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 am 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: I edited all 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 seminars – what are artistic ways to navigate the future of public space in The Hague 
Date: January – June 2021
Curators: Dirk-Jan Visser, Christian Ernsten 

As part of this project Ernsten & Visser research how at this point in time we can relate to current sociopolitical challenges. Using walking as a method, they wonder 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” will be 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 will be assigned to conduct research related to the specific theme of the walk. Each seminar has a different theme. 

Walking Seminar 1: Water in the city
Participants: artist Henriette Waal and human geographer Clemens Driessen (Wageningen University).

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

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

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

Dates of the seminars will be announced in a later stage. The results of the walking seminars will be made public through a series of podcasts at the end of June 2021. The podcasts will be made by Marten Minkema.

More information: https://www.stroom.nl/activiteiten/manifestatie.php?m_id=9810489

My role: I 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 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 upcoming Art in Public Space The Hague website as well. The website will be online in 2021.

 

 

 

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