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We would like to invite you to some to the 7th Transnational Futurological Symposium on Free Cultural Spaces on 12, 13 and 14 October 2017 at the ADM site in Amsterdam.
This squatted independent place celebrates its twentieth anniversary on October 12th and is endangered in its survival. The symposium is part of the ADM festival organized at the same time.
The theme of this years symposium is: Degentrification: Countercultural contestations of space in the city.
The aim of the symposium is to generate a number of specific proposals regarding the survival of free cultural spaces.
Next to attention to a creative infusion for the city center and a more balanced, equal and fair city is also required by the organizers.
A city that displaces its inhabitants and free cultural spaces to the margin, or even let it disappear, is written dead. In order to remain vital, space is needed that derives from the power of the ever-increasing turnaround of leisure industry and profit optimization.
During the symposium, the urban importance of free-states is emphasized by the participants and we investigate ways to regain space in the face of gentrification of many inner city areas. How can we de-gentrify the city centres ? (Or is it preferable to (re)gain the periphery of the cities?)
The three days symposium wants to make a statement about the importance of new free cultural spaces in the centres of cities around the world. The statement to be made about the importance of new free cultural spaces in the inner cities will be sent to the municipal councils of various major cities at home and abroad.

Speakers from all over the world are comming to share knowledge and visions about (de)gentrificatrion.

People from several free cultural spaces and from movements against gentrification around Europe are present!

Visit the website: www.fcsamsterdam2017.nl
The full programm will follow soon.

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And two more points of the manifest on free cultural spaces: 1. The attractiveness of cities is not limited to the economy and employment. Nowadays production no longer derives exclusively from the ... See more

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Two more points of the manifesto that will be finetuned during the symposium:
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Brian Doucet talks about gentrification, resistance and conflicting visions for the city this fridaymorning at our symposium http://www.briandoucet.com/

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo in Canada. I am originally from Toronto, and lived in the Netherlands between 2004 and 2017.

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In the last few weeks, a number of scientists and cultural activists have drafted a manifesto entitled Permanent Vacation, which advocates the revaluation of free cultural spaces.
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Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships

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Leve Amsterdam: Evgeny Morozov, De Balie

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Speakers

Cody Hochstenbach

Amsterdam
About:
Gentrification plays a key role in the class transformations many major cities. Urban neighbourhoods are remade according to middle-class preferences, often at the cost of lower-income groups. The influence of gentrification reaches beyond the neighbourhood though. In his research, Cody Hochstenbach has investigated the impact of gentrification on urban inequality at large. He shows that gentrification is a forceful process, affecting many neighbourhoods simultaneously. This forges growing disparities between booming central areas and struggling peripheries and suburbs. In doing so, gentrification amplifies inequality between poor and affluent groups, but also exacerbates other inequalities.
Dr. Cody Hochstenbach is a postdoctoral researcher in urban geography at the University of Amsterdam. He defended his PhD dissertation “Inequality in the gentrifying European city” in March 2017. He has published extensively on gentrification, urban inequality, housing and urban policy.

Brian Doucet

Toronto

About:

Gentrification, resistance and conflicting visions for the city.

Dr Brian Doucet (1980) is an Associate Professor in the School of Planning at the University of Waterloo and a Canada Research Chair in Urban Change and Social Inclusion. Originally from Toronto, he lived and studied in the Netherlands from 2004 – 2017, where he held positions at Utrecht University and Erasmus University College. His research critically examines gentrification, urban regeneration and neighbourhood change. Dr Doucet is particularly focused on the day-to-day geographies of how ordinary residents live through the process of gentrification, strategies and movements which resist it and visions for a socially just and fair city. He contributes widely to debates about these topics in both academic journals and the media. He is the editor of the book Why Detroit Matters: decline, renewal and hope in a divided city, published by Policy Press. After five years living in The Hague, Dr Doucet and his family now live in Kitchener, Ontario.

www.briandoucet.com

@bmdoucet

Andrej Holm

Andrej Holm

Berlin

About:

(1) gentrification dynamics in Berlin, (2) anti-gentrification-protest and campaigns, and (3) political instruments and strategies to protect tenants from displacement.

