About the part that art plays in a globalising society

Framer Framed

Commisioned work by Framer Framed: Iratxe Jaio en Klaas van Gorkum, 'Kepala Batu' (Hoofd van steen), 2012. Foto: Rogier Fokke

5 May 2012 – 16:30

Hacking History

Hacking History May 5th, 16:30 hour Monument Indië Nederland Apollolaan, Amsterdam

We invite you to the program Hacking History. An open brainstorming about the relationship between the Netherlands and Indonesia and its representation in public space. This program will take place on the 5th of May 2012. Starting at 16.30 at the Monument Indië Nederland at the Apollolaan in Amsterdam. ‘Hacking History ‘ is part of the urban programming on Liberation Day, organized by the Amsterdams Comite 4 en 5 Mei, in cooperation with Framed Framed.

The former Van Heutsz monument at the Apollolaan in Amsterdam has been subject to debate and controversy ever since its construction in 1935. This monument that was once a tribute to the deeds of General Van Heutsz has assumed a new name in 2001 when the city council changed its name into the Monument Indië Nederland in remembrance of the Dutch colonial history. While most people are aware of the history of the monument and the period to which it refers, some are not. Given the importance of our problematic colonial history, we should operate bringing the dense historical significance that the monument represents forth to the audience that remains unknowledgeable of its meaning. We would like to see this monument gaining importance once again.

Hostesses of the program are
Sylvia Dornseiffer, director of the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts;
Bea Irik, board Amsterdams Comite 4 en 5 Mei;
Jet Bussemaker, rector of the University of Amsterdam.

Outdoor program
16.30: outdoor performance near the monument by the artists Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum with the participation of the poet Olympia Latupeirissa, the writer Sarah Klerks and the performer Bo Tarenskeen.

18.00: start dinner (€ 15,-) at the Amsterdam Lyceum.
During dinner, several guests will reflect on the monument, including:
Yvonne van Genugten, Director of the Indisch Herinneringscentrum, Arnhem;
Nancy Jouwe, Director Kosmopolis Utrecht;
John Jansen van Galen, journalist, researcher and author;
Sylvia Pessireron, author.

21.00: closing event

We invite you to join the dinner and think about the future of the monument from your involvement in monumentality and / or Nederlands Indië in the broadest sense. Please contact us if you want to participate in the program.

We look forward to seeing you on the 5th of May!

Colonial history / Contested heritage / Indonesia /


Sylvia Dornseiffer

Independent consultant, coach and interim manager

John Jansen van Galen

Journalist and writer

Sarah Klerks

Bo Tarenskeen


Olympia Latupeirissa

Poet, performer

Yvonne van Genugten


Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum


Nancy Jouwe

PhD candidate at Utrecht University