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

Visualising Flight Traffic for Nederland van Boven

With an open pitch at Pakhuis de Zwijger on Wednesday 30 May, the editorial team of Nederland van Boven (the Dutch version of the popular television programme Britain from Above) wanted to see if there would be new possibilities for datavisualisation in their next season. With all of the diving into data we have been doing lately at Non-fiction, we decided to give it a try.

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By Michiel — Posted June 2, 2012 — 291 Comments

Non-fiction Diary: entry n.1

We have just started a new tradition. From time to time, hopefully on regular basis, we would like to release an update on what we are currently working on, fascinated by and preparing for. We will be experimenting with the format, but, now, we find small interviews as a suitable way how to share information with you. Short questions, which will be changing over time, should give you, and us, an idea of Non-fiction daily life. Here come the the first round of questions:

  • A warm up question: If you would have to sum up this week with one word, what would it be?
  • We had many interesting meetings this week. Which one was somehow special for you?
  • Are you leaving abroad this weekend? If so, where and why.
  • Song/poem/favorite Czech saying/novel describing this week?
  • Why have we just started Non-fiction Diary?


  • Sauna-on-the-sea.
  • There were a few, but I really enjoyed our final presentation with the Ives Ensemble: lots of energy and constructive ideas for the near and far future for one of my favourite ensembles. They play music for the future.
  • I am going to Linz today to give a presentation at Ars Electronica. It will be on how networked media are changing the way we experience cities, and how I use applications as Urbanode, Sonar and Forecast to read urban information.
  • New Kuedo album Severant is the best coming out this year. And King Rat by China Miéville was an incredible read.
  • We were busy reading BERG’s weeknotes… but here we are, see you next week, have a good weekend.


  • Thesis
  • Besides the first half of the week when I was in daily intensive contact with no one else but my thesis, I met on Thursday Radna with whom we spoke about possible collaboration on Capital A. Nonetheless, as it usually goes, we also managed to have girly talk, discuss rotten fruits or possibility of a new haircut.
  • No, staying in Amsterdam and hoping for some sun.
  • Since I am an expert on Czech sayings, I am happy you have asked this question. This week can be sum up by this saying: Komu se nelení, tomu se zelení./Who is not lazy has a green field.
  • There are so many great things going around us every day, this might be a way how to process them and share them.


(On Fridays, our non-Non-fiction, thus fictional, friend Boris van Hoytema, often joins our office. So here you can read a interview with our office guest from VPRO Dorst)

  • Retrospective
  • The week was dominated by my yearly meeting at the VPRO, looking back at a year’s wins and losses, and making the environment for me to function optimally for the next period I will be there.
  • No, I will stay in and work.
  • You cannot know the future without knowing the past
  • Everything moves to fast. Time capsules will give us the only possibility to remember where we where we were.

And, yes, Michiel is still Non-fiction, and you can read an interview with him soon too. You are also encouraged to ask your own questions, we might use them in the next diary post. Have a nice weekend and thanks for following us.

By René Boer — Posted September 3, 2011 — 3,359 Comments

Contaminous frequencies detected

One half of the Non-fiction office has a habit of maniacally searching for new music and sharing this with any stranger that comes in sight. This has resulted in a series-that-is-not-a-series of experimental electronic music at the Bimhuis, and a monthly experimental club night at Trouw Amsterdam.

In the past two years, Juha had a monthly radio show on dubstep and bass-laden dance music at NPS, together with Amsterdam’s beat-boy-wonder Cinnaman. Since the transfer of Lijn5 to FunX, Viral Radio was in talks with an alternative network to continue the show. It gives me great pleasure to announce that this collaboration has finally materialised. The first show of Viral Radio at its new home 3voor12 has been recorded. Have a listen, and subscribe to the podcast.

By Juha — Posted April 20, 2009 — 9,473 Comments