The FLAT 2010 A.I.R. programme was made possible with the friendly support of MINC and the Mondriaan Foundation.

13th of August at FLATSTATION: afternoon lectures with CEIA and Margit Leisner

Photo: Manifestaçnao Internacional de Performance (event of CEIA 2009). Performance of Marco Paulo Rollo: Immersion/ overflow / resistency . photo form Dirk Jan Jager

What: Lectures of Marcos Hill and Marco Paulo Rolla from CEIA
           + Artist Talk by Margit Leisner

When: 13th of August starting 15:00

Where: FLATSTATION, FLorijn 42, 1002 BA Amsterdam

CEIA - Centro de Experimentacao e Informacao de Arte

Marcos Hill and Marco Paulo Rolla from CEIA will give insight in their individual work and in their activities as CEIA. With generous support from the Mondriaan Foundation, that is the main sponsor for the FLAT residency 2010 they came especially from Belo Horizonte to make a link with the Flat residency 2010 and the Brazilian artists. The specific situation of the Bijlmer and our acitvities here link to their own practice and FLAT is very proud to invite you to this special afternoon program. Below you will find some more info on CEIA.

CEIA’s principal aim is to improve collaborative and experimental art activities to infiltrate non-hegemonic conceptions in Brazilian cultural context: an active platform for practice and analysis about contemporary artistic production related to social context.

CEIA is interested to provoke the transit of art concepts and practices in an alternative platform where local, national and international societies can enjoy of alive art development produced in the world.

Artist in residence Margit Leisner is also preparing a program for the same day. More infos on that will follow soon. You can follow Margits activities in the blog below.

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Also the second weekend of FATFORM was a huge success. Despite the weather we had about 600 - 800 guests during the entire FATFORM festival - which is more than we have expected. Plus the police didn’t bother us anymore. WHOEP WHOEP!!!

Antwerpen based artist Sabrina Seifried made this beautiful mural during the FATFORM.

Brazilian artist Andre Amaral made this floor piece from gras. Conspiracy theories in the house! Next to it rapper Gikkels gives us his views on whats playing here.

Again the line-up of artists and musicians and performers was a wild mix from Blues (Two Dogs and a DJ) to local rappers like Gikkels or Rex & Undercover to the amazing show of Lester that blew us away with his honest raw performance. 

We had many special guests arriving like Marcos Hill and Marco Paulo Rolla from CEIA in Belo Horizonte to look at the FATFORM and more specifically on how the Brazilian residents have engaged with the local situation of the Bijlmer. Also the legendary MC CHUPARINA was in the house and managed to get all the local music legends like M.O., Rex and Phantom shaking. 

Sweet Johann from Hallo Gallo made an amazing sound noise performance and immediately started to jam with Lester and Tantao.

Stadsdeelvorzitter Marcel La Rose came for the second time this week to take a good look at the exhibition and to discuss with us about all the unique things happening in the Bijlmer at the moment.

Artist and gallery runner Marcio Botner from A Gentil Carioca was spending the entire Sunday with us and enjoyed the unique atmosphere. He was joining the beautiful Fumace parade that arrived in the afternoon at FATFORM. 

In the afternoon the launch of THE VIRTUAL STREET ( by Sara Mattens and Jeffrey Croese of Vinger.NL was one of the highlights that impressed us on Sunday. They are building the future infrastructure of Amsterdam-Zuidoost!  

After that M.O. en Brakko and Rex & Undercover performed some special songs for the Virtual Street and after that Sensiriti Sound blew us away with the amazing Phantom, Nedra and special guests like Versatile Child and the Ndjougu Sound System from Senegal.

The night ended with the amazing MC Chuparina giving us a mad performance full of black power sex and passion which ended with every single person on the roof jumping up and down. 

All in all the FATFORM was a MAGIC event with many strange encounters, conversations, discussions and a whole lot of love. It felt like a contribution to an important piece of infrastructure that is currently build on from all sides. A strong connection was established between many people and the most diverse forms of creation. 

