Roodkapje is Rotterdam's local laboratory for
ART X LIVE X FOOD and everything in between
Our art program is dynamic, riotous and multi-voiced at heart. The collective experiments by the Hamburger Community residents make this heart beat.
Roodkapje’s Hamburger Community residency program is a 10-month interdisciplinary art laboratory for collaborative practice, collective fun and direct interaction between artists and audience. The trajectory’s main focus is playfulness and creating together. Residents of the Hamburger Community inhabit a shared studio workspace to which they have 24/7 access and follow a program of guidance and mentorships.
Hamburger Community ’23 – photo credit: Michèle Margot
Exhibition ‘Mud and Sticky Band: An Awakening’ by Natalia Sorzano (HC’22) – photo credit: Ruby Nghiphung
Exhibition ‘along along’ by Ratri Notosudirdjo (HC’22) – photo credit: Sam Wullems
Exhibition ‘Homegrown’ by Iriée Zamblé
‘Humores Humor’ by Simon Keizer photo credit: Ruby Nghiphung
Exhibition ‘From Then to Here’ by Erik Peters
Hamburger Community 2023
The members of this year’s residency are:
Viana Afoumou (vixnde), Maja Simišić, Emir Karyo, NDNMK Solutions
With a common denominator of questioning, subversifying and restroying existing constructs the residents will collectively develop 5 showcases and join 4 mentorship projects with Hocus Bogus Publishing, Futura Resistenza, Geo Wyeth and Extrapool.
Hamburger Community residents ’23. Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
Hamburger Community residency
In 2019, Roodkapje introduced its artist-in-residency programs dubbed the Hamburger Community of Art & Live. Since then 21 artists have been developing and showing their work, both in solo exhibitions and working collaboratively with mentors such as Mette Sterre, Nora Turato, Rory Pilgrim and Alexandra Philips.
In 2023, the former two artist residencies Hamburger Community of Art & Live are merged into one program in which interdisciplinary collaboration with each other and with the public is central under the title Hamburger Community – Test Site. To define and put into practice concrete tools for equal artistic exchange among the residents and with our audience, we conduct a methodology research together with artist and researcher Katinka de Jonge. Our goal is to focus on the development of different forms of meeting, exchanging, plotting and colluding.
The Hamburger Community creates five collective public showcases and four mentor-guided projects. Within these public moments many things can happen: Exhibitions, Workshops, Festivals, Dinners, Jamsessions, Exchanges or Performances are all among the possibilities. Residents of the community are free to show their own work as well as invite other artists, musicians or collaborators to present. This gives them the opportunity to test out ideas directly with the public and to engage with different audiences. The public program is initiated and organized from A-Z by the members themselves with guidance from Roodkapje’s team in production, communication and conceptual development.
Hamburger Community residents ’23. Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
The members of this year’s residency are: Viana Afoumou (vixnde), Maja Simišić, NDNMK Solutions, Emir Karyo, Jip Piet
Maja Simišić. Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
Maja Simišić is a multimedia artist focusing on everyday battles, and finding ways to turn them on their head, carrying heavy subjects with lightheartedness and humour specific to her character. In her work she overthrows existing gender and class struggles fueled by analysing the expectations put on us by modern societal structures and historical narratives, applying her self developed methodology; the practice of ‘restroying’.
As a female from the Balkans, living and working in the western world, her artistic practice is deeply influenced by, on the one hand, the perception of the eastern European in western society, and on the other, the way in which people in the Balkans are raised, their fundamental beliefs, and the role of women in both of these contexts.
Maja seeks to escape the great Kafkaesque machine of oppression by building a fortress of collective imagination. She aims to be the queen of the uncanny valley led by mixed realities.
In the Hamburger Community – Test Site, Maja continues to work on her research into the bureaucracy involved in obtaining a (European) visa. As a child and as an adult she has often been involved in visa procedures and therefore she understands the cold reality of these bureaucratic and Kafka-esque procedures, the impact this has on people’s lives. She tackles this serious and frustrating subject in a humorous way in participatory performances in which she uses circus and theater to expose the oppressive systems together with the audience.
Extremely individualistic in nature, rooted in identity and identity politics, Maja asks her audience to question what is right in front of them. With a pinch of absurdity and a whole bunch of satire, she helps us see that all our realities are connected and that we need understanding and a certain willingness to accept differences in order to make an actual change.
NDNMK Solutions. Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
In the Hamburger Community – Test Site, NDNMK’ will investigate how to make music and literature in a decentralized way where the audience can co-write/create, both physically and digitally. In addition, they will use different methods of world building in order to build new common worlds that cultivate empathy and new myths. Using different magical, occult and ritual practices to map this new world and to collectively look for different futures.
Viana Afoumou (vixnde). Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
Viana is a Brussels-born singer-songwriter, writer and artist, currently living in Rotterdam. In 2022, Viana graduated in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Erasmus University College Rotterdam, with a major in Political Philosophy and a minor in African Dynamics. Her academic background influences her practice, which is often intertwined with research and theory. Her voice is her main instrument. She likes jamming, improvising and bending genres – tools to break boundaries. She explores performance in its broader sense: as a conversational tool merging sound, visuals, theatricality and storytelling. Beyond music, she writes poetry, which she distributes through the city via stickers (and sometimes reads out loud), she develops audiovisual projects together with other musicians and filmmakers, she writes blog posts and long essays, and she designs DIY websites. She also bakes bread.
At Roodkapje, she will explore the theme “Red Hoods”, combining research, music, poetry, and live interaction with the public, discussing the different meanings of the word Hood, asking questions that shed light to its many socio-political perspectives, exploring the negotiation between the perception of the self and someone’s (perception of) safety in their “hood”. She is interested (and angry) in the paradoxal codes and etiquettes prescribed to different individuals in the streets..
Influenced by, and using the imagery of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, she reflects on advice she received since she was a young girl, on “how to avoid the big bad wolves out there”, while asking: What if there was a wolf under my own hood too? She wants to create a space to explore questions, share experiences, perspectives and be angry together against “the wolf”, while simultaneously exploring the wolves inside ourselves.
How do our hoods define the roles we take?
Emir Karyo. Photo credit: Michèle Margot.
Emir Karyo (2000) is a graphic designer, multi-disciplinary artist and a mischievous explorer based in the Netherlands, originally from Istanbul, employing various storytelling tools such as airbrush, sculptures, and screens to deliver a multi-sensory impact. Through exploring distinct yet interconnected techniques with synthesizing analog and digital workflows, he finds common ground between graphic design and fine arts.
Through his work, Emir aims to take the viewer on a journey from the familiar to the unknown, where reality and fantasy intersect, and where the absurd and satirical coexist. These portals lead into a realm where the mundane becomes magical and where the over-privatized aspects of daily life are mocked and humorously criticized. In his methodology, improvisations and last-minute ideas are welcomed on a red carpet, while mistakes are entities that are celebrated during their catwalk.