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Great interview with APC*

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Stinkfish, Pau, Zas : streets and freedom of artistic expression

"In every century, the way that artist form are structured reflects the way in which science or contemporary culture views reality". Umberto Eco "The optics of the Open Work" / 1962

Glamorous Outcasts turned 2 today!

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Het 'slettenstigma' kleeft alleen aan impopulaire meisjes - AMSTERDAM - PAROOL.

De dubbele moraal ten opzichte van seksueel gedrag van jongens en meisjes zit er bij tieners al in?

'Ja. Die dubbele moraal zit ingebed in de maatschappij en dus pikken kinderen die op. Uit reclamespotjes, films, van ouders en van elkaar. Uit mijn onderzoek blijkt dat die normering de geldende populariteitshiërarchie op school doorkruist; het slettenstigma kleeft alleen aan impopulaire meisjes. Ik sprak bijvoorbeeld Merel, een populair meisje uit 4 havo. Zij ziet er volwassen uit en gaat in het weekend naar de Escape met haar fake-ID. Ze vertelde hoe ze daar op een jongen was afgestapt, bij hem op schoot was gaan zitten en met hem had gedanst en gezoend. Haar klasgenoten zijn vol bewondering over haar lef en zien Merel niet als slet.'

medewerkers:

Ook deze maand hebben we een bijzondere, Engelstalige blog van ‘s Neerlands bodem gevonden.

Tales of the Nine is een street-art project in Amsterdam Slotermeer en wordt door straatartiesten van over de hele wereld ontworpen en gerealiseerd. Je vindt op de gelijknamige blog meer informatie over het project en een aantal van deze kunstwerken.

Beeld: Inner-Light door Skount

KENOR IN AMSTERDAM | Montana World.

The album “RIP” by Actress is the main source of inspiration of Kenor in his latest mural production in Amsterdam.

Tales of the Nine Festival‘ is the event where the artist and writer from Barcelona chose to deconstruct the sounds of the album through his characteristic geometrical styles. We had to show you some images of the mural, and it comes accompanied with the corresponding musical source of inspiration.

Museums: the closed doors policy

In “Museum Hours” the main character kills the pause with: “Did you know that Louvre was the first official museum as we know museums today?”  He then proceed to explain that during the French Revolution, when the masses saw the Riches wealth, it was decided to open the house to public so that everyone can enjoy the culture.  

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The demolition of the Tuileries in 1882 marked the birth of the modern Louvre. The palace ceased to be the seat of power and was devoted almost entirely to culture. Only the Finance Ministry, provisionally installed in the Richelieu wing after the Commune, remained. Slowly but surely, the museum began to take over the whole of the vast complex of buildings. (History of Louvre)

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about our local pride and joy : Van EesterenMuseum.  

More closed the open, the space brings sadness and boredom mixed with disappointment.  

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But can something be done to make the space:

a) more accessible?

b) more interesting and relevant to today’s crowds?

CoffeeMania : light is on, but nobody’s home

I was in love with Coffeemania the first time I saw it. (I hate Starbucks* and never go there)  It was De Alliantie Bus Ride trip a couple of years ago.  I was begging them to open one in Slotermeer/Geuzenveld.  

A few months ago my dream became true:  Plein 40-45 (Slotermeerlaan) got themselves a CoffeeMania.  Brand new and shiny, rustically Berlin-like contemporary, fresh, exciting and delicious.  Not only did the staff new what Espresso Doppio was, the price was only 10cents more expensive than Cafe Julia in Sloterdijk.  Locally all other restaurants try to sell you 1 shot of coffee with 2 shots of water for 4euros.

However, in the last 2 months (out of 5 or a bit less since it was opened) I began to see the SlowDownCurve, for most of my meetings are held there and I visit the spot 2-3 times a week.  Sometimes I’m there from 10-15:00 hours, with enough opportunity to observe the audience.  The numbers visiting Coffeemania dropped, the quality of coffee as well - my precious doppio turned into 1 shot of coffee 2 shots of water, croissants are often forgotten, cakes/bakery are sporadic.  

