With the long-term art program Social Capital, TAAK raises critical questions and shows the visions, attempts and strategies of artists, thinkers and doers who care about the quality of life in the city. The key question in this regard is: how can art question gentrification without itself becoming an instrument within this process?
As part of Social Capital, TAAK organized a Meet – Up on September 30 2018, at the Crataegus Entrepreneurs House in Amsterdam-North. During this event, thinkers, makers and doers shared their observations, solutions and strategies, and engaged in dialogue on how cultural interventions can engender a sense of participation and ownership among residents. The key question was: how can art challenge the process of gentrification without being drawn into the process as a tool?
The Social Capital Meet-Up was part of the closing weekend of the manifestation Pay Attention Please! initiated by Public Art Amsterdam. The manifestation took place from June 22 to September 30 throughout Amsterdam. With guests and speakers: Marinella Senatore (artist), Adeola Enigbokan (artist and researcher), Lara Almarcegui (artist), bart & klaar (artists and activist), Stewart Home (writer and artist), Massih Hutak (rapper and writer) and Monnik.
Videoregistration by: Konstantin Guz. Voertaal: Engels
Social Capital was realized thanks to: Mondriaan Fonds, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Van Eesteren-Fluck & Van Lohuizen Stichting en Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland. Met dank aan: Ondernemershuis Craetegus, VORM en Hyperion Lyceum.