tue-sun 13h-17h (mon closed)
Material: Transformation installation
For the original presentation of Casino on the opening of his exhibition in the V.M.H.K. (1984), Bijl worked with two croupiers who provided fictional entertainment on the Blackjack table and the Roulette table. He asked some of his friends to join the game. Later in the game, undercover police officers staged a real intervention and interrogation, because they were convinced it was an illegal casino.
The game promises to –just as in the world of advertising- cater to our needs and desires and works as a kind of lure. The interference of fate and chance in the game increases the amount of suspense and entertainment. Both fate and chance induce a compulsive urge that is related to the compulsive repetitions in the Transformation Installations. Casino thus, becomes a symbol for the reckless defiance of fate.
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