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FREEDOM OF SPEECH – THE HAGUE – 2017

About private opinions in public space.
(Ugly? Are you sure?)

 

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PROPAGANDA (USELESS ACTION #20) – THE NETHERLANDS – 2011

Leaflets with the text GOD DOESN’T EXIST were dispersed from the heavens.

 

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PROTEST (USELESS ACTION #3) – ROTTERDAM – 2010

A demonstrator ‘distributed’ flyers with the text ABOLI$H CAPITALI$M NOW!
from the Euromast in Rotterdam. A futile attempt to reach other people.

 

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PROTEST (USELESS ACTION #7) – KÖLN – 2010

A demonstrator ‘distributed’ flyers from a bridge over the A57 entering Köln.
A desperate attempt to influence other people.

 

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PROTEST (USELESS ACTION #13) – ROTTERDAM – 2010

A woman ‘distributed’ leaflets in the subway of Rotterdam.
An attempt to reach out to other people.

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #12) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was distributed in the Sarphatipark, telling the public that the park will be

closed and turned into a nature reserve, due to the (fictitious) presence of an endangered animal.

 

Translation flyer:

SARPHATIPARK OPEN!

European tree frogs were found in the Sarphatipark. These creatures are faced with extinction. They are on the red list

of endangered species. That’s why the park will be closed to the public! Starting next week the inhabitants of ‘de Pijp’

won’t be allowed in! The park will be a nature reserve! That’s what the city council decided! But who gave the city council

the authority to exclude the residents from their park? Are tree frogs more important than people? Of course these

creatures want their peace, but do the inhabitants of this neighborhood not deserve a place to relax too? Would it not

be a better idea to capture these tree frogs and bring them to a zoo, where they can be taken care of?

Keep the park open! The Sarphatipark is for people!!!

 

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #7) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was handed out in front of the Zuiderbad swimming pool, claiming that the

local government was out of money and planning to sell the swimming pool to a company who wants to turn it into a

commercial fish farm.

 

Translation flyer:

NO FISH FARM IN THE ZUIDERBAD

The city cannot afford the maintenance of the swimming pool and is going to sell the building to a company

who wants to start a fish farm. In the future the pools will be used to breed Fresh Water Tilapia’s. Of course

it’s a good thing that something is being done about overfishing, but is it necessary to close the swimming pool

for that purpose? The government tells us to eat healthier and fish is better than red meat, but is the government

not also telling us to exercise more, so isn’t it stupid to change a swimming pool into a fish farm? The city planned

to close the swimming pool twice in the past, but both times a protest group of concerned swimmers was able to

prevent it! That can be done again!

PLEASE HELP SAVE THE SWIMMING POOL!

 

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #3) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was distributed near a notorious prison, asking the public (mainly students)

to protest against the (fictitious) plans to turn the building complex into a discotheque.

 

Translation flyer:

NO DISCOTHEQUE IN BIJLMER PRISON!!!

The Bijlmer prison will be closed next year. The inmates will be transferred to Zaandam and the city council sells

the building complex to a private developer who wants to change it into the biggest discotheque in Europe. You

should not change a place where so much suffering occurred into a discotheque! A place where men were told that

their wives want a divorce and that they are not allowed to see their children anymore, a place where men were raped

and where rivalry let to murders is not a place to dance!

HUMAN BEINGS were imprisoned here!! Show some RESPECT!! Make sure there won’t be a DISCOTHEQUE here!!

 

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #19) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was distributed protesting against a (fictitious) free pop festival at a cemetery.

 

Translation flyer:

FREE POP FESTIVAL NOT AT ZORGVLIED!

