Jan Berger
Curatorial Concept

Le Grand Trampolage was brought to life following an extensive open call phase in August 2019. The application form specifically demanded for Artists to set a pseudonym so the highest level of anonymity was ensured. The application did not ask for work portfolios, since they are, of course, of ever so little importance. Instead eligible artists were asked to describe their work in general and to discuss their motivation for attending the programme. The former aspect was, however, merely a red herring, since the Mythical Institution has little interest in such utterly mundane matters as descriptive documents. It was revealed that the real indicators of successful applications were the acknowledgement of the Mythical Institution's all encompassing reputation. It also helped if the artist's three most recent show titles didnt suck.

For the residency phase from October to December 2019 AD artists were invited to the Mythical Institution's gallery 'an outlook' to develop their work unhindered by mortal concerns. To adequately accomodate the participants, multiple amenities were made accessible within the legendary estate, such as the in-house library, a holistic canteen and a greenhouse. At the day of le grand opening a pop-up bar has been permanently installed. During the opening, chorus fruit was served, which artists were encouraged to collectively consume during the opening celebrations. Upon consumption artists and visitors were teleported a short distance, which ensured an unforgettable art experience.

Towards the end of the curatorial tour Jan Berger revealed a secret passage that led to the ancient catacombs underneath the estate. Deep within the tunnels powerful artefacts were found, which raised questions of conservational issues, after artists decided to wear them for an impromptu catwalk session.