"My fate is to live amid varied and confusing storms. But for you perhaps, if as I hope and wish, you will live long after me, there will follow a better age. This sleep of forgetfulness will not last forever. When the darkness has been dispersed, our descendants can come again in the former pure radiance”
- Petrarca (1304 - 1374)
On the 24th day of April 2015, kunstenaarsinitiatief beyoncé will open The Castle.
A refuge in times of crisis, a place for artists and visitors as homo universalis.
k.i. beyoncé has transformed W139 into a medieval castle. The Castle is an ode to romance as well as historical entertainment for the history loving. It tries to deal with notions of the past and expectations of the future.
k.i. beyoncé is a collective consisting of 5 artists; Elke Baggen, Lukas Hoffmann, Susan Kooi, Lot Meijers and Nikki Oosterveen en was founded in 2013.
k.i. b. started in a former snackbar, where they organized exhibitions in the damp basement. As a collective, they make exhibitions and performances.
We welcome you to our Castle; the oldest castle of Amsterdam, Holland, Europe and the World.
The Castle will be open for all. It is a place to admire centuries-old craftsmanship, gaze at the view, read poetry, make a wish at the well and enjoy community feasts. These will take place on Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons;
Friday the 24th of April: The Castle: boom!
Hayao & Cuckoo by Alexander Höglund and Jay Yoon
Live medieval music and DJ Thomas van Aquino
Thursday the 30th of April: Hellfun´s Walpurgis Night
Awakening Walpurgis’ Knights by HellFun (Josefin Arnell & Max Göran) and Florentina Holzinger
Sunday the 3rd of May: Marketplace + Botanical magic
Medieval Market and Botanical workshop by Hans Donderwinkel with guidance by Hildegard von Bingen
Sunday the 10th of May: New Medievalism
k.i. beyoncé has invited a specialist to talk about the New Middle Ages
Thursday the 14th of May: Martial Arts and Poetry evening
Medieval sword fighting choreography by Rúna Magnússon and Jaline Schaaij, live music and poetry by Rens van der Knoop
Thursday the 17th of May: Human Comma Being
Performance / video by Dafna Maimon
Sunday the 24th of May: Extravagant Renaissance Dinner
A feast to celebrate the end of the dark times and thank all who have blood on their hands.
The Man Looks Up At The Screen, Then DROPS His Cup Of Coffee And Forgets His Name Past, present and future meet in spandex. By Maurits de Bruijn en Justin Gosker
Attendance possible by reservation (firstname.lastname@example.org) and péage.
The gates of The Castle will be open daily between 12.00 and 18.00.
k.i. beyoncé wil be present.
The Castle is kindly supported by the AFK.