Events — 13 May 2022

Your weekend starts at the Stedelijk! A packed evening of events throughout the museum. After the first sold-out edition, you can now lose yourself in the digital world of Hito Steyerl. Her disruptive video installations critically examine the relation between art, society, advanced technology and neoliberal capitalism.

Standard: € 9,95* – Reduced: € 7,50* (Students, CJP, Vrienden, Museumcard, Stadspas, ICOM or other valid museum ticket) – under 18: Free *1 free drink included! 
13 May, 6.30 pm until 10 pm
Main language
English and Dutch

This evening, the featured artist is Hito Steyerl. You will get to know her work through the eyes of other makers and the Blikopeners. With music from STEWWW and drinks. Get carried away by Pink Oculus, experience the music of Stephanie Pan and the latest developments in 3D design with Shaquille Veldboom.


Walk-in: drinks and STEWWW Sounds with DJ Zoë Janice
Host: Jennifer Muntslag
Exhibition: 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive'

Winner 'Kunstbende' 2021: Rens

Speedtours with Blikopeners – start every hour (EN/NL)


Nail Art by Laktastisch
7.00 pm – 7.15 pm
Solo-performance: Pink Oculus (EN)
7.15 pm - 7.30 pm
Performance: Jordan Achiano (dancer) and Iza Awad (director)
7.30 pm – 8.15 pm
Meet the Masters: Hito Steyerl (NL)
8.30 pm – 9.00 pm
Metaverse Designer Shaquille Veldboom (NL)
Museum closes
  • Installation view 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive', 2022, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hito Steyerl, 'SocialSim', 2020. Photo: Peter Tijhuis.
    Installation view 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive', 2022, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hito Steyerl, 'SocialSim', 2020. Photo: Peter Tijhuis.
  • DJ Zoë Janice
    DJ Zoë Janice
  • Installation view 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive', 2022, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hito Steyerl, 'SocialSim', 2020. Photo: Peter Tijhuis.
    Installation view 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive', 2022, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hito Steyerl, 'SocialSim', 2020. Photo: Peter Tijhuis.
  • Metaverse Designer Shaquille Veldboom
    Metaverse Designer Shaquille Veldboom

Program in detail


Ongoing – Entrance hall

STEWWW Sounds with DJ Zoë Janice

Exhibition: 'Hito steyerl. I will survive'

Ongoing – Old building

Hito Steyerl is an artist, cultural critic, filmmaker, writer and professor and one of the most significant and influential figures in contemporary art. Her rigorously researched and visually stunning installations illuminate some of the most pressing issues of our time.


Ongoing – Audi Gallery

Join one of the 20-minute speed tours and unravel one specific work by Hito Steyerl with the Blikopeners.

You can register at the info desk in the Entrance Hall for one of the following tours, but please note that these spots will be issued on a first come, first serve basis:

  1. 19.15 - 19.35
  2. 20.15 - 20.35
  3. 21.15 - 21.35
Zaalopname 'Hito Steyerl. I Will Survive', 2022, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Hito Steyerl, 'Power Plants', 2019. Foto: Peter Tijhuis.


7.00 - 7.15 pm –  Entrance hall

Pink Ocolus is back! For a moment, Pink Oculus, Esperanza Denswil's alter ego, seemed to be “off the radar." But don't worry, with her upcoming, seriously long-awaited debut album Before Wisdom she’s back. In 2016 she arrived like a comet with the EP Delicious, which put her on the most craved for festivals, including Glastonbury. Due to a dark period in her life, she left just as quickly as she came. On her avant-garde hip-hop-based music with African and Surinamese rhythms, she now takes us on her completed journey to a new, happier existence.

Pink Oculus, photo: @airich_


7.15 - 7.30 pm - Entrance hall

In collaboration with the VU artscience laboratory and dancer Jordan Achiano, Iza Awad will present the first photosynthetic human. Using a lab-developed photosynthetic gel containing algae, people transform into air purifiers. This performance is part of Awad's latest work in which he uses the collaboration between art, science, identity and climate activism to question our status quo.

Director performance and film by: Iza Awad
Dancer performance: Jordan Achiano
Scientific and artistic research: VU artscience laboratory (director dr. Raoul Frese)

Dancer Jordan Achiano during performance 'Photosynthetic Human'; created and directed by Iza Awad. Photo: Jonathan Portugal.


