Spring Thursdays in South East:
A series of artist talks, debates and round tables in relation to The Moving Museum of Clothes project
In March of 2014 a new, unusual museum opened its doors in the Southeast of Amsterdam – The Moving Museum of Clothes. An international team of two curators and four artists together with the local citizens developed a special kind of semi-public space where there is place for personal stories and secrets. It is a museum of unexpected points of views, hopes, memories, disappointments, aspirations and a continuous search for a trustful environment. As a result of so-called ‘silent museum revolution’ contemporary museums research and study the present probably more than the past. More and more museums see their task in understanding citizens and their lives as well as complex relationships between citizens and their environment.
Amsterdam Southeast (the Bijlmer) is known for its contradictory history. An embodiment of the belief in the coming Utopia, the perfectibility of human nature and the role of architecture as a weapon for social reform, the Bijlmer anno 2014 has to deal with the lack of sense of ownership of its residents in relation to their neighborhood and the lack of involvement in the life of the area and of the city. This is typical Bijlmer but also a typical suburb elsewhere: from Sao Paolo to Magadan.
Which possibilities can participatory projects in the arts create in order to engage citizens with their living environment and with each other? How can citizens of today become a meaningful and exciting part of a story of a contemporary city? The four participating artists work inter- and trans-disciplinary combining various media such as installation, performance, film, photography and text. Each of the artists has his own approach, strategies and tools, which they apply in Amsterdam.
In spring 2014 the team of The Moving Museum organizes a public program ‘Spring Thursdays in Southeast’ with an aim to reflect upon the process of the development and implementation of the project and its preliminary results.
The first meeting – an artist talk of Masha Ru will take place on the 15th of May in SouthEast at 19.30.
The screening of the works of Olga Jitlina and a skype conversation with the artist will follow on the 22nd of May.
The performative round table of Gluklya will happen on the 5th of June.
And the artist talk with Jan Hoek on the 12th of June.
- Unpredictable situations
- Unusual conversations
- Mixed feelings
- Interactive performances
- Meaningful craziness
- New methods of moderating the discussions
- Warm and friendly atmosphere
- Which models of participatory practice give citizens a possibility to contribute to the project in a meaningful way?
- How to match very different expectations of participation in the project of all the involved parties: state and private funds, municipalities, host-organizations, curators, artists and citizens?
- What kind of impact do participatory practices have on the territory of art, social work, politics and others in the neighborhood, in the city, nationally and internationally?
Hope to see you all in SouthEast, Bijlmerdreef 1289 during the Spring Thursdays!