Photo1: "Everybody works but the vacant lot", Henry George [A postcard.], Courtesy Arie Lengkeek. Photo 2: “The Age of Total Urbanization”, Jaap Bakema, 1971, courtesy Jaap van Triest. Photo 3: Utopia (Colin Ward, 1974), How to Live Together (Roland Barthes, notes for lectures 1976–1977. Translated by Kate Briggs, 2012), and Expulsion, Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy (Saskia Sassen, 2014) . Photo 4: Affordable rental homes That is possible: Cooperative Tuindorp Wielewaal. Summer 2020, photo FGA. Photo 5: Wijkkrant Action group Oude Westen, April 1971; Dear Neighbors, occupation of Havenstraat 231, Delfshaven, March 2021; Stop this Plan, green park harbor, March 2021. Photo 6: Materials for the launch of "Right on the city, the better plan for living in Rotterdam", March 2021.
Fucking Good Art
How do we want to live? What kind of place do we need to live and work? What are alternatives to the dominant forms of ownership and the market-driven housing policy at a time when space is becoming increasingly scarce and expensive, and citizens are being pushed out of their homes? What role can art play in this? FGA invites you to look back and ahead.
In the Shared Space of TENT and Kunstinstituut Melly FGA presents an installation and key documents: plans, visions, the Housing Acts from 1901 and 2015, activism, and Jaap Bakema’s fantastic manifesto from 1971, with 64 points for “a wide range of spatial quality” and “joyful-dwelling associations”.
This presentation is part of ongoing field research by FGA in the city, which you can follow on their blog and through public space interventions. FGA broadcasts talks and reports on Radio WORM every Friday from 17.00 to 18:00. FGA and TENT are currently exploring possibilities to facilitate conversations for interested parties through city walks and an online mini-symposium.
About Fucking Good Art
FGA is a magazine and editorial art project for field research into art and culture’s local conditions. Artists, editors and free-style researchers Robert Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma are interested in oral histories, counterculture, self-organisation and Do It Together, or DIT. Previously, in ‘FGA# 38 What Life Could Be’, they explored the Swiss tradition of housing cooperatives as a form of living and working together. In the ‘Countryside Issues’ series, they examined why artists in various European countries are leaving the city. These publications inspired their current research in their home city of Rotterdam, where, despite the current 2015 Housing Act and the Rotterdam Cooperative Housing Action Plan of 2019, collective and self-organised forms of housing are not gaining ground.
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About Rotterdam Cultural Histories
In Shared Space, our first-floor joint exhibition space, TENT and Kunstinstituut Melly alternately show presentations about Rotterdam’s history of art and culture. This collaborative project was established in 2014 to explore the common roots of both institutes in Rotterdam.
Events with this show
Fucking Good Art