Nadja Tolokonnikova in Enschede

Afgelopen donderdag werd Nadja Tolokonnikova (mede-oprichter Pussy Riot, conceptueel kunstenaar, activist) geïnterviewd door studenten en Chris Keulemans. Het was een bijzonder, inspirerend en relevant gesprek. Chris Keulemans schreef naar aanleiding van deze ontmoeting een mooi artikel voor Mister Motley. Lees het hier.



Eelke Blokker

Eelke Blokker is the living definition of social entrepreneurship. Before he founded the Institute for Public Values together with Albert Jan and Harry Kruiter, he started a variety of social enterprises. For instance, he set up a private shelter for homeless people and started a company targeting people at the very bottom of the labour market. Eelke knows exactly how to flesh out revolutions, great and small, better than anyone. He is good at finding easy ways of turning a problem, a deficiency or a mission into a solution. The perfect material to start a revolution with!

‘Few people have the imagination for reality’  Goethe

Mr. Weazley

Benjamin Thode en Andrej Bragin studeren aan het ArtEZ conservatorium, pop & Jazz in Arnhem.  Ze maken al jaren samen muziek in verschillende bands en met verschillende bezettingen, onder meer in Leeways. ( Nu spelen ze met zes andere muzikanten in de band Mr. Weazley.

Op 9 november treden Benjamin en Andrej op in een duosetting.  In opdracht van ArtEZ studium generale bewerkte Benjamin de populaire protestsong ‘The Revolution wil not be Televised’ van Gill Scott-Heron, waarmee hij verwees naar een veelgehoorde slogan van de Black Power beweging uit de jaren ’60.  De nieuwe versie wordt live uitgevoerd tijdens Revolte op  9 november 2017 in Enschede. Kom alvast in de stemming voor Mr. Weazley met het nummer Commitment:

 Als Mr. Weazley bracht Benjamin onlangs zijn solosingle uit:

Nadja Tolokonnikova

Nadja Tolokonnikova is a rebel through and through. She rose to fame as a member of the punk band Pussy Riot. Their punk songs were an indictment of Poetin and the Church. In 2012 the band members were arrested for ‘subversive provocations’. Nadja ended up spending two years in a labour camp in Mordovia. This punishment failed to silence her. On the contrary, based on her diary notes from the labour camp, she wrote the book entitled ‘How to start a Revolution’, a kind of manifesto for the present day revolutionary.
Her 200th tip for the aspiring rebel is: ‘if you want change , get off your ass and do something. It’s self-service here’.

On 19 October Nadja will give a lecture and provide tips on how to become a Pussy Riot yourself. The lecture will be followed by an interview with students, conducted by students, with Chris Keulemans in the chair.

Location: ArtEZ Conservatory Enschede.

Henry Alles

Henry Alles is a theatre maker, a former core member of the famous Dutch site-specific theatre group PeerGrouP, and is now a student of the Master of Theatre Practices at ArtEZ University. He is also the initiator of Landscape Labs, a platform for people and landscapes. Henry makes site- generic art and theatre, concerning territorial inequality and ownership. He brings temporary and portable residencies into a landscape as an artistic gesture to cooperate with the other users of the landscape, in order to ‘let the soft voice be as loud as the other voices’.

Henry participates in Revolt with his project ‘Change and Place’.


Lara Staal

Lara Staal is a curator, programme maker and dramaturge. Between 2013 and 2016 she worked as a programmer at Frascati Theatre where she co-curated the Something Raw Festival and created sociopolitical programmes to develop connections between art and other domains. In addition to her work as curator and programme maker (still at Frascati, and other places), she writes for cultural magazines such as rekto:verso, TM and Etcetera, acts as a moderator during talks and is a member of Het Transitiebureau, a liquid institute that develops and manifests itself continuously with other partners and institutions and seeks alliances between the theatre and society.

Read her article ‘De Staat van het Manifest’ in Mister Motley.

Lara Staal taught a breakout at 9 November 2017 in Enschede.


Jaromil is a researcher in philosophy of technology, an artist and a software artisan, whose creations are endorsed by the Free Software Foundation. He is CTO and co-founder of the, a home to a community of digital artists, critical makers and free software developers on cryptography, peer to peer networks, decentralisation and blockchain technologies. Jaromil takes audiences into this world and explains how creativity is at the heart of the hacking community. In 2009 Jaromil received the Vilém Flusser Award at Transmediale.

Jaromil gives a lecture on 9 November 2017 in Enschede:The hacker revolution

Hackers are the rebellious rockstars of our times. Manning, Assange, Snowden and the omnipresent mask of Anonymous have all become incredibly influential in drawing a part of human history that can hardly be forgotten. Hacker communities – with their disruptive, creative ethos – have played a key role in a number of technical, economic, political and social innovations in the past decades.
In his lecture, Jaromil will go across some major events, milestones for the hacker community worldwide, to demonstrate that the ethical code of hackers can be regarded as a novel and extremely important heritage. He will use practical examples in history of hackers, artists and activists who changed the world.

Chris Keulemans

Chris Keulemans is a writer, journalist and lecturer. He is the founder of Perdu, a literary platform, and of de Tolhuistuin, a cultural centre, as well as manager of de Balie, a centre for culture and politics, all of which are in Amsterdam. He has published six books of fiction and non-fiction, and numerous articles about art, political commitment, migration, war, music, cinema and cities in publications such as de Volkskrant and Vrij Nederland. He visited artists in cities such as Beirut, Jakarta, Algiers, Prishtina, Sarajevo, Tirana, New York, New Orleans, Kiev, Qamishlo and Ramallah as part of a research project on art in times of crisis.

Chris wil host the programme with Nadja Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot) on 19 October 2017.

Rob Schröder

Rob Schröder is a graphic designer and a documentary maker. He was one of the founders of Wild Plakken (illegal billposting), a designers’ collective that does work for cultural institutions as well as for social and political groups. Wild Plakken inspired politically activist designers worldwide. Rob was a professor at the graphic design department and the audio visual department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and one of the founders of the Sandberg Institute, which he also headed for five years. As a documentary maker, he works for the VPRO and makes independent documentaries about a wide range of subjects, often relating to art or political issues.

Rob and Jonas Staal will talk about art and activism, now and then, on 1 November.


Jonas Staal

Jonas Staal is an artist and the founder of the artistic and political organization New World Summit and the New Unions campaign. His work includes interventions in public space, exhibitions, theatre plays, publications and lectures, focusing on the relationship between art, democracy and propaganda. His projects have been exhibited widely. Recent books by Staal include ‘Nosso Lar, Brasília’ (Jap Sam Books, 2014) and ‘Stateless Democracy’ (BAK, 2015). The artist is a regular contributor to e-flux journal and a researcher at the PhD Arts programme on Propaganda Art in the 21st Century, at the University of Leiden.

Jonas Staal and Rob Schröder talk about art and activism on 1 November 2017.