Wendelien van Oldenborgh, The Basis for a song, 2005

The Basis For A Song, 2005

The basis for a song is found by concentrating on mechanisms of toleration and rapid integration, to be observed for example in the Netherlands. With these mechanisms conflictual relationships can be avoided and energy is taken away from common forms of resistance or even civic responsibility. The ‘song’ appears through stories, which link the present to a significant period in the recent history of Rotterdam: the late 70’s, early 80’s, when rebellious squatting and a punk movement developed a visible form of acting differently, which was tolerated and even immediately integrated into official policy. Throughout the 70’s also a significant number of immigrants have arrived in Rotterdam and a ‘city renewal’ project reshaped large parts of the inner city. Today the occupation of space is more economically driven and therefore much more hermetic. One of the local modes in music production is now Hip Hop, which has a Do-It-Yourself approach and works with free associative patterns. Two voices from a Rotterdam Hip Hop presence helped develop and perform the script. Both are of Surinam descent and their own story takes its space quietly between the outspoken issues.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh, The Basis for a song, 2005
The Basis For A Song, 2005, still
Wendelien van Oldenborgh, The Basis for a song, 2005
The Basis For A Song, 2005, still