The other Saturday was the final straw, when after the 3.5 hours tour of Geuzenveld/Slotermeer, Dianne and I returned to The Square.  The kids (4 of them) were promised a glass of the Chocomelk, a ‘lekker’ Sandwich and OBA, in return for their patience.  ”We should have gone to Starbucks at Sloterdijk”, I found myself saying out loud. ‘and Thanks God, we did not bring any of the tourists here’. 

There was NO FOOD.  Member of staff was kind enough to ‘run to the shop’ and get us ‘Turkish Toasties’ filled with Rucola, onions, cheese and stuff.  Kids were not excited, we finished food out of politeness.  In front of us, 2 elderly ladies walked in and walked out.

"I can’t believe it," said Dianne "a square full of people, 3 hotels, election dudes, and Nobody is Here.  How comes?"

This question is puzzling me now for 4 days.  And it re-surfaced today.  After a long walk and a meeting, I walked in to have a quick sandwich at 15:16.  The chef was leaving, the place was empty, the only member of staff was cleaning.  

"But you don’t close till 17:00?" I moaned.  "Of course, madam, but there are no people so I might as well clean."

What can I say?  Plenty!

Why is such exciting space empty?  What can we do about it?

“Aufmachen und Ausweis!!” Fred Teeven heeft eindelijk zijn zin.

Can this be democratic under EU laws? Totalitarism and Military Power?

May I remind you what happens if you Give Rights to Police BEFORE you Train Them?

http://talesofthenine.tumblr.com/post/49880901544/il-legal-mexican-new-west-amsterdam-yesterday

How does it feel being debated? LUCAS, Leiden

Smart and responsive - in case of Miriam Bruijning

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Defensive - in my personal case (Anna Stolyarova)

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Subject of Heat in the room full of antique and rare books was Legal Bodies, or Legal Somebodies as various translations of the flier report.

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The debate, discussion, moot is an effort by progressive Leiden University that took place on 22-23 February 2014: ‘Cultuurbarbaartje’: Two-afternoon conference / Musical event for MA students

In February a two-day conference ‘CultuurBarbaartje’ will precede the three-day international conference that will take place in May 2014: ‘Legal Bodies: Corpus / Persona / Communitas’.

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Miriam Bruijning

“Q: Where do you feel at home? A: Home I guess is where I’m living right now, which is wherever my house is. Somewhere you know how to get around, when someone mentions that place you can describe it, you have memories there, and you have people who love you, and where you can go. I guess that’s home” (Malcolm, age 15, an American boy living in Florence. Uit Beyond the Horizon: borders, boundaries, and finding your home. Edited by James M. Bradburne. Skira, 2013).

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In mijn lezing wil ik betogen dat de manier waarop de mens een individu is, in belangrijke mate verbonden is met zijn specifieke woonsituatie. De materialiteit van de woning waarin iemand zich thuis voelt en de mogelijkheden (zoals faciliteiten en bereikbaarheid) van een buurt zijn van grote invloed op de manier waarop personen hun leven vorm (kunnen) geven.

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Aan de hand van de filosofie van Heidegger zal ik laten zien dat wonen ook altijd een bouwen is. De mens is in zijn woonsituatie niet volledig passief, alsof hij in zijn mogelijkheden geheel afhankelijk is van wat hem aangereikt wordt, - maar hij kan hierin juist ook een actieve rol innemen. Daarom is het belangrijk dat een individu zelf mede de verantwoordelijkheid draagt voor de mogelijkheden die zijn woonomgeving hem biedt. Door zijn woonsituatie tegelijkertijd als een bouwproces te zien, kan de mens zijn leefomgeving zelf actief mede-inrichten.

