GRAW 2023

Our third time participating in Groot Rotterdams Atelier Weekend, a city-wide event where curious visitors can take a look inside artists' studios and workspaces. While this is the time to shine for our visual artists within TimeWindow, we always make room for experimental performances and presentations.

Participating artists during GRAW 2023:

  • Giulia Fuel - video/installation
  • Maria Sartzetaki - poetry
  • Mihai Gui - VR
  • borus.fuckyea - illustration & tattoo
  • Terror Kittens - fashion
  • Noemi Biro & Ryan Cherewaty - audio/visual
  • Marie Caye - installation
  • Cem Altinöz - photography
  • Ewan Macbeth - film preview
  • Rosa Vrij – performative book presentation
  • Marta Wörner – book activation
  • Zouhair Mtazi & Said El Abboudi - performance
  • HipSick – interactive research presentation

2023: CAMPSITE Festival x TENT

CAMPSITE was a festival that took place from 24 March to 10 April at TENT Rotterdam, where artists from TimeWindow were grouped together to create and present new works by using existing works as starting points.

This festival was initiated by widdies Didi Kreike and Jette Schneider and produced by Didi Kreike and Marta Worner together with several other members of our community (see the names of these lovely people below), following our own sociocratic system.

To define the collaborations, Widdies Maria Sartzetaki as the dramaturge and Giovanna Di Giacomo as the curator, considered thematic and aesthetic possibilities, as well as artists' availabilities, wishes and needs. On top of that, they had the intention of encouraging artists to experiment with new angles, disciplines and spaces, aiming to further contribute to their artistic development.

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The concept of the festival

At each of the three weeks that the festival took place, different groups of artists joined it. During weekdays, artists collaborated to deconstruct their existing works and combine them with the existing works of the artists they were grouped with. Then, during the weekends, artists showed the outcomes of these collaborations to the audience, as exhibited works and/or performances. Considering this intriguing approach, artists and audience only knew these outcomes at the moment - or shortly before the moment - that they were presented.

The festival kicked off on Friday, March 24, together with the opening of the exhibition Sustaining Small Acts. In the following three weeks, each week new artists started collaborating on site. On the last day of their collaborations, artists joined a Q&A open to the public, where they reflected about their process and outcomes during CAMPSITE. Below you'll read recaps and impressions of every collaboration, written by curator Giovanna Di Giacomo.


Tessa & Olivier performed KUNST (Performance, 2021) in response to multiple works on show at CAMPSITE Festival.

Originally made for children, KUNST is a playful commentary on the art world and its rules. During the opening evening of CAMPSITE, Tessa & Olivier entertained many of the present grown-ups by playing with the glamour surrounding a ‘vernissage’. The duo surprised the visitors by starting their performance at the event’s bar and guiding them toward the festival’s space.

Embodying an exaggerated satire of art connoisseurs, Tessa & Olivier taught the audience comical lessons about museum etiquette -from ways of holding a brochure to reacting when looking at an artwork. KUNST happened during different weeks of the festival to enhance CAMPSITE’s proposal of making and experiencing art in other ways than usual.

Tessa Friedrich of Tessa & Olivier performing KUNST at the opening night of CAMPSITE at TENT Rotterdam.

Tessa Friedrich of Tessa & Olivier performing KUNST at the opening night of CAMPSITE at TENT Rotterdam. Picture by Aad Hoogendoorn.

“Normally we have this performance in a place where we know about everything. And here we had a lot of difficulties in the sense of we need to perform in English, we are here in a space we dont know, evertytime the space is different… So how are we gonna relate to the space? Also, the audience, some people are not coming particularly for us but all of a sudden they are here, and they are like ‘what are these people doing?’. So this is was all out of our comfort zone but it’s a nice research.”

- Tessa Friedrich’s reflection about her participation at CAMPSITE together with Olivier van Klaarbergen


Collaboration between Marie Caye with Thereafter (Installation, 2022), Marta Wörner with Earthrise (Performance, 2021) and Ryan Cherewaty with Immanence (Audiovisual Installation, 2023)

Making from multiple angles, the works of Marie Caye, Marta Wörner and Ryan Cherewaty explore how everything on this planet connects with nature. Thereafter is an installation composed of plastic and natural materials found in the Maas, transformed by their travels through this river. Earthrise explores gravity as an anchor point that connects us and our environment to the present. Immanence displays algorithm-generated forms, as a reference to the idea of humans living in balance, not only with other living creatures, but also with technological devices.