On the anniversary of Herman Brood’s death on the 11th of July Zorgvlied cemetery will organize a free memorial concert

at the site of his grave. All day long there will be performances by well known Dutch pop groups like Kane, Di-rect, GEM,

Kensington, Moke and De Staat. It’s fantastic that all these musicians want to pay hommage to the most legendary

rock singer of the Netherlands, but is it absolutely necessary to do it at his grave? The memorial concert is part of

the plans of the new board of Zorgvlied to make the cemetery an innovative place where people come ‘to meet each

other and to experience something special’. What other events do they have in mind? A poetry festival at the grave

of Victor van Vriesland? A chess tournament at Hein Donner’s grave? Or do they think of a Shakespeare marathon

at the grave of Louis Bouwmeester with cooperation of Pierre Bokma and Gijs Scholten van Aschat? Is this really

necessary? Surely most people prefer to visit the grave of the ones they love in silence!

NO POP FESTIVAL AT ZORGVLIED CEMETERY! LET ZORGVLIED BE A PLACE OF PEACE AND QUIET!

 

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #16) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was distributed in the neighbourhood around some sport grounds, claiming

that due to an increase of violence at football matches the city council decided to hand over the fields to a cricket club.

 

Translation flyer:

NO CRICKET IN AMSTERDAM-NORTH!! SPORTS CLUB DE METEOOR WILL BE FORCED TO STOP!!

BECAUSE OF THE INCREASE OF VIOLENCE AT AMATEUR FOOTBALL MATCHES THE BUREAUCRATS

AT CITY HALL DECIDED THAT THEIR SPORT FIELDS MUST BE HANDED OVER TO THE AMSTERDAM

CRICKET CLUB VRA!! THEY CALL IT A CIVILIZATION PROGRAM!! THEY BELIEVE THAT IF ALL CHILDREN

PLAY CRICKET INSTEAD OF FOOTBALL THEY WILL BECOME LAW-ABIDING CITIZENS!! BUT AN ELITIST

SPORT LIKE THAT HAS NO PLACE IN AMSTERDAM-NORTH!! TUINDORP OOSTZAAN WANTS TO PLAY

FOOTBALL!! NO COMPULSORY CRICKET FOR CHILDREN!! SPORTS CLUB DE METEOOR MUST STAY!!

 

 

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AMSTERDAM (FICTION #11) – AMSTERDAM – 2014

A work about the dynamics of the city: a flyer was distributed in the Vondelpark, protesting against a (fictitious) film shoot.

 

Translation flyer:

NO NUDE HIPPIES IN THE VONDELPARK!!!

From the 5th to the 9th of June they will shoot the film LOVE & PEACE in the Vondelpark. It’s a film about the 70’s,

when Hippies from all over the world came to the Vondelpark to sleep, make music, have sex and use drugs, because

Amsterdam was the ‘magical center’ of the world! But that is not a good reason to give a filmmaker permission to shoot

naked Hippies, bare-breasted girls dancing and couples making love during regular opening hours when there are

mothers with children and normal people who want to relax in the Vondelpark.That’s not how we do things these days!

If a filmmaker wants to shoot naked people he can do it in a studio, NOT in a public park!!

 

 

ABSTRACT ART #1 – DEN HAAG – 2011

In the immediate vicinity of Ferry Simonis’ abstract sculpture a leaflet complaining about “that sculpture

of three homosexual men with an erection having anal intercourse” was distributed. Residents were

asked to call or email the local government, demanding the removal of the sculpture.

 

Translation flyer:

NO HOMOSEXUAL ART IN OUR NEIGBOURHOOD!!!!

At the corner of Kamperfoeliestraat/Mient stands a white sculpture of 3 homosexual men

with an erection having anal groupsex!! So close to the childrens playground! It’s a

DISCRACE! We want our children to grow up in a safe enviroment! PROTEST!! Keep

those HOMOSEXUAL SCULPTURES in the museum!! We don’t want that kind of

behaviour!! Who do they think they are? They shouldn’t bother us with that kind of

HOMOSEXUAL ART!!!! PROTEST!!!!

Call the city council: tel 14070 or send a letter to:

Onderwijs, Cultuur en Welzijn, Postbus 12652, 2500 DP Den Haag

And demand the removal of that ridiculous

HOMOSEXUAL SCULPTURE!!

