Discussion Evening on The Warp and Weft of Memory

Date: 13/09/2018

Time: 19:00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine



The Warp and Weft of Memory

Discussion moderated by Annet Dekker




While the online narrative archive, The Warp and Weft of Memory, was conceived by Renée Turner, it was actually made by a team of people working closely together. Garments from Gisèle’s closet were photographed, images from her archive were scanned and once digitzed and placed online, tagging was applied to understand how items relate to each other. In the process, there was a continuous and dynamic exchange between programming, writing, illustrating and adjusting the infrastructure. The online work, much like a tapestry, required weaving different elements together and moreover the nimble hands and minds of a group of people to bring together the work as a whole.

Please join us for a discussion with the makers of The Warp and Weft of Memory. The evening will be moderated by Annet Dekker, whose expertise in digital archiving, will no doubt raise broader questions relevant to digital arts practices and the digitization of cultural heritage.




Present at the talk will be:

Manufactura Independente is a research studio for design and graphic communication focused on free and open source software, free culture and critical engagement with design tools. http://manufacturaindependente.org/

Cesare Davolio is an Italian illustrator and animator based in Rotterdam. Recently he directed Human Slaughterhouse, which has been shown at the Annecy animation festival in France. http://www.visualiser.org/

André Castro is a media designer with a background in sound art and experimental music, and a current practice focused on hybrid publishing, underground digital libraries and the intersection between technology and design processes. http://oooooooooo.io/index.php/Main_Page

Cristina Cochior is a designer and researcher interested in structures of knowledge co-production, archival representation, open access publishing and situated software practices.


Renée Turner is an artist whose practice engages with material culture, digital narratives, archives, and forms of interdisciplinary and collaborative enquiry from a feminist perspective. She has spent the past two years researching Gisèle’s wardrobe at Castrum Peregrini.  http://www.fudgethefacts.com/


Moderator: Annet Dekker is Assistant Professor at the University of Amsterdam, Media Studies: Archival and Information Studies, next to being a freelance curator. http://aaaan.net/


The Warp and Weft of Memory has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation.

stralen & reflecteren

Start date: 31/08/2018

End date: 04/09/2018

Memory Machine

Guest programme

Exhibition The Warp and Weft of Memory

Start date: 24/08/2018

End date: 14/09/2018

Time: 12 - 16 hrs

Memory Machine


The Warp and Weft of Memory exhibition by Renée Turner

is open 24 August - 14 September and 2 October - 12 October

Tuesday - Friday 12-18 hrs

"There are stains. What are we to do with them? Her sweat has turned brown with time and its acid has etched itself into her white cotton shirts and the lining of dresses. Skin oil has darkened the fingers of leather gloves, and her idiosyncratic walk has shaped the heels of her shoes. Her clothes have been recording devices." - excerpt from The Warp and Weft of Memory, 2018.

In her latest multi-faceted work, Renée Turner explores the contents of Gisèle d'Ailly van Waterschoot van der Gracht’s closet. Although Gisèle passed away in 2013 at the age of one hundred, the traces of her figure can still be sensed through the shape and wear of her clothes. Spanning decades, the range of garments illustrates her fascination with travel, textiles, and design. There are Greek woollen vests, a Chinese silk jacket and several dresses fashioned by the renowned Dutch designer Dick Holthaus. All were meticulously itemized in Gisèle’s own wardrobe inventories. As Turner notes, “Gisèle was a taxonomist of her own life.”

Her clothes and taxonomical fervour are mirrored in her photographic archive as well, which Turner has selectively digitized to create a semantically-driven, online narrative. Combining writing, photographs of her clothes, videos, and illustrations, she personally reflects on her direct encounter with Gisèle’s belongings, the intimacy of the closet and how its content reflects her remarkable life, the history of the Netherlands before, during, and after the War, women and their clothing, the privileges of class, and the persona of the female artist. While each garment has its own story, it can be woven into a larger tapestry of other narratives past and present. In The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard writes: “Every poet of furniture—even if he be a poet in a garret, and therefore has no furniture—knows that the inner space of an old wardrobe is deep.” Turner’s online project and exhibition at Castrum Peregrini traces the depths of those echoes and reverberations and contemplates what will be remembered and what will be reduced to dust.

The Warp and Weft of Memory has contributions by: Frans-Willem Korsten, Kate Pullinger, Andre Castro, Manufactura Independente, Cristina Cochior and Cesare Davolio. The related public program will be posted on the Castrum Peregrini website and facebook page.

Renée Turner is an artist, writer and Research Lecturer at the Willem de Kooning Academy and Piet Zwart Institute. Since 2016, she has been an artist in residence at Stichting Castrum Peregrini. Her research over the past two years has resulted in public lectures, the exhibition and online narrative.

This project has been generously supported by the Mondriaan Foundation through the awarding of a two-year grant, Stipendium for Established Artists with Commissioner (Werkbijdrage Bewezen Talent + Opdrachtgever). The initial research phase was funded through a Start-Up Grant from the Creative Industry Funds (Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie).

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition, on August 24th The Warp and Weft of Memory site will be launched at: www.warpweftmemory.net

picture: Fold, video still, 2018, a part of The Warp and Weft of Memory by Renée Turner

Exhibition: Between life and death

Start date: 14/06/2018

End date: 15/08/2018

Time: 12-18.00

Memory Machine

Between Life and Death,
Stories of Rescue during the Holocaust

14 June - 15 August 2018
Open Tuesday - Friday, 12-18 hrs

The opening of the exhibition will take place on Thursday June 14 at 16:00 with:

Prof. Jan Rydel, the coordinator of the Polish side at European Network Remembrance and Solidarity

Avraham Burg (1955) is an author and politician. He was Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Burg’s latest book ‘In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel’ was received with great interest internationally.

entrance free, RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl

Testimonies on aid rendered to Jews during the Second World War invoke both the most horrific and the most worthy aspects of our history. This is why an exhibition devoted to stories of rescue was prepared for the International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2018 and presented in January at the European Commission in Brussels. It’s second opening is being held at Castrum Peregrini in Amsterdam. Accounts of both survivors and rescuers from different European countries will be on view from 14 June until 15 August. The exhibition is a joint initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity, POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and Silent Heroes Memorial Center.