Dr. Andrej Holm (born 1970) successly completed his Diplom degree in social sciences at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 1997. He was awarded his doctorate at the same insitution in 2005, having worked on the topic “Restructuring Space and Societal Power in an Urban Renewal Area.”

From 1998 to 2001 he worked as a research assistant on the German Research Foundation project “Urban Renewal in East Berlin.” From 2001 to 2003 he recieved a doctoral scholarship from the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. From 2003 to 2005 he was employed as an independent social scientist and took on teaching positions at a variety of institutions. In the years 2005/6, as a research assistant he coordinated the URBACT research project “The European Urban Experience.” In 2008/09 Andrej worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Human Geography of the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and coordinated the research program “New Orders of the Urban in the Age of Neoliberalism.” From 2009 to 2011 he took a temporary position in the Urban Research Department at Oldenburg University due to the temporary leave of absence of Dr. Norbert Gestring. Andrej returned to the Department of Urban and Regional Sociology of Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in April 2011.

Roberta Cucca

Vienna

About:
Actually she is working on the projects “GRAND Cities. Green and diverse cities”, financed by Horizon 2020. The investigation aims to identify the impacts of programs of green urban renewal in Copenhagen and Vienna, such as processes of ecological gentrification and self-segregation of high income groups in new master planned Eco districts.

Roberta Cucca is Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Vienna. Her main research interests are oriented to: social inequalities in contemporary cities; deliberative and participatory democracy; environmental crisis and social vulnerability, housing policies. Recently she has published the book: Ranci C. (Eds) (2017) “Unequal Cities. The Challenge of Post-Industrial Transition in Times of Austerity, Routledge, London”. The edited collection examines the impact of austerity and economic crisis on six large European cities, focusing both on social and spatial inequalities trends, as well as the urban policies addressing these issues in Europe.

Marthe Singelenberg

Amsterdam

About

Since the early 2000’s, red light districts in western cities have been affected by processes of state-led gentrification. Worldwide, municipalities have developed policies aimed at regenerating their red light districts by limiting the number of sexually oriented businesses and by implementing public-private investments. These practices have been criticized as attempts to clean up these areas from ‘undesirable’ people such as sex workers. In this presentation, red light districts will be approached more as neighbourhoods where communities of residents, visitors, sex workers and entrepreneurs are negotiating urban change in the context of a contested urban space. By looking at the local experiences of neighbourhood change, it will show how urban change in the gentrifying red light districts of London and Amsterdam is contested, adapted and resigned to.

Marthe Singelenberg has just finished her research master’s in Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Coming from an anthropological background, she applies ethnographic research methods in order to discover the local experiences of global processes, with a focus on marginalized urban spaces. Besides researching urban change, she is currently coordinating a free cultural space in Amsterdam where local artists work together with artists who have recently fled to the Netherlands.

Cedric Goossens

Cedric Goossens

Gent

About:

In recent decades both city planners and citizens are increasingly promoting greening strategies as a way to effectively respond to issues of urban liveability, public health, and climate change. However, this movement of “going green” has come under scrutiny. In particular, there is a concern that urban greening could kick-start or exacerbate processes of gentrification, this whether or not intentionally. In his presentation Cedric will, therefore, focus attention on a grassroots greening initiative called Living Streets (Leefstraten) to examine how greening initiatives can be entangled with or engender processes of gentrification and displacement. Although his results tend to question (the neutrality of) urban greening, Cedric does neither fall into defeatism nor into belligerence which could only result in calling against all greening initiatives of low-income neighbourhoods. Rather his conclusions provide a way out as he puts forward the concept of social sustainability as a cornerstone in the process and outcome of urban greening.

