Workspace available at Non-fiction

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We have 2 workspaces available at our office in the centre of Amsterdam, right at the Oude Kerk, the oldest church of the city.

Non-fiction, founded in 2008, works in and beyond the domains of the arts, heritage and urban planning. We are a collective of skilled, critical enthusiasts who are connecting people, institutions and ideas. We work collectively as well as on separate projects. Some of our recent projects include curating a performance program at Oude Kerk, starting an online radio station dedicated to the arts and researching urban failure worldwide as Failed Architecture.

Our office includes a large, flexible workspace with a communal desk and a smaller meeting room with a kitchen. The office is situated in the middle of the Red Light District, and is attached to the Oude Kerk (its monumental outside wall is our interior wall). So when in need of some contemplation it’s possible to take a walk through this 800 year old church.

What do we offer?

· a dynamic and flexible workspace
· an inspiring environment
· an interesting and diverse network and the possibility to collaborate
· collective lunches and lively conversations
· an alternative to commercial co-working spaces

Who are we looking for?

· a freelancer with a flexible attitude, who
· has affinity with the arts, design, architecture, heritage, urbanism, music, etc.
· flourishes in a dynamic environment
· has her/his own projects, but is also interested in collaboration
· considering our gender balance, women are extra welcome

The rent is €200 a month and includes internet & access to the church. The contract will start on April 1.

Are you interested? Please write a short note about yourself, your work and why you would like to join to before March 24.

By Mark Minkjan — Posted March 10, 2016 — 7 Comments

Public programme on top of Amsterdam’s oldest building

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From 26 June to 6 September, commissioned by the Oude Kerk, Japanese artist Taturo Atzu (formerly known as Tatzu Nishi) will be presenting a temporary platform on the roof of Amsterdam’s oldest building. He offers visitors a unique vista of the red light district while simultaneously giving access to an architectural domain normally hidden from public view. For ten weeks The Garden Which is the Nearest to God – a summery panorama terrace – transforms the roof of the Oude Kerk into an exhilarating attraction; its unorthodox function offering us new sights and insights. Troughout the summer Non-fiction will be curating a public programme, based on Atzu’s installation.

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By Michiel — Posted May 14, 2015 — 137 Comments

Contribution to New Farms for Expo workshop in Milan

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Cascina Sant’Ambrogio in Milan

This June, Non-fiction’s partner Michiel van Iersel will participate in the New Farms for Expo workshop, organised by New Generations, in which designers from over the world are going to collaborate on a vision of the reuse of abandoned in-urban farm houses, the Milanes ‘cascines’. This connects to the overall theme of the EXPO Milano 2015,”Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.

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By Michiel — Posted May 12, 2015 — 136 Comments

New studio space

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The Non-fiction studio is now situated in one of the buildings attached to the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam in the heart of the historic inner city. You enter the space from Oudekerksplein. Our back door gives direct access to the church’s main hall. We are happy to share our studio space with strategy consultant and business developer Roel van Herpt and graphic designer Maarten Kanters.

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By Michiel — Posted April 3, 2015 — 158 Comments

Essay in ‘Amsterdam: Anticipating the Future?’


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Architect, consultant and tourism expert Stephen Hodes took the initiative to publish a magazine, Amsterdam: Anticipating the Future?, which explores the future of the Dutch capital as a tourist destination. Through a selection of essays, interviews, photos and infographics, the magazine discusses the expected growth of the number of people visiting Amsterdam from around the globe. While this generates new jobs and extra revenues, it also increases the prices of real estate and the costs of living in the city. What to do?

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By Michiel — Posted February 20, 2015 — 303 Comments

Documenting six years of underground culture

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Situated on the Wibautstraat in the east of Amsterdam, Trouw was a nightclub, music venue, cultural space and restaurant housed in the former newspaper printing facility of several national newspapers. Trouw combined food, music and the arts, and was the first nightclub to receive the 24-hour permit from the city of Amsterdam. After six years of experimenting and over time slowly establishing itself as one of the top nightlife and cultural venues in the city and beyond, Trouw closed its doors on 3 January 2015.

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By Michiel — Posted January 4, 2015 — 469 Comments

Opinion piece on Domus website

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By Michiel — Posted September 15, 2014 — 680 Comments

Opinion article in NRC newspaper

In an opinion article in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad, Michiel van Iersel responds to recent articles by Melle Daamen, the director of the Stadsschouwburg theatre in Amsterdam and member of the Council for Culture. Daamen criticises the cultural sector in the Netherlands for its inability to adapt to changes in society and to the funding cuts. In his reaction, Michiel argues that Daamen is overlooking and even excluding a new generation of artists and cultural producer who are constantly re-inventing the arts. Instead he should try to understand their motivations and actions.

The image below shows the original article (in Dutch). Screenshot via Blende.

NRC 2 september


By Michiel — Posted September 15, 2014 — 308 Comments

We are looking for an intern

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Non-fiction is looking for an intern for our second edition of the Week of the City. Since we’re looking for a Dutch speaking person, please find more info in Dutch below.

Unfortunately this vacancy is no longer available.

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By Radna — Posted June 24, 2014 — 2,116 Comments

Juha joining Lighthouse in Brighton as Artistic Director

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From 20 February onwards, I will join Lighthouse in Brighton as new Artistic Director. It is an incredible honour and opportunity to join one of my favourite international institutions of contemporary culture, and to succeed the great Honor Harger, who has worked miracles for the agency in the past 4 years.

This means my role at Non-fiction will unfortunately change.

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By Juha — Posted February 20, 2014 — 3,492 Comments