3.20.12: Squat Not

Sometimes, one discovery leads to another.

1. Finding out about marktplaats.nl (Thanks, Loes!)

2. Stumbling across the Bolex 102-MTC projector/screen.

3. Biking to the Oude Noorden to meet Julien, the Bolex seller. Once again, we are smitten by another historic Rotterdam neighborhood.

4. Our first Anti-Squat! Anti-Squat legislation makes empty buildings available to artists and other adventurous tenants on a temporary basis in order to prevent the buildings from being squatted/vandalized while the owner is in the process of selling/repurposing the building. The upside for the tenant: extremely cheap rent in some incredible buildings. The downside: when the landlord says go, you gotta go. Case in point: the old school where Julien and several friends live.  A huge heritage structure with endless, light-filled rooms off long hallways, the group anticipated living and making artwork together here for at least a year. Instead, they’ve been given notice to move after just three months as the city has decided to reactivate the space as a school and will being renovations next month. Hence, the sale of the Bolex 102-MTC. We’re happy to give it a good home and wish Julien luck in his own search for new digs.

In the evening, we participate in De Derde Dinsdag, a monthly show and tell by the various cultural institutions around the Witte de Withstraat. Tonight’s installment is at the Ro Theater. There’s a snappy host, some giant hip hop stilt walkers, a box of feathers and a lot of yellow. We discover that Rotterdammers are not too crazy about hobo rock sing-a-longs but love the idea of local kids collaborating on a 16mm city symphony.  A highlight of the night is meeting ebullient event producer Elseline Hokke, one of the forces behind We Own Rotterdam, our favorite go-to website for all the local happenings. Keep up the good work on this labor of love, lady!

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Paolo Davanzo and Lisa Marr travel the world, sharing movies and music with the masses. At home in Los Angeles, they facilitate community screenings and workshops at the Echo Park Film Center, a non-profit media arts organization.

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