Een interessant voorbeeld in dit licht is de woonsituatie in de wijken van Amsterdam Nieuw-West, zoals bijvoorbeeld Geuzenveld en Slotermeer. Vergeleken met wijken binnen de ring hebben bewoners hier minder toegang tot de faciliteiten van het stadsleven. Echter: dit betekent ook dat er in deze gebieden nog veel te bouwen valt. Daarom roepen deze omstandigheden bij sommige bewoners juist een actieve instelling op, waarbij zij uit eigen initiatief iets proberen bij te dragen aan de wijk.

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Een voorbeeld hiervan is het Tales of the Nine project, dat bezig is Nieuw-West om te vormen tot een street-art museum. Het project is bedoeld om buurtbewoners actiever te maken, banen te creëren, Nieuw-West op de kaart te zetten – en om woningen een monumentale status te geven en zo het slopen hiervan tegen te gaan.

In mijn lezing zal ik betogen dat dit soort initiatieven, die in eerste instantie puur betrekking lijken te hebben op een woonomgeving, uiteindelijk daadwerkelijk iets kunnen betekenen voor de ontwikkeling van individuen. Juist omdat wonen meer is dan een arbitrair detail, kan een bewegende woonomgeving een verruiming van levensperspectieven tot gevolg hebben.

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Legal Bodies mini-conference (22 & 23 februari 2014)
Miriam Bruijning

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People challenged Miriam in English, and compared her ‘positive example’ to the IRA colours during Belfast issues.  She eloquently handled the question by “I don’t see the relevance and how these two are connected?”

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I also want to make a special note for Julian Struijk - a DJ, a philosopher, a scientist and a charmer.  What a great dude!  Now, not only he gracefully united the ying/yang but also explained it in such simple words referring to 2 authors that made the smart people in audience giggle.  I’ll have to look all of that up :)   Now, it’s true, think about it, average person like me:

- we have both : an I and a Me

- we use those consciously and subconciusly

To me, it’s like a beautiful equation*

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a peaceful animal and a social beast (editor’s interpretation)

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At the end, I bough 4 books - you should definitely visit this magnificent tiny little gorgeous shop and went back to Amsterdam to continue my education.  We are dealing with very smart Kids here after all.  Well, adults - it’s me that’d aged*

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Tomorrow is the day.

Abstract Legal Bodies mini-conference (22 & 23 februari 2014)

“Q: Where do you feel at home? A: Home I guess is where I’m living right now, which is wherever my house is. Somewhere you know how to get around, when someone mentions that place you can describe it, you have memories there, and you have people who love you, and where you can go. I guess that’s home” (Malcolm, age 15, an American boy living in Florence. Uit Beyond the Horizon: borders, boundaries, and finding your home. Edited by James M. Bradburne. Skira, 2013).

In mijn lezing wil ik betogen dat de manier waarop de mens een individu is, in belangrijke mate verbonden is met zijn specifieke woonsituatie. De materialiteit van de woning waarin iemand zich thuis voelt en de mogelijkheden (zoals faciliteiten en bereikbaarheid) van een buurt zijn van grote invloed op de manier waarop personen hun leven vorm (kunnen) geven.

Miriam Bruijning, resident of Geuzenveld, Nieuw-West, Amsterdam

We are being Debated* we love it*

23 february : Army Day

I live in Amstedam, in the Nieuw-West Geuzenveld, and we have a lovely park right next to my house.  I walk there regularly with my dog.  I have a couple of friends in that park and one of them is a big motley kite.  He sits on a tree, proud and undisturbed. Powerful.  I always thought that he’s the strongest bird in the park, compared to slow herons, rackety seagulls and territorial crows.  

WRONG.

In the last few months I noticed a phenomena.  Kite has no power and  his idleness is nothing more than loneliness.  When he leaves his branch and his tree, 5-10 sea-gulls begin to group in the sky around him.  One by one they begin to block his way and push him out of their territory.  

