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As workers on the NDSM werf we have seen the changes from up close. First an artist initiative known for its creative and exciting atmosphere it has now become the focal point of commercial development. Spaces will become so expensive that artist that work with their hands and need quite a bit of space will not be able to work here no more.

The proces of gentrification is now part of the curriculum in schools for planning. Artist accept the nomadic existence as part of the deal. What is important is the work, not the place where it is created. New initiatives will pop up at other places. You cannot fight all of your live. Democracy is at a certain point accepting that the system takes over.
But..
The idea that for the municipality of Amsterdam alternative space can not exist any longer than the time it takes to become profitable is too cynical.
We still hope that this frenzy to make money than generate meaningfull space is a temporary infatuation.
"Art in the public space used to be a testimony of the possibility of creating. It was part of daily life. Now the funding for public art has almost disappeared. Signs of creating like studios, cluttered spaces are also disappearing. The proces of creation takes part more and more in remote areas , far away from the public eye. Artist move to the edge of town, like companies did earlier."
"Vroeger was kunst in openbare ruimte een actieve getuigenis van de mogelijkheid kunst te maken. Het hoorde er bij. Nu zijn de budgetten voor kunst verdwenen. Er is een verplichting kunst te vermarkten.

Signalen van het scheppen: atelier, rommelige ruimte, verdwijnen ook. Het proces van scheppen en creƫren vindt plaats op afgelegen gebieden en vormt geen onderdeel meer van een publieke beleving. Kunstenaars gaan net als bedrijven naar de randen van de stad."
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