Imaginary Museum Projects - Tjebbe van Tijen
Imaginary Museum Projects
travelling ... Tjebbe van Tijen from my Amsterdam window ....
Madrid metro: "hold on together "- 2005
Bangkok: public market - 2004
Ljubljana 2007: smokers aquarium in Café Métropole
2009 skating, just outside of Amsterdam
standing in Istria Pula Roman Arena
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quandering seed spring - 2001
autumn storm - 2002
eastern snow 2008
Since spring 2009 my blog Limping Messenger: for slow delivery of messages, articles and comment
Creative Commons emblematic news-tableaus over 750 posted since October 2012 on Flickr by Tjebbe van Tijen with 2,3 million hits and many more re-publications elsewehere.
Project proposal for in-situ archiving and cataloguing of the library, documentation and archive of Nic Tummers (1928-) and his 'Universiteit van de Socio-Ruimte' (University of SocialSspace) in Heerlen, November 2014, first stages of the work are now in progress. It will be a combination of a virtual and a physical information system, keeping the live long work of Nic Tummers on social space, architecture urbanism and activism for next generations.
Creative Media Dragon Parade. A spectacular dragon will parade from the CityU main campus to the Creative Media Centre in the building designed by Daniel Libeskind (Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre), where a ritual dragon dance will be performed. The head and tail are of a traditional Chinese dragon, while artist Tjebbe van Tijen has designed a new body for it. Built by dragon master Wu Da Lai, its 99 scales show images contributed by students and staff of CityU. After the parade the dragon will transform itself into a huge banner that will be slowly raised up inside the Creative Media Centre’s nine-floor-high iconic stairwell. The banner shows an undulating visual display of dragons in search of wisdom pearls, diving to the bottom of the oceans and flying up to the stars. This banner hoisting performance was filmed in 3D and projected live in the Creative Media Centre’s Multimedia Theatre, at the concluding event of the Grand Opening Ceremony.
AVIEedu: educational use of the Advanced Visualisation and Interaction Environment (AVIE) system done during a teaching semester at the City University of Hong Kong/School for Creative Media in the year 2011.
a growing documentation system of EVENTS as products of shifting collaborations, set in their esthetic, social and technical context
A Facebook campaign page that contains working notes for a visualised eco-history set of web pages to be published in spring 2011. Readers can add suggestions or make comments. This Facebook page is edited by Tjebbe van Tijen/Imaginary Museum Projects Amsterdam/Hong Kong. Click picture for link to Facebook.

Japanese mythology comes to live again and again when the the giant catfish Namazu brings about earthquakes and tidal waves, roaring the underground of the sea and the primordial god Takemikazuchi needs to be called in to drive a 'head stone' (Koname Ishi) on the fish to get it under control. Namazu and the thunder deity Takemikazuchi are both feared but they can also be bringers of wealth as the chaos which enfolds does hurt the rich more than the poor and social upheavals that change the world may be triggered by great natural disasters (yo-naoshi, relief of the world by social reform).
Namazu was also the name of an early ecological magazine published by a group of anarchists based in Osaka at the end of the seventies and the beginning of the eighties of last century. Their editorial reads: "Namazu: the Japanese word for 'catfish'. A giant catfish is said to sleep beneath the Japanese islands, and the earthquakes caused by its frequent stirrings are said to indicate heavenly displasure with the authorities. Recent scientific experiments have proved the old folk belief that Namazu can be used to predict quakes by observing abnormal behaviour patterns among the fish."

Several issues of this pioneering critical environmental magazine (published in English) have been scanned and will be put on-line soon, being a first of a series of documents that show how over the last decades a critical undercurrent did exist in Japan, whose voice has been heard not enough....

December 2009: Museum-Bike (Museumfiets concept Imaginary Museum Projects 2008/2009) whereby an equipped cyclist travels through time, space and mood on the basis of citations from the literary arsenal and heritage of a city. Hundreds of authors and the time/space evenst described by them over centuries can thus be experienced. It is an adaption of the principle of "literary psycho-geography" which I have been developing for the last 30 years. Visual feed back via a touch screen in the handle bar and audio-feed back via special earphones that do not block off traffick awareness sounds.

