Nicolas Lamas – The Form of Decay

Thinging part VI

Opening: 18 November, 20-24 hrs
19 November – 17 December 2017
Thu-Sun, 14-18 hrs
During Amsterdam Art Weekend (23-26 November) the exhibition is open from
12 until 18 hrs.

Book launch
The Attraction of the Mountains, published by Posture Editions
A talk with Alejandro Alonso Díaz, Nicolás Lamas and Bori Borbala Soos
18 November, 20 hrs, doors open 19.30 hrs
Methods of Dating – You look like 40 miles of rough road anyway
A performance by Alondra Castellanos Arreola in response to the exhibition The Form of Decay by Nicolás Lamas. 
Sunday 17 December, 17-19 hrs

Vincent Verhoef was invited by P/////AKT to write a text in response to the exhibition The Form of Decay by Nicolás Lamas and P/////AKT’s 2017 program Thinging. Read it here (EN-NL).

Rotunda Magazine
“The Form of Decay”: Nicolás Lamas at P/////AKT Amsterdam
14 December 2017
NERO Magazine
Nicolás Lamas “The Form of Decay” at P/////AKT, Amsterdam
12 December 2017
Nicolás Lamas. The Form of Decay
9 December 2017
Nicolás Lamas – The Form of Decay, P/////AKT
8 December 2017
Art Research Map
Nicolás Lamas ‘The Form of Decay’
December 2017
Art Viewer
Nicolás Lamas at P/////AKT
4 December 2017
What to see during Amsterdam Art Weekend 2017?
21 November 2017
Metropolis M
Thinking with and through decaying objects: a digital interview with Nicolás Lamas
Liza Prins
20 November 2017


Nicolás Lamas’ practice mainly includes found objects, installations and sculptures that focus on the transitory and hybrid nature of reality.

For his first solo exhibition in Amsterdam he presents a dismantled production site interconnected with a series of objects that seem not to belong here. Using cognitive tensions between consumed and wasted energy, the show reflects on the transitory condition of matter as embedded in a system of ephemeral and divergent relations. 

The Form of Decay is a new installation placed somewhere between an office space and an anthropological site. Through the detachment of man-made items, organic materials and mass-produced objects from their original functions, the exhibition recreates an ambience both wild and aseptic. There is a sense of strangeness floating in the air in which material interactions, frictions, attractions and repulsions coexist, showing Lamas’ interest in visceral materiality. When one moves through the space it becomes aware of the entangled processes that constitute this place. Matter is here an alibi that allows the viewer to address transience as intrinsic to the general state of things, bringing to light today’s cult to the perpetual circulation of energy, while triggering suspense.

The installation is structured around the encounters between a series of objects belonging to distant times and spaces, where notions of indeterminacy, danger and uncertainty become apparent. An energy of sorts entangled in a complex set of interconnected functions. 

The project was developed in dialogue with Alejandro Alonso Díaz.


Lamas is also presenting his new book The Attraction of the Mountains, published by Posture Editions and launched during the exhibition opening. 

Nicolás Lamas (Lima, 1980) lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. Recent solo exhibitions include: Todo objeto es un espacio temporal, Fundació Joan Miró, Ocaso, Galería Lucía de la Puente, Loss of symmetry, Loods 12, The structure of the wild, Brand New Gallery, Dysfunctional links, Meessen De Clercq, Potential remains, DASH. Configuraciones, Lucía de la Puente, The value of formlessness, Sabot.