Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Re: Creating Europe

On 1-3 June 2016, artists and thinkers from all over Europe and beyond will come together for Re:Creating Europe, the first Forum on European Culture, an initiative of DutchCulture and De Balie. How can art and culture offer creative solutions for problems that seem to be splitting us apart? And how can European artists shape the future of Europe? Performances, film screenings, debates, exhibitions and expert sessions will be taking place all over Amsterdam.

Contributors include Rem Koolhaas (architect, the Netherlands), Ivo van Hove (theatre director, Belgium), Philipp Blom (historian, Germany), Chantal Mouffe (political scientist, Belgium), Milo Rau (theatre director, Switzerland), György Konrád (writer, Hungary), Arnon Grunberg (writer, the Netherlands) and many others.

Architect Rem Koolhaas, political theorist Luuk van Middelaar and De Balie’s director Yoeri Albrecht will conduct a nonstop, 12-hour interview marathon with a list of exciting guests. Within a single night, over the course of 12 hours and armed with 100 questions, Koolhaas & van Middelaar will search for an answer to the complex question: What is Europe? This question can be answered in countless variations on the theme. Rem Koolhaas, Luuk van Middelaar, and Yoeri Albrecht, will go in search of the answer within the brackets of 12 hours, hoping to find it in nonstop conversations with impressive guests from the worlds of art, philosophy and politics. What does Europe mean to them? Is there such a thing as European culture and identity to begin with, and if so, what should define it?

The interviewees are:

Inne Olders (consultant, Belgium) , Ingo Niermann (author, Germany), Joeri Jansen (creative director, The Netherlands), Pieter Kool (designer, The Netherlands), Gerben Hellinga (actor and writer, The Netherlands), Kishore Mahbubani (professor, Singapore), Rudi Fuchs (art historian, The Netherlands), Ivana Abramovic (scientist), Wolfgang Tillmans (photographer, Germany), Flavia Kleiner (activist, Switzerland), Beatrix Ruf (curator, Germany), Engin Önder (journalist, Turkey), Tom Lanoye (author, Belgium), Vasyl Cherepanyn (director, Ukraine), Johan Simons (theatre director, The Netherlands), Abram de Swaan (professor, The Netherlands), Vincent Stuer (speechwriter and author, Belgium), Philipp Blom (historian, Germany), Phillip Blond (political thinker, UK), Luc Tuymans (painter, Belgium), Jan Raes (director, The Netherlands), Chantal Mouffe (political theorist, Belgium), Costas Lapavitsas (professor, Greece), Ann Demeester (museum director, Belgium), Larry Siedentop (political philosopher, UK), Stella Ghervas (author and historian, Switzerland), Niklas Maak (arts director and architecture theoretician), Astrid du Lau d’Allemans (psychoanalyst), and Yevhen Levchenko (football-player, Ukraine).

In recent years we have witnessed the rise of many civil movements in Europe, ones that circumvent conventional politics. Are these movements capable of transforming the people of Europe into Europeans? And what can culture contribute to the conversation? 

Our task is not to make art in the world as it exists; our task is to make a world.’
– Jonas Staal, artist and founder New World Summit

The concept of ‘Europe’ is no longer rooted in culture or society, and for a while now, the people of Europe feel no connection to the denominator ‘European’. According to artist and activist Jonas Staal Europe is above all witnessing a ‘crisis of imagination’. Europe is in need for real imaginable alternatives to the existing order. During “Re:Creating Europe” he will present for the first time his project “New Unions” in which he will offer several radical European alternatives to the public and several vanguards of European civil movements. Can these movements collaborate and offer a real alternative to the conventional European project we all know? And what can culture contribute to the conversation?


Jonas Staal, artist and founder of the New World Summit: an artistic and political organization that develops parliaments for stateless and blacklisted organizations all over the world.
Slawomir Sierakowski, leader of Krytyka Polityczna, Eastern Europe’s largest network of institutions and activists.
Costas Lapavitsas, professor of economics at the School of Oriental and African Studies and former member of Parliament with Syriza (2015)
Angela Richter, German theatre director and writer and a member of the Diem25 movement, launched in 2016.

Chris Keulemans will moderate this programme.