From February 18 until April 23, 2006, a grid of
more than man-sized cardboard panels has filled this entire part of the
Museum. Within this structure, during a course of nine weeks, spaces
have been purpose-cut to house a/o an office space for a writer,
residency space for an art collective, a workshop for a product
designers, a video room, a sound room, a meeting space, a garden, a
The activities have established a series of spatial interactions based on a set of guidelines for the creation of spaces given to the participants – as well as a challenge of the relations between curators, participating artists and the different audiences.
Cut For Purpose is an exploration made through a spatial structure and a transformative process set within it. The structure installed is a device; a testing tool on a 1:1 scale, that invites a line of activities to respond spatially and programmatically. It is a volume, comprised of a grid of 2000 cardboard sheets (283 x 120 x 1.5 cm), covering 1100m3. MDF ‘combs’, have been specially designed to keep honeycomb cardboard apart on 15 centimeters intervals.
Without having a spatial layout made in advance, the excavation of the space by the activities taking place within it is set-off by a few simple spatial guidelines. Each week, a volume of cardboard available for cutting is released and divided amongst the activities that are in immediate need of (extra) space; no reservation for a specific location can be made before an activity takes place; the structure is subject to time zones that allow for a specific duration for an activity; the material cut out transforms into interior elements - temporary seats, chairs, podia. Guidelines are there to be tested and adjusted. (Cut explorer guide - pdf - 2.5Mb)
“Offered for rent immediately, a small, furnished office space in the Street Gallery of the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen. Because of arrest of the previous tenant a unique space in the installation Cut for Purpose is released. [...] Deafness is a pre. In the Street Gallery ongoing sawing is taking place. Non-the-less, even if you hear well, you are invited to react. The technical department of the museum has a large collection of Kema approved headphones at disposal. The office space is available until the 22nd of April, and is accessible seven days a week from 9 to 17h.”
(Ernest van der Kwast, writer, Antenne Rotterdam, March 18, 2006)