We would like to thank all the many people that have made the FATFORM so truly FAT. This is a beginning, not an end!

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Guga Ferraz and Alexandre Vogler @ IFA / Berlin

Guga Ferraz and Alexandre Vogler were presenting work in Berlin last Thursday. Both artists opened the exhibition called “Connect: A Gentil Carioca – Ein Kunstraum in Rio de Janeiro” at IFA Gallery. Part of Guga Ferraz presentation has been produced during his residency at FLAT. “A Gentil Carioca” is an Art Gallery in downtown of Rio de Janeiro that represents a group of young Brazilian artists such like: Carlos Contente, Ernesto Neto, Paulo Nenflidio and others. This exhibition is traveling the world and just passed through London, New York, Luxemburg and others cities of the international art circuit. Marcio from A Gentil Carioca will also join us at the FATFORM this weekend. Check out the photographs of the opening:


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Hip hop, Brazilian Funk and Electronic Music were the rhythms that transformed the nostalgic roof terrace of the Kraaiennest into one nice art and dance floor.

The opening of the Fat Form last Saturday was a big success! It was a mix of art, music, fashion and cool atmosphere where one could enjoy art and meet interesting people. Many people who went to see the amazing location for the first time, loved the place. Many guests from Amsterdam Centrum but also form Brussels, Antwerpen, Ric but also Delft and Rotterdam could see the Bijlmer from a different point of view.

In the afternoon we had many performers like Anno MC, Eugen Georg, CIA Funky Fresh, Warrior and Firestorm, DJ Andre Amaral, Sensiriti Sound, DJ Bushdoof and DJ Jane Doe while some of the artists like Sabrina Seifried from Antwerpen were producing their arts live on the gp. At night as a highlight we had Dret & Krulle perform and a very orgasmic end with their hit Beestachtig. Right after that the police shut us down which was a classical Bijlmer ending of the first night.

The event will be in paused for a few days this week but will return in the next weekend with Fumacê by Alexandre Vogler, the burnign limousine sculpture by Guga Ferraz and many more surprises! Unexpected guest won’t stop us! The exhibition and the program are rocking on. So come and join us for this truly unique event. Below some fotos of the FATFORM opening to give you and idea what you can expect.

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we are just F-LOVIN it!

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The assembling of the Fat Form doesn’t stop. The artists spent the whole day in the Kraaiennest Roof Terrace setting the last details for the big opening.

See some of them and start to feel what we’re preparing for you:

Some of the “black gosths” will show their face in the Fat Form…

Fire… set fire!

Sweet artwork from the Belgium artist in the Exhibition Room…

De Mattos’s artworks is emerging from the inside of Kraaiennest…

Fumacê is going really fine and beatiful…

Wheels for the Limousine…

A Limousine made by news paper by Guga Ferraz…

A new Zoo in the Kraaiennest… Check it!

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André Amaral was born in São Paulo but live and work in Rio de Janeiro. He did his Masters in Visual Arts at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and in his works he uses many different artistic supports to produce his art work such as video, street interventions, installations, performance, design and music.

“I like to do many different things and don’t think about one image exclusively, but in the process associated/detonated by it…”

Visual limits and the process in art are the mainly subjects of his work. The record of the process is an interesting way to exhibit his ideas.

“I like to work about the process instead of the final image because I think the process is much more open than the image… I believe in the interaction between the process and the viewer’s thinking.”

While in Flat Station and working also as a dj, he will record some songs with Baba Electronica, DJ Lonely and Tantao.  In Fat Form he will display silk-screen, videos and play a whole set of nasty favela funk , miami bass and and booty music.

In the work displayed at Fat Form Amaral stablishes some relationships among wordly State politics towards the working class citizens and the way and means to resist against the system.