The Jewish genocide in the war-torn Europe claimed millions of lives. In the face of the tragic fate of Jews, local populations of the German-occupied countries along with some of the ordinary Germans were put in a dilemma which they probably had never imagined they would face: how to react to such mass atrocity? And while individual answers to this question differed widely, only few offered help to people seeking to survive.

The exhibition ‘Between life and death. Stories of rescue during the Holocaust’ presents accounts from nine European countries: Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Poland and Ukraine. By outlining stories of survivors along with those of rescuers, the display highlights complexity of human relations under extreme conditions. The testimonies are moreover shown against a broader historical background, as to give a better understanding of local possibilities for Jews to survive and for helpers to provide aid.

‘Between life and death. Stories of rescue during the Holocaust’ will be on display between 14 June and 15 August 2018 at Castrum Peregrini Amsterdam whose co-founder the artist Gisèle (1912 – 2013) is one of the rescuers presented in the exhibition.
The official opening of the exhibition will take place on June 14 at 16:00 with an introductory note of Prof. Jan Rydel, the coordinator of the Polish side at European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (ENRS) and a speech of Avraham Burg (1955). Avraham Burg’s latest book ‘In Days to Come: A New Hope for Israel’, was received with great interest internationally, also due to his previous career as Speaker of the Knesset and chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Castrum Peregrini ‘the fortress of the pilgrim’ was the nom de guerre of a Second World War safe house in the center of Amsterdam. In more than 75 years Castrum Peregrini has taken many shapes and forms, and represented various values and stories: a hiding place, a magazine, a publishing house and a community that organized themselves around a friendship cult inspired by the poet Stefan George. Wolfgang Frommel, who led this circle, represents a dark side of the organization’s past. Recent testimonials and research have brought to light that (sexual) abuse was part of his realm.

Today’s Castrum Peregrini is a place of artistic research and encounter. In line with Gisèle’s spirit it offers a protected environment for artists, thinkers and opinion leaders to work in the context of the organization and in open exchange with its network and audience.

European Network Remembrance and Solidarity; POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews; Silent Heroes Memorial Center in the German Resistance Memorial Center Foundation

Castrum Peregrini; Vilna Gaon State Jewish Museum; Memorial de la Shoah; Memorial Chambon sur Lignon; The Danish Jewish Museum; Museum "Jewish Memory and Holocaust in Ukraine"; NIOD - the Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Museum of the Second World War

Daily Bread: working with small cultural institutions

Date: 29/05/2018

Time: 19.00-21.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401, entrance Beulingstraat Amsterdam

Intellectual Playground


Daily Bread: Working with Small Cultural Institutions 
in collaboration with Utrecht University Master of Arts and Society Speaker Series. 

Tuesday 29th May, 7pm-9pm, 
Arts and Society students: FREE
General tickets: €5 including a free drink 

A evening discussion with a panel of movers and shakers in the Dutch cultural scene. Our speakers - Aukje Dekker, Guus van Engelshoven and Lars Ebert and a representative from Casco -
all juggle multiple roles as programmers, curators, writers, founders, directors, researchers and artists (see more below). Join us for experiences of and perspectives on creating networks and partnerships, approaching funding and continuing research beyond education. After a moderated discussion with the speakers, the floor will be open for exchange of experiences and questions from the floor.

Artist, Co Founder and Director of Eddie the Eagle Museum, ‘a subversive museum founded by an independently working artist collective continuously sparring with different artists in various disciplines. The focus is on talent regardless of age, medium or reputation.’ Aukje is also Co Director of Sociëteit SEXYLAND: a 365 day a year club ‘’varying from art exhibitions to sport events, from gangster rap to dinners in stroboscopic light.’ 


Curator Public Programme & Research at De Appel, a ‘contemporary art institute that brings together people, objects and ideas to explore the yet unknown’. Guus is also an independent writer, editor and curator, who writes regularly for art magazines such as Metropolis M and Extra Extra. He is also Editor-at-Large for Stichting Stonsbeek & State of Fashion, who organise ‘the first large-scale international public event entirely devoted to sustainable, honest fashion.’


Programme Coordinator at Castrum Peregrini, realising exhibitions, publications, think tank meetings and projects and Senior Advisor at ELIA, ‘a dynamic platform for professional exchange and development in higher arts education.’ Lars is also on the Executive Committee of Culture Action Europe, ‘the political voice of over 80 thousand cultural players, practitioners and activists across the continent’ and is a Founding Board Member of EQ-Arts, supporting quality in higher arts education.


Speaker to be announced shortly
‘Casco is an open and public space for artistic research and experiments’ founded in 1990 and based in Utrecht. ‘The artistic practices we focus on are cross-disciplinary, open to collaboration and process driven.’ Our work traverses design, theory, and the wider social sphere.’ in June this year the Utrecht-based organisation will relaunch as Casco Art Institute: Working for the Commons.


The event will be held in the former studio of artist Gisèle’s (b.1912-d.2013), a space laden with memory and creativity now used for talks, exhibitions and think tank meetings.
Please RSVP by 22/5/18 to Stagiair@castrumperegrini.nl to reserve your place, tickets are strictly limited.


This event has been initiated by Utrecht University Master of Arts and Society students Jemima Wilson and José Hopkins who are both current Research Interns at Castrum Peregrini.