Marta Wörner performing Earthrise at CAMPSITE Festival.

Marta Wörner performing Earthrise at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Aad Hoogendoorn.

The collaboration between Caye, Wörner and Cherewaty happened very organically. The objects of Caye were placed on and around the screens that displayed the visuals of Cherewaty. It almost looked like the objects found in the Maas were emerging from the algorithm-generated images. When Wörner performed, this set-up gained a new layer. The sounds from Cherewaty's images became the soundtrack of Wörner's explorations of gravity, while the objects of Caye added to the spatial scenery. The live performance was also projected on one of the walls of the space, playing with the idea of overcoming gravity. After the performance was concluded, it continued being projected in the space, as a means for the three works to be constantly dialoguing with each other.

“We chose a floor for the performance that is not a dance floor because it’s less academic. Marie chose to frame and leave her objects as existing objects in the space. And also the music of Ryan was coexisting with my piece, which is actually now our piece. I was very physically affected by it. But I didn’t know that until I performed… I think it all fell into place because we all came with works that were very defined in their essence, but very open in their shapes.”

- Marta Wörner’s reflections about the collaboration with Marie Caye and Ryan Cherewaty


Collaboration between Lotte Louise de Jong with STUCK (Video Installation, 2023) and HipSick (Nadîja Roza Broekhart, Sylvia Weening and Stefan Julizar) with DIGITAL DUCTTAPE (Performative Installation, 2022)

The works of Lotte Louise de Jong and HipSick engage with online culture and how it mirrors and shapes our society. While STUCK uses footage from porn films to highlight patterns that relate to problematic notions of consent and abuse, DIGITAL DUCTTAPE researches the influence of social media on identity and authenticity.

Installation of Lotte Louise de Jong and HipSick at CAMPSITE Festival.

Installation of Lotte Louise de Jong and HipSick at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Aad Hoogendoorn.

De Jong and HipSick combined their works in a set-up that resembled the altar of a church. But instead of holy images, this ‘altar’ was composed of screens of different types and sizes, which simultaneously displayed the visuals of STUCK and DIGITAL DUCTTAPE. In some of these screens, visitors could see women stuck in home appliances and furniture, and in others, the constantly moving silhouette of a performer accompanied by sentences that reflect personal struggles intensified by our digital lives. Although these works focused on different angles of the internet, they found each other in many ways. Often, the sentences on DIGITAL DUCTTAPE could be associated with the images displayed in STUCK, either as the thoughts of the vulnerable characters or as interpretations of the absurdity of these images. At the same time, the stuck characters could be deciphered as visualizations of the feelings brought by excessive use of social media explored on DIGITAL DUCTTAPE.

Either way, the room where these works were found -illuminated by lights that slowly faded away to change color and plastic seats that played with the idea of fakeness- provided a great environment for visitors to reflect on the role of the internet on a personal and social level.


Collaboration between Cem Altinöz with a borderless existence (Video Installation, 2021), Daphnis with Neo-Swan song (Noise Performance, 2023) and Neuf (Mark Ridder, Nikos ten Hoedt and Zalán Szakács) with UMBRA (Audiovisual Performance, 2020)

During CAMPSITE Festival, Cem Altinöz, Daphnis, and Neuf engaged with themes of transformation. While a borderless existence takes inspiration from the autoimmune condition to investigate the self/non-self theory and Neo-Swan song delves into how music can contribute to eliminate stereotypes of neurodivergent minds and queer/trans identities, UMBRA combines performance with sound and light effects to create a transcendental ritual.

Altinöz, Daphnis and Neuf filled the space with multiple parts of their works, which included prints, objects, screens and lights. When there was no performance, visitors could experience a dark room with neon lights and a route formed by parts of the works of Altinöz and Daphnis, which lead to the biggest screen of the room, displaying a borderless existence. When the artists performed, the audience got immediately immersed in an introspective experience. Daphnis produced different sounds and noises that blended beautifully with the poem performed by Altinöz.

Following this piece, the set-up got smoothly taken by UMBRA in a mindblowing sequence of soundtracks and visual effects achieved by the combination of lights and shadows. Together, Altinöz, Daphnis and Neuf created an immersive atmosphere that guided the audience into a journey of empathy, connection, and transcendence.