“To Fat Form, I thought about the relationships between the social context among Bijlmer and Amsterdam. I also thought about a very well known Brazilian character of the hinterland: Lampião. This way I intend to do a parallel between the Brazilian popular culture and the Bijlmer/Amsterdam social context”


Lampião was a controversial robin-hood-gangsta popular leader in Brazil on the early 20 century who was against the Brazilian State. Him and 11 of his followers were killed in an ambush made by the Brazilian army and had their chopped heads exhibited for a whole week in the streets in a  Government attempt to frighten all the outlaws and revolutionaries in a macabre form of State terrorism against the citizens and their legitimate choices. Still today in Brazil, Lampião is a synonym of resistence and social desobey.

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Alexandre Vogler is known due his controversial artworks in Brazil. His huge repertory is mainly focused on the relationships established among the image in the public space. His repertory of creation is diverse and he usepaintings, plastic art and public interventions as support for his art.

“Since 2000 I work with the question of the image in public space, in the streets and in urban furniture. For me, an image in the streets is a “Public Image”… doesn’t matter if it comes from a public institution or a private one.  I create interventions in streets in a way to challenge the people to re-think the way they read a public image. I take the public image to reach another different meanings from the one expected by people”

Vogler coursed his Masters in Fine Arts School at Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and nowadays he teaches disciplines like Paintings and Drawings at State University in Rio. In Fat Form, our next exhibition, he intends to show one of his most popular artworks: Fumacê.

“Fumacê is a mobile vehicle which exhales smoke while people follow him singing. There’s much possibilities to exhibit Fumacê in Amsterdam and it receive a kind of touristic and performatic art identification… This is not the real identity of this artwork. Fumacê fits very well in Bijlmer because here we have a social and political urban context different than the whole Amsterdam.”

While in Flat Station, he intends to show paintings produced by mixing different techniques such like watercolor, printings, sketchs and silk-screens. Vogler believes that to paint is a way to think about his own art:

“The Flat Station gives me the possibility to deep into art. Since the moment I wake up, I’m aware that I’ll produce art. It’s important to me because I get immersed in my paintings… this is a kind of thing I don’t use to do in Rio de Janeiro.”

You can check Fumacês itinerary at 

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we are just F-LOVIN it!

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Kraaiennest Roof Terrace

Guga Ferraz and his Limousine


Alexandre Vogler thinking about Fumacê

DJ Tim setting the sound

One of the Exhibition Rooms

Robert Duic assembling the Rocket

Last adjusts in some artworks

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After studying visual arts at the F + F Kunstschule in Zurich, Margit Leisner is active in Rio de Janeiro and Curitiba- where she lives today. Since one can describe Margits works as situation-based experiments it does not come as a surprise that Margit frequently uses curatorship as a tool in her practice.

Her artworks are influenced by connections between people and the spaces they live in. She is interested in the emphasis of the material structures of physical space. In this every-day relations such as conversations or dialogues between people and objects and between people and space find a direct translation into Margits practice.

“My work is not about adding more material in this already over-stuffed world. I rather intend to emphasize and propose reflections about the existing.”

“I don’t believe in the myth of the isolated artist”


 “During my stay here, in FLAT Station I live and I create art with other artists near me. It sets up a new vocabulary for my work and also a new vocabulary emerges among all of us involved. I hear Tantao’s sounds and I see Vogler’s paintings while I’m producing my works… sure it’s different than to create alone in my studio. We’re identifying new codes among us… these codes will be flowing through our individual works somehow… ”

Margit Leisners work will be shown at FATFORM.

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After slaving away all week at the AGAs, audio- and video workshops, the Brazilian residents had the opportunity to hit the streets and learn a bit about the lively Amsterdam festival scene.

The opportunity to interact with the Dutch cultural life is an interesting way to let the artists acquire new information from an yet unknown social surrounding. The program is aiming to mix these important LIFE experiences together with the ones of the individual studio practices of each artist. So last weekend we went out and met many people from the Amsterdam scene and created a lot of unexpected links between Brazilian and Dutch culture :)

Some snapshots of the highlights: 

Os Mutantes: Great opportunity also for our hosts to hear the music of this legendary Brazilian band at the Tollhuis in Amsterdam North. The event wasn’t over crowded which provided the opportunity to interact and meet many Brazilian people that came to see their heroes!


