Juha van ‘t Zelfde (1979) is a half Dutch, half Finnish researcher, developer and exhibition maker working across art, music and technology. He started his career as an independent organiser and DJ of experimental electronic music in Rotterdam. From 2004-2006 he worked for Entrée, the junior associates of the Concertgebouw and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. From 2005-2008 he was responsible for organising the annual Amsterdam Museum Night. From 2006-2008 he worked as a curator of electronic music and sound art at Lantaren/Venster in Rotterdam. The events he organised resulted in the founding of Viral Radio in 2007, an independent network for new music.
In 2008 Juha co-founded Non-fiction, in 2009 VURB and De Verdieping, and in 2012 Shippr. As a writer he has contributed to a.o. De Volkskrant, Metropolis M, Volume and Monu. In 2012 he won De Hallen Curatorial Scholarship for his proposal DREAD - The dizziness of freedom. In February 2014, he joined Lighthouse in Brighton as the new Artistic Director. Although no longer actively involved, he remains connected to Non-fiction as an advisor and close friend.
Situated on the Wibautstraat in the east of Amsterdam, Trouw was a nightclub, music venue, cultural space and restaurant housed in the former newspaper printing facility of several national newspapers. Trouw combined food, music and the arts, and was the first nightclub to receive the 24-hour permit from the city of Amsterdam. After six years of experimenting and over time slowly establishing itself as one of the top nightlife and cultural venues in the city and beyond, Trouw closed its doors on 3 January 2015.
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From 20 February onwards, I will join Lighthouse in Brighton as new Artistic Director. It is an incredible honour and opportunity to join one of my favourite international institutions of contemporary culture, and to succeed the great Honor Harger, who has worked miracles for the agency in the past 4 years.
This means my role at Non-fiction will unfortunately change.
On Sunday 9 February we launched World Heritage Now. This publication shows the dynamic and fragile nature of UNESCO World Heritage by juxtaposing UNESCO’s original guidelines with recent media coverage from around the world and personal remarks and commentary by Non-fiction’s Michiel van Iersel, who is the inaugural guest curator of the new World Heritage Podium in Amsterdam. Designed by Rafe Copeland, the publication questions the sustainability of the World Heritage List in a world in flux, and proposes new and radical directions and actions for UNESCO.
The launch took take place in the building of Amsterdam’s City Archives on Sunday 9 February from 15:00 – 16:30. Several guests responded to the publication. With a.o. Esther Agricola (Director of the Office of Monuments & Archeology, City of Amsterdam, responsible for the Canal Di), Riemer Knoop (Professor of Cultural Heritage at the Reinwardt Academy and advisor to The Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO) and Tracy Metz (journalist and director of the John Adams Institute).
The publication was commissioned by the World Heritage Podium. The Netherlands has nine World Heritage sites that are acknowledged by UNESCO. All of these are brought to life in the World Heritage Podium. The World Heritage Podium is situated in the monumental building De Bazel in Amsterdam. It is simultaneously the information centre for the Canal District Amsterdam, that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.
More information on www.werelderfgoed.nl/podium
And get a free hard copy by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
Although we’re non-architects, Non-fiction is included in the new book ‘Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture’, written by Indira van ‘t Klooster and published by Trancity*Valiz, together with a.o. DUS Architects, FABRIC, Powerhouse Company, Space&matter, Superuse Studios and ZUS Architects.
Find more information here.
We’re featured in the chapter that deals with ‘performative urbanism’ and our FloriadeRadar-app, showing local interaction on social media on a map, has been highlighted.
Bureau Europa in the city of Maastricht is devoting an exhibition to the book. In addition to the offices mentioned in the book, the exhibition will include several other offices, including Rietveld Landscape and XML Architecture Research Urbanism. The opening of this exhibition/manifestation will take place on June 8 between 17 – 19 hours at Bureau Europa, Timmerfabriek, Boschstraat 9, Maastricht.
This article appeared in the Vonk section of De Volkskrant on 16 March 2013.
Video duikt overal in steeds onverwachtere vormen op. Van achter het dashboard of met de skihelm leggen we elkaar vast. Dat leidt ook tot opstand.
Door Juha van ’t Zelfde
It was impossible this year to open a newspaper or watch the news without seeing them: Drones. The unmanned airplanes are no longer only deployed by the US Army in Pakistan to ‘silently kill’ but are appearing in cities around the world as they did with the London olympics.
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Due to success, A Perfect Day Tekenshow has been extended and will remain open for an extra weekend. On Saturday 25 February and Sunday 26 February from 11-17 hrs there will be extra activities.
On Saturday and Sunday: drawing (free) and making buttons (€0,50) for children.
On Sunday: t-shirt workshop. For € 13,50 you get a t-shirt, can join the workshop and can see the entire exhibition. If you bring your own t-shirt you join for just € 7,50.
If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, here is your chance to change that. Tickets are only 5 euros. The Parool called it “art without a pedestal“, and NRC gave it four stars. We look forward to seeing you at the Westergasfabriek this weekend.