This example is an adaption made for the Copenhagen 2010 Cityplan by Y-Yech/Amsterdam (Luud Schimmelpennink, Bert Lonsain, a.o.) with their new type of electrical bicycle (white bike/witfiets) and electrical city car (white car/witkar) vehicles distributed by the use of smart parking poles and smart personal phones. A 21st century adaption of the original White Bicylce Plan launched by the Amsterdam Provo movement in 1965. Luud Schimmelpennink has for fourty years propagated this idea with several working pilot projects in Amsterdam. The socalled 'white bicycle plan' of 1965 has in many ways inspired concepts and practices elsewhere in the world from yellow and green to black bicyle plans. In 1969 the first protype designed by Schimmelpennink of an electrical city car drove through Amsterdam baptized 'witkar' an idea now on the agenda of some of the major cities in the world. Now a 2009 redesign of that car has been made by Y-Tech in collaboration with industrial designer Bert Lonsain. The new whitebike design also proposes a environmental conscious mode of driving. Real time display of mappings of city air quality will be combined with sniffing contraptions build into the bike that both deliver feed back to traffic & air quality map services and signals the actual at-the-spot-state of the environment through a set of five bright LED lamps in the frame of the bicycle, vsible both for the cyclist and the passersby. Click one of the pictures above for a link to the full Y-Tech Copenhagen City Plan report (museum bike = pages 9 & 10)....

Passed Events in the years 2009 - 2006
Sunday July 12 2009 Simon Vinkenoog died in Amsterdam a week before he would have celebrated his 81st. birthday. A small on-line momental monument and a personal remembrance text can be found at my web blog: Limping Messenger. Simon will be buried on his birthday saturday 28 July at Sint Barbera cemetry, a green enclave in the armpit of two major railway lines next to the Spaarndammerdijk.
"Constellation" Clay Perry's photographs of London's avant-garde art scene in the 1960s, shown together with works from the time in the London gallery England & Co, from May first 2009 onward; pictures on Yoko Ono, David Medalla, Liliane Lijn, Robert Rauschenberg, Sérgio Camargo, Gustav Metzger, Jesús Rafael Soto, Takis and Mark Boyle and also a set of pictures of my first (1966) continuous drawing exercises in London, Kensington Park, Nothing Hill and continuing in the house of the photographer over hiw wife, child and the walls... Click picture for a link to the gallery; more on the continuous drawing system can be found on my archive site and some more in my Sixties portfolio

Banner hoisting ceremony on Spui Amsterdam a visual narrative of the life of Robert Jasper Grootveld, thanks to Athenaeum Bookshop, Harry from Ruigoord, Vertical Vision who printed it and the International Institute of Social History that gave a financial support and helped with archive materials ... (picture by Maartje Nevejan, who also made a video posted on YouTube there is another video by her with other details of the ceremony ) The sound of the Fanfare van de 1e Liefdesnacht (Brass Band of the First Night of Love) mixed with canting of happening slogans of the early sixties: "ughe, ughe, ughe"; "wat hebben wij het goed" (how good it is with us"; "hi ha happening" ... A full documentation of the banner has been made for the digital gallery Oog of the Dutch daily de Volkskrant and can be found here - do not forget to click imgae in the new window to access the information

Ascension of Robert Jasper Grootveld (RJG) at the Zorgvlied graveyard near Amstel river Amsterdam on Saturday afternoon March 7 2009 assisted by Theo Kleij of the The Amsterdam Balloon Society
click image for the RJG Archive site
Reprints of a 1964 'rotaprint' made by visual artist Aat Veldhoen with a portrait of RJG in his happening outfit were sold during the ceremony at the Spui to support the costs of the funeral, as RJG has always had a minimal income. The 1000 prints were almost sold out at the end of the day. Jan de Jong of the publishing house and printshop De Buitenkant was so nice to make an excellent reproduction for free. For source of picture
Two 'klazen' (Saint Nicolas figures) with huge candles were on guard from the moment of the nightwatch before the funeral (in the church of the village of Ruigoord) till the last spade of sand had been put over the coffin. A service provided by the Stads Kunst Guerilla (SKG), Jos Alderse Baas and Erik Hobijn. (picture by Debra Solomon, who made a full reportage which can be seen at Flickr