Cedric Goossens is a PhD candidate at the department of Social Work and Social Pedagogy at Ghent University. In his PhD study, Cedric focusses on (the consequences of) processes of gentrification both on the neighbourhood and school level.

Institut for (X)

Institut for (X)

Denmark

Institut for (X) is a culture, business and education platform founded in 2009.  It is an independent and not-for-profit culture association arising from citizen initiatives.

The (X) is continuously redefined by the members of the platform, which include:
• 250 + active members
• 90 studios & workshops
• 50 businesses
• 25 associations
The outdoor spaces and park areas are public and we invite everyone to use and co-produce them.

Mission
Best possible neighbourhood for all. Facilitate and enhance cultural activities, combining artistic creativity with business, public debate and public education. A dynamic organisation and a laboratory for urban experiments, where initiatives grow organically.

Marko Aksentijevic

Belgrade

Marko Aksentijević is a political scientist and member of various Belgrade based collectives that work on expanding citizens’ participation in the development of the city, the most notably Initiative Don’t Let Belgrade D(r)own. This group started as opposition to controversial waterfront development and grown into protest movement with tens of thousands people on the streets throughout 2016. Correspondingly, the focus of the struggle shifted from mechanisms of land dispossession and corruption to reproduction of power dynamics, leading to the group’s decision to take part in the upcoming local elections. All these steps have revealed and brought on additional difficulties and dilemmas into the struggle of reclaiming the city of Belgrade.

Morar em Lisboa

Lisbon

The Morar em Lisbon Movement is a platform / collective where ideas, wills and dynamics of more than 30 associations and 40 specialists in the urban issue are assembled, aiming at the discussion and elaboration of proposals for a transparent and collaborative public policy for Housing, accompanied and participated by citizens. It has been known in the Portuguese panorama by the pressure exerted with the political power (local and central), but also by the awareness of civil society. Morar em Lisboa considers urgent and essential to keep Housing and the Right to the City theme at the forefront of the national political agenda.

Stevphen Shukaitis

Stevphen Shukaitis

Essex

Stevphen Shukaitis is Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, Centre for Work and Organization, and a member of the Autonomedia editorial collective. Since 2009 he has coordinated and edited Minor Compositions (http://www.minorcompositions.info). He is the author of Imaginal Machines: Autonomy & Self-Organization in the Revolutions of Everyday Day (2009) and The Composition of Movements to Come: Aesthetics and Cultural Labor After the Avant-Garde (2016), and editor (with Erika Biddle and David Graeber) of Constituent Imagination: Militant Investigations // Collective Theorization (AK Press, 2007).
His research focuses on the emergence of collective imagination in social movements and the changing compositions of cultural and artistic labor.

Wouter van Gent

Amsterdam

About:

Representational and state politics of gentrification

In the Amsterdam 2014 local elections, the social liberal party won 27% of the vote and became the largest party. This was significant as the ruling social democratic party had been the largest for decades. Yet, this shift from social democracy to liberalism has been in the making for over thirty years.  As the gentrification frontier advanced and working class voting blocs diminished during these decades, new electoral politics took hold, which permitted a new middle class hegemony  to institute policy changes to further push gentrification. This presentation will highlight how these dynamics of class, state and political change have led to a shift from canal-view social housing to infinity-pool urbanism.

Wouter van Gent is assistant professor in urban geography at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. His research focuses on the politics and the social outcomes of segregation and gentrification processes. He currently works with Willem Boterman on a project that deals with the middle class politics of the transformation of Amsterdam  in the last 30 years.

