The Living Room(s) present:
A night of performances, activities and workshops
November 5th, 19:00-02:00, de Appel art center
During Amsterdam’s Museum Night, the Living Room(s) collective will transform de Appel art centre into a Revolutionary Playground full of events and happenings. Looking at the tremendous global civic awakening that is now taking place in cities around the world, the event invites visitors to participate, experience and react to the current changes together with artists, performers and musicians. The site will serve as an info-center, workshop and performance platform offering activities concerning protests, activism and social change.
The event also refers to de Appel’s current exhibition: Specters by Sven Augustijnen. The exhibition focuses on one of the darkest pages in the colonial history of the Belgian Congo: the murder of Congo’s first democratic elected prime minister, Patrice Lumumba in 1961. Lumumba’s election was the outcome of Congo’s first wave of civil awakening and an expression of Congo’s citizens’ will. As implied in the exhibition, it is the joint forces of governments and global institutes that oppressed the social change in Congo and allowed the murder of Lumumba. Looking at what social movements all around the glob fight for, one can find many disturbing similarities between past forms of colonialism and today’s economic colonialism.
Revolutionary Playground is inspired by and coinciding with this current global tendency. It is a contribution to the on-going protests, while at the same time asking how art, artists and art institutions can create a common and inspiring space to act locally in a global context.
The various activities will take place throughout De Appel’s gallery space:
Speakers, performers, poets, musicians and theater makers will take the stage to argue for and play with the notions of change and freedom.
Participants: Markha Valenta, Rune Peitersen, CroissantsTerribles and Alexander Karschnia (andcompany&Co)
E.H.B.M – ( Eerste Hulp Bij Machteloosheid) – One on one sessions with facilitator Yonathan Keren and artist Yuri Veerman to regain your power as an active citizen.
The people’s street wall – take part in covering de Appel outside wall with protest slogans from all over the world with graphic designer Hugo Herrera Tobón.
Live skype with activists from Madrid, Cairo, New York, Tel Aviv and Santiago; get lost inside a revolutionary audio library, watch images of hope and rage from all over the globe, become a resistance DJ and play your favorite protest song; exchange knowledge and experience with others.
Special visual contribution by Roni Levit Studio and Roi Alter
Time line of the night:
19:00 –Global tent activities start
20:00 – Creative tent workshops start
20:30-22:00 – Main Tent performance (1st round)
23:00-24:30 – Main Tent performance (2nd round)
* Menu of delicious soup, Cassava pancakes, cider and hot coco rum will be the highlights of MOES bar
Bios of the participants:
Markha Valenta is an Historian (University of Amsterdam) specializing in the relationship between religion and politics. In recent years she has carried out research on the Dutch and American political and public reactions to Muslims. She is now beginning a project on the relationship between democracy, religion and ethnic diversity in three ‘global cities’ (Amsterdam – Mumbai – New York).
Yuri Veerman – Yuri Veerman vertaalt het Wilhelmus naar het Arabisch op http://www.trotsopnederland.ma, laat zien wat er gebeurt als je kunst halveert op http://www.slashart.nl en verzamelt meer dan 300 ‘FREE’ T-shirts op http://www.free-tshirts.info. Voor overige projecten gaat u naar http://www.yuriveerman.nl.
Yonathan Keren is trained as a singer at the conservatory of Amsterdam. Since then he has worked as a teacher in the educational system and as a corporate trainer. He currently teaches at the AHK (the arts academy of Amsterdam), coaches voice professionals and works as a group facilitator, specializing in conflict resolution. Yonathan is an accredited Deep Democracy instructor and teaches facilitation of decision making processes, group dynamics and conflict resolution.
CroissantsTerribles – Les Croissants Terribles a.k.a. Los Tortillas Terribolos is a three man, six armed and legged Waitsian freakfolk orchestra. Sound is their thing, as other stuff. Dutch, English or French? No problem! All of the above! Still looking for a choir though!
Hugo Herrera Tobón is an Amsterdam based multi-disciplinary art director and designer. Since 2006 he has been art-directing graphic identities and developing print, 3D and web material for a number of musicians, performers, artists and organizations, creating artistic concepts for exhibitions and visual communication strategies. His work reflects his passion for displacement, typography, iconography, conceptual contemporary art, Latin American literature and photography.
Rune Peitersen is a Danish artist, live and works in Amsterdam. Founding member of artists groups Clacite Revolt and Platform Re-Set. Peitersen interested in ‘the voice of the artist’ and developing ways to make it heard.
The Living Room(s) is a collective of artists and cultural mediators from different disciplines engaging with social change, collective action and the practice of everyday life. We are parasites, hosting and being hosted by different venues in our neighborhood and beyond, creating event-driven interventions in collaboration with performers, theoreticians and artists.(https://livingroomamsterdam.wordpress.com/)
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