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16 December 2020 – Open BAU Meeting / BAU Agency Research Project

Launch: BAU Agency Research Project website and Agency Test-Platform.

This Open BAU Meeting dedicated to the BAU Agency Research Project follows up on the Open BAU Meeting held on 1 December 2019 – Agency Matters. During that meeting we presented and discussed the progress of the research project, shared the varied findings of the Makers Survey #1, and ventured into the murky waters of defining the so-called “independent makers” and the“independent scene”.

Since that last meeting a lot of progress has been made – despite the fact that Covid 19 forced more than a few delays as well as a few re-thinks. We are nonetheless running full steam ahead towards our 31 December 2020 deadline to reach our noble goals of establishing a solid framework for a new agency model and platform that can better serve, represent and sell the work of you and other independent makers in Amsterdam. In these closing days we very much need your participation and input as we put our bold ideas to the test (or rather to the fire), but there is nothing to prepare – you just need your computer. And since it is almost holiday borrel season, maybe something sweet to eat  or strong to drink.

We launch the new BAU Agency Research Project website POW.Amsterdam which contains our research archive and the Agency-Test Platform. In this crucial test phase of the research we invite all of you makers to contribute to the process, comment on it and see how it could develop further. We will guide you through our archive and then run through a test-run of the mock-up Agency-Test Platform.

Please keep in mind – this a research project that aims to make its results publicly available. It is not intended to be a finalised product but a viable model and resource base for the greater scene to benefit from.

We very much look forward to seeing and meeting with you.

Michael Jahoda and Marion Tränkle, and the BAU Team

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Open BAU Meeting @ Veemvloer

The Open BAU MeetingAgency Matters – Sharing and examining the results of the Makers Survey #1.

This was the first Open BAU Meeting focused exclusively on the new agency research. And our introductory meeting with our Focus Group. Our goal was to engage the community in the research process, and mirror the results of the survey back to them. As a brief introduction, Vincent van Kekerix, one of our research coaches, gave a brief presentation of the format of his agency. This was followed by a general overview of the Makers Survey #1. The final results of the survey were then shared step by step with the participants, most of whom had taken the survey themselves. Results of this survey can be found here.

At the end of the meeting the participants were broken into small groups, tasked with finding key words that they believed defined the so-called “independent dance and performance” scene in Amsterdam. Their broad range of descriptions illuminated the challenge of defining and marketing such a broad group of artists. A list of their descriptions can be found hereadd link

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Open BAU Meeting @ Belcampo

New-Agency Research Project introduction and mini-live-survey.

During the Open BAU Meeting focused on Programming and Curating within the Performing Arts Scene, Jahoda and Tränkle gave an initial introduction of the aims and ambitions of their research project. They then presented a mini-live-survey of potential survey questions. The makers were asked to physically engage in the survey process by answering the questions by standing (or not). Asking the makers to literally “stand for what they believe in” may seem trite, but it was a moment for everyone to physically participate in the process, make theirs answers public and take agency. This was the first moment to actively invite the makers into the research process.

The meeting continued with a lively debate on definitions, trends and developments in current programming and curating practices in the performing arts. Guest speakers included Anita van Doelen (ITA, Julidans), Ravian van den Hil (Holland Festival), Felizitas Stilleke (freelance curator).

This is a very relevant topic with an eye to how the new agency might incorporate curation into the new model and how it might engage with programmers and curators with a varying approaches to programming and curating.