Gabriel Kousbroek

Gabriel Kousbroek

Amsterdam
Gabriel Kousbroek is making comments on the friday in words and cartoons.
Gabriël Kousbroek Neuilly sur Seine 1965
lives in Amsterdam
ex-sqautter an ex-underground vj-producent
author of the Kousboek(2013 Nijgh en van Ditmar)
A graphic novel about the sins of his childhood
Works as illustrator/Cartoonist for newspapers / magazines like De Volkskrant, De Groene Amsterdammer and Hp/De Tijd
Uzupis

Uzupis

Lithuania

The story of Užupis is a bizarre, yet strangely encouraging tale of what can happen when a bunch of eccentrics are left to their own devices. When Lithuania broke free of the Soviet Union, Lenin’s statues were torn down, and a lot of plinths were left empty. At a time when the country was trying to rediscover its national identity and escape the shadow of communism, local photographer and civil servant Saulius Paukstys spotted an opportunity. ‘We were desperate to find a symbol that would mark the end of communism, but at the same time express that it wasn’t always doom and gloom,’ Paukstys told The Guardian. He chose Zappa’s work to accomplish this and began to collect signatures and, despite Zappa’s total irrelevance to Lithuania, people got behind the idea and gave a huge show of support to the bemused authorities. It may have been the absurdity of the proposition that struck a chord with the artistic community.

Representant: Andreas Rodenbeck

Manuel Pinto

Manuel Pinto

Manuel Pinto – born 21 Jan 1965 in Porto Portugal
I’m working for Greenpeace since end 1991, I sailed the world as
electrical engineer on board various Greenpeace ships. I took part in
many protests as an activist or action logistics coordinator during
multiple Greenpeace campaigns or field projects, some of the major ones
were during the anti-nuclear testing protests in the PAcific, or setting
up the Greenpeace office and operations in Manaus in the Amazon.
My current role as Ships Operations Manager at Greenpeace International
means that I’m highly involved in the work of our ships globally.
You can find some highlights on the web, or even read the biography (in
Portuguese) that Filipe Garcia, a Portuguese journalist, wrote about my
work in Greenpeace some years ago.
Ella Overkleeft

Ella Overkleeft

http://nachtburgemeester.amsterdam

Door Ella Overkleeft

Lavinia Steinfort

TNI (Amsterdam)

About: Transformative Cities & Reclaiming Public Services

Cities have always been a site of struggles for rights. But, since 2011 “square movements”, urban spaces became even more places for reappropriation and reinvention of a real and solidary democracy. For social movements, the cities are a strategic place to organise, not only practically but also politically. More than two decades of neoliberalism have succeeded in entrenching corporate power within national and international institutions and international legal frameworks – making it ever more difficult terrain for people’s movements, who have to defeat powerful interests and appeal to a deliberately disempowered electorate.

The workshop will introduce and explore interactively two concepts of urban struggles – transformative cities and remunicipalisation in public services. The goal is to conclude by identifying further possible common steps, defining new democratic practices „from below“ in cities as one of the concrete alternatives on global scale.)

Lavinia Steinfort has a BA in anthropology and development sociology and an MA in human geography, “Conflicts, Identities and Territories”. For her MA she went to Thessaloniki, Greece to research the communal performativity of the water, food and labour movements. At TNI she is focusing on public (service) alternatives, the potential of public finance, and the negotiations of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA)

Hay Schoolmeesters

Hay Schoolmeesters

Amsterdam

As a cultural trailblazer and organizer of socially critical art festivals, Schoolmeesters has been a player in the Amsterdam cultural field for many years and he is a great advocate of creating maximum free space for people with free spirits. He moves in the area between politics, art and activism and with reflective notions and statements he presents unexpected but also possible ways of life within the current social-political relations. He is one of the original residents of the ADM site and is currently financial director at stichting Urban Resort (www.urbanresort.nl).

Erf 81

Erf 81

Capetown (SA)

Erf 81 from Capetown is sharing their experience with us.

 

brain storm ways to gain our freedom most effectively with the
>> advice of those more experienced with us. Mentirship potential being
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explore ways of establishing permanent networks between our two
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INURA

INURA

International

INURA is a network of people involved in action and research in localities and cities. The Network consists of activists and researchers from community and environmental groups, universities, and local administrations, who wish to share experiences and to participate in common research.