Neuf performing at CAMPSITE Festival.

Neuf performing at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Mihai Gui.

“Daphnis and I were constantly pulling and pushing each other… While I was going a bit faster, Daphnis was arranging stuff… And then as they went slow, I slowed down myself. So who was pulling and who was pushing was constantly shifting. With Neuf, there was a real coexistence in terms of technicality. We were using Neuf’s screen and speakers. At some point, Nikos was also controlling my voice. Also, Zalán used some of my textures in Neuf’s visuals.”

- Cem Altinöz’s reflections about the collaboration with Daphnis and Neuf


Collaboration between Teddy shouldn’t smoke (Marijke de Vos) & Show Pony (Laura Nygren) with I was old before I was young (Performance, 2023) and Terrorkittens (Annique Nahumury) & Ko de Kok with Thigmofiel (Costumes & Installations, 2021)

During CAMPSITE Festival, the works of Teddy shouldn’t smoke and Terrorkittens combined installation, costume and performance to reflect on how to treat our bodies with compassion and respect. I was old before I was young is part of a series of performances that explores the fragility of the human body. Thigmofiel focuses on how cats can inspire humans to be more mindful in the way their bodies interact with different spaces.

The four artists quickly found their way into this collaboration. The room was decorated with numerous costumes, paintings and objects. One notable object was a sewing machine, used on site by Terrorkittens to sew costumes for the performance. In addition, a dance floor was placed as the stage. During the presentation moments, all four artists performed, each of them with a distinct role. Show Pony performed melodic songs that guided the audience through the performance. Teddy shouldn't smoke constantly struggled with the limitations of a body that didn't seem to obey her wishes. Terrorkittens kept coming on stage, each time with a new costume accessory that she put on Show Pony. Finally, Ko de Kok arrived on stage with the face completely covered, a long wig as underwear, and bubble wrap around the hands. Together, these artists created a melancholic and at times humorous atmosphere in which they amazed the audience with possibilities and impossibilities of our ever-changing bodies.

Teddy Shouldn’t Smoke, Show Pony, Terrorkittens and Ko de Kok performing at CAMPSITE Festival.

Teddy Shouldn’t Smoke, Show Pony, Terrorkittens and Ko de Kok performing at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.

“We first discussed what elements we had and then we looked at them… Ko kind of reacted to what we did, and it became very obvious that at some point he could break in and I would continue with really harsh movements, while he would go into this really abstract poem, that would make sense that those are my thoughts while I am performing… And Anniq dressed up the whole space, dressed up Laura and Ko. She couldn't really dress up me because I was performing, but in a way she showed that maybe I could be more soft, because Laura had this whole costume with pilows. Anniq and Laura ended up in the pillows, and I basically joined all of them on the pillows and finally relaxed.”

- Teddy shouldn’t smoke’s reflections about the collaboration with Show Pony, Terrorkittens and Ko de Kok


Collaboration between De Droominee (Rik Zutphen) with SpreekKuur (One on One Performance, 2021), Ewan Macbeth with Prison with Songbirds (Film, 2022) and Zalán Szakács with Lichtspiel (Experiment Nr. 1) (Kinetic Light Performance, 2023)

Alternating between past and present through film, spoken word and light installation, the works of De Droominee, Ewan Macbeth, and Zalán Szakács offered a space for dreams and nostalgia. SpreekKuur consists of a performance, where de Droominee transforms stories about mourning into poems. Prison with Songbirds is a documentary and fiction hybrid based on the story of Ewan Macbeth's father, who was imprisoned without trial in an unnamed country. Lichtspiel consists of light experiments that materialize old speculative machine drawings through contemporary techniques.

This collaboration was perhaps one of the most challenging of the festival as due to technical needs, the works of Macbeth and Szakács couldn’t be placed in the same room. Nevertheless, the artists were able to take this challenge as an opportunity and created a touching ‘traveling experience’.

