Social Movements then and now
The Dutch Duitsland Instituut (Germany Institute) organizes a conference on social movements in 1968 and the effect they still have on the present. For those who speak Dutch or German, the program looks very promising. And we will be present with our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum.
1 November 2018 – Melkweg, Amsterdam.
More info here.
Vanaf 12 september tot 3 oktober zal het WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum te zien zijn in de Stadsoase in Leeuwarden in het kader van Culturele Hoofdstad. De expositie over de ‘geest’ van 1968 – anno nu – wordt onderdeel van het Iepen UP programma, een programma dat nieuwe manieren zoekt van samenleven: “Iepen UP is een multidisciplinair programma van Culturele Hoofdstad over vrijheid, democratie en diversiteit. Over hoe we samenleven in een wereld die verandert.
Iepen mienskip, het hoofdthema van Culturele Hoofdstad, betekent open samenleving. Klinkt goed, maar hoe doen we dat? Hoe open of gesloten willen we zijn? Hoe gaan we dan om met vrijheid, diversiteit, democratie, filter bubbels, en kwesties die de samenleving tot op het bot verdelen?”
Iepen UP wil werken aan een nieuw verhaal en dan niet met de gevestigde orde, maar juist met jonge mensen, kunstenaars, herrieschoppers, nieuwkomers, slimmeriken, revolutionairen, denkers en doeners. Dat spreekt ons natuurlijk enorm aan. In het WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum presenteren we ideeën van de oude revolutionairen uit 1968 en onderzoeken wat er terecht is gekomen van hun idealen. We tonen nieuwe ideeën voor de toekomst van jonge denkers. En niet te vergeten vragen we jou als bezoeker om je visioen voor de toekomst toe te voegen aan de museumcollectie. Velen gingen je al voor in onze interactieve photo booth! Stel jezelf de vraag: ‘Wat nou als…..?’ en laat de verbeelding aan de macht!
Opening 12 september (programma volgt)
Dagelijks gratis te bezichtigen tot 3 okt
Locatie: Stadsoase (voormalige Aegon-gebouw tegenover Centraal Station, Leeuwarden)
Just like last year the Iron Curtain Project will present itself on the opening festival of the cultural season in Amsterdam during Uitmarkt. Our WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum on the revolutionary spirit of 1968 in Eastern and Western Europe will be on view at Marineterrein. More info follows.
The WHAT IF!? Pop-up Museum on the spirit of the revolutionary year 1968 will stay a little longer in Prague. Visit it at the lovely cinema BIO|OKO until August the 12th. Entrance free. More info.
Movies that Matter in The Hague is probably one of the nicest film festivals in The Netherlands. Because they show movies that don’t leave anyone untouched, but also because they have interesting guests from over the whole world, often people who risk their own lives to fight for human rights.
Our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum will also be present this year. This traveling exhibition tells the stories of ordinary people who played a part in the revolutions that shaped Europe. In the interactive video booth you can make your own protest sign and show what you want to change in the world. Almost a 1000 people made a sign already.
On March 31th we organise a workshop banner making. We will elaborate on the stories in the museum and we are going to work – very oldskool – with white sheets and spray paint. Hope to meet you there.
I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum
23 March – 31 March
openend daily from 10 am to 10 pm
in Theater aan ’t Spui in The Hague
Workshop banner making
31 March, 16:00 uur
Theater aan het Spui, The Hague
More info and tickets for the festival here
‘Passive is flaccid’, ‘Too Much control’ and ‘Need long holliday’ are a few of the slogans people in Japan left in the photo booth of our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum. The fantastic Shibaura House in Tokyo invited Bureau Boven and Iron Curtain Project to give a lecture about new forms of journalism. Of course we couldn’t resist taking our Pop-up museum with us. See the results here.
Foto: Discussion after lecture in Shibaura House.
At the moment the Iron Curtain Project team is working on new plans for 2018. Our activities will center around the theme of the ‘spirit of 1968’ and new ideas for democracy in 2018.
1968 was an iconic year. A massive wave of protest overflew the world. People demanded liberty and more democracy. Even in authoritarian ruled countries this spirit of ‘68 touched people so much that it a.o. led to the Prague Spring and extensive protests in Poland. Fifty years later people everywhere seem disillusioned about what democracy brought them. ‘Strong leaders’ gained popularity and civil liberties are under threat not only in Turkey, Poland and Hungary, but also in the United States.
