UNMAKING, or HOW TO RETHINK URBAN NARRATIVES Publication
UNMAKING takes that permanent reconfiguration as the conditio sine qua non of the contemporary city. It is a book on the city as we perceive it; a place to rethink and reimagine the existing built environment.
With contributions by:
Anna van Lingen & Denisa Kollarová, Anonymous, Christos Chrissopoulos, Durbavka Sekuli?, Ienke Kastelein & Hans van Lunteren, Informal Strategies, Jelle Reumer, Joris Lindhout, Kajsa Lawaczeck Körner, Mariska Gewald, Ruben van Gogh and Expodium (Bart Witte, Friso Wiersum, Nikos Doulos).
Design: Lyanne Tonk
The book was launched at Kapitaal, Utrecht early September in the presence of the contributors and esteemed members of our network. Peter Steijn accepted the publication on behalf of Gemeente Utrecht.
MISSION POSSIBLE / Open Data! / smART! XTRA
20.05 - 24.05 @TRAFO, Hungary
MISSION POSSIBLE was an urban expedition - a performative street action in the 9th district (Ferencváros) based on Jarokelo.hu and local questionnaires’ open databases. The project’s focus area was the renewed Ferenc square and its complex role in the rehabilitation of Ferencváros. The process was further investigated with the help of people from the neighbourhood.
CLICK ON THE PHOTOS ABOVE TO ACCESS REPORT AND VISUAL DOCUMENTATION.
As part of the smART! XTRA series of interactive presentations, audiences are invited to find out about interdisciplinary forms of collaboration between different areas of the arts and creative industries, through a number of ongoing projects. The focus of OPEN DATA! event will be smart city and open databases. In the frame of OPEN DATA! event series Dutch organizations are invited to support Hungarians work and insert their experiences in the Budapest context, help local actors become Smart Citizens and thus become protagonists of the emerging Smart Cities.
With Marietta Le, Klára Cserne & Mátyás Csizár and partner organisations K-Monitor, Magyary Zoltán E-közigazgatástudományi Egyesület, Ferencváros F?építészi Csoport & FEV IX Ferencvárosi Vagyonkezel? és Városfejleszt? Zrt.
UNMAKING: SUBVERTING THE EVERYDAY
18.04 - 22.04 @ UNIDEE, ITALY
Expodium hosted a 5-day course/module at UNIDEE - University of Ideas (Italy) from the 18th till the 22nd of April. The module revolved around the notion of empathy as a means to read, identify with and map the cultural landscape. Reading sessions, day and night walks, screenings as well as [UN]FINISHED - a performance/presentation by Maria Lalou & Skafte Aymo Boot set the guidelines for the construction of a "LIVING ARCHIVE" presented by the participants on the final day.
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This module proposes a look on rather ‘dimmed’ processes of acting on ‘unmaking’; processes deployed in the basis of our every day encounters. They are inclusive, informal, discursive and hands-on actions, centered around (permanent and temporal) small-scale ecosystems.
NIGHTWALKERS WERKSPOOR ALL THROUGH THE YEAR!
Expodium likes to stroll and awe. As part of our 2016 program we launch a monthly Nightwalk in Utrecht’s Werkspoorkwartier. Every third Thursday of the month. We start at 20.00 hours. We gather below trainstation Zuilen, next to the Werkspoor locomotive. We’d be more than happy if you join us!
William Burroughs liked to ‘walk on colors’, Walter Benjamin described the 'flâneur as the essential figure of the modern urban spectator, an amateur detective and investigator of the city'. Frédérik Gros writes 'the flâneur appeared at a time when the city had acquired enough scale to become a landscape. It had become a forest, a jungle.'
Expodium - as an urban do tank - sees walking as a means to place our bodies and our minds differently in a cultural landscape. As a way to flirt with the unexpected.
UNMAKING THE NETHERLANDS IS ON!
Unmaking the Netherlands (UTN) is a project by Expodium. During 2015 Expodium will be researching the un-making of the Netherlands, by exploring and intervening in scenario's in Utrecht's Werkspoorkwartier.
The city is constantly changing, the systems we use to develop a city must change with it. Art contributes to finding other ways to address new challenges and pave the path towards innovating resolutions.