Outside of the performance times, visitors could watch Prison with Songbirds and see objects from SpreekKuur in one room, and observe Lichtspiel in motion in another. When de Droominee performed, these three works became a single experience. At the beginning of the performance, the audience watched Prison with Songbirds. After the film ended, the audience was asked to cover their faces with black cloth - as a reference to a meaningful scene in the film. The blindfolded visitors were then led into a different space. When visitors were allowed to remove the cloths from their faces, they found themselves in a dark room, iluminated only by candles and the serene shapes of Lichtspiel that fluctuated around. As a symbolic and technical bridge between the works, Lichtspiel was eventually also used to create distorted images of Prison with Songbirds. While the film was projected in this new perspective, de Droominee produced hypnotic soundscapes with the use of his loop station and recited a specially conceived poem, which connected the theme of grief with the three artworks. The highlight of this transformational ritual was when the audience was asked to write words related to individual experiences of grief on the black fabric and then tear it apart. Ultimately, this performance not only materialized the collaboration of De Droominee, Macbeth and Szakács, but most of all, guided the audience on a journey from darkness to light as a plea for resignifying painful experiences.

MDe Droominee performing during CAMPSITE Festival.

De Droominee performing during CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.

“It’s very interesting to take the time aspect into account. Ewan’s movie was screened a second time with the caleidoscopic lenses from Lichtspiel, which created almost like a distorted memory or a nostalgia experience to deal with. The experience here is the movie in its full potential, but, at the same time, deconstructed. Also, my work is a silent work because it’s really about getting into this introspective journey toward yourself and to your senses, and through Rik’s experimental sounds and spoken words, the work got another layer, another narrative.”

- Zalán Szakác’s reflections about the collaboration with De Droominee and Ewan Macbeth


Collaboration between Giulia Fuel with /liminal (Video Installation, 2022) and R3LN4CHT with Beyond Consent (Performative Installation, 2023)

In this collaboration, Giulia Fuel and art collective R3LN4CHT (Didi Kreike, Lodewijk van Dijk and Helene Vrijdag) combined video installation and performance to explore their common interest in technology and the interaction between audience and screen. While /liminal utilizes consumer video technologies from the early 2000s to focus on liminal spaces, Beyond Consent combines queer, outspoken, and explicit content to invite the audience to a critical, disruptive and reflective space.

R3LN4CHT performing during CAMPSITE Festival.

R3LN4CHT performing during CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.

The elements of /liminal and Beyond Consent merged so well that they appeared as a single installation. The first thing that caught visitors attention when entering this space were real construction fences, as a rough contrast to the white cube. Within these fences, which were positioned in a set up that resembled a cage, were CRT and LED televisions, from Giulia Fuel and R3LN4CHT respectively. Some of these screens showed performers who appeared to be staring at the viewer, others contained a long sequence of text, and others displayed live footage taken by surveillance cameras in the room. In this way, visitors would eventually become part of the installation. During the 4 hour-long performances of R3LN4CHT, the performers in this ‘cage’ continuously interacted with the screens as if they were mirrors and in sudden moments stared at the audience, bringing some sense of discomfort. By creating this digital power play arena, Fuel and R3LN4CHT succeeded not only in creating a liminal space, but also in going beyond consent.

“I think both of our works are exactly the opposite, R3LN4CHT’s is super saturated and colorful and mine is totally desaturated and non-colorful… Their concept is specific, the audience is specific, while my concept is liminal, so basically nothing… So I think it was interesting how these two intrisically opposite concepts came together really well on an aesthetical level… Also the fact that they are using huge and super high quality screens, while mine are super low quality and small screens, but anyway we made it work.”

- Giulia Fuels reflections about the collaboration with R3LN4CHT


Publieksrecensies (Ashley Boom) with Reviewing the audience (Writings, since 2016) in response to multiple works on show

In Reviewing the audience, Publieksrecensies writes reviews about how the audience interacted with works shown at CAMPSITE Festival, as if they were the ones giving the performance. Almost like a spy, Publieksrecensies joined the audience during some performances at CAMPSITE. But differently from other audience members, her focus was not on the performances, but rather on the audience members' reaction to them, which she carefully documented.

These notes were later turned into humorous articles that described reactions the performances arose on the audience. In addition to being printed and placed on the wall of CAMPSITE’s corridor, these texts were also published online on the Publieksrecensies website. In this way, the work that Publieksrecensies produced remains available for anyone who wants to delve deeper into the details of the performances. Similarly to KUNST by Tessa & Olivier, this work also took place during more than one week of the festival, as it reinforced the proposal of looking at art in different ways than usual; this time through the spontaneous and curious reactions of the public.

Neuf performing at CAMPSITE Festival.

Publieksrecensies writing a review about the audience during CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.


Collaboration between Noemi Calzavara and c00 with An emotional analysis of (Performance, 2022) and Ugo Petronin with Ninfa Fluida (Film, 2023)

Noemi Calzavara and Ugo Petronin merged performance and film installation to investigate the relationship between humans and tiny creatures, highlighting the fluidity of these different bodies. An emotional analysis of explores fear, empathy, and carefreeness by looking at the way humans relate to insects. Ninfa Fluida uses microscopic imagery, underwater sounds, and 18th-century Dutch river poetry to provide a multilayered perspective on the Rotte river.

In this collaboration, artists were not only able to combine their works into a sensitive and coherent piece but also to create new material during their residency days. Resembling a confused insect, Calzavara was captured by Petronin as she desperately ran through the space. By using thermal imaging, these shots gave a new perspective to her movement and were shown in the room when no performance was taking place. The performance began as the audience watched the screening of the fascinating fluidity of the beings in Ninfa Fluida, combined with its poetry and the hypnotic sounds by c00. Smoothly, the audience's attention was drawn to another body in the room. Dressed in a fragmented costume and wearing a motorcycle helmet, Calzavara impressed the audience with a sequence of movements that explored and challenged her body. Together, Calzavara, c00, and Petronin reminded the audience that fluidity is not unique to our human bodies, but that we indeed have much in common with insects and other tiny creatures.

Noemi Calzavara performing at CAMPSITE Festival.

Noemi Calzavara performing at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.


Collaboration between Borus.fuckyea with Death drive (Illustration, 2023) and Rosa Vrij with house (Performance Book Presentation, originally created with Ben Weir, co-production: VIA ZUID, 2022)

With performance, illustration and literature, borus.fuckyea and Rosa Vrij invited the audience to the here and now; by exploring new perspectives of daily life. Death drive focused on letting go of the fear of death, by accepting and embracing it as a part of life, while house reflected on the relationship between the body and architecture.

Death drive consisted of several illustrated papers that were pasted to the walls of CAMPSITE. Together, they formed a large-scale image of a skull, through which visitors could walk and wonder about the path to death. house, on the other hand, could only be fully experienced during performance times because it required the active participation of visitors. This occurred during three 1:30-hour mindful sessions in which participants were divided into groups and directed to read texts and view illustrations that documented the reflections of Vrij and Weir on experiencing architecture in different ways than usual. To conclude the session, participants were asked to write a letter to a loved one about their relation with space.

Participants during the performative book presentation by Rosa Vrij and illustration by borus.fuckyea at CAMPSITE Festival.

Participants during the performative book presentation by Rosa Vrij and illustration by borus.fuckyea at CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.

Although the works of Vrij and borus.fuckyea took different shapes, they certainly complemented and affected each other. Death drive remained greatly visible during the performative book presentation, influencing the participants' perception of the architecture surrounding them. In addition, Vrij and borus.fuckyea took time to reflect on the room where they presented their works during their residency and created illustrations together during the presentation moments. In this way, the two artists exchanged and created insights on how to use spatial experiences to sensitize the audience to become more aware of the world around them - something so important in our hectic lives.


Collaboration between Lucien Rentmeester with Cirkel (Performance, 2019) and Zouhair Mtazi with De Speer (Film, 2022)

Lucien Rentmeester and Zouhair Mtazi combined performance and film to engage with how people and art travel through revealing cycles. De Speer is a short fiction film about two night guards of the Wereldmuseum who decide to return an ancient looted artwork to its country of origin - by stealing it from this museum. Cirkel is an autobiographical performance, where Lucien Rentmeester reflects on insights he has gained during different stages of his life.

This collaboration was initially challenging for technical reasons. Nevertheless, it evolved into a beautiful coexistence with multiple layers of meaning. Outside of the performance moments, De Speer was shown on a loop in the mini-cinema. During the performances, the audience was led into this same space. But instead of the film screening, they found Rentmeester softly reciting a poem and carrying a laptop showing sped-up footage of a walking path. Then Rentmeester turned on De Speer and watched it together with the audience.

Lucien Rentmeester performing during CAMPSITE Festival.

Lucien Rentmeester performing during CAMPSITE Festival. Picture by Cem Altinöz.

