doch eh so angenehm in der stadt. alle gehen zur arbeit, verdienen
ihr geld, gehen damit dann einkaufen und miete und strom zahlen.bürotürme
werden dunkel, in wohnhäusern flackert das breitband TV licht...
View on the Alternative Realities of Freespaces
Text for the Paper House Zine at Taiwan Biennial Oct. 2004
So you want
a few personal lines about freespaces in
Rotterdam? Well, it is not the first time we find ourselves writing
about this topic. In addition to our own interest in the theme,
a lot of writing, editting and publishing work is necessary in the
current battle for the future existence of our group within the
walls of a very special building, the Poortgebouw.
Often its pretty dry explanations as opposed to our more colorful
fantasies and imaginations. MORE
version of Innbetween Interview by Steven Kucharski for Open
Issues magazine about artist living and working in Rotterdam.
The conversation includes stories around the themes of mobility,
legality and self-employed work in the EU, city planning and gentrification
and the importance of freespaces in the city.
does it mean to be an Austrian, Canadian or American artist in the
Netherlands, and how did you get there? How is it prescribed that
you should be there? Well, its easy when you have enough money
know, it a very blurry part in the written bureaucracy of how this
should happen for artists. But also, how do you want to work? Can
you actually do what you want to do in Rotterdam within a three-month
tourist Visa? Can you do that with a residency permit? Can you do
it with an invitation from a gallery? This is something that since
we have been living here has become very important to address within
our work, and to realize how this situation affects ones life,
ones artwork or whatever... MORE