Swarming the City

A collaboration with Tools for Action and Floor van Leeuwen

Covid-19 regulations limit the possibilities of coming together, so we take social practices outside! We’re swarming the city!

The Kinkerbuurt (Kinker neighbourhood) in West Amsterdam has undergone some serious metamorphoses the past decade. Major construction works and the resurrection of the prominent Hallen market building as the commercial heart of the neighbourhood both contribute to the homogenization of the area. Increasingly expensive and smooth, the neighbourhood seems to offer little room for non-consumerist approaches to the city and its spaces.

Based on the project Raev Rehearsal by Tools for Action and Floor van Leeuwen, we organise Swarming the Kinkerbuurt. We’ll dance like a swarm of birds through the neighbourhood, propose alternatives for relating to Amsterdam’s public spaces and challenge the scripts of the city. All of this while dancing to the  tunes of DJ Maoyi!

Swarming the Kinkerbuurt is 100% corona proof, as all participants keep a distance of at least 3 meters from each other. If you’re registered, you will receive all the practical information and the exact location one day beforehand.

Out of the cloud, into the streets! 

WHERE? Bellamyplein, next to the paddling pool. Coordinates on Google Maps
WHEN? Saturday 15 January 2022
WHAT TIME? 15:00-17:30

 What you should know:

– Dress to impress, but dress lightly. Colourful, reflective or neon are plus for visibility.
– In case of rain, bring a rain jacket, the swarm intelligence will guide the group to dry areas if it happens, but it’s good to come prepared.
– There will be a safe place for your belongings, but bring as little as possible.

RÆV REHEARSAL, Tools for Action + Floor van Leeuwen, Rotterdam 2021 Photography: Dani Hefter (The Fox Is Mine)