Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, 2012

Coordinator of the Public Programme of the 2012 edition of the Kunstvlaai: INexactly THIS. The festival hosted 70 (inter)national artist-led initiatives, art schools and nomadic organizations. The public programme, which included performances, lectures, round-tables and film screenings running in parallel in four different festival locations. INexactly THIS is curated by Fleur van Muiswinkel and Natasha Ginwala and took place from 23 November to 2 December 2012 and attracted 6.000 visitors.

The Kunstvlaai, a biennial art event in Amsterdam, is a platform and meeting place for young talent and curators. It was always organized by the Sandberg Instituut together with external partners, but recently it became an independent foundation. However, our students continue to organize, participate and exhibit their work alongside presentations by other academies and artist-run organisations.

The first editions were located in the Westerpark in Amsterdam. In 2012, the Festival of Independents, entitled INexactly THIS, was situated for the first time on another location; an empty school near the Amsterdam Zuidas: the former St. Nicolaaslyceum in Amsterdam Zuid. This edition of the festival hosted over 80 local and international artist-led initiatives, art schools, and nomadic organisations of the contemporary visual arts. Over 6.000 visitors came to the new temporary location, and spent hours on the premises finding new inspiration and being slightly overwhelmed by the diversity of what was there was to be seen.

Unlike former editions of the festival, INexactly THIS questioned the role of education in the cultural field. Dutch art academies and international artist-led projects were challenged to showcase new approaches and research new ideas in relation to the format of art education. The festival also highlighted experimental filmmaking, both inside and beyond the Netherlands, hosting several film programmes and debates.

INexactly THIS/Kunstvlaai 2012
Sint Nicolaas Lyceum (Prinses Irenestraat 21), Amsterdam
23 November – 2 December


Photography: Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk