Ricardo van Eyk – Pilot

Oomph part I

Opening: 19 January, 20-24 hrs
20 January – 3 March 2019
Thu-Sun, 14-18 hrs

A talk by Piet Tuytel and screening of Koyaanisqatsi
Sunday 3 March, 17:00-19:30

Frank Koolen was invited by P/////AKT to write a text in response to Ricardo van Eyk’s exhibition. Read it here.

Metropolis M
Het begin van Oomph in P/////AKT Amsterdam
Malou Koster
10 March 2019
Ricardo van Eyk at P/////AKT, Amsterdam
4 March 2019
Tique Art Paper
Ricardo van Eyk – Pilot
16 February 2019
Art Viewer
Ricardo van Eyk at P/////AKT
15 February 2019
Ricardo van Eyk – Pilot – P/////AKT
3 February 2019
Kersgallery, Zoete Broodjes, Bureau Postjesweg, P/////AKT
Najiba Brakke
29 January 2019
Tussenarchitectuur van Ricardo van Eyk
Thomas van Huut
25 January 2019
Springvossen 21 januari | Rosa Johanna & Ricardo van Eyk
Robert van Altena
21 January 2019
Metropolis M
Een jaar lang Oomph en 6 andere tips voor 2019
3 January 2019


– A good pilot program provides a platform for the organization to test logistics, prove value and reveal deficiencies. Typically, a pilot program begins with a proposal that lists the objectives (…) and should also provide metrics for how success will be determined.
– Serving as a prototype
 This earlier sense pre-dated the concept of manned flight by hundreds of years. However, the term pilot is not just used for the captain of an aircraft: the person who steers a ship or boat is also called the pilot, and their job is to “guide” the vessel along the correct path to avoid running aground, etc.
  If you go back further in time, there was an old sense of pilot as far back as the 1600s meaning “to guide”. For example, in woodworking there is a common technique of drilling smaller “pilot holes”, sometimes called “starter holes”, in places where you plan to attach two objects by screw; the pilot holes guide the screw in straight and prevent the wood from splitting under the stress.
  A pilot episode is like a pilot light, a small flame that is used to start a bigger fire. If the pilot goes out, there can be no fire. If the pilot fails to get an audience interested, there can be no show.

In this particular case, the ambivalent term of ‘pilot’ can be applied to the artist’s process towards realizing an exhibition as well as the hosting organization, especially when the work and the space in which it is shown are becoming one to such a large extent and share a sense of urgency and curiosity; a search for a temporary outcome that in turn will lead to something new. The goal is transformation, and the pilot is its tool.  

Read more about Oomph here.