Author Archives: Erik Hagoort

About Erik Hagoort

Encounter & Art

“Let’s break loose”

“Can generosity itself be a reciprocal practice?” Chicago based curator Mary Jane Jacob asks in her contribution to What We Want Is Free: Generosity and Exchange in Recent Art (2005). To ask this question means that the equation of generosity … Continue reading

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Face-to-face or shoulder-to-shoulder

On a fine, windy Summer day in 2008 Swedish artist Tobias Karlsson invited me to sit with him in one of the three cubicles, mentioned “Untitled”, which he presented as part of his graduation show at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie … Continue reading

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Beyond reciprocity

Joseph Beuys: “If I take care of you, others will take care of me.” Stanislav Menshikov: “If I take less, others have more.” These two quotations still resonate in my mind since I attended “La chaîne est belle”; the New … Continue reading

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Potential reciprocity

Between 1933 and 1939 the Russian poet Daniil Kharms (1905-1942) wrote down thirty “Cases”. Number 19 describes the following “case”: Encounter Once a man walking to his office met another man, who just before had bought a Polish white bread and … Continue reading

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Yearning for Reciprocity

Between the small towns of Štúrovo in Slovakia and Esztergom in Hungary flows the river Danube, five hundred metres wide. Now the Mária Valéria bridge connects both towns and spans the border between both countries, but from 1944 till 2001 the bridge lay in … Continue reading

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Homo Reciprocans

Our society, any society, seems to be structured by, and caught up in, a dynamics of reciprocity.  This seems such a self-evident fact, that it might come as a surprise that it is a relatively new idea, notably launched by … Continue reading

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One Way Reciprocity

From 1973 to 1986 James Lee Byars sent numerous letters and postcards to Joseph Beuys. Scribbles on small pieces of paper; poems knitted in golden thread on sheets of red satin; sentences inked on rice paper resembling the stones of … Continue reading

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