Stroom Den Haag

COORDINATOR ANTHROPOLOGY OF PUBLIC SPACE RESEARCH PROGRAM

‘Stroom Den Haag (an independent foundation founded in 1990) is an art center with a wide range of activities. Starting from the visual arts, architecture, urban planning and design the program focuses on the urban environment. Stroom organizes exhibitions, projects, lectures, workshops and excursions. It initiates research and debates to stimulate the transfer of knowledge and the development of ideas concerning art, architecture and related disciplines. The topic of ‘being public’ is the connecting factor between many of Stroom’s activities. Stroom mediates, advises and offers suggestions to artists and supports a large number of projects in public space.’

https://www.stroom.nl/paginas/pagina.php?pa_id=9487473

From January 2020 till 1st of July 2021 I was coordinating the ‘Anthropology of Public Space’ research program at Stroom Den Haag (on a freelance basis. 1 day a week). Anthropology of Public Space researches how art can best relate to  public space in this day and age. I wrote a position paper about where to go with art in public space in The Hague and coordinated two program parts:

DE STAAT VAN VERZORGING
Date: 1st of November 2020 – 18th of april 2021
Artists: Jack Engelbrecht, Koen Kievits, Jakob van Klinken, Mirjam Linschooten, Constanze Schreiber 
Artist Bram Kuypers was involved in the proces of concept development as well. The Hague based artist Rachel Bacon was involved as coach and advisor.

De Staat van Verzorging researched what role nature plays in municipal policy, and how nature develops a certain form in the city through policy plans. Who is responsible for maintenance and how are national and local ambitions reflected in the way in which a city uses and promotes nature in public space?  The various sub-studies of the research project can be found on the project website https://staatvanverzorging.nl/ 

More information: https://www.stroom.nl/activiteiten/manifestatie.php?m_id=6984864

Posters & photos © Group De Staat van Verzorging. These posters could be seen hanging in public space of The Hague from 22nd of March – 18th of April 2021

My role: as projectmanager I edited the texts for the project website and wrote a text for the Stroom Den Haag website. Apart from that I preprared the budget for the management team’s consultation, made an order confirmation for all the artists involved, asked artist Rachel Bacon if she would be willing to act as coach, kept the budget, was in constant consultation with the artists, approached the press to ask if there was any interest in an interview (directly resulting in local newspaper Den Haag Centraal writing an article about the project) and so on.    

Press: newspaper Den Haag Centraal, author: George Vermij, 8th of April 2021

De Staat Van Verzorging Den Haag Centraal

 
WALKING SEMINAR THE HAGUE
Date: January – end of June 2021
Curators: Dirk-Jan Visser, Christian Ernsten 

With Walking Seminar The Hague, Stroom offers walkers and listeners a glimpse into the city of the future via four audio tours (podcasts) from 1 July on. During four walks in The Hague, four artists and four scientists take you on a journey into their explorations of and thoughts about these far-reaching changes. They respond to the question “What will the future of public space be like?”. The podcasts/walks are composed by heritage researcher Christian Ernsten and documentary photographer Dirk-Jan Visser. Both known for the book and podcasts ‘Voorland Groningen’.

The project researched how at this point in time we can relate to current sociopolitical challenges. Using walking as a methodology, Ernsten & Visser wondered what the current design of public space entails and how we make use of public space as a place for encounters, and thus for the coming together of people and ideologies.  

Between April-June 2021 four separate seminars were organized with the focus on a pressing social development at an urban level, each time in a different part of The Hague. For each seminar, an artist and a scientist were assigned to conduct research related to the specific theme of the walk.

Walking Seminar 1: Water in the city
Participants: artist Henriette Waal and human geographer Clemens Driessen (Wageningen University).
District: Stadsdeel: Centrum-Segbroek
Length: 7 km

Starting point of this walk is the project ‘Het zichtbaar maken van de bron van de Haagse Beek’ (1992) bij artist Krijn Giezen. The Haagse Beek was originally dug to provide the Hofvijver with fresh water from the source at Kijkduin, but has since been heavily modified and polluted. While water boards warn of desiccation and salinisation of the landscape, drinking water companies point to the increase in microplastics and are rushing to create drought scenarios. What is the current relationship between water, natural life and the city?

Walking Seminar The Hague. Clemens Driessen & Henriette Waal cross the Haagse Beek during their research into water in the city. Photo © Dirk-Jan Visser

Walking Seminar 2: Metabolism of the city
Participants: artist Anne Geene and environmental scientist Roy Remme (Leiden University).
District:Wateringseveld
Length: 7 km

This walk starts at the ‘Bomenmuseum’ (2008) of herman de vries in Wateringse Veld. The artist, whose work focuses on the disturbed relationship between man and nature, had 300 different types of trees planted in this district. Do we realize how much the regenerative capacity of the green lungs in a city and the quality of our living environment are affected by the emission of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and particulate matter?

Walking Seminar 3: Security in the city
Participants: artist Shailoh Philips and philosopher Patricia de Vries (Maastricht University).
District: Scheveningen
Length: 4 km

In 2013, the design by the Spanish architect and urban planner Manuel de Sola-Morales Rubio made the boulevard of Scheveningen more attractive and safer. This was partly successful, because the seaside resort is attracting more and more people, but at the same time women are intimidated on the street and safety is once again under threat. The municipality therefore wants to use digital instruments as part of its smart city program. In what way can the artist contribute to a feeling of safety in the urban environment in relation to digital or traditional techniques?

Walking Seminar 4: Coloniality in the city
Participants: artist Michelle Piergoelam and archeologist Nick Shepherd (School of Culture and Society Aarhus).
District: Centrum
Length: 4 km

How the traces of colonialism play a role in contemporary society. The history of The Hague is closely linked to the colonial past. The Hague Historical Museum and websites such as mappingslavery.nl and pasadopresente.nl show this emphatically. Partly due to protest movements such as #kickoutzwartepiet and #blacklivesmatter, discussions about our slavery past and decolonization have become an integral part of our public space. How will the new consciousness not only change our view of the city’s past, but also have an impact on the future layout?

The results of the walking seminars were made public via a series of podcasts at the end of June 2021. The conversations as part of the seminars were recorded by Marten Minkema, and afterwards made into podcasts by Minkema. More information: https://www.stroom.nl/activiteiten/manifestatie.php?m_id=9810489

From July 5th on, the podcasts were available via: www.walkingseminar.stroom.nl

From 5th of July 2021 on, the audience could individually walk the seminars as well, each seminar taking about 60-90 minutes. A digital map was created on the website of Stroom Den Haag for each seminar. When walking with your mobile phone through the specific area of the city, following the routing of the seminars, you could start audio fragments at certain geograpical points hearing the artist and researcher talking about the theme which is adressed as part of the seminar.    

My role: as projectmanager I wrote a project text for the Stroom Den Haag website. Apart from that I preprared the budget for the management team’s consultation, made an order confirmation for all the artists and scientists involved, kept the budget, was in constant consultation with the artists and so on.    

 

COPYWRITER

I was assigned by Stroom Den Haag to write 4 short texts about artworks in public space The Hague for the Art in Public Space The Hague website as well. The website came online in June 2021. Home – Buitenkunst Den Haag – Buitenkunst Den Haag (bkdh.nl)

 

 

 

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