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  • Every Day until Antwerp | Alle dagen tot aan Antwerpen
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    Every Day until Antwerp | Alle dagen tot aan Antwerpen

    +++A Walking Trip along the Railway Line | Een voetreis langs the treinspoor+++

    +++Jacqueline Schoemaker+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852-25-0

    Graphic designer

    Paul Gangloff

    Number of pages

    160

    Book size

    11 x 17.6 cm

    Binding

    Paperback

    English| Dutch

    Release date: October 2020

    Fonts text: Pirelli Regular, Jung-Lee Type Foundry. Fonts page numbers: Vaguely Specified Objects, a dingbat font assembling Dutch and Belgian railroad signs, Our Polite Society.

    For more information: www.jacqueline-schoemaker.nl

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    Every Day until Antwerp is a literary travel journey about a walking trip from Amsterdam to Antwerp, along the railway line of the old Benelux train that by now has ceased to be. Determined not to go home at the end of a day’s walking but to camp on the land that up till then she had only known as an image seen through the train window, Jacqueline Schoemaker set off, pulling a tent and a sleeping bag in a shopping trolley behind her. She walked in this way from the city where she lives to the city where she grew up.

    Against a background of geographical, commercial and political borders (The River Hollands Diep/the fence round a campsite/the national border), the informal, personal use of space of the traveller becomes more and more perceptible: What is it like to traverse the territory of Schiphol Airport on foot? Or to have a wash in the bushes along the motorway? Every Day until Antwerp is an exercise in appropriating (public) space, an exercise which, through discomfort and confrontation, ultimately leads to a sense of autonomy.

    Jacqueline Schoemaker is a researcher and writer. Her earlier publications include The Undivided City (2012) and Het failliet van de Javastraat (2017).

     

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  • A Fair Share of Utopia
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    A Fair Share of Utopia

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    +++Nest – space for contemporary art+++

    ISBN

    978-94-92852-34-2

    Graphic designer

    Michiel Niesen | ZetProducties (book design), Soft Turbo (cover design)

    Number of pages

    96

    Book size

    15.6 x 22 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    Date of Release: July 1, 2021

    English

    Edited by Manon Braat, Heske ten Cate, JLC Coburn, Eleonoor Jap Sam and Clara Ronsdorf. 

    Editors Dutch publication: Manon Braat, Heske ten Cate, Lieneke Hulshof and Maurits de Bruijn. 

    Translations: JLC Coburn, Manon Braat and Urgent Vertalen.

    This publication was made possible through the support of BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Mondriaan Fund, Gemeente Den Haag and Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds.

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    ‘If you would die today and reincarnate one generation later, in what world would you want to be born, regardless of where or who you are?’ This is the question posed to eleven writers and ten visual artists of A Fair Share of Utopia to create new work from.

    Can you put your own interests aside and really fight for a better world in the interest of future generations, or is it easier if you imagine yourself to be part of that unknown future? In her essay ”What if We’re All Coming Back?” in The New York Times of October 2018, human rights lawyer Michelle Alexander tries to imagine the world you would end up in if you were to reincarnate at a random place and under random circumstances.

    Her essay is at basis of the exhibition. Out of this thought experiment, to imagine a fundamentally different, sustainable and more humane organization of society, the artists and writers speculate about an unknown future of which they themselves are part. The national and international writers and artists reflect on current global issues from different backgrounds and perspectives, and in doing so, present completely individual voices.

    Now the publication is translated into English and includes a newly contributed epilogue by the renowned author Jean Kwok and looks at the essays. How do we read them now a year after they were written and a time so different than in the midst of the pandemic? At the same time, she tries to formulate her own answer to Alexander’s question. From her Chinese Buddhist background, which ensured that she was raised with a belief in a multitude of gods and goddesses, and from her experience as a migrant who made her home on another continent twice in her life, Kwok’s utopia is a place of radical equality, of humans and all non-human life.

    With essays by: Michelle Alexander, René ten Bos, Dean Bowen, Sander Donkers, Clarice Gargard, Jean Kwok, Sisonke Msimang, Rashid Novaire, Vamba Sherif, Jan van de Venis and Louwrien Wijers.

    Artist contributions from: Brook Andrew, Raul Balai, Ghana ThinkTank & AiRich, Claudia Martínez Garay, Femke Herregraven, Nástio Mosquito, Simphiwe Ndzube, Marianne Nicolson and Müge Yilmaz.

     www.nestruimte.nl
    This book was first published in Dutch (Wat Niet Is Maar Kan Zijn, uitgeverij Jurgen Maas) accompanying the exhibition A Fair Share of Utopia curated by Manon Braat, that took place at Nest, The Hague and CBK Zuidoost, Amsterdam in 2020. www.cbkzuidoost.nl 


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  • Call me Ishmael
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    Call me Ishmael | Noem me Ismaël

    +++Noem me Ismaël+++

    +++Doris Denekamp & Geert van Mil+++

    ISBN

    978-94-90322-51-9

    Graphic designer

    Linda Beumer

    Number of pages

    218

    Book size

    14 x 19 cm

    Binding

    Softcover

    348 grms

    Dutch | English

    Date of release: June 2015 

    This publication was made possible with the support of the Mondriaan Fonds, and the Yske-Walther Fonds, the Theodora Niemeijer Fonds, Altrecht-GGZ and Het Vijfde Seizoen.

    Geert van Mil & Doris Denekamp form the artist collective Informal Strategies 

    This publication is published in cooperation with Het Vijfde Seizoen 

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    'Whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul—then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can. This is my substitute for pistol and ball.'- Ishmael in Moby Dick, 1851 

    In the summer of 2014 artists, Doris Denekamp and Geert van Mil, worked and lived in the artist in residence Het Vijfde Seizoen in Den Dolder. The residency space is an old pavilion on the terrain of the Willem Arntsz Hoeve, a psychiatric institution.

    Together with the patients, Denekamp & Van Mil read the epic story of Moby Dick. This novel written by Herman Melville in 1851, tells the story of revenge by Captain Ahab on the white whale Mody Dick and the protagonist Ismael. Inspired by this classic novel, the artists and the patients came up with new stories. These are being processed in a contemporary version of Moby Dick. The title of this new publication is Call me Ishmael, and it will be published by Jap Sam Books spring 2015.

    About the artists

    Doris Denekamp (1984) and Geert van Mil (1983), both artists, have been working together under the name informal strategies since 2011. With their work, they investigate the role of stories in society today. Their (video) installations, publications and performances come into being in constantly changing, collaborative exchanges, and often have a direct relationship to the location where the work evolves.

    Spring 2015, the publication Call me Ishmael will be presented at Museum het Dolhuys in Haarlem. Later this year the book will also be presented at TENT in Rotterdam. 

    The book launch will be accompanied by a small exhibition of infra-red photographs that Van Mil & Denekamp made during their residency at Het Vijfde Seizoen. 

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