A short biography and comment on the Amsterdam city authorties and the aooficial art world that rfesued to aknowlegde Grootveld's importance can be found on a seprate page on this web site

On January 15. 2009 a "Whitebook Squatting" (witboek kraken) has been launched produced by a collective of the ever rejuvenating Dutch squatters movement (now in its 40th year of existence). This Whitebook that tells the mostly positive stories of 80 squats in 20 different municipalities in the Netherlands is a reaction on on a publication by a member of the Dutch liberal party (VVD) Bas Wout in november 2008: "Blackbook Squatting" (zwarboek kraken)This last publication focuses solely on a series of 24 recent cases in the Amsterdam region where violence and confrontational situations have occured, which are - by its author - all blamed on 'the squatters movement' as a whole, leaving aside the individual responsibility of people involved in these incidents: squatters, strong-arm-gangs, residents, home owners, police man and women, and, bystanders. The VVD Blackbook is part of a strategy of some members of parliament (liberals and conservative christians) to outlaw suatting as such, making it into a criminal offence.

In 1968 I was part of a group of people that founded a playful enterprise "Woningburo de Kraker" (housing buro the squatte/kraker: literally crack, break open, tear open, a burglar's term in Dutch). It was the start for an organized way of squatting in the Netherlands, with a manual explaining both practical ways how to force open a closed door and the juridical arguments one could use to stay on once an empty house or space had been turned into a new home. The cover design of this "Handleiding Krakers" was of my hand, the silkscreening by Rob Stolk (a central figure in the Dutch Provo movement who sadly died now 8 years ago). A digital facsimile of the 40 year old squatters manual will be on-line soon ... The Witboek Kraken can be purchased via this link

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe
catch a bankster* by his toe
if he hollers make him pay
a million dollars every day.

Screenshot from a work in progress on the actual 'financial crisis' and the 'housing bubble' in America: a visual and statistics scroll linking to some serious socio-economic sources with background information sifted from a myriad of internet comments. One of the inspiration sources for this work is the "post-autistic economics network" and its excellent e-journal "Real World Economics". The March 2008 issue had a indepth article on the 'housing bubble' by Dean Baker (issue 46). * lawlessness of gangsters combined with the power and priviliges of bankers (1/8/2015 This links has gone... I will try to find it againtj.)