When it comes to regional development, it is also about the stories that make those developments possible and have power to 'colorize' and shape the vision.
If Werkspoorkwartier should become a creative zone, then creative stories must be told.
Unmaking The Netherlands takes stories as a starting point to see, understand and apply a different perspective on our ever-changing city. As our program grows bigger our Unmaking The Netherlands website accumulates videos, visuals and text contributions from all those influential individuals who offer their thoughts and practices for a better understanding of 'unmaking'.
Unmaking The Netherlands (UTN) is a metaphorical theme park initiated and carried by Expodium. It consists of three main attractions: Play, Urban Cannibalism and The Walking Culture. Those attractions will take form through monthly public lectures, exclusive prep sessions with HKU Fine Art students, an artists-in-residency, public space interventions, screenings, special events and exhibitions.
Unmaking the Netherlands is generously supported by Mondriaanfonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Gemeente Utrecht.
Urban Exploration Workshop
13 - 17.11.2014
Upon invitation by ACAX and Barnabas Bencsik, BUPAP (HU) and EXPODIUM (NL) embarked on a three-day urban exploration workshop in Budapest, exploring in-situ the Nyugati Railway Terminal, Skála Metró and the West End Shopping Mall.
Identifying stations as the cathedrals of modernity and shopping malls as the cathedrals of post-modernism, Expodium choose to dive into the relational prospects of both ‘monuments’, research their history, function, social relevance and position as mobility and consumption ‘meccas’ of the contemporary world.
Bupap choose to explore the area of a railway station from the fin du siècle (the era of integration), think on the future of a recently unfunctional socialist department store (from the era of isolation) and follow the footsteps of costumers to a western-style shopping mall (in the era of colonisation).
Both partners will identify Nyugati tér as a symbolic space where a central-european community is searching identity between West and East.
This visit functioned as a context for both collectives to get familiar with each other’s mode of operation – having established walking as a common mean of research and knowledge production.
Click HERE to access a short visual documentation of the in-situ research.
The project was part of DACS and is generously supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
@ KRETS - VISUAL DOCUMENTATION
Expodium’s NIGHTWALKERS, KRETS and Plan B Amsterdam designed a CRASH COURSE on walking.
The session included a questionnaire for all visitors to fill in, a take away motivational text regarding walking, a presentation with some examples on urban walking and of course a night stroll in the city.
Malmo has been one of the most live cities we ever walked at night. It is a city you listen to rather than just visually observe. From open space bars to domestic parties, Malmo is a true child of gentrification processes were youth, hipsters, public parks and immigrant night shops co-exist and interact in (to our surprise) rather sufficient way.
Click HERE for the visual documentation of the event
We all remember at least one or two great walks we had in our life.
And since memories are selective and subjective manifestations of our past, so is our perception of those walks.
But wouldn't be cool to try to trace our lives through a succession of walks, from early childhood to adulthood?
And while most of us tend to revisit those moments in our heads, we seek to master simple strategies on maintaining an open eye for new adventures that might take place outdoors.
Are we architects of our world or merely passive walkers on paths that were set for us by others?
Can we consider walking as a mean to develop a system of attention to the outside as well as to the inside? And if so, are we capable of utilizing our findings to build a better living experience?
20.06.2014 @ Pop-up Onder MAX
To kick off the Utrecht Day of Architecture - #dvdautrecht - Expodium, Meer Merwede, Dance Improvisation Utrecht&Amsterdam and some 30 participants nightwalked Meer Merwede area. Meer Merwede and Expodium provided everyone with a site specific SOUNDSCAPE for this NIGHTWALKERS session. For NIGHTWALKERS MERWEDE #2, Expodium and MeerMerwede collaborated with DI U&A: Contemporary Dance Platform. By means of interventions Iris van Deppen and her dancers added spatial comments to the area.
Merwede is the area alongside the Merwede channel: a rough edge to Utrecht. Amidst creative entrepeurial activity, a prostitution zone and old industrial infrastructure the area's history influences the shape to come. Where are we at, how do you experience Merwede?
To check the visual documentation click HERE
Photos by Expodium and Donika Davids
NIGHTWALKERS is a series of voluntary collective night strolls in the city, followed by a discussion about the subconscious relations between the participants and the land they walked on.
