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Z-Files #16: Holes in the wall

Z-Files: 04 / 06 / 2016
Location: Kriterion

Wholesale building, at the top The stairs.
Start: 15: 45 hour
Free tickets can be reserved via the following link

BKOR (CBK Rotterdam) proudly presents the film in collaboration with the AFFR on Saturday 4 June Holes in the wall by Jan Dirk Schouten, in the 16e edition of the Z-Filesseries. The film is about the special collaboration between artists and architects in the reconstruction period. The premiere of this film takes place at a unique location, namely in Kriterion Rotterdam, the pop-up film house at the top of the Groothandelsgebouw.

"The stairs are therefore not only there to rise, but especially to enjoy the view. This is possible on top of the Groothandelsgebouw, which is temporarily set up as a lookout post over the city. There, the former Kriterion cinema will also be opened temporarily for a varied selection of films, debates and shows. ”
From 4 June to 8 June there is a film five days. The premiere of Holes in the wall takes place on the first day. First walk into the building and turn right, then take another small staircase to the auditorium.

Program Z-Files #16
Z-Files #16 starts with a conversation between Jord den Hollander (architect, filmmaker and founder of the AFFR) and the maker of the film, Jan Dirk Schouten (architect, Schouten Architects). Then the film Holes in the wall shown, this takes 100 minutes.

About Holes in the wall
After the war, in the years of frugality, housing shortage, lack of resources and raw materials, artists again searched for a unity in art and architecture. It was a flourishing time, with new collaborations between artists and architects. In the 60 years, they became disappointed and the search for unity was preferred. In the movie Holes in the wall (100 minutes), six places in Rotterdam tell the forgotten stories of artists and architects who together strived for a better world. Gate in the wall also pays attention to the question why we have such a difficult relationship with our recent past.

Research, film plan and direction: Jan Dirk Schouten
Assembly: Jaap de Goede
Sound post-processing: Charly van Rest
Image correction: Laurent Fluttert
Film coach: André Schreuders

The film was made financially possible by the Creative Industries Fund NL, the municipality of Rotterdam and CBK Rotterdam

Z-Files, Art and the city
The CBK Rotterdam programs BKOR and Sculpture International Rotterdam work together intensively to strengthen and renew the Rotterdam public space. For example, they regularly organize Z-Files (with the Z from Zadkine) about art and the city in which art, public space and the city are addressed through lectures, presentations and excursions. The aim of the program is to bring attention to the special collection of artworks in the public space of Rotterdam and to highlight current developments in the city.

This program is part of Rotterdam is celebrating the city!


TENT is the platform for contemporary art in the context of Rotterdam with exhibitions, new productions, educational projects, performances and events with makers from the city and beyond.
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Sculpture International Rotterdam manages the international sculpture collection of Rotterdam, brings it to the attention and develops a metropolitan international art policy.
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Forest polder fox, Florentijn Hofman, Schiedamseweg, 2020. Photo: Otto Snoek

BKOR manages and renews the extensive city collection in collaboration with Rotterdam residents, companies and institutions. BKOR advises the municipality, citizens and artists on the realization, placement, relocation and remediation of public works of art.
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Art Office mediates, informs and supports visual artists from Rotterdam with regard to their professional practice. For artists, institutions and individuals.
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