EAP Final Conference

Start date: 29/06/2018

End date: 30/06/2018

Location: La Friche, Marseille

Intellectual Playground

More info to follow soon.

EAP Intensive Course Marseille

Start date: 01/07/2018

End date: 11/07/2018

Intellectual Playground

More information to follow soon.

Exhibition: De Eeuw van Gisèle

Start date: 12/09/2018

End date: 12/10/2018

Memory Machine

Tentoonstelling bij het verschijnen van

Annet Mooij

De Eeuw van Gisèle
Mythe en werkelijkheid van een kunstenares

Samengesteld door de auteur

12 september - 12 oktober 2018
Open dinsdag t/m vrijdag, 12-18 uur

Zeven jaar geleden benaderden wij  Annet Mooij met het verzoek het leven van Gisèle te beschrijven. Het niets verhullende resultaat van haar intensieve onderzoek levert een prachtig en meeslepend boek op, dat je vanaf de eerste bladzijde meeneemt in de ontwikkeling van een wat flirterig katholiek-aristocratisch meisje dat nog niet weet wat ze wil, tot een verbazingwekkend veelzijdige persoonlijkheid en kunstenares, die als het er tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog echt om spant ,een vriendengroep rondom de Duitse dichter Wolfgang Frommel omarmt en moedig onderdak verleent.

Annet Mooij legt de lang verzwegen moeilijkheden bloot die Gisèle ondervond in diezelfde vriendengroep, de absolute dominantie van Wolfgang Frommel, de pijn om als vrouw stelselmatig buitengesloten te worden uit deze inner circle en de ondankbare en denigrerende houding van diegenen wiens leven zij redde. Annet Mooij beschrijft tevens de pedagogiek van Frommel die erop gericht was om jongeren in zijn ban te krijgen en de grensoverschrijdende seksuele moraal die daaraan ten grondslag lag.

De Eeuw van Gisèle. Mythe en werkelijkheid van een kunstenares biedt een rake en rijke inkijk in de onalledaagse ontwikkeling en levensloop van een sterke, eigenzinnige en kosmopolitische  vrouw die tot het eind trouw blijft aan haar keuzes en die de kunst verstaat om de onvermijdelijke consequenties van deze keuzes steeds weer tot innerlijke harmonie te brengen.

De tentoonsteling toont aan de hand van Gisèle's kunst en historische documenten de levensloop en de artistieke en persoonlijke ontwikkeling van Gisèle.


EAP intensive course in Amsterdam

Start date: 02/06/2018

End date: 09/06/2018

Intellectual Playground | Memory Machine

The EAP Course in Amsterdam in June 2018 will specifically focus on peer-learning and horizontal knowledge exchange and thereby building an alternative and safe space. Practitioners from various disciplines will develop their understanding, their knowledge and their perspective on participatory art practice in a highly horizontal method. In this sense, all participants will be teachers and learners; everyone brings in their own experience in a facilitated exchange between one another. The construction of the programme and decisions during the week will be done collectively, opening up issues of the process of participation as the participants will participate in their own process of participation.


On the other hand, most of the activities will be held within the walls of Castrum Peregrini. By taking advantage of the safe and closed space, more open and free discussions are possible. In a way, Castrum Peregrini will work as a pressure cooker where the participants will live, exchange, debate, cook and share ideas for a week. By these means, a network of practitioners and thinkers will inevitably be strengthened, but also solutions for collective problems can be individually addressed. These solutions intend to later become part of a collective domain by opening the doors and sharing the results of this experimental way of learning, communing and living.


Living As Form EAP conference, Amsterdam 26-27 October 2017, photos by Maarten Nauw



EAP intensive Course Bucharest

Start date: 11/05/2018

End date: 25/05/2018

Location: University of Art and Design Bucharest

Intellectual Playground | Memory Machine


The EAP course Bucharest May 2018 will be centred around heritage, urban spaces and participation. The main activities will take place in the National University of Arts Bucharest and in ARCUB - The Centre for Culture of the Bucharest Town Hall- it is in the historical centre of Bucharest. Through a series of site visits and cognitive reflections, the course will address topics revolving around heritage, participation and the construction of identity. By the reactivation of what seemed sacred and distant, the world seems to be rediscovered and the common space regenerated.

Sociologists, architects, artists, art historians and political activists will be invited to present their point of view on participatory practices in the arts as living instruments of socio-cultural regeneration. Heritage belongs to the present and by activating it, the institutional walls can be taken down, and the spectator or citizen is able to appropriate, manipulate and transform it. This course looks into the democratization of heritage, bringing with it a reconceptualization of conservation and its uses. It is necessary to include the individuals in the discussion of the objects and practices that construct and maintain their own identities.


Living As Form EAP conference, Amsterdam 26-27 October 2017, photos by Maarten Nauw

Finissage Some Things Hidden

Date: 11/03/2018

Time: 16.00-18.00

Location: Framer Framed, IJpromenade 2

Memory Machine

Lynn Hershman Leeson - Roberta's Construction Chart

Extending International Women’s Day to 11 March this year, please join us for the finissage of exhibition Some Things Hidden at Framer Framed! Featuring special guest Lynn Hershman Leeson and curators Nina Folkersma & Charlott Markus, the program ties into Castrum Peregrini’s year programme The Female Perspective.

With a practice spanning more than 50 years, the pioneering media artist Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941) has always been ahead of her time. Although she is considered one of today’s most influential media artists, in the Dutch context her work is relatively unknown and little shown. For this reason, we are extremely happy to have her work included in the exhibition Some Things Hidden, and for the opportunity to talk to the artist about her work during this special finissage event.

Leading up to the artist talk with Lynn Hershman Leeson, visitors can enjoy a guided tour by Charlott Markus, artist and co-curator of Some Things Hidden.