 

ABSTRACT ART #3 – ROTTERDAM – 2011

In the high-rise buildings around the sculpture of Henk Visch a racists & anti-art flyer (representing

the current debate in the Netherlands) was distributed. Someone sent copies to local art institutes,

who reported it to the police. On December 17 there was a huge police presence, but of course no

demonstrators.

 

Translation flyer:

PROTEST RALLY

Saterday December 17

at the Erasmus bridge

The art mafia and the local asshole politicians erected a ‘beautiful’ multicultural sculpture

next to the Erasmus bridge. Very colorful! Because it is so cosy with all these arabs,

moroccans, turks, surinam people and artists! These socialists spent millions of euros

on that colorful multicultural sculpture! Good for integration, they say! An invitation to all

colorful people from the south of Rotterdam to come our way!! But they never ask us

white people our opinion!! That’s why we’re going to paint that multicultural sculpture

white! Come to the Erasmus bridge on December 17 at 3 o’clock! Bring white paint

& paint brushes! Let’s do it! Let’s get rid of these colors the sculpture will be white!!

 

ABSTRACT ART #4 – DEN HAAG – 2012

All residents living close to the abstract sculpture of Hans Kleyweg received a leaflet with the warning

“do not come near this dangerous sculpture, sculpture is evil eye”.

 

Translation flyer:

Dear neighbours

Do not let your child play on square near white sculpture! Very dangerous! Sculpture is EVIL EYE /

brings bad luck / sculpture makes children ill and pregnant women miscarry / do not walk your dog

on the square because it will also get ill and die

SCULPTURE = EYE OF THE DEVIL!

do not come near / VERY DANGEROUS

 

ABSTRACT ART #5 – AMSTERDAM – 2012

A flyer claiming that ‘a deadly accident occurred at the red climbing wall’ was distributed around

the abstract sculpture of Alfred Eikelenboom. People were asked to contact the local government

and ask for safer climbing holds and the presence of a supervisor.

 

Translation flyer:

CLIMBING WALL MEEUWENLAAN IS TOO DANGEROUS!

Again a deadly accident occurred at the red climbing wall at the Gedempte Insteekhaven / Meeuwenlaan.

This has to stop! There is no supervision at all and everybody (young & old) can go climbing without

professional guidance. That is asking for trouble! Does the city council intend to do something about it

or are they waiting for more fatalities? We propose to add a trajectory of colourful climbing holds, as is

common with other climbing walls. According to us the only way to avoid accidents by unexperienced

climbers is the presence of a supervisor. We ask everyone to contact the city council (by email or tel.)

to ask for better climbing holds and for the recruitment of a supervisor. Let’s join hands to make

our neighbourhood a safer place!

 

ABSTRACT ART #6 – GRONINGEN – 2012

In the neighbourhood around the abstract sculpture of Siebe Hansma a leaflet was distributed

asking people ‘why is nobody bringing flowers to the war memorial on remembrance day?’.

Suggesting that the red triangle of the sculpture referred to the red triangle communists had

to wear in the concentration camps in World War II.

 

Translation flyer:

Why do we no longer commemorate the brave men who fought for our freedom? Why is the number

of people that come to the 4th of May remembrance day, that takes place at the war memorial

at the Slachthuisstraat, decreasing? Do we take our freedom that much for granted? Let’s not forget!

In Groningen it was the communist party who actively resisted the German occupation. The red triangle

of the monument refers to the red triangle communists had to wear in the concentration camps.

We fought against repression, fascism and racial discrimination! Let’s not forget!

Even today there are political parties who reduce our liberties. Parties who discriminate and humiliate

other people because they are ‘different’. Let’s not look away! Come to the memorial service and

show that you are not indifferent to other citizens and to the values of a democratic society.

Please bring RED FLOWERS to the War Memorial on the 4th of May. Join us!!