NIGHTWALKERS is an open form of operation; a space that calls for a collective response to what the urban landscape elegantly hides behind the night’s veil and falsely secures with the city’s lights, surveillance cameras, ‘closed’ fluorescent signs and shut window curtains. NIGHTWALKERS is an open invitation for all city dwellers to adopt, practice and develop along or beyond the guidance of Expodium.
NIGHTWALKERS uses the site specific qualities of the to be explored area and deploys artistic means to play with these qualities.
EXPODIUM @ CULTURELE ZONDAGEN & KUNSTVLAAI 2014
22.05 - 25.05.2014
Three events – three different locations. The weekend of 24th – 25th May brought Expodium to the front line of Culturele Zondagen in Utrecht and Kunstvlaai in Amsterdam.
Co-operation Cartesius / Cartesius Laboratory #2
The theatrical audio tour Cooperation Cartesius lead the viewer through the future of the new work . Cartesius Laboratory # 2 looked right back, and further ahead than 2040.
Among others Nutrecht , ProtoSpace , All Inn Fitness & Health Foundation and the Planing opened their doors . The audience, equipped with their smart phone and headset strolled through the Cartesius region in the year 2040!
Photo by Hanne Nijhuis.
The day concluded in Werkspoor Kathedraal were poet Ruben van Gogh took everyone on a journey to the middle of the 20th century - the time the industrial labor stormed Werkspoor, followed by Pauline Terreehorst (director of Futura Plaza) who explored the future of working in a live essay.
CZ De Stad De Toekomst | Lancering Utrechtse Stadsambassade
During Culturele Zondagen on May 25 , the City of Utrecht Embassy was launched.
After Rotterdam and Heerlen, Utrecht is the third largest city in the Netherlands with a City Embassy.
City Embassy is a collaboration of several initiatives Utrecht with Amsterdam’s Pakhuis de Zwijger. It is a collection of active and energetic people, thinkers, doers, initiatives and organizations with their eyes and hearts focused on the city. It is an open network of city -makers ' who are firmly rooted in society, and from there to contribute to social and urban renewal. Together they form the Embassy.
KUNSTVLAAI 2014: Spaces In Dialogue / PARKLIFE 2.0
During KUNSTVLAAI 2014, Expodium joined the afternoon session of SPACES IN DIALOGUE. ?In line with the general concept of Kunstvlaai, the central theme within SPACES IN DIALOGUE revolved around the varied and experimental ways in which initiatives engage with space and ways of presentation.
In addition, Expodium organized a series of informal strolls in Amstelpark titled PARKLIFE 2.0.
Each walk ran for approximately 45 min and deviated form the norms of an ordinary tour guide. The park functioned as a stimulus and an associative space, bringing in the foreground issues such as decay, re-development, sustainability and
symbiosis. Expodium associated the park’s history with the organization’s mode of operation and its transition from a foundation to a collective. PARKLIFE 2.0 will be lead by Nikos Doulos.
Click HERE to access the visual documentation of all the events.
MORE FUTURE! Or: How We Eat Ourselves
17.05.2014 @ Stadsschouwburg Utrecht
Within the framework of SPRING Utrecht's 'Utrecht Connection' program Expodium presented an afternoon with befriended artists, some city strolling and a movie.
After we said goodbye to the ideas of malleability we seem adrift in a world lacking big ideas to strive after. Utopias these days are nothing more than television shows. This used to be different: the modernistic architecture of the 60ies is proof to this. Built surroundings would build the better man. That contemporary ‘better man’, builds his surroundings on the remains of modernism. We cannibalize our past.
With Ruud Bakker, Geert van Mil, Wietske Maas, Joris Lindhout, the movie Solyent Green, and an urban picknick.
Click HERE to check the visual documentation of the event.
NIGHTWALKERS_VOICEOVER was an intuitive urban experiment in the form of a stroll at and around Coolsingel, Rotterdam. The event was commissioned by Laurie Cluitmans for Sculpture International Rotterdam as part of the TRIBUTE TO AN AVENUE.
Photos by Aad Hoogendoorn
NIGHTWALKERS_VOICEOVER was a psychogeographic performance in the form of an evening stroll - an unsolicited tour assembled by multiple narratives, each relating to different aspects of the experience of urban life and the myth of the city. The tour entailed a script, a soundtrack and a voiceover, carried through a series of acts performed instinctively by the participants against the backdrop of the Coolsingel.