16:00 – 16:50: Guided Tour by artist Charlott Markus
Charlott Markus curated Some Things Hidden together with Nina Folkersma. The exhibition took shape in the context of Markus’ artistic research project Markus&I, which departed from her own family history. When working with biographical material, the artist found the overall subjects pressing and realised that some things are simply too important to only have a single mind’s view on it – hence resulting in a group exhibition. In this tour, Markus will expand on the Markus&I project and how it connects to the themes and artists in the exhibition.

17:00 – 18:00: Artist Talk with Lynn Hershman Leeson, moderated by Nina Folkersma
Hershman Leeson’s work blurs the traditional boundaries between female and male, natural and technological, fiction and reality. She is perhaps best known for her fictitious persona Roberta Breitmore, whom the artist brought to life through performances and photographs between 1974 and 1978. In addition, Hershman Leeson is a renowned filmmaker, notably of the groundbreaking documentary !Women Art Revolution (2011).

Curator Nina Folkersma will go into conversation with Lynn Hershman Leeson, exploring themes in the artist’s work and connecting it to ‘the female perspective’ and the Some Things Hidden framework of hiding, the hidden and the politics of (in)visibility

Entry free, limited capacity!

>> Sign up: reserveren@framerframed.nl
>> Please note: for the tour (16:00 - 16:50) there is limited capacity, specify in your reservation if you also want to join the tour or only the conversation from ~17:00 onwards

This event is a collaboration between Framer Framed, Castrum Peregrini, curator Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus, who partnered up to make Some Things Hidden possible. The program ties into the year programme The Female Perspective by curator Nina Folkersma, at Castrum.

Some Things Hidden – Film screening Herengracht 401

Date: 20/02/2018

Time: 20.00 - 22.00

Location: Framer Framed, IJpromenade 2

In the framework of exhibition Some Things Hidden, Framer Framed will be showing the documentary Herengracht 401, on 20 February. The screening is followed by a conversation with filmmaker Janina Pigaht, Lars Ebert (Castrum Peregrini) and Josien Pieterse (Framer Framed).

The title Some Things Hidden refers to the history of Castrum Peregrini in multiple ways. Firstly, in a literal sense: the stately mansion located at the canals of Amsterdam – at address Herengracht 401, hence the film’s title – was a hideout location during the Second World War, using the code name Castrum Peregrini. But the title is also appropriate for the period following the war, when a tightknit community was formed around Wolfgang Frommel, a period that knows many hidden stories. 

After the founding members of the community passed away, the current generation started anew. As they began cleaning up and refurbishing so that the house could be opened up tot he public, filmmaker Janina Pigaht wanted to capture the story of the house, while there are still people alive to talk about the first decades following the war. But is it actually possible to tell one story? How do you deal with memories of traumatic moments in the lives of a tight community? It should also be possible to discuss the ‘dark sides’ of the history of Castrum Peregrini. But how do you reach those stories as a filmmaker? And how do you deal with your history as an organisation, especially when parts of that history are problematic?

After the film screening Josien Pieterse, director of Framer Framed, will go into conversation with filmmaker Janina Pigaht and Lars Ebert of Castrum Peregrini.

Herengracht 401 is produced by ‘Een Van de Jongens’, and directed by Janina Pigaht. Length: 48’. Language: Dutch, with English subtitles. The conversation following the screening will be in Dutch.


Some Things Hidden is a group exhibition about hiding and the hidden, and about the politics of (in)visibility, that emerged out of a collaboration between Castrum Peregrini and Framer Framed. The exhibition is curated by Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus.
The exhibition is currently on show at Framer Framed (til 11 Mar 2018), and was previously shown in a smaller, more performative version at Castrum Peregrini (18-26 Nov 2017).

Performance Alexis Blake – Anthology of Anger

Date: 11/02/2018

Time: 16.00 - 17.30

Location: Studio Alexis Blake, Mauritskade 61, 1092 AD Amsterdam (next to Tropenmuseum)

Memory Machine

Anger is present. It is palpable in the streets, among the crowds, in exchanges; it is the driving force that is pushing one into action. It is an emotion that still carries taboos and stigmas regarding gender, class and race. Anger is convoluted and expressed through or suppressed by psychological, physical, cultural and socio-political factors.

On the occasion of the exhibition Some Things Hidden (on show at Framer Framed from 19 January - 11 March 2018), Alexis Blake presents the first phase of her new performance, Anthology of Anger, which explores how culture, history and DNA influence one’s expression or suppression of anger and empathy, verses the body’s authentic movements of these emotions. 

This iteration of the performance will take place in the artist's studio (Mauritskade 61, Amsterdam) on Sunday 11 February at 4 PM. The performance connects to the work Research drawings for Anthology of Anger (2017-ongoing), which is part of the exhibition at Framer Framed.

What do our intuitive movements say about the knowledge we store in our bodies? How do we postulate using our limbs? Is my anger my own, or is it inherited? Through the performance Blake collectively examines the relationship between ‘prescribed’ anger and empathy and their intuitive expression. By embodying these emotions and expressing them physically, as opposed to verbally, she attempts to free the more sensory and intuitive aspects of our behaviour. 

Performers: Mami IzumiMarika Meoli and Alexis Blake

Anthology of Anger was also performed during the first part of exhibition Some Things Hidden, which was on show at Castrum Peregrini in November 2017, during Amsterdam Art Weekend.

Entry: Free, but sign up via reserveren@framerframed.nl

16:00: doors open
16:20: intro + start performance
17:00: drinks


Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that coalesces fine art, movement and performance. She investigates the way in which the body is represented and treated as an archive, which she then critically examines, disrupts and re-negotiates.