Friday May 4 2012 at 20.00 h. Corner of Slachthuisstraat/Damsterdiep

 

 

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MUSEUM #9 – UTRECHT – 2014

In the neighbourhoods around the former headquarters of the NSB (Dutch Nazi Party) a flyer was

distributed asking people to donate militaria and collectables in their possesion to a new (ficticious)

museum. Dutch news agencies got hold of the story and wrote ‘Utrecht fears NSB-museum’.

 

Translation flyer:

A new NSB-museum will be opening soon in the former headquarters of the NSB.

The museum will not only show the history of the NSB from its creation in Utrecht

in December 1931 till its abolition in 1945, but also pay attention to the fate of the

(grand)children of NSB-parents after WWII. Historians do not think as much in

terms of ‘right’ & ‘wrong’ as they used to. There is more emphasis on studying the

backround and motives of the people who cooperated with the ‘enemy’. The museum

will highlight little-known aspects of the history of the NSB. Most people do not know

that the NSB did not start out as an antisemitic party (a considerable number of Jewish

shopkeepers were party members in the 30’s). It was during the occupation that anti-

semitic members gained full control of the party. We tend to forget that the NSB was

a patriotic and a royalist party before the war. A section of the museum will be devoted

to the experiences of the (grand)children of NSB-parents. How on the one hand they

loved their parents, like everbody else, but how they had to deal with society’s judgement

of their parents at the same time, which gave them the feeling that they were not allowed

to exist and should hide all the time.The NSB-museum can use fascinating objects and

documents from the archives of the leading museums, but because of the taboo on the

NSB a lot of things got lost or were not collected in the past.That’s why we ask your help:

Do you have NSB-militaria and collectables? Do you have diaries or letters from family

members who were NSB party members? We would appreciate it you would be willing to

donate these documents and objects to the new NSB-museum. You can bring them

yourselves or send them to:

N.S.B. MUSEUM

Maliebaan 35 3581

CC Utrecht

 

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MUSEUM #18 – AMSTERDAM – 2015

Inhabitants of the Bijlmermeer (a neighbourhood with a bad reputation) received a coupon for a (ficticious) free lesson

in ‘good manners’ in a historic manor-house (now Museum Willet-Holthuysen) in the centre of Amsterdam.

It comments on the growing gap between rich and poor and the mechanisms of exclusion.

 

Translation flyer:

EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR INHABITANTS OF THE BIJLMERMEER: GOOD MANNERS CAN BE LEARNED!

How do you make a good first impression? In what order do you introduce people to each other? When do you

give someone your business card? How are you supposed to behave at a twelve course dinner? All the good

manners you need to be succesful in life can be learned at Museum Willet-Holthuysen. Inhabitants of the

Bijlmermeer can attend the free introductory course of ‘Etiquette for the Elite’ in Museum Willet-Holthuysen.

In the different period rooms of the museum at the Herengracht one learns how to behave correctly:

In the Dining Room the basics of good table manners are demonstrated and the right use of the 275-part tableware

will be explained to you. In the Salon the correct manners for formal parties will be taught and in the Drawing Room

one learns how to engage in civilized conversation about art and politics. Register for the free introductory course:

info@willetholthuysen.nl

 

 

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MUSEUM #15 – HAARLEM – 2015

In Haarlem a flyer was distributed advertising a (ficticious) esotheric event in the Teylers Museum,

using the pseudo-scientific rhetoric that is populair with spiritual groups.

 

Translation flyer:

CRYSTAL HEALING FOR EVERYBODY!