Examples of the issues that Network members are involved in include: major urban renewal projects, the urban periphery, community-led environmental schemes, urban traffic and transport, inner city labour markets, do-it-yourself culture, and social housing provision. In each case, the research is closely tied to, and is a product of, local action and initiative.

INURA is a network with a self-organizing, non-hierarchical, decentralized structure. INURA was founded in 1991 in Salecina, Switzerland.

Ruigoord

Ruigoord

Ruigoord fits into an ancient tradition of artist colonies where art and life are integrated into a common experiment. Ruigoord is an idealistic and idyllic resort where artists work on their own oeuvre. However, it is the focus on joint projects that give the character of this contemporary artists’ colony. In an independent manner, mutual engagement is given and the need for exchange, shared experiences, expression and ecstasy is met. A human imperative that manifests itself as the current time seems more egocentrically and materialist. The green oasis in which Ruigoord is located responds to the need of artists to retire for a shorter or longer period from the hassles of a urbanized and industrialized environment, as it always has been an existent reason for artist colonies.

Representated by Hans Plomp

Sol Trumbo Vila

TNI (Amsterdam)

About: Transformative Cities & Reclaiming Public Services

Cities have always been a site of struggles for rights. But, since 2011 “square movements”, urban spaces became even more places for reappropriation and reinvention of a real and solidary democracy. For social movements, the cities are a strategic place to organise, not only practically but also politically. More than two decades of neoliberalism have succeeded in entrenching corporate power within national and international institutions and international legal frameworks – making it ever more difficult terrain for people’s movements, who have to defeat powerful interests and appeal to a deliberately disempowered electorate.

The workshop will introduce and explore interactively two concepts of urban struggles – transformative cities and remunicipalisation in public services. The goal is to conclude by identifying further possible common steps, defining new democratic practices „from below“ in cities as one of the concrete alternatives on global scale.)

Sol Trumbo Vila works as a researcher, organizer and communicator at the Transnational Institute since 2012. As a political activist engaged in the square movements and their evolutions since 2011, he has worked in particular to strengthen international perspectives and practices. His publications have been focused on EU Economic Governance and Corporate Power. Now he focuses on how cities have become a strategic space to advance the global social justice agenda advocated by social movements and civil society organisations.

 

Aja Waalwijk

Aja Waalwijk

Amsterdam

Aja Waalwijk is artist and the founder of the futurologic symposia

http://www.wittereus.net/aja/

 

Alan Dearling

Alan Dearling

Alan Dearling has written over 40 books and many hundreds of magazine articles. He has specialised in writing with Travellers and other people involved in the more alternative festivals, environmental and music events in the UK, Australia, Netherlands, Lithuania and Denmark. He has been actively involved in all the international Free Cultural Spaces (FCS) Symposia.

The more ‘free festivals-like’ events around the world continue to be the portal/gateway for many young and older people into FCS. And they provide the gathering spaces for many different ‘tribes’. They are also
at the risk of gentrification through commercialisation, over-pricing, and  because of some health and safety issues.
Eric Duivendvoorden

Eric Duivendvoorden

Faircity Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM IS GETTING DESTROYED
By: Eric Duivenvoorden

Such a space to play was always to be found in Amsterdam in the countless places where decades ago a certain amount of being against the grain, set the tone. In the free space of the city everything could be done which elsewhere wasn’t possible. It created a cultural and creative climate that exercised an irresistible appeal on many. From far away places, they were attracted: the artists, dare devils, inventors, vagabonds, creators and other strange birds. They let the city flourish and spread the fame of the Magic Center Amsterdam around the world.
But now the city is threatened with going under by its own success. The once-so-powerful life line is squished by the relentless growth of negligent city abusers. What remains of that free cultural place where Amsterdam was once so famous for? Only a few enclaves are still there, the majority far away, outside of the city.

It’s time to get some space back in the middle of the city.

