’Paul Auster is the Bon Jovi of American modern literature'. Everybody knew immediately what he was talking about. Sharing this familiarity excited a strong sense of inclusion with the others in the room. The others, who where total strangers to me just a tick of the clock ago, now seemed to me less strange. Almost like I have known them already for years.

The mechanics of how ‘imagined communities’ arise are easy to understand and to recognise. But the emotions they evoke won't always attune naturally with this simplicity. Because of our inability to make a personal experience relevant to others, we need to make our different personal stories into a single thing that can be moved and shared. In a specific example of the Holocaust-Mahnmal sculpture in Berlin, all the 2.711 individual rectangular blocks become one. One community, one memory and one history that we can share, while having a personal version in parallel. Without this flattening and formatting we will fail to share any understanding of ourselves and others as well as we fail to disclose and channel our private thoughts.

Reaching the end of the three-month residency of the Pompgemaal in Den Helder,
we conclude exploring the paradoxical nature of this flattening and formatting with a presentation about ersatz, bonding, monuments, fast food and detective Vince.


Please join our event on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January, from 13:00 to 20:00, in the beautiful Pompgemaal where we will serve fish fingers.
From Amsterdam CS you can take a train (1h.15min) to Den Helder CS. We offer a car pick up from there to the Pompgemaal and back if you please, call 06-1293 4958, or, 06-1894 5062. Otherwise take bus 31, exit Vechtstraat. From there walk about 10 minutes to the Pompgemaal: Duinweg 50, Huisduinen.


All is made possible with the generous help of the Mondriaan Fund.


Dongyoung Lee    Michiel Hilbrink