Trash and Treasures: This kind of old outlet fashion market was sited at Westerpark and offered us an opportunity to buy fashion and funky clothes. We enjoyed the music and food which gave the place a special flair.


Metro 54 Festival in the Bijlmer: African rhythms like Kuduru was mixed with other high b.p.m. music and stimulated the people to dance. It was a good opportunity for the Brazilians to meet Hip Hop Masters M.O. en Brakko from Amsterdam Zuidoost and also Gikkels and other rappers from label BijlmerStyle which will be performing at the FATFORM together with our residents. In addition to that small photo exhibitions, workshops, lounge and little stands highlighted the local culture of the big neighborhood.


WESC at Amsterdam Fashion Week: This party happened in Westpark and it was a great old building combined with the energy of skaters. Chat and dance were the principal activities of the social night while Hip hop and Rock were the dominant rhythms as we blended in with the Amsterdam fashionistas.


The KWAKOE festival:  The crowded festival which is a highlight of the cultural life in Amsterdam Zuidoost gathers Dutch, Surinamese, Africans, Latin, Chinese and Indian people in the Bijlmer Park to eat, drink, play football and listen to music…. music: much music! All the different sounds and rhythms merge into one large soundscape. The hot sunny weather makes all the colors pop and makes the festival even brighter.

Many of the performers the Brazilian artists have seen and met this weekend will be performing at FATFORM next weekend. Now it’s your time to meet us and enjoy our art!

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Build up of FATFORM has started

A ……like AD DE JONG

Ad de Jong made the start with his piece that he especially developed for FATFORM at the rooftop of KRAAIENNEST. Together with his video that will be shown at FATFORM as well this work belongs to Ad’s energetic claim to “START A NEW ART WORLD” which very much links to our own attitude in developing FATFORM. This week we will go from A to Z because YES: this Saturday is the opening of FATFORM and it will be FAT. Check out our FATFORM blog for a detailed program 

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More pictures of the last day at AGA before the exhibition at Fatform:

Vogler preparing his screen

De Mattos’s t-shirts

Silk-screens from Amaral spread at AGA’s Floor

Guga Ferraz and his red flame

Amaral cleaning his screen

Margit filming the activities

Fagner editing photos to the blog

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Going in a fast stroll through the Bijlmer’s neighborhood it is not so easy to find art in the streets. Most of the art we see at first sight is found through the buildings’s architecture, graffitis, some sculptures and also some paintings.

Bijlmer is a borough without squares. The zoning of this neighborhood obeys modernist principles which divide the city in areas of live, leisure, industries and of commerce and services. It’s a kind of zoning that leads to the disappearing of an important urban characteristic: the square. The only squares I have seen in Bijlmer have an important function in relation to the commercial area.

For instance, in residential areas we don’t have any kind of monuments. We find huge buildings in a beautiful green landscape which is a really a good space for leisure, but we can’t find monuments or other art works. This is not healthy for a city. A city and even a neighborhood needs identity, a place or a “thing” which people can look at and think: “it’s my city; I do have links with this neighborhood; this place touches me; it’s mine; I live HERE”. Each time you increase this feeling of “belonging”, you also increase the chances of this place to reach its own culture and develop its own way of life.

