NEWSLETTER BAU #5 - dec 2019
Greetings to you all!
The time has come for our last newsletter of this year, even of this decennium. We hope you’re doing well and that you will have at least a bit of time to reflect upon things during these semi cold winter days.
BAU is in reflection mode these days but more importantly in anticipation mode. We’re mostly focussing on the writing of a terrific Kunstenplan, since we hope to still receive money (more money!) to support the independent scene in the next four years.
As you might know these have been boisterous times in terms of art policy with the plans of the Minister of Culture - Ingrid van Engelshoven - to take away 8,6 million of the FPK (Performing Arts Fund). So firstly we would like to point out the Zie Ons action. The NAPK (Dutch association for the performing arts) created an “action magazine against the destruction of creative capital”. Later on in the newsletter we’ll give you an introduction to what these organisations like NAPK are actually doing, since we can imagine that it can be confusing! Furthermore we have some information on how the SED procedure went, on the upcoming Open BAU Meeting during Polyphonic Songs and more...
We hope you all will have peaceful and calm holidays.
See you in 2020!
POLYPHONIC SONGS: 16 - 25 JANUARY
We're happy to invite you to Polyphonic Songs, a collaborative program organised by Veem House for Performance, Keren Levi | NeverLike, Nicole Beutler Projects, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot & BAU. Combining works in progress alongside established works, we locate inspiration in conversation and discoveries amongst new and familiar voices. This 10-day program embodies on-going dialogue concerning the development of the Amsterdam dance, mime and performance field.
Please come, join and discover Polyphonic Songs together with us January 16 - 25 @ Veem House for Performance.
Within this program we will host an Open BAU Meeting at Veem on Saturday the 18th of January at 5 pm. More info will follow soon.
FOR DUMMIES - LOBBY ORGANISATIONS & ART UNIONS
Probably you have followed the horrific plans to cut the arts funding in the Netherlands and Belgium. We thought it might be good to give you an insight in the art union organisations here in the Netherlands, who do the lobby for the performing arts (or arts in general) and are attempting to create better working conditions for artists and creatives. Most of their info is in Dutch unfortunately, so we made some translations for you.
Firstly, a small list of the most important organisations in this spectrum:
- Kunsten 92
- ACI meeting / DaThO
Who are they and what do they do? How can they help us as independent makers and professionals?
Kunstenbond is the biggest union of artists and creatives of all disciplines in the Netherlands. Kunstenbond wants to create a better future for the ones working in the arts. They operate in the Netherlands and look after the interests of all professional artists working in this country, no matter where one is originally from.
You can become a member, which means you can ask for legal assistance, help with reading contracts, assistance with your taxes, etc. Here you’ll find some reasons to become a member. So Kunstenbond is mostly there for topics related to working conditions, with a focus on the relation between employer and employee.
What else do they do? They for example have a platform for #unfairpractice in which they gather information of unfair wages and poor working conditions. You can share your stories with them.
They’re trying to make some parts of their website accessible for English speakers.
Kunsten ‘92 is the main interest group or association for arts, culture and heritage. Their aim is to solidify the social and political climate for arts and culture in the Netherlands with a collective voice.
They have three focus points:
- advocacy; strengthening the contact between arts and politics
- improvement of the image of arts and culture
- information provision
How do they do this?
By lobbying towards the governments, by organising activities and meetings, by bringing parties together to exchange knowledge, and by research and by bringing out ‘background’ publications.
As an organisation or company you can become a member of Kunsten ‘92, not as an individual. As an independent maker Kunsten ‘92 is mostly relevant for their provision of information. It’s good to follow their news items and know what is at stake in the art policy world.
ACI stands for Amsterdam Cultural Institutions. They organise several meetings for the different disciplines in Amsterdam; a meeting for the Amsterdam museum sector, the film theaters in Amsterdam etc. Important for us is the DaThO (dance- and theater companies meeting). BAU - as an organisation - is present at these meetings to represent the independent scene, but the focus of these meetings is on structurally subsidized companies.
NAPK stands for Nederlandse Associatie voor Podiumkunsten (Dutch Association for Performing Arts) and is representing the interests of the theater and dance companies in the Netherlands. It functions as an employers association and agrees on CAO’s (Collective Labor Agreements) together with the unions. NAPK also works on stimulating the position of the performing arts towards the politics, governments and cultural fonds. So they have two main functions: employers matters and the positioning of the field.
As you can see there’s actually not any organisation that solely focuses on the independent makers and professionals in the dance and performance field. Most of them focus on companies or organisations. For the new Kunstenplan BAU is doing an attempt to better this situation.
On the 2nd of December there was the possibility to apply for the SED (stimuleringsregeling eigentijdse dans) to get financial support for studio rental for dancers and makers. Very quickly all the money was divided… and many people didn’t receive any support unfortunately. We thought it would be good to give you some SED statistics to have an insight.
194 dancers/choreographers/makers have successfully passed the professionalism test - those were the ones who could apply for the SED
90.000 euro was available for this (5th) round
3.000 euro was the maximum budget to apply for
On the 2nd of December at 12.00 the form went online
After 30 minutes 50 requests were received
They have taken off the form at that moment
32 requests have been rewarded
This means that almost everyone has asked for the maximum of 3.000 euros
For the new arts plan the SED will be taken over by AFK (Amsterdam Fund for the Arts) and they will examine the application procedure and perhaps adjust it. Perhaps they should adjust the max. budget of 3000 to 2000 euro!? So more people can make use of this grant. What do you think?
BAU LAB ARCHITECTURE X CHOREOGRAPHY
Don’t forget to apply for the next BAU LAB in collaboration with WhyNot on the space in between architecture and choreography, with an end presentation at W139. We postponed the deadline to apply due to the holidays: which is now the 5th of January.
IN RETROSPECT - BAU LAB BIOART MEETS PERFORMANCE
We would like to share a short reflection upon our BAU LAB in collaboration with Waag | Technology & Society, which was held in the last week of November. Apart from many interesting perspectives it also raised lots of new questions that are related to the ways science and art interact. Questions such as how to stage or perform a dissertation defence? Or how to embody fundamental plant powers, as being shaped by he rhythms and frequencies in their surroundings? Just to give you an idea of some of the touched upon topics.
Waag made the presentation possible in their beautiful Theatrum Anatonicum. Below some pictures taken by Marjolein Vogels.
We would like to thank our guest speakers Lotte Pet, Pei-Ying Lin, Arjen Mulder and Kuang-Yi Ku for their contributions, and of course our participants for their effort: Szymon Adamczak, Jija Sohn, Esmee Geerken, Julie Kurris, Andrea Hackl, Lisa Frey, Eva Pyrnokoki, Elisa Zuppini and Lorena Solis Bravo.
- - - TIPS - - -
Frascati: Theater van Deyssel
A tiny pop-up and neighborhood theater in Amsterdam Nieuw-West where they do lovely things.
One of BAU's favorite cinema's of Amsterdam: climb the stairs, follow the candles and find an intimate cinema space with only 40 seats and a small bar. A perfect place to hide from family obligations and enjoy their great programming.
Looking for a place to organise a party / festival / exhibition?
Sociëteit SEXYLAND is a conceptual club on the NDSM in Amsterdam North. For 365 days it has a different owner, every day. The owner of the day decides what kind of club they want it to be, which can vary from art exhibitions to sporting events, from gangster rap nights to dinners in stroboscopic light.
The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
We got inspired by the BioArt BAU LAB... A book that gives you a whole new perspective on trees and plants!