The end of the most famous and artistic squad building in the citycentre of Amsterdam. Right after our show 'De Stelling" this beautiful building in the tradition of anarchistic Amsterdam was evicted and soon to be demolished. Amsterdam, creative Capital of free thinking is no more. Now it is: Amsterdam Free market!! Everything is for sale for the highest bidder...
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Today we appeared in the NRC newspaper with our recent work about the Tradition of resistance in the Snakebuilding. One of the last squatted buildings in the citycentre of Amsterdam. Soon there will be an eviction, now you can still enjoy our work....

The image shows a detail of The Stelling, now being shown at The Snake, one of the last old squats in the citycentre of Amsterdam. The theme of the installation is the 'Tradition of resistance', also the history of the building we think...
It is a beautiful contribution to the birthday of the place, they celebrate their 32 st birthday BUT this is on the brink of 1eviction. We feel the pain and are happy to contribute to the party and difficult times ahead of the group.

NDSM as a Battlefield/ NDSM als een strijdtoneel-
tomorrow afternoon opening of 'De Stelling" at NDSM at 1400 hrs./ Morgen middag opening van de Stelling om 14 uur. bijgaande foto zijn details van strijdleuzen/ spandoek en otest van afgelopen 100 jaar. We gaan dieper in op de sociale strijd van toen en NU.

Laatste bijeenkomst met DE STELLING op NDSM.

images by Philippe McIntyre

Happy new year, F´leiz año nuevo, Gelukkig nieuwjaar!

a public viewing of De Stelling at NDSM.
You are welcome to be part of this!

ON DISPLAY: Our critical artistic achievements of 2 months of hard work, cooperation with many colleagues/ neighbours/ co-conspirators/

come and join on saturday 13th of december at 11.00 o' clock.

new website:

new and fun!

We have a new WEBSITE, check it out...

We share much information and insides.

Curious what you see and think ;-)


You are invited to come to the opening of the show/ installation: De Stelling at NDSM. Special program at the openening and 18 th of oktober a special tour by the artists on the NDSM. we will look into the current situation and the effects of gentrification.

De Stelling, een kunst- en kennisproject in de openbare ruimte van de voormalige NDSM-werf.

Beste Vriend/ liefhebber/ collega/ buurvrouw/

De NDSM was eens een scheepswerf, toen werd het 'spontaan' een plek voor de kunsten. Inmiddels is er veel verandert.... Nu schuift het meer op naar de commercie.
De stelling is een kunstwerk wat zich hiertoe verhoudt. In ons laatste jaar in de Helling is het voor ons een manier om er mee om te gaan. Vanuit onze veelzijdige werkplek starten we een dynamisch project wat: vragen gaat stellen/ reflecties geeft/ verhalen gaat maken/ er komen lezingen/ we hebben gasten en we werken samen met alle betrokkenen/ buren en collega's.
Op 17 oktober start deel 1, Sense of place. Hierbij gaan we in op het gevoel ergens te mogen horen.
Later in november/ december komen deel 2 en deel 3 sense of identity en sense of heritage.Tussendoor is er een permanente tentoonstelling in de buitenruimte die verandert en groeit naarmate het project vordert.

De looptijd van het geheel is van 17 oktober tot januari 2015.

Later is er ook een filmavond gepland/ met beelden en foto's van door alle tijden heen.Wij zoeken hier nog materiaal/ footage vooral uit de begin periode van de vrijplaats jaren 90/ 2000. heb je foto's/ beeld en of geluid... we zijn er heel erg blij mee om het te lenen!
en meer... Tijdens de nacht van de doden (4 november) komt ook de stelling tot leven!

I.S.M. met ondernemersvereniging de Toekomst en klupX werken we aan een symposium over vrijheid in ruimtelijk planning.
Meer informatie volgt...

Maar dus eerst en aftrap van De Stelling op 17 oktober, inloop 17 uur, AANVANG 17.30 uur.

Stelling- SPECIAL: 18 oktober om 11 uur is er voor de liefhebber een werftour over het terrein.
We gaan in op de geschiedenis van de plek, de Sociale strijd en het NU de huidige tijd en de dilemma' s.

We hopen dat je kunt komen, maak tijd!
hartelijke groet,

Bart en Klaar.


The first ever built Socratic platform in ACTION!
To lift public talks to a higher level.

Last week i appeared in the China Times. It is a story abour what it is like to be an artist and a pioneer at NDSM, a large former industrial area in the northern suburbs of Amsterdam. At this monumental industrial complex we maintain a beautiful self organised (artist run) studio builiding. But the place is very trendy and hot. Money is very dominant in the decision making and future possibilities. One civilservant from cityhall Amsterdam told me last week: "Some people (meaning the artists) need to learn to make money!" Hilarious but It was not a joke...

The article in the China Times is by Astrid Tsai. She writes about
different socio-economic processes taking place at creative places all over the world and her focus in Amsterdam was my involvement with the state-run gentrification of NDSM a former shipyard spontaneously inhabitated by artist after its bankruptcy in the mid eighties. Today it is a battlefield. How rising square-metre prices are pushing out low income and small scale entrepeneurs and the artists like us. This story repeats itself time after time, all over the world... Sad but true. It would be interesting to find ways/ methods to reverse this stupid process. It is so dumb, predictable and boring.

Artist impression of our upcoming project.

Klaar making text on our Cabin.

Last week we were looking into acquiring a large pontoon. We found a good reasonable size pontoon nearby our studio.
It is very old and neglected and needs al lot of love and attention. We hope it will bring us closer to our dream of a free floating island.

Four simple words coming from the sixties.
latest mural at NDSM about the catch 22 of placemaking.
I very much like this comment. It makes something very crisp and clear. What is it we want to do with our lives? Love, family, and to look for meaning... not to be busy with making money.
If you make ART, money will follow, that;s what i believe.
by the way, i never really understand the verb: To make money. To me more accurate is: To collect money...

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Our final year in our selfmade studio.

The image is a drawing by a civil servant of the city of amsterdam of our studio under the slipway at NDSM.
The gentrification is taking place as we speak.
The city is making new plans abour our building. A big renovation is coming up but we are no longer in focus to be the future tennants. We are simply not included. After the renovation we DO have the right to return to our spaces but only after the rent is four times raised. Fuck that shit!


26.08.2014 15:41

Henk van Kuijk

En Bart, wanneer krijg ik als niet-Chinees nu mijn rondleiding (met een paar liederen van mij)?