Nijmegen is a 2000 year old city made up mostly of new buildings. The town was bombed twice in 1944, and “there were a lot of very rigorous city planners in the 1950s, 60’s and 70’s who finished what the Americans and Germans started” (source: Wikipedia). One of the few pieces of pre-modern architecture remaining is a ruined imperial chapel. It’s in the center of a park in the center of town.

Right next to it is this incredibly unkempt pathway. Leaves have fallen and no one has raked them. Shrubs and weeds look like they’ve grown for months without trimming.

“Deelstaat” means “State”

I’m really excited because I’m leaving on Sunday for a site-specific arts residency in the Netherlands! (I love site-specific art and I have never been to the Netherlands!) The organizations running the show are Sandarbh, who I worked with in India (I wrote a post about them previously) and Extrapool, a local Dutch org. You can check this Group Blog for updates.

Here is the flier. Unfortunately I can’t understand it. Maybe you do.

I copied and pasted the text, sentence by sentence, into a translator for you. Don’t you love awkward translation-speak?

Sandarbh come from the small city Partapur in Rajasthan, West-India. Sandardh mean context in Hindi. This artist initiative strives several examine forms of artistic practice. It organises at site specific projects, performances among other things workshops, residence programmes aimed, community-art-projecten and projects in the public space. The initiatives which take part in state =, its all set up from a certain urgency which has to do with their specific context. Sandarbh have put themselves by means of art and in a natural manner new ideas and of transmitting dispositions on the local population.

Participating Artists

For state = Sandarbh Shreyas Karle and Lochan Upadhyay as send envoies. They are the Heads of State during the project. Moreover they have invited artists who have participated rather to their own esidentieprojecten: Anne Percoco from the United States, Florian Tuercke from Germany and Szigeti G. Csongor from Hungary. They all have been well confessed with the working methods of the indian initiative. Artist and curator Anke Mellin () and artist Ivan Smith (Great Britain), who sits in the advisory committee of Sandarbh, will accompany the residence. Extrapool the artists Michiel Huijben, Jason of of the Woude and Julia Boix-Vives has invited cooperate with aforesaid artists.


In 1637 in Holland, one Viceroy Tulip bulb was exchanged for:

Two lasts of wheat
Four lasts of rye
Four fat oxen
Eight fat swine
Twelve fat sheep
Two Hogsheads of wine [1 hogshead = 63 gallons]
Four tuns of beer [1 tun = approximately 15 kegs]
Two tuns of butter
One thousand lbs. of cheese
A complete bed
A suit of clothes
A silver drinking-cup

(source: History House)

(source: Verzameling Van Een Meenigte Tulipaanen via Wikipedia)