Click picture above for link to a set of scrolls on the economic crisis...
The picture at the left summarizes an exhibition "Sgraffito in 3D" (decorated ceramics by scratching drawings in a second layer of white clay laid over a red clay body before final glazing) by media artist Joachim Rotteveel, presented November/December 2008 at the Boymans van Beunigen Museum in Rotterdam . Sadly, this installation that is dedicated to a particular part of the collection of the Boymans Museum, has only been on show for two months which is somehow wasteful when one takes in account the amount of research and financial investment that has been put into it. One wonders why - in a more compact format - this new way of museum object presentation has not been integrated in the permanent show of Boymans van Beuningen. Could it be that curators still - unconsciously - fear an approach whereby the museum visitor is not just 'eyes', but also has 'hands' that can take up, touch and ,manipulate objects?
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! COLOMBIA: HASTA LA VIOLENCIA SIEMPRE ? a statistical context of the freeing of Ingrid Betancourt
At the beginning of July 2008 it was world news: the Colombian Army rescue operation - based on trickery - that set free 15 hostages from their captivity by the guerrilla organization FARC. One of them was Ingrid Betancourt, imprisoned since 2002. In her public appearances after her miraculous liberation Betancourt always points at all those captives left behind. The numbers mentioned in the news and the campaigns around Betancourt were confusing (some campaign posters had the number of 3000 hostages, but that seems to refer to the total number of hostage at the peak of the kidnapping around the year 2000, while the actual number of hostages now according to other sources is to be counted in the hundreds). This made me wonder: "How many kidnapped captives were there, during how many years; how many do remain in captivity; who is imprisoning them for what reasons; what will be their fate in the light of Urbide government policies?"
[made for the web gallery of De Volkkrant "Oog"; this web site is off-line since spring 2010, I have put my own material on-line again on 221/7/2010 tj.; click picture to go to the introductionary web page]
Last resort for a haunted man is to hide behind his beard covering a face that became a public icon ~ once his zeal is betrayed and his cover is torn, it still will take generations before his defaced idol has vanished from all shrines. To ridicule and make laughing stock out of a former ennemy is missing the opportunity to come to an understanding WHY it was that such a man could hold such power ~ it is failing to learn a lesson how to prevent it happening again and again
2008 July 22 ~ for a full documented version click
Website for the "Orbis Pictus/Theatrum Mundi Congress" that will take place in October 2008 in Amsterdam, its aim is to give a 21st century perspective on World, Picture and Theatre; it is the 9th international congress of the Gesellschaft für Theaterwissenschaft". The website was launched in the beginning of March 2008. Designed by Imaginary Museum Projects in collaboration with Joachim Rotteveel & Elwin Zuiderveld. This project was commisioned by Kati Röttger, professor at the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Amsterdam, she also wrote the documented 'call for papers' that can be found both in German and English on the website: outside link This website has 'deep-documented references', using a system of dynamic transposing windows combining the ideas of the pioneer of hypertext Ted Nelson with the tradition of citations/quotations collections in 'commonplace books" and 'florilegia' from the Renaissance to the Middle Ages.

