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Speculative Peculiars

Performance  /  06 Sep 2009
Published: 04.09.2009
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Intro
2059 Speculative Peculiars is an imaginary and visionary look at the future of Amsterdam and Montreal’s urban landscapes. It’s an interdisciplinary program about the possible and impossible, the politics, subcultures, conventions and other developments that will govern and shape Amsterdam and Montreal 50 years from now.
SPECULATIVE… WHAT?
2059 Speculative Peculiars is an imaginary and visionary look at the future of Amsterdam and Montreal’s urban landscapes. It’s an interdisciplinary program about the possible and impossible, the politics, subcultures, conventions and other developments that will govern and shape Amsterdam and Montreal 50 years from now.

Speculative Peculiars wants to explore how we’ll live, work and socialize in the two cities in the future. What kind of places we would frequent and what kind of people we would meet. It wants to map how we would give meaning to our surroundings.

AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN, REALLY?
2059 Speculative Peculiars consists of five public events where artists, writers, scholars, scientists, designers, politicians and many others will give their impression of their cities in 50 years time from now. They are asked to research trends from today, something they see as important, or maybe even irreversible, and extrapolate these trends to the not-so-distant future of 2059. Their work will also be available in fanzines and on Sid Lee’s Websites.

PROGRAM
Their ideas will be put out there for all to worship through public events (monthly exhibits held in the Amsterdam Sid Lee Collective cafe-gallery), fanzines (published), and the best ideas will be further developed in the laboratory (financed, marketed, displayed).

The first kick-off event of Speculative Peculiars on September 6, at 4 p.m. will feature the following people:

Marjolijn van Heemstra – writer, poet, theatre maker and theologian
Roosje Klap - graphic designer
Katja Prins – jewellery designer
Jan Rothuizen - artist
Reimer van Tuinen - media specialist 

The Speculative Peculiars afternoon is hosted by Maurits Martijn – journalist of Vrij Nederland (VN) and Amsterdammer. In Amsterdam, there will also be a collaboration with the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.

At the end of the day there will be music and some drinks to support the mind-boggling data and ideas. 


Remarks

The first kick-off event of Speculative Peculiars on September 6, at 4 p.m.

Every first Sunday of the month, at 4 p.m., Speculative Peculiars will take place in the gallery-café-space of Sid Lee Collective in Amsterdam at Gerard Doustraat 74 (around the corner of Albert Cuyp Market).  



PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
Speculative Peculiars has been developed for Sid Lee Collective by Christiaan Fruneaux and Femke Lutgerink.

Sid Lee Collective—Creative incubator and emporiums
Sid Lee Collective is an incubator that allows our team to push the boundaries of creativity further. Sid Lee Collective undertakes cultural and commercial projects in the fields of visual arts, industrial design, music, publishing, etc. A brainchild of Sid Lee, the Collective thrives on collaboration and experimentation.

Christiaan Fruneaux graduated on Modern Asian History at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. From 2003 until 2006, he worked for De Balie as a programmer. In 2006, he founded Partizan Publik, a bureau for applied social science that operates on the cutting edge of academic scholarship, art, and social policy. Presently, Christiaan is working on some highly secretive writing projects. He lived and worked in Jakarta, Damascus, and Beirut.

Femke Lutgerink is trained as an art historian at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Since 2002, she is working as an independent curator based in Amsterdam. Femke is artistic co-director of FOTODOK, an international place for documentary photography in Utrecht, Netherlands. She is also working on a long-term project called the Detroit Unreal Estate Agency, in Detroit (Michigan, USA). 

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