7.30 pm - 8.15 pm – Teijin Auditorium

You don't have to be an expert to enjoy art. Each month, the 'Meet the Masters' program introduces you to the work of a different influential artist. In this edition, we’re exploring the oeuvre of Hito Steyerl through the eyes of various guests. For example, Steyerl’s work is introduced by Manique Hendricks (art historian and junior curator at LIMA) and we conclude with a special musical performance by Stephanie Pan. This program is curated and presented by Mirthe Frese.


Manique Hendricks

Manique Hendricks provides an introduction to the work of Hito Steyerl. Manique Hendricks (NL) is an art historian. She works as a junior curator at LIMA, the media art institute in Amsterdam. She is also an independent curator, writer and researcher, with a focus on contemporary (media) art, visual and digital culture. Manique explores themes such as identity, representation, the body, camp and club culture. She is also a visual arts advisor at the Mondriaan Fund and a board member of Jong VNK.

Manique Hendricks, foto: Rita Bolieiro.

Iza Awad

Iza Awad will zoom in on Power Plants (2019) and relates this to his own work and research ‘Photosynthetic Human’.
My name is Iza Awad, a 24 year old Queer man who is an enthusiast for artistic and scientific research beyond the extraordinary. In 2021 I graduated from the Chemistry master at the University of Amsterdam and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. A great part of my master trajectory I focused on the interaction of photosynthetic plants and algae with a novel cellulose material made from bacteria (bacterial cellulose). Together with my professor/director of the VU artscience laboratory, dr. Raoul Frese we showcased the first clothing pieces consisting of a living fabric made of plants and cellulose. In our most recent work we developed a new photosynthetic gel that could turn humans photosynthetic.

Director performance and film by: Iza Awad
Dancer performance: Jordan Achiano
Scientific and artistic research: VU artscience laboratory (director dr. Raoul Frese)


Iza Awad, foto: Studio Mimik.

Stephanie Pan

Before performing live during this Meet the Masters-program, Stephanie Pan shares her fascination for Hito's work How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File (2013). Stephanie Pan is a voice artist, composer, interdisciplinary maker, and performer. A mutating combination of theater/performance art/experimental, pop and classical music/improvisation/controlled chaos, her work is visceral, passionate and intense, often exploring the limits of the body and voice. She performs extensively internationally, having presented work at venues, platforms and festivals as varied as CTM Berlin, Rewire Festival, Dutch National Opera, Young Vic Theatre London, La MaMa Theater NYC, BBC, IDFA, Beursschouwburg Brussel, Kunstmuseum Den Haag, and O. Festival Rotterdam. She has collaborated regularly with Belarus Free Theatre, Ensemble Klang, Rosa Ensemble, and filmmaker Jeanette Groenendaal, among others. Together with Stelios Manousakis she co-founded and co-curates intermedia platform Modern Body Festival. Ms. Pan holds a Masters in Theatre from DasArts (Amsterdam School of the Arts), Double BA from UC Berkeley in Music and Applied Mathematics, and First Phase Diploma with distinction in Classical Singing from The Royal Conservatory, The Hague. 

Mirthe Frese

Mirthe Frese is a moderator, writer and program maker. In 2018, she wrote and performed her first solo performance, Retourtje Polen (“Return Trip to Poland”) for Theater Na de Dam. She is currently working on her debut novel (Nijgh & Van Ditmar publishers). Whether she is writing, making theater, leading a debate or creating a program, her main goal is always to bring together a diversity of stories, histories and opinions.

Stephanie Pan, foto: Erin McKinney.


8.30 pm - 9.00 pm – Teijin Auditorium

Shaquille Veldboom is a versatile 3D specialist and metaverse designer. He is helping to build our new digital worlds. Let yourself be transported to the place where physical and digital reality merge.


Ongoing – Entrance hall


Ongoing – Audi Gallery

Host: Jennifer Muntslag

Entrance hall

Jennifer Muntslag is a born performer. Since her youth she likes to stand in the spotlight. A few years ago she decided to make a career out of speaking and now she is, in her own words, a “professional chatterbox”, who carries out her profession with great passion and pleasure. Her jobs vary from a weekly late night talk show at Pakhuis de Zwijger, an annual host at Uitmarkt, Oerol, Kunstbende, vlogging for My Daily Shot of Culture and various Spoken Word events to club nights in the Paradiso, Melkweg and many clubs/festivals in and outside of the Netherlands. 

This program is part of Amsterdam Art Week

Metaverse Designer Shaquille Veldboom
Metaverse Designer Shaquille Veldboom


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