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Project: Present Forever

Partners:, Stichting FLAT

Disciplines: Project Management, Creative Direction, Programme, Technical Direction, Event Production, Graphic Design, Permitting, Fundraising

Disciplines: Project Management, Creative Direction, Programme, Technical Direction, Event Production, Graphic Design

Year: 2010 - 2012

From 2010 trough 2012 and artist label Fffuck staged FATFORM. An artist-run initiative and flexible platform where (Art) objects, performances, cultures, genres, feelings and opinions could circulate in all their radicality. Due to experimental and international cross programming all possible forms of expression come together in a parking garage in De Bijlmermeer (Amsterdam South East). With this clash of worlds we wanted to encourage makers and audiences from very diverse fields and backgrounds to meet and exchange.




For its third and last season we invited Ad de Jong and Manuel Klappe to make an exhibition together with Daniela Bershan, co-director of FATFORM. We wanted to go out with a bang and were really ambitious about this show. In collaboration with 55 contemporary Dutch artists, exhibition designer Bas Oudt and a production crew of over 50 peeps we turned 4000 square meters into PRESENT FOREVER. An exhibition in which 55 artists showed their latest work on multiple, spiralling floors and together created a unique visual experience. Aware that the future does not present itself, but should be made, the artists gave their own vision on their personal future and determined their position on things to come.


PRESENT FOREVER, 55 Contemporary Dutch Artists was on view daily from July 28th until September 30th 2012 in garage Klieverink, Kraaiennest, Amsterdam. We welcomed over 6.000 visitors coming from near by and far away to experience this extraordinary show.


* Roi Alter * Jabu Arnell * Gijs Assmann * Hans van den Ban * Daniela Bershan * Bas de Boer * Maze de Boer * Melanie Bonajo * Matthijs de Bruijne * Arno Coenen * Adam Colton * Koen Delaere * Sebastian De Line * Bonno van Doorn * Bart Domburg * Gijs Frieling & Daan Frieling * Lotte Geeven * Esther de Graaf  * Kaleb de Groot * Ab van Hanegem * Jos Houweling * Bert Jacobs * Ad de Jong * Hamid El Kanbouhi * Natasja Kensmil * Wouter Klein Velderman * Klaas Kloosterboer * Sam Geer van der Klugt * Job Koelewijn * Jean Bernard Koeman * Krijn de Koning * Frank Koolen * John Körmeling * George Korsmit * Maartje Korstanje * Marijn van Kreij * Axel Linderholm * Erik Mattijssen * Jana van Meerveld * Rik Meijers * Sachi Miyachi * Aapo Nikkanen * Ruchama Noorda & Gijsbert Wouter Wahl * Jonas Ohlsson * David Powell * Jacobien de Rooij * Ian de Ruiter * Maarten Sleeuwits * Derk Thijs * Henk Visch * Judith Witteman * Izaak Zwartjes *

FATFORM style clashing worlds, disciplines and cultures we opened this show with a fest of art, music, food and drinks. While people could wander around the garage with 82 artworks on display, the roof top was stage to bands, MC’s, DJ’s and dancers.  Performances by Jay Colin, Bat Country,  MD Dance  and many many more made artists, workers and guests groove into the summer night.


And PRESENT FOREVER had some more extras on offer. We transformed the central storage spaces into a coffee corner and bookshop, offering refreshments for body and mind. We also organised many smaller events during the run of this show, like artists talks, dance performances, clip shoots and tours for academy students from Amsterdam and children of local primary schools. All in all it made PRESENT FOREVER destination for high brow art lovers as well as a hang out for local youngsters and aspiring artists.


We invited graphic designer Roosje Klap to create a visual identity for Present Forever and her design worked really well. We love the black & white Banco font, you might know it from the famous Trasher Magazine logo. We produced banners, posters, flyers, invitations, T’s, tickets and last but not least a catalogue. We distributed DIY style on and offline, attracting many happy visitors and lots of great show reviews!


This extraordinary and temporary effort was carefully documented in the PRESENT FOREVER catalogue. The photography by Herve Hubert, the visual identity by Roosje Klap and steady desktop production labour of Jeff Croese together with Bas Oudt resulted in a worthy publication that’s now one of the few tangible remains of this enterprise.


To document as well as to promote the show, we also directed, shot and cut a long playlist of video’s, sharing the making of and final results.


When it’s hardly an effort to get the journalists out, you know you’ve got something special going on. We can try and describe that ‘something special’ our selves, but let’s just share the many reviews with you here, written by serious art critics, curious journalists and fun loving bloggers.DOCUMENTATION 

To document as well as to promote the show, we also directed, shot and cut a long playlist of video’s, sharing the making of and final results.