► The group exhibition Some Things Hidden is a collaboration between Framed Framed and Castrum Peregrini, curated by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma. Some Things Hidden deals with hiding and the hidden, and the politics of (in)visibility. The exhibition opened on 18 January at Framer Framed and is on show til 11 March, 2018. The exhibition was previously shown in a smaller, more performative version at Castrum Peregrini (18 – 26 November 2016).

Workshop Ubuntu: Dignity, Resilience & Justice

Date: 19/01/2018

Time: 14.00 - 17.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

“Ubuntu is the principle that we act humanely and with respect towards others as a way of demanding the same from them.” Mogobe Ramose

De Zuid-Afrikaanse professor Mogobe Ramose, die het standaardwerk over Ubuntu filosofie schreef, is in Nederland ter gelegenheid van de vertaling van zijn boek in het Nederlands bij uitgeverij Ten Have.

Op 19 januari organiseert Black Renaissance een bijeenkomst over Ubuntu: waardigheid, veerkracht en rechtvaardigheid. Grâce Ndjako zal een introductie geven over ubuntu. Wat is ubuntu? Wat is ‘gemeenschapszin’ volgens ubuntu? Daarna zullen we dieper ingaan op verschillende onderwerpen: waardigheid, weerbaarheid en rechtvaardigheid.

Georganiseerd door Black Renaissance en aangeboden i.s.m. Castrum Peregrini

14:00-17:00 Workshop Ubuntu met o.a. filosoof Grace Ndjako

19:00-21:00 Lezing Prof. Mogobe Ramose, met o.a. Rolando Vázquez
In de avond zal prof. Mogobe Ramose een lezing houden in de OBA. Als je meedoet met de workshop heb je automatisch toegang tot deze lezing.

Voor meer informatie zie: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029558703926486/

Some Things Hidden!

Start date: 18/01/2018

End date: 11/03/2018

Location: Framer Framed

Memory Machine

Some Things Hidden!

An exhibition realised in collaboration with Framer Framed

Some Things Hidden is a group exhibition about hiding and the hidden, and about the politics of (in)visibility, curated by Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus. The exhibition – previously on show in a more performative, smaller version at Castrum Peregrini (18 – 26 Nov 2017) – consists of a carefully selected combination of existing and new works by upcoming and internationally renowned artists of different generations.

Hélène Amouzou Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG, 1977), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981), Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985), Cauleen Smith (US, 1967) and Batia Suter (CH, 1967).

The exhibition's point of departure is artist Charlott Markus’ family history relating to her great aunt, a Jewish woman who managed to 'hide' during World War II in Berlin, while still partaking in public life – in a manner of speaking hiding in plain sight. At Castrum Peregrini, a former safehouse during the war, which is now a cultural institution, the exhibition was mainly centred on hiding as a way of staying alive. What does ‘hiding’ mean today? What threats do we have to hide from and what things do we hide from ourselves?

At Framer Framed, the focus is on the politics of (in)visibility. A status of (in)visibility is not neutral – so who decides what is and is not made visible in society? Which people, images, and habits are given visibility and in the process are considered ‘normal’? Who or what gets less prominence and as a consequence remains ‘hidden’? And which parts of our histories are/are not emphasized in our grander, national narratives?

The exhibition also addresses the importance of personal stories and strategies to combat this structural invisibility. Who are these ‘invisibles’ and are they truly invisible if defined as such? When can (in)visibility be considered a choice or a form of resistance?

Sincerity after Communism

Date: 12/12/2017

Time: 19:00 - 21:00

Sincerity after Communism

December 12, 2017, 19 - 21

RSVP with Barbara Roggeveen, email:  b.a.roggeveen@uva.nl


Eva Cukier (NRC Handelsblad), Geert Lovink (Institute for Networked Cultures), Fabienne Rachmadiev (UvA / De Gids), Ellen Rutten (UvA), Sjeng Scheijen (Leiden University), Nadia de Vries (UvA)


What does sincerity mean in a world with a trauma- and hypocrisy-laden past? How to stay true to yourself in a hardcore capitalist reality? How to be sincere in a hypermediatized world? These questions occupy writers, bloggers, artists, philosophers, and politicians in multiple world localities today. They resonate with force in Russia, where talk about sincere behaviour blends in with transnational thinking and feeds upon the Soviet past.

‘Sincerity after Communism’ is an evening marking the publication of the book with the same name by Ellen Rutten, professor of Russian & Slavic studies at Amsterdam University. The speakers jointly ponder Russian and transnational pleas to revive sincerity in literature, media, art, film, and architecture.

Program: Talks with the author & short performances, followed by drinks.

Contributors: writer/curator Sjeng Scheijen, media critic Geert Lovink, NRC Eastern-Europe editor Eva Cukier, PhD students/poets Nadia de Vries & Fabienne Rachmadiev.

Location/time: Castrum Peregrini  Herengracht 401, entrance Beulingstraat doors open 19 hrs

RSVP with Barbara Roggeveen, email:  b.a.roggeveen@uva.nl


The organizers thank the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, the Amsterdam School for Heritage, Memory and Material Culture; the Department of Russia and Slavic Studies at the University of Amsterdam; and book store/publisher Pegasus ​for supporting the event.



Art as Resistance #2: Taking the oil out of the arts

Date: 28/11/2017

Time: 20.00 - 22.00

Location: Framer Framed IJpromenade 2, 1031 KT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Memory Machine

Framer Framed, Humanity in Action Nederland and Castrum Peregrini present a three part symposium series, 'Art as Resistance'. For the second symposium in the series, 'Taking the oil out of the arts', we zoom in on the ethics of cultural institutions taking on financial sponsorships by fossil fuel companies. How do corporate companies benefit from what can be considered 'greenwashing'? To what extent should their cultural beneficiaries be accountable? And what are the impacts of 'artistic activism' to address this issue?