Yesterday I visited some places in Bijlmer looking for referencial icons in order to learn a little more about this neighborhood. Very soon I got some information from a friend: The monument of the plane crash in 1992 of El Al Flight 1862 that killed many people when it crashed into the flats. It is on the way from Ganzenhof to the Kraaiennest: “The tree that saw everything”

It was very interesting to notice the relationship that established between these urban icons with their surroundings:

a)      Monument for El Al Flight 1862 - The tree that saw everything

This place works like a square in the middle of green area due to its spatial configuration. It’s a very particular urban characteristic to have “a square in the middle of a green park”. The monument’s site stays in the place where the plane crash happened. This urban configuration also provides good local visibility to this humble and powerful monument. Housing Buildings around it conforms the shape of the urban space and encloses the monument inside this neighborhood. It’s like having a monument in an urban scale whithin a community. The monument influences the sense of identity of the community. It’s a place where you find significance and also sensibility in Bijlmer. Some foreigner can observe the monument and link it quickly to the area. It is - even though the origin is tragic - a local icon instead of an Amsterdam icon.

b) Public Sculptures from the Street of Sculptures I

I would like to know how Bijlmer dwellers think about these sculptures. The controversial sculptures sited under a bridge gather some important questions to the Bijlmer. Many questions came to my mind after look it: What people think about their representation? How can I live looking for my “image” urinating another “fellow man”? What kind of identification Bijlmer dwellers should have with this art? Many different answers have a possibility to raise that I as an outsider can not answer.

c)       The Kraaiennest

This is the perfect example for those who believe that architecture can reflect the popular culture. This building is a powerful icon to this part of Bijlmer referred to as K-city in the slang of the locals. It’s a humble building and not a monumental one. The Kraaiennest earned so much meaning and symbolism by its population that it is easily interpreted like cultural monument. People of different origins are meeting at the ground level parking to sell clothes, food and other stuffs inside and around at the weekly market. The red and white squares (the work ZIEZO by Peter Stel - also a work from teh Street of Sculptures I) doesn’t transform the building on a level of beauty but into an architectural program that links a warm atmosphere to this place. In my opinion it manages to transfer the building into an urban icon. I think one can say the Kraaiennest became a monument because people are represented by the activities happening there. Without doubt it is a special place that keeps the Bijlmer’s own culture and particularities alive.

Bijlmer is one of the most planned neighborhoods in Amsterdam. It is very comprehensive that this planning didn´t consider many significant happenings or achievements in the history of the original Bijlmermeer from when it was still a polder. I’m thinking about the icon’s creation… do we need to build new monuments? Can’t we build anything exalting our community? Can’t we build anything which links the original history of the space to what it is now?

Nowadays contemporary art doesn’t function on an aesthetic level. Temporary interventions in public space usually come to discuss about the social and urban questions: to re-think the space, the way of life and to open a range of new possibilities. That’s why I think the Flat foundation can take a part in this now. Activities like FATFOMR can help to stimulate a new look at the stigmatized neighbourhood of the Bijlmer that has so many rich things to offer.

Location of FATFORM : the rooftop of KRAAIENNEST

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Today the artists worked at AGA Amsterdam Grafica Ateliers the whole day preparing silk screens that they will be print in the next two days. In many tests they experimented today to express themes and concepts of their actual works that they will show as forms of public interventions in the Bijlmer.

The results you will be able to see at FATFORM (

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Guga Ferraz is an artist extremely focused on the daily urban life. With his work he likes to raise provocative questions to a non-exclusive audience with the aim to make them reflect about their everyday way of life. His work frequently is controversially discussed in Rio de Janeiro where he is never scared to comment on touchy subjects like crime in public transport, homeless people on the streets or corrupt police agents. Guga’s intelligent and raw yet poetic comments on our surroundings are one of the reasons we wanted to have his fresh eye on the situation here in the Bijlmer. He is currently producing work for his upcoming show:

“Here in the Bijlmer, I immediately thought about a limousine just after arriving at the roof of Kraaiennest where I will develop my work for FATFORM… I saw some abandoned cars in the parking lot and I want to transform them into the shape of a limousine - a sculptural process based work: take something common like a car, wrap it in white paper …so transform it into a drawing… graphic and rough… set it on fire!”

This week Guga Ferraz is working in the Amsterdam Graphic Ateliers (AGA) to produce his plans for FATFORM that will open on the roof of Kraaiennest on Saturday, July 24th at 15:00 cet.