The website will grow during the months to come before the actual event. The themes of the conference are also dramatized in a series of vsiual narratives/scrolls by Tjebbe van Tijen. The first one is now on-line with the title/theme "Orbis Digitalium Pictus", playing on the double meaning of the word 'digital' (signals or information represented by discrete values [digits] and relating to fingers [digitus in Latin], and referring as well to the title of the 17th century visual/textual primer by the Czech pansoph Comenius: "Orbis Sensualium Pictus [the world excplained in pictures]). Other scrolls will be added a.o. "Dionysia and other parades", Potemkin's Trompe-L'-Oeil" ...
"AgitPop 1968-2008 - activists graphics, images, pop culture" is an exhibition curated by John Phillips of The London Print Studio that opened in February 2008 and will run untill May 31 2008 at the gallery connected to London Print Studio at Harrow Road 425, London W10. John Phillips is one of the co-founders of the forerunner of the London Print Studio: Paddington Printshop, starting in the mid seventies. It combied social action with graphic arts, having a big impact on the history of the Padington neighbourhood with its actions against property speculation and inititiaves for communal facilities like Meanwhile Gardens, a park created by a "grass-root" movement, famous for its pioneering skateboard piste and still a lovely spot next to one of the grotesque highrise public housing estates of the early seventies. As a curator of the Documentation Center of Social Movements of the University Library of Amsterdam I did collect over the years many of the posters printed at Paddington printshop (now in the collection of the International Institute of Social History (IISG), Amsterdam ). Two friends of mine were also in close contact with Paddington Printshop: Steef Davidson, who was the initiator of the Amsterdam poster collective "Vrije Zeefdrukker" (free silk screen printer), and Pieter Boersma , who made a photo reportage on Paddington Printshop in the early eighties (slides from this reportage have been reused in a big print at the 2008 AgitPop show).
This reportage was earlier shown in the context of a poster exhibition on art and readical protest curated by Steef Davidson in the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam in 1981). A visual resume of the catalog can be found online on my archive website. This year John Phillips asked if I would like to come up with some materials /suggestions for his exhibition celebrating the 40th aniversaty of the 68 movement. It resulted in the making of a series of five big documentary collage prints that are now part of the AgitPop London show . One is a 18 meter long print hanging from the ceiling, a digital recycling of a series of looping slide projections made in 1989 together with Suzanne Outshoorn for another poster exhibition as part of the 1989 Amsterdam manifestation "Europe Against the Current" . There is an online catalogue of the AgitPop show in PDF format with an essay by Damon Taylor and with an introduction by John Phillips that can be viewed/downloaded by clicking here Related to this subject is a text published, now twelve years ago, by the French sister institute of the IISG the BDIC/Paris, documenting a series of lectures on the roots of the French May 1968 movement ("Les années 68: événements, cultures politiques et modes de vie" ). I was asked to do a talk on "Les Provos" - the Dutch radical and playful movement of 1965-1967 and its reception in France - it can still be found on-line as a PDF.
2008: Museum voor Communicatie The Hague
"Eye opener: the power of visual language" The ideas originated in an earlier show in Lisboa - ExperimentaDesign in the year 2005 - curated by Max Bruinsma with designer Ed Annink and additional input by Jan van Toorn and Rob Schröder. Logos, icons, pictograms and photographs used for persuading the public, to inform and activate. Showing advertisement strategies that go beyond beauty & the photomodel by brands like Diesel and Benetton, as well as anti-publicity tactics by groups like Ad-Busters. The aim of the exhibition is to support and stimulate 'visual literacy'.
Also in this show my installation "Ideas of Visual Language": an associative panorama in which insights, disputes and misconceptions about image and language over thousands of years, and from many different cultures are shown on meters long scrolls. The public can handle these scrolls both in a 'low tech' and 'high tech' way: a wooden box with handles to be turned by hand and a computerized scroll with a touch screen giving access to one hundred documentary overlays. The redesign of the touchscreen interface has been made by Joachim Rotteveel. The wooden scroll boxes were originally designed for an installation on neo-Shamanism for the Royal Tropical Institue/Museum in Amsterdam in 1997 by Gert Jan Leusink and the workshop of Frank Hoogveld in Wormer.
MovieMovie Knokke Le Zoute 1967
2008 January 27: International Film Festival Rotterdam: Homage to a unique event. EXPRMNTL was a festival for experimental film (five editions between 1949 and 1974) where the Underground film reached Europe and special encounters were evoked, happenings took place and scandals were created, presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival 2008. A program curated by Xavier Garcia Bardon on sunday January 27, with among others, documentation on the MovieMovie shown at the EXPRMNTL December 1967 (an expanded cinema performance with a big dynamic inflatable structure) by Eventstructure Research Group & Sigma Projekten: Theo Botschuijver, Jeffrey Shaw, Sean Wellesley Miller, Pieter Boersma and Tjebbe van Tijen; live music by the group Elettronica Musica Viva with Frederic Rzweski and Richard teitelbaum, fluid projections by "The Overheads". Also the Continuous Movie by Jeffrey Shaw, Willem Breuker and Tjebbe van Tijen has been shown .. For a long detailed scroll on the MovieMovie click the picture above..
Potemkin Table Talks
Potemkin Table Talks
Break Festival Ljubljana, Slovenia:held in November 2007 with 40 participants (visual artists, filmmakers, lecturers, performers and dancers) from 20 countries giving their interpretation of and reaction on the theme of the festival: "Potemkin Village" (a make believe strategy of hiding social distress behind a facade, said to be invented by the Russian Count Potemkin - lover and right hand of Czarina Catherine II -in the second half of the 18th century)