ADM

ADM

Amsterdam

The Cultural Free haven ADM is for almost 20 years an organic grown village, where we are living and working together. We transformed during this period a disused, derelict shipyard into a thriving Living Experiment, by sharing the space, visions and creations. Children are born and raised here. And some members of our community are no longer with us. Our extended family consists of around 125 people from all ages, nationalities and walks of life.

On the ADM terrain you’ll find free range children and pensioners, theater makers and stage builders, inventors and technicians, dancers and musicians, actors and directors, crafts-men and women, sailors and buccaneers, poets and painters.

But most important of all; we’re sorcerers, life’ lovers, ‘different thinkers’ and chaos magicians. Experiment, exchange and spontaneity have ensured that the ADM has acquired a place in Amsterdam’s cultural climate. The ADM is, like many other (historic squat) communities, a fertile germination place for the local and (inter)national cultural climate. Communities like ours (at the fringes of the city) play a leading role in balancing the city-dynamics. What we’re creating together, but especially what we ARE together, is often a source of inspiration for others. Created from pretty much nothing, by our own means and with no single cent of subsidy, the ADM is now a blooming, creative and sustainable community that contributes culturally to Amsterdam, the Netherlands and far beyond.

We are currently under threat of eviction, you will hear all about it.

Represented by Hay Schoolmeesters and the 124 others.

Merijn Oudenampsen

Merijn Oudenampsen

Tilburg
Thylejren

Thylejren

Denmark

Thylejren (Thy Camp) aka “Frøstruplejren” started as an encampment and festival in the summer of 1970. The community behind the festival, Det Ny Samfund (The New Society) – had found an area in Han Herred between Frøstrup and Østerild (near Thy in Denmark) where they could host a festival, inspired by the Isle of Wight festival in England and Woodstock in United States.

When some of the participants stayed during the winter, Thylejren developed into a more permanent settlement with DIY-houses — still upholding the hippie-ideal after more than 40 years. As such, Thylejren is truly an alternative society in the midst of the Danish society – a micro-nation with its own territory.

Landbouwbelang Maastricht

Landbouwbelang Maastricht

http://landbouwbelang.org/

Virginie Moerenhout

Menno  Grootveld

Menno Grootveld

Amsterdam

Moderator on thursdaynight and fridaynight with attention to the manifest

As a university-dropout, Menno Grootveld started doing pirate television in Amsterdam with PKP TV and Rabotnik TV in the early eighties. Rabotnik TV was the media-branch of an extensive underground-culture that existed in Amsterdam during the eighties, which also included a concert hall (NL-Centrum) and a political party (De Reagering). In the mid-80s Menno started organizing major media-conferences, the first of which was the European Media Festival in 1985 (mainly focused on radio), followed by the Wetware Convention (1991) and four Next 5 Minutes-conferences that introduced the concept of ‘tactical media’ (1993, 1996, 1999 and 2003). In the mid-90s Menno had a short stint as a programme editor of “W.E.B.”, a bi-weekly series of programmes on national television about the so-called ‘digital revolution.’ Menno currently works as a translator and a journalist, runs his own publishing house in Amsterdam, and is a member of DiEM25 in the Netherlands

Poortgebouw Rotterdam

Poortgebouw Rotterdam

Rotterdam

Intended to house the head administrative office for Rotterdamsche Handelsvereniging, the building was completed in 1879 when the founder of the RHV, Lodewijk Pincoffs, went bankrupt and fled the country to the United States. In the following 120 years, the building would be adapted to fit the needs of the various users and the everchanging surroundings. This was amongst others the Holland America Lijn, a meteorlogic station, and for the longest time the Rotterdamse Havenbedrijf. After their relocation in 1978, the abandoned house almost become an Eros Centrum, if Rotterdammers had not protested emphatically against this municipal plan.

