limits of idiocy
is like a refridgerator', my friend sung some time ago. And it was followed
by 'l take the restaurant, you take the donuts'. It seems not to matter
that much, but the more it does. To write a country report about the cuntry
where we have our home basis is quite hard. Specially in these time of
life. It's 2003 and 2004. Holland was in the news quite often. And the
news is usualy only bad news. When the politician got killed 2 years ago,
many people thought things would change. And they did. But not in the
way pople expected. There was a burocrcy in between and the ultimate urge
to talk about it. Meanwhile security and safety, in all forms and matters
became priority. Besides earning money of course.
It seems like thing became like state capitalism.
Then a filmmaker got killed and with him the free speech, as said by the
media. But his free speech was insulting most of the time, rude, provokative
and therefor pretty useless. Doesn't mean you can kill him of course,
but people get killed everywhere. Racism became normal, schools burned
down, hundreds of 'incidents' took place. Still Holland is not yet aware
of the actual situation.
During the period in Netherlands we have met over 80 painters most of
them from abroad. Many of them speak about the lack of selfknowledge,
lack of time, relaxation became something elementairy, and therefor not
relaxing anymore, like an addiction.
During this last years over 80.000 people got fired, but will loose their
jobs only the upcoming year. Ticking time bomb.
Untill this flood in Asia and everybody come to tell they have spend money.
A perfect reason to ignore the fact that the government is spending more
to war then to real natural disaster. So we ended the year with a beer
and forsee good things. It will be the year of desicions and presentations,
opportunities and complications.
was more in Holland. We have seen festivals like Virus and Globalisation
festival, Ruigoord, Solidarity Festival with Rwanda, Liberation Festival,
Let's Meet Africa, Queensday and Mundial festival, Parkpop (the biggest free festival in Europe), Oerol and many many others. We have
had demonstrations, meetings, presentations and manifestiations. We have
made the preparations of a permanent establishment of the project 80 questions
around the world.
We met many friends, many many. You can see some of them in chapter 'stadgenoten',
a part of this site, dedicated to friends in Eindhoven.
all we have opened our office and house for the audience and that took
a while. A small project at home always is many times bigger then a small
project around the continent. You can see the curiosity cabinet at www.inkijkmuseum.nl
See some impressions.
: Daf Factory
Objectives : make pictures
kilometer : 71
relation with 80 questions : our truck is a DAF 1800, which is
build in our town. There is a DAF museum and here we are in front
of the gate of the truckfactory. Now owned by and American company
: Virus, Eindhoven
Objectives : Painter exhibition experiment
kilometer : 34482
relation with 80 questions : we just tried to show the painters
exhibition for the first time. It was a fantastic succes and we
will continue to make it this good.
website : Virus,
Bart van Overbeke (pictures)
: Show Your Futuret
Objectives : teach people the joy for art
kilometer : ongoing
with 80 Questions : education.
: Stadhuisplein Eindhoven
Objectives : demonstrate
kilometer : 34467
many of us do good jobs for little money, mostly in non commercial
sector, all of us will be fired in order to save money. After
enough political blah blah, the costs to fire us, destroy organizations
we work for and find us a new job (all state organized and privatized),
will be similar. The jobs will be gone. 600 in our town, more
then 35.000 nationwide. How can we be a good example and inspiration
for other countries, if we destroy the social policies we have
: Global Conference on Child Labout
Objectives : awareness
kilometer : 80.000
As result of our Indian journey we were invited to present at the Global Child Labour Conference in The Hague.
In fact we hade a special selection for thie event. Click for link
Objectives : Public storage of the mobile global exhibition
kilometer : ongoing
with 80 Questions : the relaxation station of the project
Objectives : Starting a holiday
kilometer : 36891
with 80 Questions : Making a round through Netherlands and Germany,
we started with a festial in the oldest free zone of the low lands.
The place where the moon is cherished as the planet.
websites ; Ruigoord
: the ghost of 2B
Objectives : remember the good side
kilometer : 34462
ghost of 2B is hanging around every first of May, in order to remeber
the good things of the past. Nostalgy is not only a desire, but
also aa modern form of respect the the past. It is an element
of our social study. How does past relate to future. In other
words, how does relate now to our desires and whishes?
Just a questions to consider.
: Grand Openings in Randstad
Objectives : National presentation
kilometer : check this
we have traveled quite some, the people in our homecity Endhoven
were not aware of what was going on. So we made a local selection
and changed that situation. Meanwhile the center of the country
was not too much intereted anymore; why look at some provincial
artists? So we made a national selection in Amsterdam, Rotterdam
and Hague. see for yourself
World in Randstad