‘Art as Resistance #2’ will take place at Framer Framed and features presentations and a workshop by BP or not BP? and Fossil Free Culture NL.

In their presentations, BP or Not BP and Fossil Free Culture NL introduce participants to the topic and present examples of how they create impact through artistic interventions.

The presentations are followed by a workshop Artistic Activism, with both organisations giving practical guidelines on how to generate effective and affective experiences that lead to measurable social change. After the workshop participants will have a better sense of the framework in which the Fossil Free Culture movement work. They will learn to implement artistic tactics to a larger campaigning strategy.

▶ BP or not BP? (a clever play on ‘to be or not to be’ from Shakespeare's Hamlet) are a national network of 'actor-vists' in the UK, performing disobedient theatre in many different oil-sponsored spaces. They are part of the Art Not Oil coalition – a group that protests against museums accepting sponsorship from major oil corporations, which they say is a form of ‘greenwashing’. Read more: https://bp-or-not-bp.org/about/

▶ Fossil Free Culture NL are a network of artists, activists and scholars at the intersection of cultural work and climate politics. They are campaigning to expose and confront the influence of the fossil fuel industry on cultural institutions in the Netherlands. Recent protests include the May & September 2017 impromptu #droptheshell and #spoiledlandscapes protest-performances at the Van Gogh museum, demonstrating the museum's ties to oil gigant Shell. Several protestors were arrested. Read more: http://fossilfreeculture.nl/

▶ On the organisers:
Framer Framed, Humanity in Action Nederland and Castrum Peregrini are all organisations dealing with themes of collective memory and cultural identities. In three sessions, we team up to jointly explore the necessity for a change in how cultural institutions and producers should (re)present stories and relate critically to histories as well as to the financial structures they are part of. Our first symposium, Art as Resistance #1, took place at Castrum Peregrini and dealt with the topic of involving communities in activism and the local relevance of a place. Read more: https://framerframed.nl/en/projecten/art-as-resistance-1/

Artists Weekend

Start date: 15/12/2017

End date: 17/12/2017

Memory Machine

Women + Craft + Poetry

You are cordially invited to our second Artists Weekend: a weekend full of artist talks, presentations, conversations and poetry readings, from Friday December 15 till Sunday December 17 in Castrum Peregrini.

The Artists Weekend is part of our 2017 year programme The Female Perspective, curated by Nina Folkersma. This programme focuses on issues around female identity, feminism and gender, both in relation to the historical context of Castrum Peregrini and its founder Gisèle, and to current events.

This 2nd Artist Weekend is devoted to Women + Craft + Poetry. Guests of honor are two of our artists-in-residence, Aimée Zito Lema and Renée Turner. At their invitation, and in dialogue with curator Nina Folkersma, various artists, curators, writers, weavers and poets are invited to present their work and ideas.


Friday, Dec 15, 20:00 - 22:00

Introduction Nina Folkersma, Lecture Christel Vesters - Some notes on women, labour and textile craft

Triggered by two unrelated news items about textiles, writer and curator Christel Vesters embarks on an expedition, looking for a common thread that may connect the two. Her explorations touch upon particu-lar events and ideas in the history of textile production, utopian socialism, the Arts & Crafts Movement and the women’s movement, juxtaposing some key moments in those histories with examples from con-temporary artist practices.

Saturday, Dec 16, 14:00 - 18:00
Conversations + presentations by Renée Turner, Joke Haverkorn van Rijsewijk and Kate Brigss

Narrative and weaving are often associated with each other through the metaphors we use. Join us for a day of presentations and discussions that look at weaving as a hands-on craft and its relation to the act of writing. Renee Turner will talk about her research project The Warp and Weft of Memory and have a conversation with Joke Haverkorn van Rijsewijk about her work at the weaving studio De Uil (The Owl), where she made monumental tapestries for Gisèle and other artists. On view will be some of the images from De Uil and a few of the woven artefacts from Gisèle’s collection. Kate Briggs, author of the recently published book This Little Art, will be drawing analogies between weaving and the processes of writing, translating and story-telling.

Drinks + Fingerfood by Mina Abouzahra
Entrance fee: € 5,- (incl. drinks & snacks)
Make sure you have your seat reserved and RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl


Sunday, Dec 17, 14:00- 18:00
Readings + conversations by Aimée Zito Lema, Becket Mingwen, Iva Supic Jankovic School der Poëzie

This afternoon Aimée Zito Lema will introduce her residency project and research on friendship as a form of resistance. Thinking of the house (of Gisèle) as the most intimate and private kind of archive, connected to daily life experiences, she will read one of the transcripts of her conversations on friendship. The afternoon will continue with a presentation and poetry reading by visual artist Becket Mingwen. Becket's text responds to politics and friendship as mirrors of each other - the same pitfalls and promises reflected between the interpersonal and the public. For the presentation at Castrum Peregrini, he will engage these ideas with Zito Lema's project by discussing the role of friendship in the making of art, allies, and enemies, while exploring many of the ambiguities between them. Iva Supic Jankovic will present a musical performance called House on the Water. Music is a very intimate part of Jankovic’s work- sharing such work within this specific context allows a certain degree of vulnerability and intimacy that is hard to find in a regular art space context. The afternoon will end with poetry readings by teenage students from the School of Poetry, presenting the outcomes of their workshop organized by Zito Lema in collaboration with Dasja Koot.

Drinks + Fingerfood by Mina Abouzahra
Entrance fee: 5 euro (incl. drinks & snacks)
Make sure you have a seat reserved and RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl

Katerina Gregos: Freedom of art versus political correctness

Date: 08/12/2017

Time: 17.00 - 19.00

Memory Machine

Public talk
On the complexities of curating
politically contested subject matter

In the wake of complex and highly politicized issues such as identity politics, minority rights and the refugee crisis a debate has broken out regarding the ethics and politics of representation of such subjects in contemporary visual arts. While many arts projects stem out of a genuine interest and involvement, others have been naïve or opportunistic. This has created a backlash about what can and cannot be represented and raised issues about the limits of freedom of artistic expression.

