Compositions catalytiques

Aëgerter gave a guided tour of several paintings in the collection of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht for a group of clients and supervisors from the Altrecht ABC group, a facility that offers ambulatory care for young people with psychotic vulnerabilities.
Curious about the participants’ extended and multi-sensorial capacities of perception, Aëgerter asked them to analyse the form and content of the paintings. With a range of basic materials, the ABC group worked on top of paper reproductions of the paintings.
The expressive and uninhibited works by the ABC group prompted Aëgerter to work with the paintings herself. Aëgerter reproduced the photos at their original scale after which she invited the young persons with psychotic weaknesses to give their personal interpretations of her artworks, on an individual base.
These interpretations resulted in audio guides, spoken by the the young people themselves, accompanying and playing an integral part of Aëgerter’s works.

This project is the result of a residency with ‘Het Vijfde Seizoen’ (the Fifth Saison), organised by the psychiatric care organisation Altrecht.

A year later Aëgerter followed up on this research together with one of the participants of the project.


Compositions catalytiques, 2018
Ultrachrome prints

PDUT927-1811261337 (Van Ruysdael)
41 x 46 cm

Jacob van Ruysdael, ‘Paysage avec un château en ruine et une église‘

PDUT945 -1811261443 (Elinga)
60 x 58.5 cm

Pieter Janssens Elinga, ‘la Balayeuse‘

PDUT914 -1811261546 (Metsu)
23.7 x 19.5 cm

Gabriel Metsu, ‘Femme au miroir‘


28599-1710201020 (Wtewael)
103.2 x 72.3 cm

Joachim Wtewael, ‘The Kitchen Maid’


2310-1710201033 (Saverij)
130 x 80 cm

Roeland Saverij, ‘Large still life with Imperial Crown’

5088-1710311249 (Ter Brugghen)
102.3 x 136.9 cm

Hendrick ter Brugghen, ‘The Calling of Saint Matthew’

22657-1710291740 (Bloemaert)
63.5 x 81.3 cm

Abraham Bloemaert, Mercurius, Argus and Io

10786-1710201438  (van Honthorst)
71 x 104 cm

Gerard van Honthorst, ‘The Matchmaker’

Exhibition view ‘ Beautiful Distress’, Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam

Audio guides

The audio guides belonging to the Compositions catalytiques have been written and voiced by young people with psychotic vulnerabilities.
They share their personal interpretations of the works with the viewer.

Audio guides (Dutch spoken; for the sake of privacy the names here below are fictional)