Street by Street, Block by Block

26 Nov


Last year, VAMA-student Roel Griffioen participated in a Research Seminar led by artist Jeremiah Day and took his assignment further than expected. He was offered a residency at Goleb and started collaborating with Taf Hassam. Yesterday, November 25th, Goleb and MaHKU organized an event at INexactlyTHIS to present the book Roel Griffioen and Taf Hassam developed as an outcome of Griffioen’s residency. With the book as a point of departure, Jeremiah Day interviewed the two authors in a wide-ranging dialogue that aimed to consider the meaning of ‘independence’ in cultural practice, touch upon the work of Hannah Arendt, and consider the history and present of Amsterdam as a cultural centre.

An impression of the discussion, courtesy of Cassander Eeftink Schattenkerk

Photo: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk

More on the book: Street By Street, Block By Block – a collaboration between Taf Hassam and Roel Griffioen – is a new publication produced by Goleb that reflects upon the current urban strategies and utopian roots of Amsterdam’s New-West. This work of critical realism emerged against the backdrop of Jeremiah Day’s project around Hannah Arendt’s 1961 essay ‘The Crisis in Culture: Its Social and Its Political Significance’, co-hosted by Hassam at the independent art space Goleb, and includes Griffioen as a key contributor to the seminar. The book is available at Goleb.



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