The curator and artist, no doubt, have a responsibility towards society that goes beyond the creation of images to be consumed. What are the ethical issues that arise in such circumstances, and how does one deal with the problems of representation that are inherent to curating politically sensitive topics? How can artists and curators avoid the traps and pitfalls involved in any artwork or exhibition dealing with such issues? Who has the right to represent whom and why? What are the artistic and curatorial ethics that need to be taken into consideration? And, finally, is excessive political correctness stifling the freedom and genuine criticality of art and narrowing the scope of debate? Based on a recent exhibition as a case study, Katerina Gregos will attempt to offer a reflection on how to navigate these complex issues.


Language: English
Entrance € 5 - seats are limited.
RSVP: productie@castrumperegrini.nl

Katerina Gregos’ Public Talk is part of: The Female Perspective year programme 2017 curated by curator Nina Folkersma. The programme previously featured:

Reasonable Doubt by Mieke Bal, Artist weekend Women and resistance with a.o. Ronit Porat and Pieter Paul Pothoven. And from November 2017: Some Things Hidden an exhibition in collaboration with Charlott Markus on two locations, first part at Castrum Peregrini (November 2017) and then at Framer Framed (January 2018) for part two.

Vernissage: Some Things Hidden

Date: 18/11/2017

Time: 18.00-20.00

Memory Machine

Participating artists: Alexis Blake, Sara Blokland, Zhana Ivanova, Charlott Markus, Shana Moulton, Femmy Otten, Marijn Ottenhof.

Some Things Hidden is an exhibition and performance programme revolving around the idea of 'hiding', both physically and mentally. It is both about hiding in times of war and crisis, as well as about the (in)ability to hide things for others and yourself. Starting point is a personal story of artist-curator Charlott Markus about her great aunt, a tiny Jewish woman who hid in the open, completely visible in WWII's Berlin, and about her grandfather, who concealed his true emotions behind a male facade of success. The exhibition explores how (female) artists experience, interpret and visualize this theme today. The exhibition in Castrum Peregrini is leading up to an exhibition in Framer Framed in January 2018.

During Amsterdam Art Weekend, we present a preview programme of open rehearsals, performances and talks with the participating artists and curators. Some Things Hidden is curated by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma.


Start date: 18/11/2017

End date: 26/11/2017

Time: 12-18 hrs

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine



About hiding as a way of a staying alive



A two-fold exhibition with in-situ works and performances at Castrum Peregrini 18 - 26 November 2017 and an extensive group exhibition at Framer Framed 18 January - 11 March 2018.


Castrum Peregrini
18-26 November 2017
Open daily 12-18 hrs (Monday closed)

Some Things Hidden is an exhibition about things that are hidden and about hiding as a way of survival. The first part of the exhibition will take place from 18 to 26 November at Castrum Peregrini, a former WWII hiding place on Herengracht in the historic centre of Amsterdam. At the invitation of curator Nina Folkersma and artist Charlott Markus seven artists present new or existing works especially for this location: Alexis Blake (US, 1981), Sara Blokland (NL, 1969), Zhana Ivanova (BG, 1977), Charlott Markus (SE, 1974), Shana Moulton (US, 1976), Femmy Otten (NL, 1981) and Marijn Ottenhof (NL, 1985).

Hiding is a way of staying alive.
This exhibition's point of departure is artist Charlott Markus’ personal story about her great aunt, a petite Jewish woman who hid in the open, fully visible in Berlin's World War II. As a former safe house and a cultural institution that links history to current social issues, Castrum Peregrini provides a meaningful context for Some Things Hidden. The exhibition allows the visitor to reflect upon questions such as: What does 'hiding' mean today? What threats do we have to hide from? What things do we hide from ourselves? And what are the possibilities of hiding in our current, highly-digitized world? According to the English poet and author David Whyte, 'hiding' is necessary in order to protect ourselves from misunderstandings, oppression and control by others. "Hiding is a way of staying alive" - this multi-layered idea forms the core of the exhibition.

The second part of Some Things Hidden is on view at Framer Framed from 18 January to 11 March 2018. In addition to the works of the abovementioned artists, this exhibition contains works by: Hélène Amouzou (TG, 1969), Lynn Hershman Leeson (US, 1941), Bertien van Manen (NL, 1942), Cauleen Smith (US, 1957) and Batia Suter (CH, 1967).

The two-fold exhibition consists of a carefully selected combination of new and existing works by emerging and internationally renowned artists from different generations. At Castrum Peregrini, emphasis is placed on new performances and in-situ works, presented in the original studio of Gisèle, artist and founder of Castrum Peregrini. For example, one of the artists, Femmy Otten, presents her work in the midst of Gisèle's collected objects and art works as a form of 'hiding in plain sight'. Performance artist Alexis Blake holds open rehearsals for her new project Anger/Empathy about suppressed emotions and how the body stores them as an archive.

In Framer Framed, the performances will get a physical form and the exhibition is further completed by spatial works, video installations and photography. Here, the 'hidden' is placed in another social context: What stories get less attention and are thus 'hidden' in society? What parts of our history are not told? Together, the exhibitions offer a range of female perspectives and reflections on the phenomenon of 'hiding'.

In addition to the exhibition at Castrum Peregrini, there is a public programme with artist talks and performative 'gestures' during Amsterdam Art Weekend. More information about the exhibition and the public programme at Framer Framed follows in a later press release.