What seems like a mass of noisy individuals is in fact an organic force of nature.

A single bird, no matter how big and proud, has no space where loads of little birds protect the same goal.

Crows are dignified: they share the food found with others and help the neighbouring species to get rid off invaders.

May be some of the political leaders should learn from nature*

Together with tradition of religion/church, Soviets also took away ‘mother’ and ‘father’ days, as they are known in the West, and replaced them with more general, but more powerful holidays:

23 february : day for all men, for each one is responsible for taking care of their family - fathers, grandfathers, sons, brothers - all men

8 march : day for all women, for each one is responsible for taking care of their family - mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters - all women

After raskol of Soviet Union, most republics-turned-countries continued celebrating the events locally, after all, women day is international and ‘soviet army’ got adapted into ‘local protectors’.

Today, one of the protectors was made to face the result of his choices. It’s a horrifying scene, but it is still quiet humane.  

"У наших предков был прекрасный обычай связывать палача и убитую им жертву и оставлять так на пару дней. Обычно или крыша ехала, или концы отдавали от ужаса."

Our ancestors had amazing ritual whereby the killer and victim where tied and left together for 2-3 days.  Usually either the killer gone mad or died of fear.

What happened in Ukraine, and what is still to happen, is not so surprising or unexpected.  It’s only natural.

I want to talk about the elections in Amsterdam

Born in Soviet Union in mid-70s I consider myself being Ukrainian with Dutch passport. After 21 years of wandering between Lutsk, Kiev, London, Brussels, Amstedam, Berlin, Tokyo and New York, I found my place in Amsterdam. 

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In the light of events in USA, Syria, Israel and now My native Kiev, Ukraine, I was thinking about My Amsterdam.  Because I am not fully integrated - not fluent in Dutch - I keep finding myself listening directly to the speeches of politicians, watch their awkward dancing around the subject and amuse at their ability to print zillions of colourful papers.  I am wondering and calculating how ‘words’ add up to ‘actions’ and ‘results’ if any, visible or otherwise.

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FORBIDDEN Urban Art Walk tours are Important to Us.

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As local residents in long term unemployment would tell you “there is a reason why I cannot work 9-5”.  So the idea was born to create a platform where these non-9to5-ers can earn without feeding off the state.  The round sum of 30euro per day was born, based on 2 visitors at 15euro each for the 3.5 hours tour.  

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The idea was tested on www.Tripster.ru which not only brought us non-stopping flow of visitors (who would never be otherwise visiting NewWest), but also a lot of free ad-space:  KLM.ru, Euromag.org, Radio, The-Village.ru, SobytiaDnya.  The new about NewWest was spreading internationally and not only word of mouth but through facebook posts, tweets, instagram photos and now blogs.  Street Art Utopia brought us 7,000 likes and 2,000 shares - we gone viral - for the Tolerance wall by Alaniz for Rochdale and EigenWijks. 

imageWe went out and lobbied at various pubic meetings inviting all the political parties, their leaders and members, their campaign dudes, and their friends to sample the tour and give us their opinion, may be advice, point us in a right direction for further growth.   

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Some even came :)  We had 2 groups:  

  • wethouders: PvdA - Jesse Bos, GroenLinks - Paulus de Wilt
  • members: D66 - Herman Mulder, Willem van Ham, Jeroen Mirck , Mirjam de Jone, Yigal Duppen, Stephanie-Christine Ege, Pieter Nijhof 

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- I know D66 candidates by name now and had a personal conversation with all and each of them on life.  Not political promises, or slogans. They asked us real questions: area, life.  They actively engaged with us and after listening to stories of buurhuises and what volunteer activities take place there offered to cook a meal for all the residents.

- D66 group offered to pay at the end of the tour.  The understood the principle behind the Street Art Museum and our aim to achieve status of self-financing.  We offered the tour gratis, but it was super exciting to feel understood.  Dyanto, 9 year-old son of Dianne, asked us later if we earned any money :)  D66 and Dyanto speak the same language!  They will know how to help his mother and him in a long term.  

