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19.09.2017 Other | After a summer break, Het Klaslokaal returns with a brand new trilogy on queer art. Every edition, a different important time frame in modern queer art is discussed. After a sold out first edition on the early 20th century it's time for class number two: the late 20th century. We asked the the initiator, Léon Kruijswijk some questions on the series.
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15.09.2017 Club | A grinding four-to-the-floor beat holds great potential when it comes to uniting people on dance floors and forming new friendships. Although local music scenes start out in a particular area and thrive on the residents that bring about their own certain charm, they are unique reflections of individuals seeking out new meanings. Scenes then expand, thanks to the desire of likeminded people to connect with each other, and with a little help from 21st century infrastructure.
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07.09.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: DJ. Stingray. I had this feeling I’d seen him play before, and I probably did, but when I heard him play at the Adriatic seaside of Tisno two weeks ago, I realized it was the first time I actually heard, felt and experienced his music. There’s nothing like it. Really.
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22.08.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: For this year’s edition we’re going to shake it up a little. Last year was fun, but the different nights felt a bit like separate islands. One island for techno, one more house, the other more disco. While the reality of our nights is a mix-up:
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17.08.2017 Club | The all-female line-up, the token woman hire, the technofeminist, the discwoman. When it comes to being a woman behind the decks, there is always friction. Donna Haraway, the expert on the frictions of bodies, gender, technology and biology described this as irony.
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16.08.2017 Club | De School is looking for an eager toilet attendee for our night club. You will work night shifts during the weekends, amidst a young and motivated team.
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15.08.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: I’m not sure if I’d call it unfortunate, but this year I could only spend two days at Dekmantel Festival, mainly because I didn’t want to miss Nachtdigital’s twenty year celebration. A tough choice but I was happy to see both this year, travelling from Amsterdam to Olganitz on Saturday morning.
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10.08.2017 Club | Ana Helder makes quirky music. She uses aggressive drums, weird samples, lots of bass guitar and her own voice. My favorite aspect is that her songs are always filled with tension. In a photo, she’s holding a drawing by Matias Aquayo saying ‘La pequena Ana conquistando America’, meaning ‘the little Ana conquering America’. Her music seems to serve purpose as the soundtrack to that adventure.
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02.08.2017 Club | Ahead of her set in De School on Friday the 4th of August, I caught up with Mama Snake – real name Sara Svanholm – to find out how she balances becoming a doctor and dj-ing, her label Ectotherm and the scene in her hometown of Copenhagen.
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30.06.2017 Club | The name of Izabel's label does justice to her approach to sound: soothing but never sleepy. I asked Izabel to share some of her favorite tracks. She sent 4 tracks, then one more, another one, and a special one. These are her picks.
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08.06.2017 Club | Alise Akimova: Satoshi Aoyagi, otherwise known as DJ SO, is coming from Japan to play De School this weekend for the Nachtdigital Weekender. It will be the first time that he will play in Amsterdam, but some have encountered his music already during certain morning transitions at Nachtdigital 2016 in Olganitz.
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20.05.2017 Restaurant | Alise Akimova: In the northern Frisian town of Stavoren, close by an embankment near the sea, a wine cellar is situated in a farm surrounded by cows where two wine-loving brothers regularly receive beautiful orders from France.
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19.05.2017 Het Gymlokaal | After a great previous edition of De Sportdag in February, we return to Het Gymlokaal next month with our second edition. We'll be playing basketball on Saturday June 17 from 11:00 to 19:00 and everyone can register!
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16.05.2017 Club | By Emma van Meyeren: "Like all things that are hard to define, it might be easier to describe what it is not, than to describe what it is. Not elitist, unprejudiced and without a clear genre, Dutch triple-threat Parrish Smith, Robert Bergman and Xosar have in common a sound that is best defined by what it is not—from the negative space outside of the deep abyss of their sound."
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11.05.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: When I said I never dreamt of line-ups, that wasn’t really true.
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09.05.2017 Gallery | Jasmin Hoek: In anticipation of Tijdgenoten #3 I will elaborate on some of the important aspects of looking, more specifically looking at erotic imagery. Imagine a classic Hollywood movie; a beautiful woman is accidentally caught undressing by the main character of the movie. As the spectator sees him looking at her, sees his view of her, and also sees her from the camera’s point of view; in this case you and the main character are both voyeurs. But what exactly is voyeurism?
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02.05.2017 Gallery | Mathis Neuhaus: The One Minutes Series of May starts out with a very specific briefing: make a one-minute black and white horror short film set in the daytime.
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26.04.2017 Club | Emma van Meyeren: In his blogpost about April’s line-up, Luc reflected on the decision to use orange for the banner of this year’s Kingsday club night: "It's a nice colour, but the idea of orange, the idea of Dutchness, spread by scary Dutch political powers, is not what our orange looks like - or not what we want it to look like. It's an anxious orange. Let's try and re-appropriate orange and use it for a celebration of kindness, movement and flexibility."
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25.04.2017 Club | Jack Dolan: It’s a common pitfall amongst artists and musicians to overthink things. Making too many decisions before you begin the creative process is dangerous.
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16.04.2017 Club | Jasmin Hoek: This weekend marks the De School comeback of one of my favorite DJs around: Aurora Halal. Both her DJ and her live sets often leave the crowd dancing in a hypnotized state; Aurora has shown her talent for combining a dark and deep sound with a very groovy yet mysterious edge.
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13.04.2017 Club | Mathis Neuhaus: Transdisciplinarity is a contemporary approach for contemporary problems and can make for surprising and fruitful connections. Though not exclusively tied to the academic sector, it is a principle often fostered by schools which try to look beyond traditional and separated disciplines. Strictly speaking, De School is not considered an educational institution anymore, but still operates in varied spheres unified by a transdisciplinary approach to present and mediate cultural matter.
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06.04.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: The first thing I encountered when walking into De School last Monday, was long time staff member Marciano cutting wood. Building a house for our new residents, two pigs, that will arrive next week. They’re going to help our chefs getting rid of the food waste, and next to that probably just hang around.
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05.04.2017 Other | Mathis Neuhaus: This one is a trip. Think short vignettes of virtual worlds, intense machine-made audio layers, humans resembling cyborgs and vice versa – there is a lot to process.
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04.04.2017 Club | Tammo Hesselink: Detroit has mostly been known for its rich history of techno producers. It was the place where three guys started it all and afterwards saw many new waves of techno producers coming up.
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21.03.2017 Gallery | Mathis Neuhaus: Being able to tell a consecutive and coherent story is a challenging task. This rings true for literature, music, the menu in a restaurant or a certain place where all of this and more comes together.
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21.03.2017 Gallery | Starting this Thursday, we'll be displaying a new photo exhibition in collaboration with Fotolab Kiekie. In the hallway behind Restaurant DS, you can now feast your eyes on the photo series Jumping Cats by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek.
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08.03.2017 Club | Luc Mastenbroek: The moment I'm writing this I'm in a night bus on a bumpy road, leaving Belo Horizonte. Thoughts drifting back to a moment in an open air museum earlier today, where, after a power-cut of several hours, the dots reconnected right at the moment we walked into the most beautiful audio installation.
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06.03.2017 Gallery | Mathis Neuhaus: Being based in Switzerland makes design a very visible and important element of everyday life. Of course, the disciplines vary from graphic to industrial to product design (among others), but they are united by high principles, a distinct sense for quality and a certain approach to the question of aesthetics.
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02.03.2017 Concert | Mathys Rennela: It's hard to separate Oko Ebombo's personal life from his art, whether it involves dance, photography, motion pictures, poetry or music. In preparation for his upcoming live performance at De School, I sat with Oko on a parisian terrasse to discuss about his music and his life in Paris.
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01.03.2017 Club | Alex Rigby: As JP Enfant’s first all-nighter at DS nears, we sat down with the techno artist to discuss the nature of extended sets and his upcoming projects.
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