Today, the name is equally connected to the collective of 30 inhabitants organised as members of an association (vereniging) established in 1982. 1984 marked the end of a long and bumpy road towards legalization, from an“action squat” (an organised protest against shortage of living spaces) on October 3, 1980 to the official rennovation of the place to meet the requirements of a (young) living group and the first –affordable– rent contract.

Since then, the house has not only served residental needs but has also hosted social and cultural interaction and has provided a number of public “windows” into diverse non-profit oriented activities. The Poortgebouw is a living example that experiment, open-mindedness and a do-it-yourself attitude are the real engines of (sub)culture, not exploitative materialism and exhausting lobbying with bureaucracy.

The majority of today’s international Poortgebouwers contribute to various realms of art and culture throughout Rotterdam, a creative energy which results in audible and visible productivity day and night at the Poortgebouw. Social, political and ecological consciousness underlie the overall climate. Our house “rules” are principally non-hierachical, built upon foundations of tolerance and peace, awareness of the needs of the other one and the freedom of thought and self-expression. To the “outside” the Poortgebouw has always offered an “open door” (and mind!).

Maik ter Veer

Maik ter Veer

Amsterdam

About:

The pressure of severe and multiple gentrifications combined with the introduction of the anti-squat law after 50 years of Dutch tolerance makes it increasingly difficult to organize Robodock within the city limits of Amsterdam.  After a period of soul-searching and resetting his goals, Maik is honoring his legacy and values and exploring new pathways and continents to apply his great experience.

Maik ter Veer is founder, CEO and Creative Director of Robodock festival and event organizer for over 25 years. Surrealist, dreamer and visionary, he designs artistic formats and festivals as total concepts and immersive experiences. He likes to combine heavy industrial space and recycled offshore materials with an alchemical play with the elements.

Maik’s roots lie in the Amsterdam DYW underground culture. Together with the international creative squat community he transformed huge abandoned factories and shipyards into lively public artistic places. Out of this impulse towards artistic freedom and cultural self-defense, a new festival was created: Robodock.

This unique international festival would blend Extreme Art, Technology, Multimedia, Robotics, Grand Fire Installations, Set-design, Performance, Object-theatre, Modern Dance, Music and Foodism into Fellini-esque Mad-Max dreamscapes.

Maik and Robodock also invented and produced the Firebird Fenix Opera in 2010 as well as the 2012 Architectonic Performance Route trough the Underworld leaving sustainable artful traces on the ADM. Tree Ygdrassil,  Robotree, the glass façade of ADM building, the Tower of power, the entrance-gate  and several sculptures on ADM are all  examples of sustainability of creativity.

 

healthcare: taking care of yourself as activism

healthcare: taking care of yourself as activism

In the lecture I describe some reasons and opportunities that make it important to think about healthcare in a way that allows for DIY approaches and affordability issues.
The Gentrification of medicine, sports and personal esthetics is put into law ever since the 19th century and has hypnotized people in the belief that health can only be managed by external authority, in the way f.i. Michael Foucault offers in birth of  the clinic in the 1970’s. Health is in that vision cosmetic becasue it introduces health as a way to keep a workforce or an army going.
In the lecture I offer an alternative view which I base on the morality on health as present in the last 1000 years in Chinese discourse on such issues. From there I offer an outline on what alternative healthcare has to offer and consider to really be an alternative to regular healthcare, and what kind of mentality change can or should occur both in health service staff and people suffering through disease, dependency, and ailments caused by city life and work environment.
About Rene Goris
I started my career as a painter but due to health and other issues I gradually switched to teaching daoist gongfu and medicine. I went back to university and did a PhD on the study of healthcare and alternatives from Chinese medicine to be used in poor countries as a social network introducing social change. As part of the study I lived fior 15 years as part of a monastic community in Wudang China to understand the ins and outs of Chinese medicine, the influence of politics and economy in China and throughout Chinese history.
Enter the void

Enter the void

Berlin, Budapest, Riga and Amsterdam

Enter the Void is an international project between the cities of Amsterdam, Berlin, Budapest and Riga on the topic of urban spaces for informal cultural events. Its a European think tank, formulating advice on how to improve access of young actors to urban space. The project will tackle questions like: how do we keep the city vibrant with bubbles of creativity? How do we interact with public space to create experimental playgrounds? And how do we create spaces where music, culture and art can spontaneously arise and exist?

