Witte de With

Witte de With presents the JET publication

Witte de With
Center for Contemporary Art

Witte de Withstraat 50
3012 BR Rotterdam
The Netherlands
+31 (0)10 411 0144

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- it's not a plane, it's not a girl's name, it is a book about art

JET— it's not a plane, it's not a girl's name, it is a book about art is a publication about contemporary art and the world around it. It was produced by a group of five young people, the Junior Editorial Team (JET), who want to show their age group exactly what it is that makes art so interesting. In the book you will find DIY-tips, cartoons, many different artworks, a fictional story and interviews with artists. The JET team talked about art with people who have been working in the arts for years as well as ordinary passers-by in the streets. JET— it's not a plane, it's not a girl's name, it is a book about art encourages readers to look, think, talk and ask questions about art.

In JET, various themes, artists, disciplines, philosophies, ideas, opinions, continents and cultures are intertwined, which show the diversity of contemporary art and society. This has made the book an eclectic whole. Each team member interviewed an artist that they were personally interested in, including Marc Bijl, Randa Shaath and William Hunt. In this way both diverse artists and attitudes towards art are showcased. Besides interviews, each team member also imagined a concept for a project, researched it and eventually executed it. Every idea was different and this led to a variety of results ranging from the project "Art: Behind the Scenes " a story of hidden heroes in the art world (amongst whom are the director of the institution and the education project curator) to ironic cartoons about art in collaboration with cartoonist TRIK. In the book you will also find "MoMA Moments", a suspense story about an artwork in New York and 'DIY-tips' from contemporary artists to get started yourself. By reading the book you will be able to see the artists' ideas more easily and form your own opinions about art.

JET consists of five young people aged 15 to 19 years old. The expertise and areas of interest of these youngsters connects the book to the interests and experiences of all young people around the world. During the past one-and-a-half years, Witte de With has worked with this editorial team on the publication.
In the beginning they visited a variety of people that play a role in the realization of a book. They spoke with a publisher, printer, designer, and also with artists in their studio or exhibition space. The team had workshops on interview techniques and writing to be able to collect as much information as possible in these conversations. Consistently the main questions were: When is something art? And why do artists make art? It soon became clear how to shape the content of the book and how it should look.

Through its education and youth activities, Witte de With serves as a centre for young people, where they can experience contemporary visual art and learn and share their ideas and opinions amongst each other and with others. In this way, we promote interest in contemporary art and strive to build a loyal group of young visitors. In addition to our regular programmes for educational institutions from secondary to university level, we see a need for projects that go beyond the educational curriculum.

We recognize that young people are seriously interested in viewing, creating and experiencing art for their own pleasure and in their free time.