City Market otherwise

Ongoing 2021/22

4.10 - 21.11. 2021,  Overtoomse Veld, Amsterdam  NL

Spring/Summer,  2022,  Overtoomse Veld, Amsterdam  NL

Referring to a city square market as a space for public life I want to ask the question: “How could we perform the city market otherwise - beyond leisure and consumption?”. I see the city square as a site for gathering and collective action: learning from each other, debating communal matters and sharing.

The “City Market Otherwise” will be a series of weekly public events on the Allebéplein organised by an assembly of local citizens in the months April, Mai and June 2022.  The starting question will be, what sort of collectivity are we missing in our public life in the neighbourhood? Artistically and based on my long-term research on the assembly, I am going to explore what non-commercial collective actions can be performed on a city square. To transform the square according to our ideas we will use market tents as temporary architectural structures in an alternative way by reshaping them in their arrangement and aesthetics. 

One central part of the project will be the exploration of how artistic artefacts of the weekly public events can enter the exhibition space of Bureau Postjesweg. We imagine a pro-active exhibition in that for example the tent construction will be periodically build up in the art space to foster a dialogue with an audience and then again used for the next public event. In that way a relation will be established between Bureau Postjesweg and the Allebéplein.

Tryout - Residency  4th - 21st of October

A first tryout of the project will be done in form of a three weeks residency at Bureau Postjesweg  in the time of 4th -  21th of October, 2021 with a following exhibition opening  on the 21st.

In this time I will build the first relations  with the neighbourhood by finding spaces where I am welcome to join collective activities.  At the same time a prototype of the market stand will be build in collaboration with Holger Nickisch and the first collective gatherings organised with people from the neighbourhood.

Closing evening on the 21st of Oktober 

After 3 weeks of exploring the topic of 'public life otherwise' by mapping existing spaces of collectivity in the neighbourhood of Overtoomse Veld and by organising public gatherings at the August Allebéplein we organised a closing evening at Bureau Postjesweg.

For the closing of the project, we invited visitors including the people who me met in the neighbourhood throughout the project for a collective dinner.

The center point of the evening was the premiere of a short documentary that we made in collaboration with film maker Anastasija Pirozenko and the organisation ‘Here to Support’ who works with young undocumented refugees here in the neighbourhood. The documentary is part of the neighbourhood map of collective activities. It shows how the Organization ‘Here To Support’ creates a space in the neighbourhood that is not only a living room for the young people waiting for their asylum procedure, but also for the citizens of who want to support and look for social connection themselves.

Further, visitors could see the the market stand and other artefacts of our work in the neighbourhood that we exhibited as learning objects to tell the story about our work and inspire future steps in a dialogue with the visitors.  Another part of the exhibition contained works from Holger’s Oeuvre that relate the topic of participation and urban space. 

Big thanks to everyone who came and to the everyone who we encountered the last weeks. Special thanks to local organisation who inspired and supported us including Here to Support, Ru Paré, Stadskas Tuin van Toorop

Prototype drawings

Public Gathering at August Allebéplein

Market stand in the exhibition space as an artistic artefact and learning object



Holger Nickisch, Dimitri van den Wittenboer


Holger Nickisch  (artist, curator),

Dimitri van den Wittenboer (artist),  Anastasija Pirozenko (cinematographer),  Tijmen de Nooy (photography)


Bureau Postjesweg NL, August Allebéplein NL


Bureau Postjesweg NL

Closing evening on the 21st of October

Photoalbum about collective activities I joined and organised in the neighbourhood. 

Artistic artefact and learning object in the exhibition.