Luc Sala

Luc Sala

About:

Mobility and diversity: core qualities and problems of a city

Luc Sala graduated as a physics candidate in 1976 at the Delft University of Technology. He graduated in economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. He worked for Philips, but in 1982 he was fired, after which he received a discharge bonus of 100.000 guilders. He used the money to found the media company Sala Communications.

With his own company Sala began the publication of various computer magazines in the early years of the personal computer, amongst others Commodore-Info and Dealer-Info. He also wrote various books and organized computer fairs such as Commodore-Info, the PC Dumpdag and the PC Infodag. In 1987 Sala began the computer shop BCE, originally as a trade point for second-hand hardware. In the 1990s BCE became a chain store for PC’s and hardware.[1]

After his computer period Sala mainly occupied himself with New Age and spirituality. He was in contact with amongst others Timothy LearyTerence McKennaJaron Lanier and John Perry Barlow.[2]

In 1999 Sala entered politics, taking part in the European Parliament elections with his Lijst Sala, struggling against corruption. He was campaign leader for the party Duurzaam Nederland and third on the candidate list. These initiatives failed to gain substantional support.

Leading up to the year 2000 Sala repeatedly warned about the millennium bug and its possible consequences.[3] Since 2003 he is active as a columnist for a free Amsterdamnewspaper.

 

Radio Rukstad

Radio Rukstad

Amsterdam

Radio Rukstand will do the Q&A on the friday with Cody Hochstenbach, Brian Doucet and Andrej Holm

A patafysic radioshow at Radio Patapoe

with AK Bouwman, Mc Alfredex and Naaktslak

https://www.facebook.com/radio.ruk.patapoe

Abraham Vega

Abraham Vega

Amsterdam

The destructive force of urbanisation and possible cures.

Introductie:

How is it possible that a whole generation of conscient, highly educated citizens, and with a high level of awareness and concern for matters as climate change and sustainability, are not capable to see the destructive and ecocidal influence of the real estate industry on our communities and our fysical world?

What role does education play in this blindness, how does this influences free cultural spaces and our freedom in general and how can we cure it?

Abraham Vega sees himself as a grassroots activist, a rebelious voice who cannot conform to dogmatic and partisan idealism, and less so to predatory capitalism. Predominantly involved in social housing politics, environmental politics, welfare state and poverty politics.

 

Practical

Opening times:

12th oktober 16.00-23.00h    (donation)

13th oktober 10.00-23.00h    (€ 15)

14th oktober 10.00-18.00h    (€ 20)

General information:

Various food and drinks available.

Please note: no cash machine, cash only. Shuttle bus is driving during the opening hours of the festival from Piarcoplein (Station Sloterdijk).

Limited parking: please use other transport.

No camping and no dogs!

Rough terrain: never compromise your style, but choose your (foot/body)wear accordingly.

The ADM festival is an unsubsidized and non-profit festival. All employees and artists work on a voluntary basis. Any winnings are used in the battle for the continued existence of ADM.

The symposium is made possible with the support of ADM, stichting Landjuweel, stichting Ruigoord, Transnational Institute, Fair City en stichting Urban Resort.

address:
Hornweg 6 
1045 AR Amsterdam

 

news

Press Release

PRESS RELEASE Amsterdam, 4th Oktober 2017 ADM presents: The 7e Futurologisch Symposium of Free Cultural Spaces Degentrification: a manifest in action Visit our three days symposium with lectures, workshops, discussions, debates and a dynamic closing action in the city centre ! The main issue of this years symposium is: “De-gentrification: countercultural contestations of space in …