Expodium would like to thank LUCHTSINGEL for providing access to the roofgarden at Schieblock.
Click HERE for the visual documentation of the event.
MAKE IT COME LIKE EXPODIUM
NEWSLETTER 2014/01- EXPODIUM FROM A TO Z
As you might know 2013 was a year of transitions for us: no longer could we count on structural financial support. During last year we succesfully explored various ways of working as a collective; either developing a workshop for an educational institution, being commissioned for a series of events by a musuem, parttaking in a bottum-up city development program or producing new work in the form of a soft data collection set for a festival. Luc Janssens left us after years of great work. Friso Wiersum joins us full time now.
Thus, Expodium now is a collective of three [Nikos Doulos, Friso Wiersum, Bart Witte]. As ever, we are dedicated to researching the city in all possible ways.
Check bellow our customized abecedarium that best describes who we are and what we do and click HERE to view our first newsletter for 2014!
MONUMENT UNREALIZED PUBLICATION
SOME THOUGHTS ON ESTATE RUINS, TOUR MAPS, LOVER-BOYS, SUPER HEROES, BLUE BALLONS AND BOAT CRUISES
To begin with, if Monument Unrealized was indeed a ‘verbal tango’ workshop, there was definitely an invitation, a soundtrack to be stimulated by, geography to be practiced upon and various stages to be performed. There were rules and guides, a space for plenty of free-styling and some extraordinary spins and twists from the participants’ side.
In a nutshell, what this publication does, is offer a solid stage for five dance solos on paper that seek for partners; A ‘paper tango’ if you like.
Those narratives negotiate their impact (and therefore their monumental qualities) on public space and public sphere by addressing collective feelings, hypothesizing and devising imaginary scenarios. They are stories that suggest a new reading to a place, implement schemes and physical structures to impregnate it and search for their relevance on a meta-level.
MU's goal was to highlight artistic doing not only as a matter of form and materiality, but also as a concept driven process followed by contextualization and research in the city itself.
CIU:CAPITALIST METABOLISM UTRECHT TOUR
31.10 - 3.11.2013
"The Capitalist Metabolism Tour is a unique chance to move beyond a passive interpretation of our surroundings to one of mindful observation. A chance to make ourselves aware of the (drastic) differences between the partite conduits of a city that together forms the heart of the Dutch economy."
Capitalist Intelligence Unit (CIU): Utrecht Metabolism is a research into data.
CIU as an operation is exactly what cookies do on Internet. They stereotype you, put labels on you, and thus make your data set more and more accurate.
Accurate data sets are worth money.
But as with capitalist systems online, you also leave traces in real time. In the shop where you do buy your groceries, in the street where somebody saw you, in the neighborhood you are living, even by reading the books you read.
For the headquarters of CIU, we determined four archetypical Utrecht inhabitants. The Mentality model of Motivaction helped us determine which ones.
We gave them different names : Timothy (an expat ICT manager), Sandra (co-owner of an organic bakery), Bertus (director of a recycling company) and Nouchra (parttime cleaning lady) and did quite some internet research to find befitting neighbourhoods and print the out as a cartographic basis to our research.
We collected beforehand some hard data: financial matters mostly and we all (Expodium and the visitors) moved over (on BIKES) to each neighborhood to collect soft data: what do the streets look like? do people close their curtains? Whatever strikes them.
Back in the headquarters we invited the participants to place the collections of soft data on the map.
Our aim was to stimulate the visitor’s thinking on what is their role in the metabolic system, capitalism, even capitalism at local city level, is.
We offered no conclusions. But we did offer real numbers, real statistics, and an extensive participatory research in the streets of Utrecht.
Click here for the visual documentation of the project.
Click here for the review of the project by Kimberly Waldbillig
The Utrecht Metabolism Tours were realized for IMPAKT 2013: Capitalism Catch-22 upon invitation by Monnik
Make It Come Like Expodium
Nightwalkers - Voiceover (Rotterdam
October Salon, Belgrade
Cartesius Laboratory #1
Monument Unrealized, Heslinki