Art | Studio Makkink & Bey | NDSM Nursery Square

The Residency at The NDSM Nursery Square aims to implement the thinking and work of a young generation of artists, designers and architects in the public space of the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord.
Every season a guest is invited to develop new site-specific work. The first artist in resident is Antoine Guy who concentrates on how subversion and alternative appropriation of space is organized and – as a result – forces the public sphere to redefine itself. “The urban context affects collective organizations and common interests by promoting individual ways of living. Cities like Amsterdam are the main players within this logic of transformation and show it in their urban landscapes. Within these, construction dumpsters become the markers of this shift. Commoning the bread proposes to turn a dumpster into a communal bread oven. It aims to explore the potentialities of resistance through a creative alternative by disrupting the urban context.”

Commuting, kissing around the corner, rushing for the ferry, giggles escaping from a car window, gum on the pavement and fishing: this is the everyday of Amsterdam’s NDSM neighbourhood. For The NDSM Nursery Square, a project by Studio Makkink & Bey, the studio is researching public behavior in the NDSM wharf and ways in which they can reset it through cultural programming. Together, Stichting NDSM-werf and Studio Makkink & Bey have developed an expanding public square on the NDSM area that will grow over a period of six months. Its basis is a large grid defined by various floorplans with possible setups for available furniture to host and stimulate activities.

With unannounced interventions in the neighborhood, film screenings, site-specific performances and a seasonal ‘artist-in-residence’ at the square – the language and gestures in public space are challenged towards new scripts.



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