Stephanie Benzaquen was the artistic director of this festival assisted by Mateja Jurič, Špela Zidar and Miha Colner; Romana Zajce and Ana Fratnik made a video documentation of the festival that will be published in the first half of 2008.
"Potemkin Table Talks", a small interactive installation I made for the BREAK Festival Ljubljana Click for a detailed view of the installation and its content, using Zoomify..
Global Heritage Forum theme: "Reclaiming Cultural Property", 2007 September 27-29 Dubrovnik, Croatia. With the ratification of the UNESCO Convention for the Protection of Cultural Diversity in more and more countries throughout the world the awareness for the preservation of sites of cultural heritage and collections has increased. When it comes to questions of restitution, though, the debate often turns very emotional, lacks professional insight and ethical standards
Standing in Budapest Váci Utca Arcade 2006
My visual lecture on this conference theme was: "Ways to represent multiple truth and the future role of museums"here downloadable als PDF: from the past museum as an imperial and national institution with its canon and consensus to the supranational realities of the 21 st century that demand a multiple interpretation of the past
The lecture has recently (summer 2008) be published on DVD by "The Best in heritage/Novea" in Criatia: presentations of the World's best museums and heritage projects, video recorded in full length
Two works by friends....
Screenshots from a video on YouTube of a work shown in Holland Park London September 22 by Usman Hague an international operating artist who was assisted by my neighbour, friend & software + hardware maverick Rolf Pixley (Anomolous Research is his one man firm: "putting quality where it does not matter" is his motto); remember multi-media art is mostly by more than one person. It is described as:a massive structure reaching up towards the sky, composed of approximately 1000 extra-large helium balloons each of which contains microcontrollers and LEDs that create spectacular patterns of light across the surface of the structure. The public, both audience and performer, come together to control this immense rippling, glowing, bustling 'Burble' that sways in the evening sky ... Click the image for a link to the 8 minute video .
19 October 2006 Dutch daily "de Volkskrant", web gallery Oog (artists reacting to the news): "MetaMap Saddam Hussein 1937-2007" door Tjebbe van Tijen de week van 17 oktober 2006: A visual navigator to on-line representations of power & violence in graphs, maps and ceremony. Searching for information sources for a multiple truth. An updated version of the MetaMap Saddam Hussein can be found at the Imaginary Museum Archive site click picture above for link (this MetaMap is in English).'El Pais'of 30/11/2006 had an article on this project "Van Tijen creas mapas de la violencia Humana", a PDF of this article can be dowloaded here   20 March 2007 Dutch daily "de Volkskrant" web gallery Oog (artists reacting to the news) Meta-Statistics of a century of violence in the Middle East: putting Iraq in context.Click picture above for link ... (this web page is in Dutch. A PDF of the special page on this project in the 'Kunstbijlage' of 'de Volkskrant' of 20/22/2006 page 15, can be downloaded here
Summer 2006 a Fifty Days War was ranging in Israel Gaza/Palestine & Lebanon. As often the case, the number of victims and damage claimed or denied by either side in this conflict, developed into a parallel 'information war'. During two months I have tried to document and compare these claims using 'visual statistics' in the tradition of the godfather of the modern icon and 'isotype' Otto Neurath (Blidstatistik). Click images above for a link
A dense six page fold-out scroll for the publication "Bibliotheken 2040" published in 2007 by the Dutch 'Vereniging van Openbare Bibliotheken' (Asssociation of Public Libraries) a production in cooperation with the Design Academy Eindhoven and Michiel Schwarz. To see the full size version click and, once the new window opens, move your mouse over the scroll; to see a reference click ...
Situationisten op drift / Situationists adrift
De Nederlands/Vlaamse connectie;informatielandschappen met voorlopers, deelnemers, volgelingen, uitgeslotenene, bezielden en criticasters; een interactieve installatie van Tjebbe van Tijen voor het Centraal Museum Utrecht 14-12-2006/11-03-2007. In samenwerking met Pieter Boersma (fotografie), Rolf Pixley (programmering), Fred Gales (geluid), Mazdak Wahedi (documentatie). The Dutch/Flemish connection; information landscapes with predecessors, participants, followers, expelled, inspired and critics; an interactive installation by Tjebbe van Tijen for the Centraal Museum Utrecht 14-12-2006/11-03-2007 In collaboration with Pieter Boersma (photography), Rolf Pixley (programming), Fred Gales (sound), Mazdak Wahedi (documentation).
The installation shows collections by and about fifteen people that were either involved with the Situationists or had an affinity to situationist ideas. Hundreds of photographs have been taken by Pieter Boersma in their homes and workshops, in archives and libraries - especially the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam. These pictures formed the basis for 21 visual stories. Many digital scans were made as well, of posters, leaflets, books, pamphlets and periodicals; personal photographs and correspondence have also been included. Fred Gales searched for related audio materials in historical archives. A multitude of personal associations with situationist practice and thought is represented by the installation: "Situationist adrift."
The people who give access to their 'information landscape' are: Jacqueline de Jong, Simon Vinkenoog, Nic Tummers, Robert-Jasper Grootveld, Hans Mol, Roel van Duijn, Tjebbe van Tijen, Theo Botschuijver, Steef Davidson, Cor Gout, Iris de Leeuw, Tony Verlaan (through his archive at the IISH), Jan Ceuleers, and René Sanders.
The installation is a part of the exhibition "IN GIRUM IMUS NOCTE ET CONSUMIMUR IGNI" (a Latin 'palindrome ': "we go into the circle by night" + "we are consumed by fire") on the lost paradise of the Situationist International, a collaborative project of the Centraal Museum Utrecht and the Tinguely Museum Basel.