After the film ended, he stood in front of the audience again and suddenly interrupted the silence in the room by shouting loudly and angrily, 'Ik ben dat niet, Ik wil dat niet' (from Dutch: I am not that, I do not want that). In contrast to what had just happened, he then took two connected pieces of wood and played with them quietly and continuously for the next few minutes. With the help of a flashlight on his head, he was able to create different shades and shapes with this fascinating object, which he observed with full attention. Eventually, Mtazi also appeared in the room, dressed exactly as in De Speer.

Without a doubt, this piece gives room for multiple interpretations. Overall, Rentmeester and Mtazi immersed the audience in a surprising sequence, which could be related to the effects of colonialism, not only culturally and socially, but also on a personal and introspective level.

Special thanks to TENT Rotterdam for this incredible opportunity and to the amazing Widdies that contributed to make this festival happen by helping with its production and execution: Anique Nahumury, Ashley Boom, Bianca Casaburi, Borus Fortuin, Cem Altinöz, Daphnis, Didi Kreike, Ewan Macbeth, Giovanna Di Giacomo, Giulia Fuel, Jette Schneider, Jip Warmerdam, Judith Schoneveld, Koen Caris, Lucien Rentmeester, Maria Sartzetaki, Marie Caye, Marta Worner, Moritz Geremus, Nikos ten Hoedt, Rosa Vrij, Tessa Friedrich


TEST-FEST is a mini-festival where TimeWindow artists show work in progress to an interested audience. This can take any form, from samples of performances, presentations and pitches to other experiments.

On 1 and 2 April 2022, the audience was invited into our space to see the results of mini-residencies by 24 of our Widdies.

Video by MINT

Participating artists: Roi Soleil | TC Macabre | Teddy shouldn't smoke | Zouhair Mtazi + Mark Ridder | Maria Sartzetaki | Didi Kreike + Zalán Szakács | Moritz Geremus + Sophie Stravens | Marta Wörner + Nikos ten Hoedt | Ewan Macbeth | borus.fuckyea | Rosa Vrij | Giulia Fuel | Marie Caye | Mihai Gui | Terror Kittens | Ryan Cherewaty + Lotte Louise de Jong | Noémi Biro | Said El Abboudi

Behind the scenes

Leading up to the event, TimeWindow's resident heartthrob Sunny Heartbreak went around the biotope to interview artists about their work in progress. You can rewatch it all on our Instagram or on Sunny's Youtube page.


There was a short (time) window at the end of the summer of 2021, when venues could finally host small events again, albeit with some limitations still in place. We used the opportunity to organize another proper TEST-FEST during the annual GRAW weekend, on 25 and 26 September.

Some artists could finally create and test the work they were supposed to show back in April or even work that had been on the shelf since 2020. The campaign showed them happy to jump out of the time loop, with a hint of the uncertainty from the previous campaign.

Participating artists: Sophie Stravens | Herr Hamsterfleisch | Pleun Gremmen | HipSick | Mihai Gui | Didi Kreike | Borus Fortuin | Terror Kittens | Peerke Malschaert | Lucien Rentmeester | Marta Wörner | Stijn van Erp | Tessa & Olivier | Teddy shouldn't smoke | TC Macabre | NEUF | Roi Soleil

2021: TEST-FEST online x WORM

Our first year as a structurally funded talent development institution didn’t start under optimal conditions. Unlike bigger institutions, we didn’t have the infrastructure to just move all of our planned events online and have fancy livestreams. We still wanted to do SOMETHING after a year of sitting at home – and an online event was an interesting experiment to many…

On 25 April 2021, we moved our signature furniture and props to our friends at WORM, and with their help were able to livestream a TEST-FEST with previews, performances and experiments. Participating artists could use a few days to do a paid residency to work on their online performance. TEST-FEST was a joint effort of all TimeWindow members to curate, design and produce a professional output, resulting in a cosy night with more visitors than could ever fit in our own real-life space.

screenshot of online festival showing the presenter and props

Screenshot of the TEST-FEST livestream from WORM, with presenter Didi Kreike between TimeWindow's most coveted props.

This event was also the catalyser to work on professionalising our branding. Designers, writers and coders within the community worked together to create a campaign for the festival reflecting our collective mood of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ from that time period. The “uncertainty squiggle” is still the foundation for this very website.

