the ordinary situation by installing some absurd items. They would be documented and shown as observations of sight specific installations.
Working in a wide range of media and drawing her inspiration from classical literature, historical figures and events, as well as pop- and sub-cultures, Ola Vasiljeva creates an ambigous, absurd scenography, which she populates with objects, videos; artworks by herself and other artists.
The work often evokes an odd, surreal situation; though being hardly narrative, it often focuses on the state of fundamental loneliness and distancing from the real world. Her aesthetic vocabulary draws from popular imagery which Ola choreographs with witty humor, poetry and a strong uncanny touch.
Ola Vasiljeva (Latvia 1981) is one of the founders of the Ocean Academy of Arts and the publisher of the OAOA magazine.
During the residency at DCR Ola is exploring the parallels between the fin de siécle period and the bohemian sub-culture tendencies of the 60's and 70's.
Our new artists in residence: Rumiko Hagiwara (Japan), Ola Vasiljeva (Latvia) and Zachary Formwalt (US) will live and work in The Hague at Gueststudios 1, 2 and 3 from January 4 till March 31. They have recently finished their research residency at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam and are now preparing to be based in The Hague. We offer them a special program, "Nieuwe Hagenezen - cultural integration in The Hague" :)
Happy new year!
Happy new year!