A visual summary of the public and private information-landscapes of the installation can be found at my archive site... click for a link
2006, september/October, Mediamatic gallery Amsterdam "40 years of visual narrative- an overview of the beautiful layered image rolls/ scrolls of Tjebbe van Tijen." Click for a full size view ...
"Art Action Academia 1960-2006: social and technical context of events and collective creativity"; an essay and project proposal by Tjebbe van Tijen 2006/05 presented at PSWAR/Overtoom Amsterdam: "PIXELS OF REALITY..." Click for details
Photo book on the work of photographer Pieter Boersma, pictures from 1965-2005, published by Uitgeverij De Verbeelding, Amsterdam; isbn 90-74159-88-5. Pieter Boersma has documented my work for the last 40 years. Click for details
Latest addition to the Limping Messenger: an article by Peter van der Pouw Kraan for the Magazine Bluf! in 1986 on the 'Planotheek" a computer database on urban plans as a basis for civil action. Click

Neo-Shamanism an interactive installation by Tjebbe van Tijen and Fred Gales shown at the ICC Gallery/Tokyo, 1998.
An Imaginary Museum Projects production. The work reviews historically different forms of shamanism - one could say a non-electronic form of telepresence -. Fibre information systems from the Inca age 'quipu' to glass fibre cables mark the space in which a big drum is standing as the main interface. Two other interactive installations give the opportunity to relate information on the Internet on shamanism with stone age creation myths. The drum is not a 'mock up' but a real percussion instrument with a special prepared drumhead that serves also as a projection screen. Also there are the sixteen pictograms, printed on the drumhead at regular intervals around the border. The pictograms represent the different sequences. By hitting a pictogram with the (special) drumstick a sequence is chosen. The first image will be an enlargement of the pictogram with a spoken short title of the sequence. The sequences are long picture collages that scroll in different directions through the circular space of the drumhead and have a length that varies between one and two minutes. At any moment the user can switch to another sequence. Documentation with full credits in the Art Action Academia documentation system.
Earlier Activities & Events in the years 1977 - 2005

Ayaan Hirsi Ali explained for children May 15 2006
"Revenge - Solidarity - Heroism: Hungary 2006-1956 a Kaleidoscopic View" at Open Society Archive Budapest workshop"VISIONS AFTER THE FALL." June 8-11, 2006.
Open Interview

by Geert Lovink for
'Open' magazine no.7
with Tjebbe van Tijen:
"UnBombing & Ars Memoria".

visual lecture
ARCO International Forum Madrid, 'Museums in our Minds', imaginary & virtual museum concepts and realities; moderator Angel Kalenberg
"Mapping Human Violence"; terrorism individual, collective, state; Piet Zwart Academy Rotterdam, with visual and textual quoatations from many books.
work in progress
"Sculptural Glorification of
Public Humiliation" beginning with Chinese Cultural Revolution statuettes of the sixties
project & ongoing research
"Unbombing The World"; about the planned destruction and reconstruction of humans and human habitat.
digital scroll
"Panorama of Pre-Cinematic Principles
for the book "Future Cinema" MIT Press
database project
"Ars Memoria System"; an information system that ties the realm of paper and tangible objects to the dematerialized digital world.