Public programme at Castrum Peregrini

Saturday 18 November 16:30 hrs

Vernissage with introduction by Charlott Markus and Nina Folkersma


Friday 24 November 15:30 hrs

Artist Talk with Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten, moderated by Oscar van den Boogaard

Saturday 25 November 13:00 hrs

Performative 'gestures' by Alexis Blake and Marijn Ottenhof


Some Things Hidden is curated by Nina Folkersma and Charlott Markus and is part of The Female Perspective year programme 2017, curated by Nina Folkersma. The Female Perspective is made possible by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Mondriaan Fonds.

For more information: Frans Damman: f.damman@castrumperegrini.nl +31 20 623 52 87


Guided tour and artist talk: Charlott Markus & Nina Folkersma

Date: 18/11/2017

Time: 16.30 - 18.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

This afternoon, artist Charlott Markus and curator Nina Folkersma share their thoughts in a personal talk about Some Things Hidden, an exhibition and performance programme revolving around the idea of 'hiding'.

The first part of this exhibition takes places in Castrum Peregrini, a former WWII hiding place on the Herengracht 401, and leads up to an extended version in Framer Framed that will open on 18 January 2018.

How do artists and thinkers visualize hiding today? What are the possibilities of hiding today in our current digitalized society? What about our right to opaqueness versus others’ needs for transparency? What is hiding for me and what is it for you? Before and after the talk it is possible to visit the authentic WWII apartment of the artist Gisèle and her hiders in a special guided tour.

Performances Marijn Ottenhof and Alexis Blake

Date: 25/11/2017

Time: 13.00 - 15.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

Artists Marijn Ottenhof and Alexis Blake have been invited to create a new performance for the exhibition Some Things Hidden. Both performances take place in the former artist's studio of Gisèle on the top floor of Castrum Peregrini, an original WWII safe house.

Alexis Blake has a multidisciplinary practice that coalesces fine art, movement and performance. She investigates the way in which the body is represented and treated as an archive, which she then critically examines, disrupts and re-negotiates. For her new performance, Blake will look into the complexities of anger and empathy.

Marijn Ottenhof investigates social systems and the human need for rules and logic. By disturbing these structures, she questions existing structures of power, dominance and expectations. Language often plays an important role in her performances. It can be a vessel for communication, but also function as a surface beneath which other narratives are hidden.

Artist talks: Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten

Date: 24/11/2017

Time: 15.30 - 17.00

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

In this afternoon conversation, artists Sara Blokland and Femmy Otten talk about their work in relation to the topic of the exhibition Some Things Hidden. Both artists have been invited to make a site-specific installation in the former artist's studio of Gisèle on the top floor of Castrum Peregrini, an original WWII safe house.

Sara Blokland is a visual artist and independent reseacher who predominately works with photography and film. Her work reflects on the complicated role of this medium in relation to (postcolonial) cultural heritages.

Femmy Otten explores beauty through wood, plaster and paper. From these materials, she creates elegant sculptures, reminiscent of archetypal figures from Greek and Egyptian mythology, yet fresh and contemporary. What hidden histories or mechanisms do these artists want to make visible? And what stories do they hide in their work - possibly even in plain sight?

Ukraine: culture in conflict II

Date: 15/10/2017

Time: 19.30

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

Language: English
Price: 7,50 euro, reduced fee 5 euro
RSVP at productie@castrumperegrini.nl

A collaboration between Castrum Peregrini and the European Cultural Foundation.



With Ivan Krastev, Centre for Liberal Strategies, Sofia, Vasyl Cherepanyn, Visual Culture Research Centre, Kyiv and Fleur de Weerd, journalist and former correspondent in Ukraine. Moderated by Enrica Flores d'Arcais.


Almost four years after the Euromaidan protests have started in Kyiv the violent conflict in Eastern Ukraine remains a fundamental geopolitical challenge for Europe, and continues to show repercussions in many EU member states, including the Netherlands.

Since January this year, Ukrainian citizens can travel to the European Union without visa. On the ground however, the conflict continues. Clashing memory politics and opposing (media) constructions of cultural identities seem to have further deepened the rifts in the country and the whole region.

This evening follows up on a similar discussion in spring 2015, when the images of the Euromaidan were still fresh. More than two years later panellists will discuss what has happened since. Is there a perspective for cultural reference points and narratives that would bridge rather than expand divides in Ukrainian society?


Start date: 28/09/2017

End date: 30/09/2017

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

Objects as mute witnesses retain the history they have experienced, like a vessel. Through the sensibilities of associative minds and bodies, objects can voice their material past, engaging in a dialogue across the limits of space and time. Rather than presenting a coherent version of truth, new reflexive story lines are established at the intersections and fractions of collective memory.

A videoloop of “Synchronicle” alongside the publication ‘House of Stories’ containing ten commissioned texts, is on display at Castrum Peregrini during the mentioned opening hours.

Living as Form

Start date: 26/10/2017

End date: 27/10/2017

Time: 12.00 - 18.00

Location: Doopsgezinde Kerk, Singel 452; Castrum Peregrini, Herengracht 401; Goethe-Institut, Herengracht 401

Intellectual Playground

Niets is ooit af

Date: 24/09/2017

Time: 16.00-17.30

Location: Castrum Peregrini

Memory Machine

Voertaal Nederlands / Dutch spoken

Met bijdragen van Merapi Obermayer, Edy Seriese, Esther Captain, Het Geluid Maastricht en Erik Somers.

Een programma over herinneringscultuur, met werk van Merapi Obermayer. Feitelijke geschiedenis en geschiedenis die beïnvloed is door herinneringsculturen zijn de twee gezichten van een verhaal. De tentoongestelde kinderkleertjes - uit nood gemaakt van linnen boekomslagen door de ouders van Merapi Obermayer voor hun dochter - zijn de tastbare herinneringen aan dit verleden.