With a new pop-up museum we will investigate this spirit of ’68 and ways to improve democracy now. Together with partners in Poland and Czech Republic we will develop a program around these topics. First stop will be Warsaw in January 2018 where we will cooperate with young journalists.
(Photo: By The Central Intelligence Agency – Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia)
The I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum will continue it’s tour in The Netherlands and will open up at Brainwash Festival and the Museum Night in Amsterdam.
› 28 October, Brainwash Festival, Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. More info.
› 4 November, Museum Night, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam. We will join forces with Framer Framed and the exhibition ‘It won’t be long now, comrades!’. More info.
It was such a pleasure to be present with the I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum at Lowlands and Uitmarkt, two of the biggest festivals in The Netherlands. We had great discussions and lots of fun. Now we are preparing for Brainwash Philosophy Festival in Amsterdam, a festival about ‘thinking’, so we guess we are in the right place there! Hopefully we see you there on the 28th of October.
From June 8th until the 13th, our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum will travel to Bucharest. We will be accompanied by playwright and performance artist Ioana Tudor, who will give a special five-day performance in which she will recreate her father’s 1990 ‘Strike of Silence’.
In June of 1990, there were mass demonstrations against the Illiescu-government that succeeded the Ceauscescu-regime after the 1989 revolution. The uprising was met with a brutal crackdown by mine-workers who were recruited for the occasion, during the so-called ‘Mineriad’. Ioana’s father decided to respond with a strike of silence. He was arrested and his family fled the country. Earlier, we made this short documentary on the subject.
In April, we visited Bucharest for a study-trip and spoke to many Romanians who took part in the large anti corruption demonstrations of January and February. They still feel that the 1989 revolution isn’t finished. A new big story on that will be online soon.
Join us in Bucharest! Find all the information here.
Today our friend Dutch graphic designer Bram Nijssen started off with a workshop week at Eesti Kunstiakadeemia / Estonian Academy of Arts in Tallinn. Under his guidance students will work on the topic of the ‘protest poster’ and will design one themselves. Results will be shown in the Museum of Occupations together with our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum about revolution and revolt. And hopefully they will eventually end up where they belong: in the streets.
From 23 February – 23 April the I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum is on view in the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Estonia. The opening night was very successful with talks, performances of artists and writers. Find the photo report here.
Let’s unfuck the world! That’s the motto of Resist-festival, the fundraising event in Pakhuis De Zwijger in Amsterdam on 9 February for #ploumen4woman and #shedecides. We are proud to be present with our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum. Do you join us? Talks among others by the exceptional director Steve McQueen (Hunger, Twelve Years a Slave).
The Dutch Minister Ploumen initiated an international fund on education, anti conception and abortion for women in developing countries after Donald Trump put through the Global Gag Rule and withdrew 575 million dollars of funding. Ploumen wants to compensate. Her action drew attention all over the world. She was soon called ‘Superploumen’ All money raised at Resist Festival goes to #ploumen4women.
More info: https://dezwijger.nl/programma/resist-festival
In February 2017 the I’m So Angry Pop-up museum will land in Tallinn, Estonia. Estonians are famous for never expressing their anger in public. Protest, like joining a big demonstration, is seen as an exotic thing people in other countries do. But that doesn’t mean Estonians don’t want things to change. So it’s going to be interesting! We are glad to announce that our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum will be on view from February 24th till the end of March of 2017 in the Occupation Museum of Tallinn. We will cooperate with writers and poets, students from the Tallinn Art Academy and the very cool Nüürileht Magazine.
Between the 7th and 12th of December we will be visiting Estonia to find among others the perfect spot to land our I’m So Angry (I Made a Sign) Pop-up Museum in February 2017. We will be visiting museums, art spaces and cultural hotspots in Tallinn and Tartu. For the event in February we will cooperate with Estonian writers and graphic design students. Looking forward!
In the summer of 2015 Hungary built a new and shiny fence along the border with Serbia and Croatia to keep refugees out. In 1989 the same country was the first to break open the Iron Curtain, the fence to keep people in. How could that be? We went to see the new fence and the old border for ourselves and made the multimedia longread The Return of Barbed Wire, a tale in video and text of two men at the border, who suddenly find themselves in the centre of historical attention. Read and watch here.