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Stem Terug! Vote Back!

De Appel & Frascati

With contributions and work by:

Otto Berchem, Lotte van den Berg, Maren Bjørseth, Dood Paard, Sam Durant, Tim Etchells, Bojan Fajfric, MelihGençboyaci, Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe Jaio, Marjolijn van Heemstra, Sadettin Kirmiziy üz, Platform BK, Roxy Movies (Frank Herrebout & Leo van Maaren), Jonas Staal, Tijdelijke Samenscholing, Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Yuri Veerman, Dries Verhoeven, Annelys de Vet & het Sandberg Instituut, De Warme Winkel, Wunderbaum, XML Architecten, The Yes Men, Artur Zmijewski

October 5th — November 4th, 2012

At a time when the political landscape in the Netherlands is changing, just a few weeks after the elections on the 12th of September we will voice our questions about what has happened to our vote since that day. What remains of the campaign promises and positions adopted by political parties after the many negotiations to form a government? Are we, as citizens, really represented in this process? Or is it time to reclaim our vote? In the current media landscape can politics do any more than move between pragmatism, marketing politics and populism – you ask, we respond – or is it time for a radical turn? And last but not least: what is the role of the arts in this? Like politics, the cultural field is also blamed for losing social support. How can the arts be an engine for ideology and change?

Frascati and de Appel arts centre are inviting artists, theatre companies, politicians, designers and media pundits to respond to these questions while the government is being formed. Stem terug! Vote Back! consists of performances, debates, documentaries, pamphlets, presentations, lectures, master classes and an exhibition.



I love culture.

I love money.

I love when culture has money.

I even don’t mind saying that I love it even more when I get some of that money.

Which is why I found myself at the Leidseplein this afternoon to protest the misguided budget cuts for the arts, that will (most likely) soon blight the Netherlands.

True, I would have hoped that the Dutch cultural sector would have come up with a more creative, and less grating, protest than broadcasting a bunch of irritating theatrical types “screaming for culture”, but hey, it was what it was.

One question: where were the artists?

Shout for Culture!


Yes, purists, I am aware of the fact that it’s “Screams for Culture!.”

Leidseplein shouts!

They even shout from the (tram stop) roof tops.

They even shout while wearing ice skates.

They shout, shout, let it all out.

With a little musical accompaniment.

Playing to a packed house.

Fortunately yours truly was well situated.

Bas Jan Ader as well, if only in spirit.