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Dwaallicht (Will o the wisp)

Rotterdam, Nieuw Crooswijk, 2004
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installation 'Knight of Memory
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installation 'Knight of Memory
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poster event 'je laat je niet slopen'
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event 'je laat je niet slopen'
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event 'Het verloren akkoord'
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event 'Persoonlijk verhalen van een begraafplaats'
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Letter to the Editor 'My Nieuw Crooswijk is gone'
Duration: 08.2004 - 06.2005
Location: Nieuw Crooswijk, Rotterdam
Participants: 168
Visitors: 1,200
Number of Events: 13
Additional Presentations: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (06.2005-08.2005)

Within the next ten years the Nieuw Crooswijk area in Rotterdam will undergo a massive regeneration. More than ninety percent of the social housing dwellings will be torn down and replaced by middle-class residences. Expectations are that ninety percent of the current residents, mainly working-class people of various ethnic backgrounds, will not be able to return to their neighbourhood. Many of these people have lived in Nieuw Crooswijk for several generations. Their identity is strongly linked to the area's history. With Het Dwaallicht (The Will o' the Wisp) (2004), Van Heeswijk and a team of experts researched the links, connections and relationships within the area in cooperation with its residents.

For a year Het Dwaallicht wandered through the area seeking out the social web and energies that determine its character and identity and link its different urban dynamics. Based on residents' stories and past and current events, mystery writer Dick van den Heuvel wrote a monthly chapter chronicling this mysterious search. These stories were then re-enacted in various locations in the area at monthly events staged in cooperation with residents. For instance, musician Paul de Jong composed a piece based on the sound of Crooswijk, which he performed at various venues, from the local butcher's, to the Asian shop to the Open House, a drop-in and food distribution centre for deprived elderly people. Children demonstrated their vision of the street they lived and played in. There was a guided audio tour of the graveyard, noting memorials to historic figures as well as to beloved neighbourhood residents. Youngsters staged a music and theatre performance around their 'bad reputation', and former strangers shared a friendly meal. Even the current residents' supposedly antisocial nature - a preconception on the part of the regeneration planners - was the subject of an event.

These new stories were then distributed through a door-to-door newspaper. Through the accumulation of these stories a 'new history' of Nieuw Crooswijk was written and its energy mapped out. Het Dwaallicht tried to capture the cultural history of Nieuw Crooswijk and its residents for the future to create a narrative monument to the community. At the end of the project's first year Het Dwaallicht wandered for two months in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, telling its story about a lost neighbourhood. This story will be published in a historical novel: Het Dwaallicht van Crooswijk ('The Will o' the Wisp of Crooswijk').
www.dwaallicht.nl...participants:Ada van LoonCreating space , Written or oral text contribution
Adasat SchotelantennesWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Adnan YilmazWritten or oral text contribution
Aldwin van KrimpenParticipation in realising artwork
Aleksandar TodorovicWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Alex KidamariamParticipation in realising artwork
Andre GoosTechnical realisation
Annet van OtterlooWritten or oral text contribution
Ans BoerParticipation in realising artwork , Written or oral text contribution , Reporting in language
Antoinette KoemansCreating space
Arjan MellinkParticipation in realising artwork
Arjen DamenTechnical realisation
Art RotterdamCreating space
Asia LevensmiddelenParticipation in realising artwork , Creating space
Bakkerij BallegoieWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Ben KheyCreating space
Betty PrinsParticipation in realising artwork
Betty v.d. VeldeDistribution, Participation in realising artwork
  :. Patricia van de VeldeDistribution, Participation in realising artwork
BlissContributing one's own artwork , Development of the artwork
  :. Charlie ZwartContributing one's own artwork , Development of the artwork
  :. Gwen van ZaaneContributing one's own artwork , Development of the artwork
  :. Lauren DyerContributing one's own artwork , Development of the artwork
Bruinstroop NatuursteenWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Carla den BrinkerCreating space
Carla FeijenProduction
CascadeCreating space
Casper RilaTechnical realisation
Casper ThomsonTechnical realisation
CBK RotterdamFinancial support
  :. Madi Just de la PaissiereFinancial support
  :. Marjolein van der MijdenFinancial support
  :. Sandra SmetsCommunication
  :. Siebe ThissenFinancial support, Inspiration/knowledge sharing , Creating space
Chantal DundasParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Christa DriessenWritten or oral text contribution , Creating space , Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 1Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 2Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 3Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 4Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 5Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 6Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 7Participation in realising artwork
  :. Gast 8Participation in realising artwork
Clubhuis t VooronderCreating space
CopyhouseTechnical realisation
Cor SnoeijCreating space , Written or oral text contribution
David FerreiraParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
De BuurtwinkelCreating space , Financial support, Emotional support
De Fauna ShopWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
De SterDistribution
De WoorddansersReporting in language , Reporting in sound
  :. Arie HordijkReporting in language , Reporting in sound
  :. Jeroen NaaktgeborenReporting in language , Reporting in sound
Dennis RudgeParticipation in realising artwork
Dhr. RoosCreating space
Diana SchottingCreating space
Dick van den HeuvelWritten or oral text contribution
Dré WapenaarCreating space
Elco StapelkampCreating space
Erik van GrondelleTechnical realisation
Eva van WelzenisParticipation in realising artwork
Face TomorrowDevelopment of the artwork , Contributing one's own artwork
Familie AgterbergWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Fred SierhuisCreating space
Gerda van RoshumParticipation in realising artwork
Gijs HankTechnical realisation
Greet WijsCreating space
Gustav BreuerWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Guus BeijerParticipation in realising artwork
Henry van t HofWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
HoudaParticipation in realising artwork
Huibert EndersWritten or oral text contribution
Ilona KoelewijnWritten or oral text contribution
Jan SchotWritten or oral text contribution
Jasper DroogersTechnical realisation, Production
JavlinParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Jordy WalkerTechnical realisation
K.B.T. KingsaleParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Kamiel VerschurenGraphic design
Karim ZoudriWritten or oral text contribution
Kaya Meubelstoffeerderij en AntiekreparatieWritten or oral text contribution
Kees v.d. ZwaardWritten or oral text contribution
Klaas van GorkumReporting in image, Image editing , Development of the artwork
Koosje ElhortsWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Manuel RecklessParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Marianne van HengelWritten or oral text contribution , Reporting in language
MarioParticipation in realising artwork
Mark GijzenTechnical realisation
Marten WintersReporting in image, Image editing , Development of the artwork
Martijn CeulemansReporting in sound
Martijn KoostraCommunication
Maurice MeeuwissenTechnical realisation
Maurits de BruijnWebsite development
Merel WillemsenProduction, Development of the artwork , Communication
Mevrouw van DelzenWritten or oral text contribution
Mevrouw WulfsWritten or oral text contribution
Mickey Mouse winkelWritten or oral text contribution
Mieke SandifortCreating space
Miss CouwaelstraatWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Miss KerkhoflaanWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Miss RusthoflaanWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Muhsin SagdicWritten or oral text contribution
Museum Boijmans Van BeuningenCreating space , Financial support
  :. Patricia PullensCreating space
  :. Saskia de JongParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Timo te DuitsCreating space
Museum RotterdamCreating space
N&N DesignGraphic design
  :. Nadine StijnsGraphic design
  :. Nanna van HeestGraphic design
Natalino PereiraReporting in sound
Nelson RodoriquesParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Nesrin MusaWritten or oral text contribution
Netty VermeulenCreating space
Nienke EijsinkParticipation in realising artwork
Nikita O BrienParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Nikola SavicParticipation in realising artwork , Written or oral text contribution
Nummer 13Written or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Paul de JongContributing one's own artwork
Pieter van der Most TheatertechniekTechnical realisation
Pneumatisch Dance TrioDevelopment of the artwork , Contributing one's own artwork
Proper StokInspiration/knowledge sharing
  :. Peter van der GugtenInspiration/knowledge sharing
Rachid SealitiProduction
Ramón MosterdCommunication, Communication
RaoulParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Reggie ShollesContributing one's own artwork
Remon ThijssenWebsite development
Rens MolTechnical realisation
Richard SchoonenbergCreating space
Riet HoogstratenParticipation in realising artwork , Written or oral text contribution
Rijwiel- en Bromfietshandel v.d. DoolWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Rineke MeijerCreating space
Ritse MolTechnical realisation
RK Begraafplaats St. LaurentiusCreating space
  :. C. GrootendorstCreating space
  :. Nicole ZemeringCreating space
Robin van't HaarWritten or oral text contribution
Robrina BloemsierkunstWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Rolf EngelenAdvice concerning content
Romeo Kenneth GambierReporting in sound
SamiaParticipation in realising artwork , Written or oral text contribution
Samir SadmiParticipation in realising artwork , Reporting in sound
Senfkorn Balkan DelicatessenWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Seno ElhorstWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Slagerij WesterinkWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Slijperij HuttemanWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Stien WeygertseWritten or oral text contribution
Tabakspeciaalzaak KoedamWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Tamar de KempReporting in image
Theo v.d. LaanTechnical realisation
Timmerman NatuursteenWritten or oral text contribution
Tinus KramerReporting in image
Todd MatsumotoTechnical realisation
Vos GymParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 1Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 2Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 3Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 4Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 5Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 6Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 7Participation in realising artwork
  :. Boxer 8Participation in realising artwork
  :. Ryan ResidaWritten or oral text contribution
Wapke FeenstraParticipation in realising artwork
Wieneke VerweijCommunication
Wijkaccomodatie De TamboerCreating space
Wil van RietschotenTechnical advice, Creating space
Wilbert BongersReporting in sound
Willem de KovelInspiration/knowledge sharing
Wings GardenWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Winkel van SinkelWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Wissens SnackbarWritten or oral text contribution , Participation in realising artwork
Woning Bedrijf RotterdamInspiration/knowledge sharing
Yvonne RegeerWritten or oral text contribution
Zaki BenmbarekWritten or oral text contribution
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