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The video below is part of Margit Leisner’s presentation at SMART PROJECT SPACE last Saturday. During her residency here at FLATstation Margit is reflecting her observations in videos. The videos can be seen as a subjective dynamic archive of the artists continuous interest and research of the grammar of an image. The videos in this sense can be read as as phrases rather than as documentations.  

O video abaixo foi realizado por Margit Leisner durante o programa de residencia FLATSTATION em BIJLMER, AMSTERDAM

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This beautiful poster was designed by studio Roosje Klap.

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The video below is part of Margit Leisner’s presentation at SMART PROJECT SPACE last Saturday. During her residency here at FLATstation Margit is reflecting her observations in videos. The videos can be seen as a subjective dynamic archive of the artists continuous interest and research of the grammar of an image. The videos in this sense can be read as as phrases rather than as documentations.  

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Carlos Antônio de Mattos is one of the artists at FLATstation. De Mattos’s attitude is mainly expressed in paintings and music in which during his stay at FLATstation he directly translates his feelings about the Bijlmer and the neighborhood. With humble lines in his paintings he creates squares and abstract shapes reflecting the relationship between himself and the environment. De Mattos also uses physical support for his work like garbage he takes from the streets and other found objects. He is currently working on a series of new paintings and t-shirts that he is planing to distribute in an urban intervention in the frame of the FATFORM festival.

Carlos Antonio de Mattos is using the alias Tantao for his musical work. He is currently working on an album with Baba Electronica (Daniela Bershan) that will be released on FUCK by the end of 2010. For his next performances (a.o. @FATFORM) he intends to play some new material which will show musical influences both from Rio de Janeiro and the Bijlmer.

Below you can see some impressions of his works in progress at FLATstation.

De Mattos in his studio with Arruda incense burning, a Brazilian herb used for religious rituals.

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Copa do mundo night at Smart Project Space

A special night for special people. After the artist’s dinner and the semifinal of the World Cup Alex Hamburger presented a performance he specially created for the project called “Antropophagy”. In this piece Tantão and DJ Amaral assisted him by creating a chaotic sound scenario. This piece was conceived as a multicultural exchange between two radical experiences: the pioneering european avantgarde legacy read (devoured) in the brazilian antiart contribution; - The attempt of establishing meaningless but significant signs; reversible transformations: Art as disturbance; art as feelings, renewed lectures, instead of autonomous christalized craftmanship disassociated to the vital praxis. Also Margit Leisner was presenting part of her video research during the residency which you can see in the post above. The night went on with Baba Eletronica’s and Andre Amarals sounds in the Restaurant. The general warm, curious, loving and creative atmosphere feels like a future taste of the upcoming events.


As a sort of script for the performance piece at the Smart Project Space, a reading of the brazilian intersign pioneer poet Oswal de Andrade was presented maybe in first hand to the dutch public, establishing an awesome interaction between performer and spectators:

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Only anthropofagy unites us, socially, economically, philosophically.

The world’s one and only law. Masked expression of all individualisms, of all collectivisms, of all religions, of all peace treaties.

Tupi or not tupi, that is the question!

Against all catechizations. And against the mother of the Gracchi.

I am only interested in what is not mine. Law of man. Law of the antrophofagist.

We are tired of all the distrust catholic husbands put in drama. Freud finished off woman-enigma and other dreads of printed psychology.

 The one thing that trampled over truth was clothing, the impermeable layer between the inner world and the outer world. Reaction against the clad man. American movies will tell.

 Children of the sun, mother of the living. Fiercely met and loved, with all the hipocrisy of longing, by immigrants, slaves and tourists. In the country of the “cobra grande”

 That is because we never had grammars or collections of old plants. And we never knew what was urban, suburban, frontier and continental. Loafers on the world map of Brazil - a participation consciousness, a religious rhythmics.

 Against all importers of canned consciousness. The palpable existence study of prelogical mentality left by Mr. Levy-Bruhl.