This will be a long credit list because FATFORM nor PRESENT FOREVER would have happened without the wonderful support of an army of enthusiastic and voluntary art workers! A big FAT shout-out to all of you!



Compilation: Ad de Jong, Daniela Bershan, Manuel Klappe

Project management: Sara Mattens |

Production lead: Sara Mattens, Jeffrey Croese |

Exhibition design: Bas Oudt

Assist compilation and project management: Petra Ponte

Press and administration: Irene de Craen
Website: Jeffrey Croese, Robbert Doelwijt |
Video: Jeffrey Croese |
Video assist: Sangiorgio Blonk |

Photography: Hervé Hubert
Kitchen: Rachel Tokromo |


Production: Jesper Buursink, Sara Mattens

Production assists: Floris Kruidenberg, Roi Alter, Terry Vreeburg
Wood workshop: Bas de Boer, Boris Duijneveld
Technical coordinator: Regillio Nijhove
Technician: Herbert L. Macharius
Design bookshop & coffeecorner: Sajoscha Talirz

Transport: Jeffrey Croese, Sangiorgio Blonk, Lance de France, Tee Cardaci, Ras Tony I


Kenneth Aidoo, Vincent Boschma, Sangiorgio Blonk, Najiba Brakkee, Tee Cardaci, Silvia Celiberti, Allison Constantin, Jessica Tucker Dill, Ikael Echteld, Lance de France, Maria Guggenbichler, Khalid Habballah, Sjim Hendrix, Malyssa ten Hove, Linda de Jong, Paul de Jong, Silben de Jonge, Camiel Karsten, TKD De Kraai, Elon Liberman, Liaf Lijbers, Lucia Macari, Silvia Martes, Samuel Mattens, Rutger van Mazijk, Govinda Mens, Leslie Nagel, Carlos Nijhove, Chidi Nwosu, Serge Onnen, Frederique Pisuisse, Eric Von Robertson, Ras Tony I, Cleo Scheibe, Henrike Trotter, Murray Turpin, Liran Weisman, Willem Wesseling, Hanae Wilke, Kees Boevé, Maarten de Haan, Nishiko, Saskia Janssen, Liza Korsmit, Lorenzo Quintanilla, Ras Tony I, Cecile Wentges, Terry Vreeburg


Text: Lucas Verburgt, Manuel Klappe
Editors: Petra Ponte, Daniela Bershan, Alon Karniel
Design: Roosje Klap, Tomas Janicek
Desk Top Production: Jeffrey Croese, Bas Oudt

Photography: Hervé Hubert
Print: Die Keure, Brugge, BE

Circulation: 1000
Published by FATFORM in August 2012


Roi Alter, Jabu Arnell, Gijs Assmann, Hans van den Ban, Daniela Bershan, Bas de Boer, Maze de Boer, Melanie Bonajo, Matthijs de Bruijne, Arno Coenen, Adam Colton, Koen Delaere, Sebastian De Line, Bonno van Doorn, Bart Domburg, Gijs Frieling & Daan Frieling, Lotte Geeven, Esther de Graaf, Kaleb de Groot, Ab van Hanegem, Jos Houweling, Bert Jacobs, Ad de Jong, Hamid El Kanbouhi, Natasja Kensmil, Wouter Klein Velderman, Klaas Kloosterboer, Sam Geer van der Klugt, Job Koelewijn, Jean Bernard Koeman, Krijn de Koning, Frank Koolen, John Körmeling, George Korsmit, Maartje Korstanje, Marijn van Kreij, Axel Linderholm, Erik Mattijssen, Jana van Meerveld, Rik Meijers, Sachi Miyachi, Aapo Nikkanen, Ruchama Noorda & Gijsbert Wouter Wahl, Jonas Ohlsson, David Powell, Jacobien de Rooij, Ian de Ruiter, Maarten Sleeuwits, Derk Thijs, Henk Visch, Judith Witteman, Izaak Zwartjes


The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of:

Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Mondriaan Fonds and Stadsdeel Zuidoost.

With the material sponsoring of:

NIMK and Anoniem.

By courtesy of:
Gijs Assmann, “God, Liefde, Dood”: Collectie Jaap Sleper, Utrecht
Gijs Assmann, “Ziekte, vrijheid, ouderdom”, “En en” en “Wraakveulen”: Galerie Nouvelles Images, Den Haag
Koen DeLaere: Galerie Hofland, Amsterdam
Bart Domburg: Vous Etes Ici, Amsterdam
Natasja Kensmil: Galerie Paul Andriesse, Amsterdam
Klaas Kloosterboer: Ellen de Bruijne Projects, Amsterdam / Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam

And with the help of our partners:

Stichting Flat, Centrum Beeldende Kunst Zuidoost and Projectbureau Vernieuwing Bijlmermeer.



Is a project by en 2010 - 2012

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