Culture of Control

3 October - 13 December 2015
Location: Hogewal 1-9, The Hague and other locations

For a period of ten weeks the program of Stroom Den Haag will be dedicated to the subject of control: from nudging and self-surveillance to talking refrigerators and military urban planning. Not with dystopian scenarios or raised fingers, but from a real interest in a phenomenon that impacts city life in a variety of ways. Through art, scenography, movies, design and reflection Culture of Control researches, plays with and manipulates both the known and the unknown control mechanisms that are at work. For this program Stroom Den Haag collaborates with a wide range of organisations and people like AFFR, ICX, Platform-Scenography and Open!.

Wednesday 11 March 2015, 20-22 hrs
Culture of Control: evening in collaboration with Platform Scenography
Platform Scenography looks at the theme of 'Culture of Control' from the viewpoint of scenography, design and criminology.

3 October - 13 December 2015
Location: Stroom Den Haag
Central during this period is the exhibition SHOW MORE, a video installation by Bruno Listopad and Nikola Kneževi? on self-objectification mediated through online broadcasting. Stroom Den Haag challenged the choreographer Bruno Listopad and the architect/artist Nikola Kneževi? to create an exhibition that reflects the increasing impact of control upon individuals. Instead of reflecting on this topic in a straightforward manner by presenting people only as victims of surveilling corporations and states, they counter-intuitively chose to present individuals who attempt to control their own public mediation.

3 October - 13 December 2015
The Hague. City without walls?
3 October - 13 December 2015
Location: window Stroom Den Haag
In the window of Stroom the architect Floris van der Zee will create a presentation about urban defense techniques like walls, moats and embankments, using examples from both the past and the present, like Europol and ICC.

Sunday 11 October 2015, 18.15-19.45 hrs
(film starts at 20.15 hrs)
Control in the movies
Location: Lantaren-Venster Rotterdam
Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam and Stroom Den Haag hook up for a talk on the impact of control on society, through film. Clips will show the history of control in the city: from Cold War control to modern privacy invasion and pre-crime risk calculations. Saskia van Stein (director Bureau Europa) will lead the discussion with Monique Koemans (criminologist, historian and writer), Juha van 't Zelfde (curator and researcher) and Francesco Garutti (editor and curator).
Followed by a screening of the film Ex Machina.

Thursday 5 November 2015, 10-17 hrs (general public: 12-17 hrs)
Anna Moreno: public lesson
Location: Stroom Den Haag

Artist Anna Moreno will move her classroom in the KABK for one day to the exhibition SHOW MORE where she will teach students Artistic Research (and visitors who are interested).

Tuesday 10 November 2015, 19.30 hrs
Meet Up: Ben Hayes (Statewatch) & Christopher Soghoian (ACLU): Meet up
Location:  Het Nutshuis, The Hague

Ben Hayes and Christopher Soghoian will talk with each other and other participants about one of the major challenges of our time: how much and what type of security do we need without giving in on our fundamental freedoms.
Organised by: Human Security Collective, The Hague International Center for Civic Hacks, Partos, Border Sessions and Stroom Den Haag.

Monday 23 November 2015, 15-20 hrs
Action Research into the workings of control

Location: the International Zone of The Hague
Together with Platform-Scenography we will investigate how scenographic strategies can be used to either expose and unravel or create and strengthen feelings of control and safety. The workshop focuses on how buildings and zones create or shape these feelings (on the level of architecture and urbanism), and their political, social and symbolical implications.

Wednesday 25 November 2015, 20 hrs
Constant Dullaart: lecture 'Balconism, neoliberal lulz and resurrected armies'
Location: Stroom Den Haag

Constant Dullaart works primarily with the Internet as an alternative space of presentation and (mis)representation. His often-political approach is critical of the control that corporate systems have upon our perception of the world, and the way in which we passively adopt their languages. His practice includes websites, performances, installations and manipulated found images, presented both offline and in the public space of the Internet. Constant Dullaart will talk about his work and the 'balconism-manifesto' that starts like this: 'We are all outside on the balcony now. Standing on a platform made out of a tweet into corporate versions of public space.'

Sunday 22 November 2015, 15 hrs
Guided tour SHOW MORE
Location: Stroom Den Haag
Bruno Listopad and Nikola Kneževi? give a guided tour of the exhibition.

Saturday 12 and 13 December 2015, 12-17 uur
Presentations 'Disorderly Group Behaviour'
Location: Stroom Den Haag
During the closing weekend of SHOW MORE Nikola Kneževi?, Céline Talens, Katinka de Jonge, Abla elBahrawi and Elmo Vermijs present their reseacrh into disorderly group behaviour in public space.

In 2004 the first edition of the cahier Open! was released, dedicated to the theme of (in)security. Ten years later the online platform Open! looks back at the topic of security and control in a series of new articles and artist contributions by:
- Jorinde Seijdel
- Marc Schuilenburg & Rik Peeters
- Michael Seeman
- Claire Birchall

- Elian Somers
- Abla Bahrawy

Secret Cinema
Wednesday 23 September 2015, 20 hrs

A secret film on a secret location during Top Secret Cinema @ Den Haag organizated in collaboration with AFFR.

Culture of Control is made possible in part by the Creative Industries Fund NL, Mondriaan Fund and the City of The Hague.

Image on flyer: Jillian Mayer ‘How to hide from cameras'

'Culture of Control' flyer
photo: Jillian Mayer ‘How to hide from cameras’ / US embassy The Hague | design: Autobahn
Bruno Listopad and Nikola Knežević, SHOW MORE (still), 2015
photo: courtesy the artists
The Hague: City without walls? Window presentation at Stroom Den Haag
photo: Stroom Den Haag
Constant Dullaart: 'Balconism, neoliberal lulz and resurrected armies'
AFFR flyer