Reading Residency

We have noticed a huge need among artists (and others) for a quiet place for regeneration, reflection, contemplation, and open-minded learning. This is why, in the period 2019-2020, we invite three artists per year to join a one-month Reading Residency in the Stroom library. The work of these international artists has an affinity with our collection of books and publications. We are furthermore looking forward to get an outsider's perspective, in order to gain new insights about the value of the library as a knowledge center for contemporary art and society.


Jules Rochielle Sievert
4 November - 30 November 2019
Jules Rochielle Sievert works at the intersection of art and activism. From 2017-2019, Jules was a Creative Placemaking Policy Fellow at Arizona State University through the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. They are also the Creative Director at NuLawLab at Northeastern University School of Law, where they are currently working on a project known as Stable Ground. Stable Ground, is focused on addressing the complex relationship among chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming. Jules also works In New York as an Artistic Coordinator with More Art's Engaging Artists Fellowship and Residency program. They are also providing coaching to the 2020 Art Fellows at Now and There in Boston and teaching a course of Socially Engaged Art at Tufts University in Boston.
Their most recent artist residencies have been with the Center for Artistic Activism at Art Action Academy at the Queens Museum, with the Mayor's Office of Veterans' Affairs and Department of Cultural Affairs in New York, Women With Wings Artists Residency in Boulder, Colorado, and with California State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana. Jules's scholarship has been published in the Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, and in Engaging Publics/Public Engagements published by Auckland Art Gallery & Auckland University of Technology.
They have earned awards for their teamwork and collaboration with Nulawlab from the Kresge Foundation, awards from Northeastern University, awards from the Legal Services Corporation Technology Innovation Grant Program, and a Hiil Innovative Idea Award from Innovating Justice at the Hague Institute for the Internationalization of Law. Their work has been in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The Los Angeles Times.

Jules Rochielle Sievert's Reading Residency plan
During my research residency I will be conducting research, meeting and interviewing with various artists connected to Stroom Den Haag. I am interested in artists and artist collectives at work at the intersection of arts, policy making and activism.
I will  be using some of my time at Stroom to focus on writing an arts curriculum for More Art's Engaging Fellowship Program. This program  will support and mentor 8-10 emerging artists that have an interest in Socially Engaged Art. My hope is to explore the archives and library at Stroom, I will be looking for texts and materials that can assist me as I develop the Engaging Artists Curriculum and Fellowship Program.
I will also use some of my time here to research and organize for a Boston based project called Stable Ground. Stable Ground is a collaboration among three organizations: Northeastern University School of Law's NuLawLab, which leads the project and has engaged arts-based disciplines since 2013 to imagine and realize new models of legal empowerment; the City of Boston's Office of Housing Stability, which works to prevent displacement and promote housing preservation and stabilization; and Violence Transformed, which fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. Collaborations with local artists are central to Stable Ground.
This coming year, through Stable Ground the NuLawLab is engaged with three Artists in Residence (AIR), a Community Storytelling Curator, and expanding its work with local artist, organizer, and educator Anthony Romero. The Stable Ground Artist in Residency program creates an opportunity for visual and performing artists to develop their social-based artistic practice to become engaged in a thoughtful, facilitated dialogue with community members about the personal impact that housing insecurity has on Boston's residents.
At the end of my fellowship my goal is create a Dinner Gathering and Salon that will be focused on learning and celebration through creating a platform for local artists.

Renée Mboya
23 September - 19 October 2019

Wednesday 9 October, 19:00 hrs
A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me
Renée Mboya will give an informal talk about her work and about her current research project. You are all welcome to attend.

Curator, writer and filmmaker Renée Mboya (from Nairobi, Kenya) is our current Reading Resident. Her work is concerned with memory and specifically the use of autobiography in contemporary narratives to rehabilitate misrepresentations in the historical. Her current project - A Glossary of Words My Mother Never Taught Me - is one that looks at a single source, the documentary Africa Addio (1966). The film is regarded here as a violent and ahistorical source, but curiously one that in the last few decades has been taken at face value as a way to learn and speak about ‘Africa'.
Renée Mboya was part of De Appel Curatorial Program in the 2015/2016 edition and was one of the visiting curators of the Stroom Invest Week 2018.
>> Read more about her in the Stroom Invest Interview on Jegens & Tevens (June 2018).

Katarina Petrovic
17 to 28 June + 8 to 20 July 2019
Follow her Reading Residency activities online
>> Katarina's Reading log

>> Instagram @stroom_den_haag
>> Katarina on Instagram: @james_blondich

Katarina Petrovic (RS/NL) is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher working at the intersections of art and science. Interested in the issues of translation and interpretation, she investigates the structures and modes of information organization within different symbolical structures like language, mathematics, and code. Focusing on their universality and fluidity, she constructs narratives ambiguous documents in which the facts and poetics stand side by side. Katarina was part of My Practice, My Politics at Stroom Den Haag in 2018.

Text accompanying image on the right:

my Lady
What day will you have mercy
how long will I cry a moaning prayer
I am yours
why do you slay me

[Betty De Shong Meador, Inanna, Lady of the Largest Heart: Poems of the Sumerian High Priestess Enheduanna (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000), p.134. Quoted from: Amaranth Borsuk, The Book (Cambridge, MIT Press, 2018), p.9.]