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Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: oh no, engagement and music!

By on okt 14, 2015 in activism, general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

It may sound contradictory, but I always get suspicious when (rock) music and the fight for a better world are being combined. Don’t get me wrong, I believe we need more activists in every section of society. And I love musicians who are engaged. The thing is, the engagement in their songs is just one part of the story. The power of engaged artists for an important part lays in their presence beyond the stage, in their ‘performance’ as public figures channeling the opinion of a movement, a generation, some kind of ‘group’. In that, they truly contribute to make a difference, to possible change. But seeing a band most of us don’t know? I don’t know (feel the double meaning of that one ;-) Sashko Brama is combining Shakespeare with a rock concert to get our minds focussed on the unrest in Ukraine. And then what? Will it activate our brains? Will we leave the venue, rethinking...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: get ready to play

By on okt 12, 2015 in globalize cologne | 0 comments

Before we go any further: let me ask you one – no, two – questions: Are you single? If not, is your relation rock solid? If not, beware of this performance. It could end up changing your life!! Either way, get ready to follow the script and be the toy of your director, who’s voice is coming to you through a pair of headphones. Of course, it is only fun when you actually DO what you’re told to do, when you PLAY FOR REAL. Feel the conflict in those three last words? Then you’re exactly where ETIQUETTE wants you to be >>> More about ETIQUETTE at...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: MatchAtria

By on okt 9, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

As promised, I’d start to walk you through ‪#‎gc2015‬ program from now on. Today it’s dancing time with MatchAtria. I remember the very first dance performance I ever saw in a theatre in 1995. Although quite late in terms of age, it was love at first sight. One of the things that struck me most besides the beauty of seeing a body doing an unimaginable form of communication through movement, was the heavy breathing of the dancers during the more quiet parts, catching their breath for the next explosive movement. That physical interaction as part of the performance, was so intense that I put dance on number two of my favorite art expressions (after music). So you can imagine that I’m quite excited that on #gc2015 I get to hold and feel the dancers heart during the show! >>> More about MatchAtria at...

Snapshots at G:C – a dutch perspective: ampelmann

By on okt 8, 2015 in general, globalize cologne | 0 comments

I’m so getting ready for ‪#‎gc2015‬ and I hope you’re doing the same. But before I’m walking you through the whole program in the coming 10 days or so, I want to share a little thought with you about Globalizes byline ‘it’s up to you’. The scientists I’m working with at the moment in Barcelona, last night pointed out to me that this picture might show a traffic light to you, but for them it’s just ‘a recommendation system’. “It’s up to you what you do with the information.” That where the exact words of one of them! A coincidence? Ich don’t think so. It’s a warning: if it is up to us, it’s going to be a mess!!! Should I walk? Kick a bike? Run over a pedestrian with my bike??? May I remind you, being from Amsterdam, these are three valid options. So maybe my friends at Freihandelszone (they...