Stroom Den Haag


From January 2020 – 1st of July 2021 I am coordinating the ‘Anthropology of Public Space’ research program at Stroom Den Haag (on a freelance basis. 1 day a week).

Anthropology of Public Space investigates how art can best relate to the public space in this day and age. 

I wrote a position paper about art in public space The Hague and coordinated two program parts:

  • De Staat van Verzorging
  • Walking Seminars – What are artistic ways to navigate the future of public space in The Hague

De Staat van Verzorging: with this program, artists Jack Engelbrecht, Koen Kievits, Jakob van Klinken, Mirjam Linschooten and Constanze Schreiber research what role nature plays in municipal policy, and how nature develops a certain form in the city through policy plans. Who is responsible for maintenance and how are national and local ambitions reflected in the way in which a city uses and promotes nature in public space?  

Artist Bram Kuypers was involved in the proces of concept development as well. The Hague based artist Rachel Bacon was involved as coach and advisor.

The various sub-studies of the research project can be found on the project website 

De Staat van Verzorging started in November 2020 and will last till 18th of April 2021. 

More information:

Koen Kivits, Diary of a veteran tree, 2021

Posters © Group De Staat van Verzorging. These posters can be seen hanging in public space of The Hague from 22nd of March – 18th of April 2021.

Photos © Group De Staat van Verzorging.

My role: I edited all the texts for the project website and wrote a text for the Stroom Den Haag website. Apart from that I preprared the budget for the management team’s consultation, asked artist Rachel Bacon if she would be willing to act as coach, kept the budget, was in constant consultation with the artists, approached the press to ask if there was any interest in an interview (directly resulting in local newspaper Den Haag Centraal writing an article about the project) and so on.    

Press: newspaper Den Haag Centraal, author: George Vermij, 8th of April 2021

De Staat Van Verzorging Den Haag Centraal


Walking Seminars – What are artistic ways to navigate the future of public space in The HagueChristian Ernsten and Dirk-Jan Visser actively research how at this point in time we can relate to current sociopolitical challenges. Using walking as a method, they wonder what the current design of public space entails and how we make use of public space as a place for encounters, and thus for the coming together of people and ideologies.  

Previous walking seminar in Groningen. Photo © Dirk-Jan Visser

In the period April-June 2021, four separate “seminars” will be organized with the focus on a pressing social development at an urban level, each time in a different part of The Hague.

For each seminar, an artist and a scientist will be assigned to conduct research related to the specific theme of the walk. More information about the participants, the dates and the neighborhoods or districts where the seminars will take place will follow later.

What are those themes that are now important for the urban environment?

The results of the study will be made public through a series of podcasts at the end of June 2021.

Waling Seminars – What are artistic ways to navigate the future of public space in The Hague started in January 2021 and will last till July 2021.

More information:



I was assigned by Stroom to write 4 short texts about artworks in public space The Hague for the upcoming Art in Public Space The Hague website as well. The website will be online somewhere in 2021.


About Stroom Den Haag:

‘Stroom Den Haag (an independent foundation founded in 1990) is an art center with a wide range of activities. Starting from the visual arts, architecture, urban planning and design the program focuses on the urban environment. Stroom organizes exhibitions, projects, lectures, workshops and excursions. It initiates research and debates to stimulate the transfer of knowledge and the development of ideas concerning art, architecture and related disciplines. The topic of ‘being public’ is the connecting factor between many of Stroom’s activities. Stroom mediates, advises and offers suggestions to artists and supports a large number of projects in public space.’

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