THE TEMPORARY AUTONOMOUS BUREAU
19.00 - 21.30he Temporary Autonomous Bureau invites you to join us for the
open talk *Anomalous Institutions* that will take place on the *9th of
March* at *TENT*, Rotterdam.
To kick off our three month program we would like to open discussions with
actors involved in selected cultural projects, processes and methods for
“establishing” a self-organised cultural projects in the city of Rotterdam.
We aim to collectively problematise methods for organising and establishing
alternate cultural institutions.
Anomalous Institutions is a discussion around processes and methods of
‘establishing’ self-organised cultural projects and alternative
institutions. What do small, independent organisations have to overcome in
order to function and exist on their own terms?
This event brings together agents from the cultural scene of Rotterdam who
have challenged and circumvented the problematic relationship between
self-governance and the law. Guests are Frederic Van de Velde from WORM
Pirate Bay Archive, Maurice Specht and Joke van der Zwaard from De
Leeszaal, Kamiel Verschuren from The NAC Foundation, and Annet van Otterloo
from Stichting Freehouse
This collective discussion is part of the current Rotterdam Cultural
Histories presentation at TENT, and organised by The Temporary Autonomous
Bureau, a temporary collective formed by inhabitants of the Poortgebouw, a
living community and cultural platform in a former squat, and students from
the Experimental Publishing Master Programme at the Piet Zwart Institute in
Reservations recommended: autonomousbureau(a)gmail.com
*Frederic Van de Velde from WORM Pirate Bay*, https://tpb.worm.org/
Frederic is one of the founders of the Pirate Bay Archive, a no-fee lending
archive with an online database and a screening room based in Worm. The
archive is an online and offline collection of films, books, zines, music
and many other cultural (and sub-cultural) materials. Users can browse the
online archive and get a notification when the requested item is available.
The archive hosts a tangible assortment of materials, often produced in the
city of Rotterdam, as well as items that are relevant for an international
*Maurice Specht and Joke der Zwaard from Leeszaal*,
Maurice and Joke are initiators of the Leeszaal the reading room located in
Rotterdam West. The Leeszal is a public working space and library
maintained by volunteers. The library has a relevant value for the
neighborhood which can participate and be involved in the project.
In the library, everybody can take books, return them or keep them.
This project is a self-organized space for learning and working, giving
free access to books, allowing people to bring old re-usable volumes and
maintaining a cultural program centered on literature, poetry and public
*Kamiel Verschuren from NAC Foundation*, http://stichting-nac.nl/cms/ab
Kamiel is co-founder and chairman of the self-organized cultural project
NAC Foundation. The foundation is an independent and non-profit
organization that provides studio spaces for artists and cultural
producers. The organization is also managing a program of art and cultural
events in the district of Charlois.
The project aims to promote artists in socio-cultural activities and
encourage them to develop practices that look at the improvement of the
urban and social environment of the city.
*Annet Van Otterloo from Stichting Freehouse*, http://www.freehouse.nl/
Annet is the spokesperson from Stichting Freehouse, a co-operative that
promotes and supports a networks of local services and businesses from the
Afrikaanderwijk neighborhood. The organization has created a catering
service, cleaning business, fashion and textile studio by promoting and
stimulating the skills of local residents.
The project is lead by the artist Jeanne Van Heeswijk and was originally
centered on researching the relationship between production and public
space. The programme has now been taken over by a co-operative of people
and represents an infrastructure that facilitates access to the the labour
market while contributing to the local economy of the neighborhood.
We look forward to seeing you there!
The Temporary Autonomous Bureau
Giulia de Giovanelli, Naomi de Wit, Philippa Driest, Angeliki Diakrousi,
Alice Strete and Thanos Kaltsamis