2020: a turning point

In February 2020, non-assuming as everyone else, we were working on plans for big events. Our first ever TEST-FEST, a bigger version of the Testival format including paid residencies for our artists. An ambitious musical event for the official city program of the Eurovision Song Contest. Many other ideas that are now long forgotten.

In March 2020, the Dutch cultural sector was shut down. Without funding or equipment, we were not able to organise online events like other, bigger institutions and collectives were. Instead, we focused on working on supporting each other AND banding together with other artists.

We connected with other groups like Culturele Coalitie and Cultural Workers Unite. We wrote advice papers to the board of the city of Rotterdam – you can read them back on our news page . And we worked on our application to get into the structural funding program of the city, so we could become a sustainable talent development platform. Eventually, we got the good news in September, and were accepted into Cultuurplan 2021-2024.

Read the interview with Stichting Transistor with the RRKC back here (in Dutch).

2019: TimeWindow x Amsterdam Fringe Festival

In September 2019, we brought TimeWindow to Amsterdam. Literally. We moved our furniture into the foyer of De Brakke Grond and took over the festival heart of the famous Fringe Festival, in an attempt to spread the spirit of community to the audience and artists.

Several TimeWindow artists did a residency on-site, showing the results during a Testival. During the week there were small test performances and expert talks. In the meantime, we held morning meetups and workshops for the Fringe artists to share knowledge about entrepeneurship, working together and other relevant topics for artists at the beginning of their career.

artists participate in a workshop about entrepeneurship in the festival heart of Fringe Amsterdam 2019

Participating artists: Mathieu Wijdeven | Lavinia Xausa | Katarina Jazbec | De Droominee | Birgit Welink | Mihai Gui | Pleun Gremmen | Koen Caris | Ashley Boom | Neshon Venetiaan | Teddy shouldn't smoke | Terror Kittens | Milou Brockhus

2018-2019: Testival

The Testival is an event concept where TimeWindow artists show a snippet of their work. The result: 30 times 5 minutes of all genres of art, all for the low price of a roll of toilet paper or a pack of coffee (to keep the then un-funded TimeWindow afloat). This could be work in progress, a pitch for a budding idea, an audience test or whatever the artist wants to show. The audience is invited to give feedback in various ways. And they did: all Testivals attracted around 100-120 visitors, the absolute limit of our space.

Three editions took place in March 2018, June 2019 and November 2019. Below are pictures of works on show during these editions. All pictures can be found back on our facebook page.

Audience members leave their feedback on post-its on the Testi-Wall, for the performances they saw during Testival 2019. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Audience members leave their feedback on post-its on the Testi-Wall, for the performances they saw during Testival 2019. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Test performance by Teddy shouldn't smoke. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Test performance by Teddy shouldn't smoke. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Participating artists November 2019: Lisah Baert | Didi Kreike | Terror Kittens | borus.fuckyea | Peerke Malschaert | Ashley Boom | Stijn van Erp | Teddy shouldn't smoke | Lavinia Xausa | Noemi Biro | Katrien Ligt | Joey Schrauwen | Roeland Kneepkens | De Droominee | Olivier van Nooten | Moritz Geremus | Birgit Welink

Ashley Boom reading a script during Testival 2019. Picture by Lavinia Xausa.

Ashley Boom reading a script during Testival 2019. Picture by Lavinia Xausa.

Audience watching a documentary by Lavinia Xausa, in the Basement of TimeWindow during Testival 2019. Picture by Mihai Gui.

The audience watching a documentary by Lavinia Xausa, in the Basement of TimeWindow during Testival 2019. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Participating artists June 2019: Birgit Welink | Koen Caris | Borus Fortuin | Ashley Boom | HipSick Unusual Theatre | Levi Manner | Stijn van Erp | Olivier van Nooten/Symplex | Martin Snip | klein plein | Said El Abboudi | Zouhair Mtazi | Mihai Gui | Fanny Hagmeier | Katarina Jazbec | Moritz Geremus | Lavinia Xausa | Ryan Cherewaty | Joey Schrauwen | De Droominee - skinfiltr8r | Teddy shouldn't smoke | Terror Kittens

Performance by Said el Abboudi and Lucien Rentmeester. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Performance by Said el Abboudi and Lucien Rentmeester between the audience of Testival 2018. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Performance by Birgit Welink. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Performance by Birgit Welink. Picture by Mihai Gui.