 We want the carahibean revolution. Bigger than the French Revolution. The unification of all effective uprisings towards man. Without us, Europe would not even have it’s wretched declaration of the rights of man. The golden age proclaimed by America. The golden age. And all the girls.

          Filiation. The contact with Carahiban Brazil, ou Villegaignon print terre, Montaigne, the natural man. Rousseau.

         From the French Revolution to Romanticism to the Bolshevist Revolution to the Surrealist Revolution, and Keyserling’s technicised barbarian we walk on.

          We were never catechized. We live through a sonnambular law. We had Christ born in Bahia. Or in Belém do Pará.

          But we never admitted the birth of logic amongst us.

          Against Father Vieira. Who made our first loan, for a fee. The illiterate king had told him: put this on paper, but be not too crafty. So the loan was made. Brazilian sugar was taxed. Vieira left the money in Portugal and brought us craftiness.

          The spirit refuses to conceive a spirit without a body. Anthropomorphism. The necessity of an antropophagic vaccine. For balance against meridian religions, and external inquisitions.

          We can only attend to the auracular world.

          We had justice as codification of vengeance. Science as codification of Magic. Anthropophagy. The permanent transformation of Taboo into Totem.

          Against the reversible world and objectified ideas, deadened ideas. The defintive stop of dynamic thinking. The individual victimized by the system. Source of classical injustices. Of romantic injustices. And the oblivion of inner conquests.

         Routes. Routes. Routes. Routes. Routes. Routes. Routes.

        The Carahibean instict.

        Death and life hypotheses. From the self-equation part of the Kosmos to the Kosmos axiom part of the self.

       Subsistence. Knowledge. Anthropofagy.

        Against plantlike elites. In communication with soil.

       We were never catechized. We had Carnival instead. The indian dressed up as senator of the empire.

      Pretending to be Pitt, or featuring Alencar’s operas full of good Portuguese feelings.

      We already had communism. We already had the surrealist language. The golden age.

      Catiti Catiti

     Imara Notiá

     Notiá Imara


     Magic and life. We had the roaster and the distribution of physical goods, of moral goods, of dignity goods.

    And we knew how to get past mistery and death with the aid of a few grammatical forms.

     I asked a man what Law was. He answered it was the assurance of the exercise of possibility. That man was called Galli Matias. I ate him. There is no determinism where there is mistery. But what do we have to do with that?

    Against the stories of man, begining at Cape Finisterre. The undated world. The unmarked world.

   No Napoleon. No Caesar.

    The fixation of progress by means of catalogues and television sets. Only machinery. And blood transfusers.

    Against antagonistic sublimations. Brought over in caravels.

    Against the truth of the missionary nations, defined by the wisdom of an anthropophagist, The Visconde of Cairu: - It is a lie repeated over and over.

   But there came no crusaders. There came fugitives from a civilization we are eating up, cause we are strong and as vengeful as a tortoise.

   If god is the consciousness of the Uncreated Univers, Guaraci is the mother of the living, Jaci is the mother of the plants. We had no speculation. But we had divination. We had Politics as the science of distribution.

  And a planetary social system.

   Migrations. The escape from boring states. Against urban sclerosis, Conservatories ans speculative boredom.”

From William James to Voronoff. The transfiguration of Taboo into Totem: anthropophagy.


Alex Hamburgers Performance “Antropophagy”. In the background drawing objects by Carlos Antonio de Mattos.

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Above: Stills from Alexandre Voglers Film “Base for fragile nails” from 2010.
Below: A nice intimate crowed at Voglers presentation at FLATstation.

Alexandre Vogler started his presentation with showing us his most recent work a film called “Base for fragile nails”. This work results of the “Campaigns” that Vogler has been frequently using in his practise sinds 2000. Using the tools and appearance of classical advertising campaigns Vogler infiltrates the public urban space with these comments. Also he presented “Fumace” an ongoing project he is performing annualy at the carneval of Rio. In this work hundred kilos of inscence are burned ïn a moving street parade as a “mass cleansing”of the self, the spirits and the city. Vogler is planning to perform a special “Fumace” here in Amsterdam Bijlmer for the opening of FATFORM on July 24th. We will keep you posted on the developments.

