Becoming More 27 May: krut'krutu - Saturday 27 May


Becoming More 27 May: krut'krutu Saturday 27 May

11:00 - 14:00
convened by Charl Landvreugd

Location: Studio Van Abbemuseum
Convened by: Charl Landvreugd
Participants: see below

Charl Landvreugd examines the visual strategies used by Dutch Afro artists. He argues that the dialogue dominated by American and British art theory frameworks is not always adequate to describe the specific nature of Dutch and continental European Afro art production.

On the 27th May, Landvreugd takes the dynamic model of the Krut'krutu (an Afro-Surinamese gathering in which issues of governance (bestuur) and issues of law are brought before the members of society) to focus on linguistic and curatorial strategies surrounding art made by Afro subjects in the Dutch context. This model is used to unpack the concepts, sensitivities and artistic expressions that are typical of the region.The day consists of two parts. In the first part, invited artists, curators, directors and critics will individually respond (along with a public audience) to key pressing questions that examine Dutch Afro artistic production.  In the second part, these same pressing questions will be addressed again, however through a private and focused session (not open to the public).

Please note: This day will be conducted primarily through Dutch. 


Raul Balai (El Bastardo), Quincy Gario, Patricia Kaersenhout, Iris Kensmil, Marga Weimans.


Sara Blokland, Antonio Jose Guzman, Remy Jungerman.


Jelle Bouwhuis, Ricardo Burgzorg, Ferdinand van Dieten, Annie Fletcher, Chandra Frank, Nancy Hoffman, Imara Limon, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Josien Pieterse, Steven ten Thije.


Anke Bangma, Charles Esche, Mariette Dolle, Els van der Plas.


Markus Balkenhol, Paul Faber, Özkan Gölpinar, Guno Jones, Rob Perree, Vincent van Velsen.


11:00-13:00  Open session (open to the public) 

13:00-14:00  Lunch @ Designhuis (Stadhuisplein 3)

14:00-17:00  Closed session (by invitation only).

Other Event:

14:00 - 16:45 Open to all participants: city bike tour organized by Agents of Change (for details, see 'Other events and projects' below)

18:00 Dinner @ Designhuis


Biography Charl Landvreugd

Biographies of Raul Balai (El Bastardo), Jelle Bouwhuis, Ferdinand van Dieten, Paul Faber, Quinsy Gario, Özkan Gölpinar, Antonio Jose Guzman, Remy Jungerman, Patricia Kaersenhout, Iris Kensmil, Imara Limon, Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen, Rob Perrée, Vincent van Velsen

Other events and projects

Presented by Agents of Change: a movement: city growers  

Alleys Safari by Wildgroei
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Meet at the foyer @ 14:00 Van Abbemuseum to then embark upon a bike tour of Eindhoven led by Gewildgroei and Stadsakkers (bring your own bike!).

Gewildgroei stands for wanted, wild vegetation, for the city green of the future. Vast sums of money are spent on the extermination of the wild plants while maintaining planted green. Gewildgroei is a movement. We don’t see weeds as a problem but as a partner.

Together we go on a safari throughout the alleys of Eindhoven. City gardeners are not coming there, and neighbourhood residents don’t see it as their property. That’s why alleys are an unintentional free space for plants who want to settle spontaneously. During the walk, we investigate what is living in this alleys and the (possible) role of this urban ecosystem. 

StadAkkers (City field)
Time: 16:00 - 16:45

Since 2013, StadAkkers cultivates organic vegetables for the Foodbank in Eindhoven with the help of volunteers. Everyone is welcomed to join and help, even just for one day or a couple of hours. Some volunteers are unemployed or has a particular health condition but they all support breeding and harvesting all kinds of vegetables.  

In 2015, there were three different StadAkkers in Eindhoven spread in diverse neighbourhoods and behind the AZC (Asylum seeker centre) at Castilielaan. 
Currently, are they are starting at a new location: the Eikenburg at Aalsterweg 291C. 
On Saturday 27th, they invite you to visit the Eikenburg, to meet them, to have a better idea about their activity and maybe, to join them in the future!

To become more... a local Agent of Change

Agents of Change is an ongoing program formulated by The Umbrella Network (a collective of social designers, researchers and curators) in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum. The program is focused on highlighting creative strategies building a network of artists, social designers and dynamic community projects in Eindhoven by organising interactive tours, workshops and various activities to create a social map of the city that reveals its current urgencies.

DAI ongoing projects


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Location: Room 2 & 3, Designhuis,

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