Participating artists March 2018: Teddy shouldn't smoke | Terror Kittens | Firma DRAAK | Herr Hamsterfleisch und band (CLUB GEWALT) | Kiki Luitwieler | Buro Ponzo | Fanny Hagmeier | Mihai Gui | Zouhair Mtazi Merel Smitt | Ashley Boom | Tommy Ventevogel | Omar Breeveld | Katrien Ligt | TC Macabre | HipSick Unusual Theatre | Lavinia Xausa | Said El Abboudi | Lucien Rentmeester | De Droominee - skinfiltr8r | Nikos Kostopoulos | Birgit Welink | Salih Kilic

2017: TimeWindow x Theater Rotterdam

In 2017, several theatre groups from Rotterdam fused together into Theater Rotterdam. For the official opening, TimeWindow was invited to provide performances between the partygoers, in the backstage and dressing rooms.

Participating artists: Participating artists: Teddy shouldn’t smoke | Senna Pauli | Martin Snip | Terror Kittens | Publieksrecensies

2017: TimeWindow x Route du Nord

Route Du Nord was a yearly festival in Rotterdam, with artists opening up their studios. The 2017 edition involved an artistic ‘takeover’ of the Zwart-Janstraat/Noordmolenstraat, with artists being invited to set up a pop up exhibition/performance in empty shops.

TimeWindow also took over one shop with a mini festival involving dance, movement theatre, poetry, text and film. You can read the audience review back here (in Dutch).

Participating artists: Mathieu Wijdeven | Omar Breeveld | Joey Schrauwen | Teddy shouldn’t smoke &Josine Slemmer | Publieksrecensies | Milou Brockhus | Terror Kittens

Since 2017: TW.Wiki

In the early days of TimeWindow, many observed that our needs boiled down to longing to be in (art) school again: having a space to work on your projects whenever you want, getting feedback from peers and mentors, and continuous learning. After the first two were locked down by acquiring the space in 2016, the thirst for knowledge kept growing. This is where TW.Wiki came in.

TimeWindow members and people from outside were invited to take part in the Dutch tradition of “spreekbeurten” (show and tell), to share inspiration, interests and excess knowledge about any subject they wanted, no matter how niche. More than 100 “spreekbeurten” about art, science and pop culture have been held since 2017 and the format has been a recurring item on other TimeWindow Festival programs.

an artist giving a powerpoint presentation in an informal setting to an audience sitting on couches

Organising artists: Tommy Ventevogel, Ashley Boom, Marijke de Vos, Katrien Ligt and Anne van de Wetering

2017: Time Wednesdays

Time Wednesday was a frequently recurring evening with short presentations and pitches of work in progress, with a homemade cup of soup from our own kitchen – or barbecue on the roof in the summer.

The evenings were a low-key way for artists and audience to meet and exchange. Because of the returning editions, many artists used the Wednesdays to continuously work on their projects and have regular feedback moments.

De Droominee performing to an audience sitting on the floor. Picture by Salih Kilic.

De Droominee performing during Time Wednesday. Picture by Salih Kilic.

The Wednesdays were about showcasing TimeWindow artists, but also inviting interesting makers and thinkers from our greater network. For example, there was a writers’ edition with poets and writers (among others, Joost Oomen, Martin Rombouts, De Poezieboys, Josse Kok, Daniel Vis), and a party edition with DJs and VJs (MAASK, Venderstrooik, OnEgg, Glitterende Eenhoorn).

Artist doing a performance while standing on furniture. Picture by Salih Kilic.

Martin Snip performing during Time Wednesday. Picture by Salih Kilic.

The biggest edition took place on 22 March 2017, where all artists who were at that point involved in TimeWindow showed a 5 minute snippet of their work in progress – this later evolved into the Testival.

Participating artists March 2017: Martin Snip | Teddy shouldn’t smoke | TC Macabre | Karlijn de Boorder | Terror Kittens | Michiel Cox | Salih Kilic | Heléne Binder | Fanny Hagmeier | Lana Coparda | HipSick Unusual Theatre | Ashley Boom | Annelies Hoeneveld | Firma DRAAK | Sophie Driebeek | Edna Azulay | Tommy Ventevogel | Merel Smitt | DIVEinD

2016: TimeWindow Festival #2

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2015: TimeWindow Festival

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