June 2022 – Pitch for Waterwende by Silbersee

Preparing a pitch. A proposal for a short opera(-film) has been preselected after an open call, Waterwende, by Silbersee.


Waterwende is the new studio of Silbersee, a space for research & development, a place for experimental creations, where sustainability is central and, for example, attention is paid to circularity. In 2022 we will start with the first batch of makers who can immerse themselves undisturbed for a year in a self-developed innovative project that deserves to be shown to society. The only condition we set is that they commit to the manifesto written by Silbersee.

Pitching for the Green Parliament

Ten makers of all entries will eventually be invited to pitch for the ‘Green Parliament’; a colorful group in which people of very diverse profiles are represented: children, young people, the elderly, local residents and professionals. The pitches will take place on Saturday, July 2, 2022. At the end of that day, parliament will elect four participants.

June 2022 – Lunch with Yannis Kyriakides

Editing with Srdjan Fink and exchanging clips to find inspiration for our upcoming short with poet Tsead Bruinja. Yannis Kyriakides, – with whom I’ve collaborated a few times when still on film school – might visit us in the afternoon. We watched one of Yannis latest works ‘Lunch Music’ and a clip of Nick Cave to get good ideas on lightning and the integration of text fragments.

April 29, 2022 – Opening NDSM Expo XI



Ester Eva Damen & Joris Berger

After scanning a QR code on the NDSM Expo#XI, you can listen to a podcast here changing during the duration of the exhibition. Core themes are the problems that Odysseus tried to overcome on his journey, translated to this time: How do we deal with territory and potential guests?

29 april 17:00

U bent van harte uitgenodigd voor de feestelijke opening van de expositie ODYSSEE 2.0 op 29 april aanstaande bij NDSM FUSE om 17.00
You are cordially invited to the grand opening of the exhibition ODYSSEE 2.0 on April 29 at NDSM FUSE at 17.00

De Odyssee is het heldenepos van Homerus over de tocht van Odysseus naar Ithaka. Een reis vol uitdagingen, ellende, monsters en verleidingen. De verhalen gaan over verraad, maar ook over slimheid en liefde, doorzettingsvermogen, creativiteit en hoop. Een metafoor voor de reis van de mens door het leven en de zoektocht naar de zin ervan… lees meer
The Odyssey is Homer’s epic about the journey of Odysseus to Ithaca. A journey full of challenges, misery, monsters and temptations. The stories include betrayal, but also cleverness and love, perseverance, creativity and hope. A metaphor for man’s journey through life and the search for its meaning… read more

Curator Ellen Klijzing

Kunstenaars Artists Lennaart Allan, Guévørk Aivazian, Lies Aris,
Sietse H. Bakker, Simone Boon, Vincent Boschma, Allard Boterenbrood, Rika Maja Duevel, Ester Eva Damen & Joris Berger, Simon Floter, Fabien Gruau, Frank Hietbrink, Vladimir Hristov, Ossa Kierkegaard, Esther Kin, Ellen Klijzing, Nanny Kok, DH Mack, Helena Kaori Maeda, Femke Moedt, Hanneke De Munck, Benny Van Der Plank, Pieter Post, Ana Queen, Paul Rinzo, Regina Rorije,
Jan Seelen, Helga Van Stralen, Elvira Vroomen, Marius Van Zandwijk

April 2022 – What is a poet?

Editing a ‘Fryslân Doc’ with Srdjan Fink. While selecting interview fragments of poet Elmar Kuiper, Srdjan runs to his bookshelf and gets Kirkegaard out, as translated to Serbian: ‘Ili-Ili’ (‘Either-Or’):

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. It is with him as with the poor wretches in Phalaris’s bronze bull, who were slowly tortured over a slow fire; their screams could not reach the tyrant’s ears to terrify him; to him they sounded like sweet music. And people crowd around the poet and say to him, “Sing again soon”-in other words, may new sufferings torture your soul, and may your lips continue to be formed as before, because your screams would only alarm us, but the music is charming. And the reviewers step up and say, “That is right; so it must be according to the rules of esthetics.” Now of course a reviewer resembles a poet to a hair, except that he does not have the anguish in his heart, or the music on his lips. Therefore, I would rather be a swineherd out on Amager and be understood by swine than be a poet and be misunderstood by people.

April 2022 – University Theatre, Amsterdam

Hike with Giuliano Bracci and Giuditta to get an overview of the University Theatre where we will work tomorrow with dancer-researcher Suzan Tunca and cameraperson Bert Oosterveld.

I have passed the entrance many times on my way to a lesson in ‘Thinking the Moving Image’ at the UvA but I never knew it was this spacious. Saturday and Sunday night Suzan Tunca will dance here 7.30-8.15 pm. Entrance free. Please reserve a seat writing to us (info below):

SEI- CHAPTER THREE – (ca. 30 min)

Suzan Tunca, dance performance & Giuliano Bracci, music & live electronics

Saturday 16 &Sunday 17 April 2022 at 19:30 University Theater Amsterdam

February 2022 – Mondays, online – Writing for artists

We started again with two courses on the Monday, online.

Writing for artists (5-6pm).

Creative writing (7.30-8.30pm).

Mondays, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm. English speakers are welcome. Registration and info: stichtinglajetee <at > hotmail.com. After registration you receive a link.

You are an artist and you want to write a text about your own work? You have to apply for funding but don’t get your proposal on paper?

In a short series of lessons tools are given to write a practical applicable text. How can you let go of self-censorship and produce text? How can you get closer to the core of your own fascination? And how can you be your own editor again?

Above: Writing for artists in artists initiative W139, Amsterdam