"The Museum of the Future" with Jeffrey Shaw for Vitrine magazine.

visual lecture/digital scrolls
"The Paradox of Traceless Art"; for Doors of Perception 6; book version in "interachive; archival practices..."; Walther Konig.
digital scroll
"Tracings of Time: two 20th century emblems" made for the millennium issue of the English magazine Mute.
overview of projects
continuous drawing and film, inflatables; squatting (kraken) and neighbourhood actions; collecting and archiving modern social movements; Europe Against the Current.

projects & proposals
"True Source of Religion" & "Neo-Shamanism" with Fred Gales; Amsterdam, Tokyo
The original designof 'True Source of Religion' can be found here

image portfolio
'sixties' happenings & expanded cinema with a.o. Jeffrey Shaw, Theo Botschuijver, Willem Breuker & Pieter Boersma; Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Milano, London, Knokke le Zoute
overview of projects
Imaginary Museum of Revolution, Orbis Pictus Revised, Neo Shamanism with a.o. Jeffrey Shaw, Milos Vojtechovsky, Fred Gales Paris, Linz, Karlsruhe, Prague, Amsterdam, Tokyo

research report
"Literary PsychoGeography
of Edo/Tokyo" for the 'Japan Foundation'.

research project
"Nedersjamanen in Neo-Land" for the Tropen Museum Amsterdam (on neo-shamanism) with Fred Gales.

lecture & article
"Ars Oblivivendi; about the construction of our collective memory system"
for Ars Electronica: Mimesis.

project & ongoing research
Literary Psycho-Geography of Amsterdam - Edo/Tokyo.
"Digital Ways of Forgetting; smashing computers and newer forms of cyberclasm".
interactive installation
Orbis Pictus Revised with Milos Vojtechovsky & Rolf Pixley;Karlsruhe, Prague, Amsterdam.
The Arts of Oneself
(extended version of essay published in Artintact no 5 Cantz/ZKM).

"Mapping Our Inner Space into the Outer World"
for 10+1 magazine Tokyo, on-line English translation of japanese text.

visual essay
of the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam photography by Akiko Tobu (text Tjebbe van Tijen) (not anymore on-line I see 1/8/2015 tj.).
"Virtual Museums" for ARCH Foundation, Salzburg.
Akiko Tobu's photobook "Memoraphilia" with an essay "The arts of oneself" by Tjebbe van Tijen (Japanese/English)
lecture & seminar
"Your Life in a Shoebox
for HKU/Utrecht.
archive project
"Occasio: Digital Social History Archive" at the International Institue of Social History. (noticed that the original text has disappeared from the IIDSG web-site.. 1/8/2015 tj.)
visual lecture
"Metamorphosis of Media through Time"; for AKI art academy Enschede.
catalogue & article
"A Context for Collecting the New Media" - Next 5 Minutes conferences. (1/8/2015, just find out that the catalogue link at the IISG has gone tj.)
"We not longer collect the carrier but the Information" by Geert Lovink of Tjebbe van Tijen in Mediamatic magazine.
database project & article
"Europe Against the Current" a manifestation of alternative, independent and radical information carriers; Dutch version of article published in 'De Gids' mei 1990.
"Je bevrijden van de drukpers" Jongeren en hun eigen pers in Nederland: 1945-1990" + bibliografie van Tuny Tunes tot Provo and Punk fanzines
"Vrije culturele ruimtes"
published in the book "Gebroken Wit,; politiek van de kleine verhalen"
[Dutch text only, not yet translated]
iinterface proto-type
Micro_Chrono machine
narrating the past on the basis of a time line.
"The Emblematic Image Map Method".

"After the Murder on Pim Fortuyn: re-animation of democracy";at and other sites; 2002As that version is not anymore correctly rendered, herby a beter link on The Limping Messenger site

visual lectures
"i-MediaMorphose" for the Institute for Media and Information Management of the HvA,
"Fusing Interfaces; library, museum and amusement arcade" for Interact magazine.
project proposal 1999
JANUA LINGUARUM RESARATA THE GATE OF LANGUAGE UNLOCKED aproject proposal for Sendai's (Japan) new media center dated 1999: "objects as words for things"


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