19 January - 9 March 2013
Exhibition Opening: Friday 18 January 2013
** Now Recruiting S.P.A.M. Officers **
S.P.A.M. OFFICE appears to be a traditional modernist office setting; uniform office furniture made up of cheap, low quality - spam - materials, a coffee machine and all its obligatory accessories present. Nylon tie-wraps hold together the mocha-colored, cheap structural furniture panels, an ultimate representation of the volatility of spam.
The spam officers check e-mails, detect spam, print and prepare the letters for proofreading, before filing them in the archive. They become performers, wearing the uniform and logo of the ‘firm’, monotonously disarming the spam to which the office is subjected. S.P.A.M. OFFICE mainly develops nonsensical operations, poetically supported by the decorum of bureaucracy. Stripping messages from their corrupt, commercial deployment.
S.P.A.M. Officers also work for the artist; the selection and bibliographical archiving of spam messages enables Pieterjan Ginckels to reproduce selected texts in the artist's work. Previous manifestations of the S.P.A.M Office led to the development of such series as Warez n Warez, Lee vs Sam or New Rules.
The exhibition's audience is invited to forward all their spam email (or other unwanted messages, the relevance as spam the S.P.A.M. Officers will decide) to
, as well as to come and watch the office at work.
The performance of S.P.A.M. OFFICE was organised at Be-Part Center for Contemporary Art, Waregem, Belgium, (May 7th till May 15th 2011) and has been documented in the S.P.A.M. BOOK, published by Art Paper Editions.
S.P.A.M. OFFICE at ANDOR represents Pieterjan Ginckels' first exhibition in the UK. Born in Tienen in 1982 he received the Young Belgian Painters Award in 2011 and has delivered solo projects in Heerlen, Amsterdam, Antwerp, Oostende and Cologne. Ginckels first designed his characteristic ‘families’ of artworks in ‘1000 Beats’ (first built in 2008) and ‘PISTE’ (2010): installations with pronounced circular, multi-layered and cooperative aspects that function as generator of metaphors in sound and image.
Photos by Pieterjan Ginckels and Olmo Peeters