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In Slotermeer/Geuzenveld we have a ‘hard story’ in comparison to other areas of Amsterdam.  We always belonged to West, now  known as Nieuw-West, after 2010 city re-divide.  The area is stable in its stigmata and extremely unstable in its positive make-over.

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The main party ‘in charge’ for many years in the past was GROENLINKS.  They had a large network of ‘white middle-class middle-age intelligent’ people.  It made sense:  sleeping ‘worker’ area with pockets of gorgeous private housing hidden by nature, green fields, disconnected from the rest of Amsterdam.  These people told me in 2010 that they don’t believe in our work and ‘400euro per months income families from Islam background’ don’t need our work.  Today (4 years later) GROENLINKS are reduced to a handful of die-hards.  Surprise?  I don’t think so.  

1.  Tys de Ruijter was stadsdeel wethouder for almost 8 years and achieved NOTHING*

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2.  Paulus de Wilt was last hope, and he clearly not shown himself from the best side in the last 4 years either:  no connection to grassroots, only eyes for Sloterplas, non-responsive, dual.  

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Would you vote for GroenLinks party in Nieuw-West Again?

The major player in Nieuw-West and with the fall of GroenLinks in Slotermeer/Geuzenveld is PvdA.  PvdA was the first party I ever voted for and the only people I trusted when I decided to vote in 2010.  By 2014 most of them made me want not to vote again.  ever.  In the last few months, after unstoppable, borderline obsessive, tagging and following of the PvdA leaders, we managed to get slightly recognised:  Achmed Baadoud has retweeted a few of our messages and did see us at his office.  

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I believe Achmed and think his role is not an easy one in the mess of Nieuw-West.  I am also convinced that he will help smaller businesses as much as he does large investors.  Eventually.  But do I believe PvdA in Nieuw-West?  I am not so sure.  Why?  2 times in my dealings with the Party Leaders of this particular party a person I voted for tells me “I want you to see me as a person, not as a politician” or “I am leaving, I don’t care anymore”.  

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Hang on a second there…  Let’s think.  In corp, Sony, for example, I was an employee, but when I was outside, I always remembered that I was a member of the Sony family and that my conduct or words could reflect on the brand, and family.  Does not the same rules of basic loyalty and respect for the people who feed you apply to politicians?  to me, even more so than at Sony ….  Or am I mistaken?

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Dus, so far PvdA are loosing their credibility even though there are few strong candidates capable of dreaming and believing.  Sometimes, they remind me of a scene I saw today on a square: Paulus de Wilt alone on the corner of Aldi at Plein 40-45 is handing out his own leaflets.

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VVD.  In my area I don’t know them that well.  I really like Michel Tromp, but he needs older people and more people around him.  I don’t know what they do in Slotermeer/Geuzenveld.  But I do know that Michel is helping the museum and will get us a foot in the door for a dream location of Slotania Hotel.  This is much more than Paulus or his (civil) servants have ever done for the project. 

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D66 - Slotermeer/Geuzenveld Darlings.  They are charming, they are fresh, they are curious, they are engaging, and they are interested!  We need people like that in Nieuw-West, the other side of Osdorp.  We need fast support of small onderneming, we need help with coaching and inclusion, we must have duurzame solutions and we will suffocate in our own juices without their energy.  Sexy, inquisitive the the group today walked the entire path in healthy 2.5 hours pace, despite heavy rain showers on and off.  They were rewarded with what we hope a memorable experience and true friends, as well as a glass of bubbles.

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ps: these are MY PERSONAL analysis and observations on situation in front of me.  I don’t expect people to agree or like them.  In fact, I welcome a dialogue, for only through healthy debate come the true solution. Top down/Above the Line are so last season*  Anna Stolyarova

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