Above: Different Urban interventions by Guga Ferraz

Guga Ferraz showed us some of his urban interventions from the last years. Guga often works with little disturbances that do not reveal themselves at first sight. For example in his graffiti work that he spread through the entire city of Rio in 2008 stating:

( )  policia    police
( )  milicia    paramilitary forces
( )  traficantes drugdealers
(X) outros  others

Or another work where he spread a few thousand A4 copies through the city stating I AM SELLING MY SKIN and I AM BUYING YOUR SOUL. The work Guga is developing during the residency here in the Bijlmer will connect to his burning bus project he started in 2003.

 Churasco Pequeno after the artist talks

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YUHU it is possible - the things we love most on one afternoon/evening
17:00 Artist Talk by ALEXANDRE VOGLER
18:00 Artist Talk by GUGA FERRAZ

between before and after AMAZING BRAZILIAN music, FRENCH beer, INTERNATIONAL friends and churrasco pequeno

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FLATstation Feeling

This is our FLATstation: Brazilian residents in a Dutch neighborhood. Paint and color are increasing in the middle of this huge modernist building. This new colorful spot is a wild mix of culture, languages and forms of expression. Studios everywhere: in living rooms, bedrooms and even in the kitchen. The FLAT became a huge studio where everybody lives and sleeps in the middle of art. Nice. Cool. Improvised. Hot… really hot. At night we had a warm chat lightened by moon on terrace. Time to create. The station is freedom. Smelling energy everywhere.

A few shots of Tantao’s, Margit Leisner’s and Alex Hamburger’s Studios.


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10.07.2010 - 22:00 - 03:00 


performance by Alex Hamburger
videos by Margit Leisner

the night is ours, so we will START at 22:00 (not like the last times @ SMART)

be there and shake your bundas with us!!!
+ live drawings - vj action, t-shirts and more…

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Alex Hamburger performed last night on Thursday the 8th of July at the VVORK Variety Evening. He presented a performance called “i went fishing with my family when i was five” written by Tao Lin. The show was organized by Netherlandse Media Arts Institute and the Vienna based collective VVORK and was sited at de Brakke Grond, Amsterdam. Alex Hamburger was one of the 8 performances last night and also one of the most exciting presentations that where originally selected by Pierre Bismuth and Claire Fontaine. Congratulations Alex :D

Also FLATstation is welcoming Fagner Marçal, our new resident who arrived last Wednesday. Fagner Marçal is a Brazilian Architect with a particular interest in how relationships are formed between temporary artistic activities and public space. He is currently doing research for his MA thesis at the University of Rio. While at FLATstation, he will observe the artistic activities and reflect in writing about them through his “urbanistic-eye”. His work will result in written and photographic work… also Fagner is the guy who is writing down the posts starting today ;-)

More pics from the amazing last night disco with the Service Garage posse, may they rise from the dead like Michael Jackson in Thriller…

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Andre Amaral, Tantao, DJ Bushdoof, Baba Electronica & DJ Lonely performing at the finissage of REVISIT EXQUISIT by Kaleb de Groot and Roosje Klap at the final night of DE SERVICEGARAGE.

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FLAT cordially invites you to the welcome BBQ to meet the six Brazilian artists in residence Andre Amaral, Guga Ferraz, Alex Hamburger, Margit Leisner, Carlos Antonio de Mattos and Alexandre Vogler - who will be working in the FLATstation in the Bijlmer this summer. There will be Brazilian music, food and of course we will show the Quarter Finals of the World Championship on the big screen. We hope to be welcoming you at FLATstation!

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FLAT takes the Brazilian residents to the David Bade exhibition Catch of the Day in the Hague.

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Andre Amaral, Daniela Bershan, Carlos Antonio de Mattos, Margit Leisner and Jonas Ohlsson in Amsterdam Noord.

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