DJ Lynnée Denise, 2015 BiljmAIR Artist in Residence (Amsterdam)
I am pleased to announce my first Artist-in-Residence and thrilled that it will take place in Europe. Each year, international artists can apply for a period to live and work in the BijlmAIR studio in Amsterdam Southeast. During their residency they create works that somehow reflect on the intercultural area of Amsterdam Southeast. Artists are selected by a committee. On average, five artists stay in the studio each year.
As a BijlmAIR artist-in-residence, I will immerse myself in the Amsterdam’s Southeast community for two months to develop “The Bijlmer 80s.” I will use this time to comb through available archives, survey artists, scholars and cultural producers who witnessed and/or took part in the cultural development of this part of the city between 1980-1989. I will conduct research at various cultural institutions, visit music venues and attend festivals in search of any documentation of the Bijlmer 1980s visual and performing arts culture.
The research will culminate with a daylong conference that features performances and visual artists from the 1980s. The goal is to put the Bijlmer community in conversation with artists who created work as urban development, innovative architecture and popular culture informed the creative landscape of Bijlmer.