Expert session:
Art exploration

NDSM & Eddie the Eagle museum


From a rugged shipyard to a creative hotspot. NDSM is the historical remainder of the largest shipyard in Amsterdam, now developing itself into a creative city at the north bank of the IJ river. Where dozens of famous ships and supertankers slid off-ramp in the twentieth century, events such as Over het IJ Festival, Valtifest and NDSM Vrijhaven are hosted today as well as monumental art in public space. In the massive NDSM hangar, artists are working in the Kunststad (Art City), the largest breeding site in the Netherlands. In ancient workshops (IJkantine) and new temporary buildings (Noorderlicht, Pllek) you can eat, drink and party at the river bank, enjoying the best view of Amsterdam. National Historic Landmarks such as the Timmerwerkplaats (Carpentry Workshop) and the Smederij (Blacksmith) and be transformed into the trendy offices by top architects and host MTV, Red Bull and IDTV among others. Where buildings were demolished, new offices (hosting HEMA, VNU Media and Rough Cookie for example), residents, restaurants, retail, a marina, social facilities, etc.

Eddie the Eagle museum

“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” Bruce Lee.

Daring to fail is our vision. The art world in present time has become a field for achievement, prestige and fixed structures. We want it to be a field for experiment. As a non-institute we can be every shape, any form, fly solo or take on any kind of collaboration, go high end culture or deep down underground. We encourage intuition, fearless behaviour, the familiar and the unfamiliar and define art as broad as possible. People can come and go, our existence is based on the people that are part of it in a particular time and place. We are independent, not bound to funding, specific localities or nationalities. It is all based on the joy of a real, free, artistic and spontaneous co-operation. And it is with this that we break free from the authority of tradition and don’t conform to the art world standard. We create expectations, don’t follow them.

We make art, exhibitions, concepts, films, theatre, magazines and parties

Redefining Urban Spaces

Expert session: Art exploration

Website NDSM
Website Eddie the Eagle