What is crystal healing? It’s the science of healing stones. A gentle system of holistic healing that uses the energy of

gemstones to restore balance and harmony in our body.Every crystal has its own specific energy frequency. It transforms

the frequency of our body cells. Crystal healing balances the energyfield of our body and harmonizes the chakras, to create

a feeling of well-being and to strengthen the self-curing capacities of our body. On Wednesday January 21 you can

balance your energy system. That day the Teylers Museum will open the glass display cases with the oldest and the most

powerful crystal collection of the Netherlands for us. This special collection will have an instant cleansing and energizing

effect on the aura and the chakras of every visitor. The effect of healing stones is direct and without side effects. It is suitable

for everyone. Harmonize your mind, your body, your soul.

Teylers Museum,
Spaarne 16, Haarlem
January 21, 2015

 

 

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MUSEUM #13 – DEN HAAG – 2014

A flyer was distributed at several parking lots in The Hague, advertising a (ficticious) pipe smoke contest in

the Museum of Literature. It questions the use of collecting and showing utilitarian items once owned by writers

and it also questions the ‘event culture’ forced upon museums.

 

Translation flyer:

GODFRIED BOMANS PIPE SMOKING CONTEST   JOIN AND WIN 5.000 EURO

Once again the Museum of Literature organizes the Godfried Bomans Pipe Smoking Contest. On Monday

December 22 at 10:00 AM the original pipe of writer Godfried Bomans will be taken from its display case and

participants can show us how long they can keep the pipe burning. Do you want to enjoy a good-tasting

pipe in civilized surroundings, then register: info@letterkundigmuseum.nl

Come December 22 to the Museum of Literature, Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, Den Haag. During the holidays

the Museum of Literature is also open on Mondays. The Museum of Literature is sponsored by Imperial Tabacco.

 

 

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MUSEUM #12 – DEVENTER – 2014

A flyer about the closure and the (ficticious) sale of the collection of the Toy Museum was distributed in Deventer.

 

Translation flyer:

After the closing of the historical museum now the toy museum will close too!

Not profitable enough! Too few visitors!

Therefore: spectaculair liquidation sale. Saturday November 22.

Let your children play with real toys! Give the toys a second life! Antique toys at minimum prices!

A golden opportunity for Santa Claus! Get an extra 50% off with this flyer.

 

 

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MUSEUM #3 – UTRECHT – 2014

In Utrecht a flyer was distributed inviting everybody to come to the museum of religious art to kneel in front of the sculpture

‘Jesus as Saviour of the World’ and prey for world peace. It was a fictitious event, giving the sculpture its original function

back for just one sunday afternoon.

 

Translation flyer:

More and more wars going on around us, an economic crisis that doesn’t stop, and a deadly virus coming from Africa:

ONLY JESUS CAN SAVE THE WORLD Please come to the Utrechtzaal in Museum Catharijneconvent on Sunday

September 21 at 3:00 PM to kneel in front of JEZUS AS SALVATOR MUNDI and ask for His Mercy and Peace.

There can only be peace on earth if we let ourselves be touched by Jesus and live in de spirit of his gospel.

Let us enter into His Holy presence and pray that His Kingdom of peace will come soon.

Sunday September 21, at 3:00 PM Museum Catharijneconvent.

 

 

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MUSEUM #6 – LEIDEN – 2014

In all the wealthy neigbourhoods of Leiden flyers for a (ficticious) demonstration were distributed. Dealing with the

unresolved issue of Dutch colonial history (while at the same time operating as guerrilla marketing for the museum).

 

Translation flyer:

Moluccans announced that they will demonstrate on the 4th of October in front of the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde because

they demand the statues of their ancestors back. The world-famous sculptures ‘Werwat & daughter’ were shipped to

Holland in 1913 by a Dutch military commander. And now the Moluccans want to return them to their original place

to enable the inhabitants of the island of Kai Kecil to worship their ancestors again. That is a ridiculous idea!

It’s a trick to get their hands on these valuable sculptures! If every ethnic group demands their stuff back the museum

will soon be empty! Only museums can take good care of these art objects! That’s why ‘Werwat & daughter’ should

stay in Holland! So raise your voice for the preservation of our heritage!

Come to the counter demonstration, Saturday October 4, at 1.00 PM. Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde.