what to expect on the walking tour?
How can we make the world, “ Felt “ and how does this translate to Art, Architecture and Action ?
Today, we often feel untouched by the problems of others and by global issues, like climate change. We do not feel strongly enough that we are part of a global community or part of a larger one. This is where art can make a difference. Art does not show people what to do, yet engaging with a good work of art can connect you to your senses, body and mind. It can make the world “felt’. And this “felt”, feeling may spur thinking, engagement, and even action. This is the theme of my tour, how can we make the world “felt”?
My tour is centered around the neighbourhood of my studio in De Pijp , Amsterdam. We will visit,
the Theosophical Societies Library, 1926, hear about Helena Blavatsky, known as the “ mother of the New Age,“ and hear about her influence on De Stijl and Mondrian, Krishnamurti and the introduction of Eastern Philosophy into the West.
- the Diamond neighbourhood, hear about the living conditions there and the history of its once mainly Jewish residents. From there, to the world famous,
- ‘De Dageraad’, 1923, a “ Gesamtkunstwerk”. Here ideas about socialism and workers rights are directly translated into the architecture thereby creating an immersive environment to live and work in. In 2001, De Dageraad was voted as the most beautiful public housing complex of the Netherlands.
We will finish the tour back at my studio with refreshments and I can show you the work that I am working on inspired by the history of the neighbourhood.
The Ballet Paintings