On 7 September 2017, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art vowed to make a name change. Our new name will come into effect 27 January 2021, following public forums, a survey, and assessment by an external advisory committee.

Would you like to participate in an Online Survey? Click Here.
The online survey is designed for voicing ideas, creating perspectives, and identifying challenges as part of our name change. Please complete by 19 September 2020.

Would you like to take part in a Forum? Click Here.
The Forums are designed for exchanging ideas that will help shape our name change. They are focused and moderated sessions that delve deeper into key questions. Please complete by 22 August 2020. There will be five forums, in Dutch and English. Each Forum will be led by a moderator, connected to three topics:

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29 August 2020
Witte de Withstraat 50
11 am – 1 pm in Dutch
3 – 5 pm in English

"Legacies and Futures: How should our re-naming acknowledge our institutional past, as well our namesake Witte de Withstraat and its relation to Dutch seventeenth century history?

These two forums are held in Rotterdam and focus on how historical awareness is part of our name change. When we remove the name “Witte de With”, how do we continue to be historically aware and how does historical awareness inform our transformation?

Moderated (in NL) by Liane van der Linden, who is part of the research group Het koloniale en slavernijverleden van Rotterdam (KITLV); and (in EN) by Rolando Vázquez Melken, associate professor and diversity fellow at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher University of Utrecht.

2

11 September 2020
Online via Zoom
7 – 9 pm in English

Naming and Communication: How do typologies of naming and branding impact multiple local and international audiences and stakeholders?

This forum focuses on how the choice of name connects with institutional identity. What has the institutional identity been, and what can it be in the future? How is this part of social transformation and re-evaluation? This forum will involve small break-out groups and will be held on Zoom.

Moderated by Prem Krishnamurthy, a designer, curator, teacher, writer, and partner in the multidisciplinary design studio Wkshps in New York and Berlin.

3

19 September 2020
Witte de Withstraat 50
11 am – 1 pm in Dutch
3 – 5 pm in English

Engaging and Changing: How should our re-naming acknowledge our institutional past, as well our namesake Witte de Withstraat and its relation to Dutch seventeenth century history?

These two forums are held in Rotterdam and focus on how our institutional transformation is connected with social engagement and social change. Who have we engaged in the past, who can we engage in the future, and how is our name part of this change?

Moderated by Quincy Mahangi from Guestwise, a consultancy that guides companies towards the creation of audience/guest experience through a people-driven mindset.


Forum Moderators

Prem Krishnamurthy
Prem Krishnamurthy is a designer, curator, teacher, and writer based in Berlin and New York City. He is a partner in the multidisciplinary design studio Wkshps. In 2015, Krishnamurthy was awarded Cooper Hewitt’s National Design Award for Communication Design. Through his professional practice and teaching over the past fifteen years, he has championed graphic design’s significant role in structuring narratives that shape a shared social context. He was a member of the Creative Team for the Carnegie International, 57th Edition 2018, juror of the Stedelijk Museum Gemeentelijk Aankop 2020, and co-Artistic Director of FRONT International 2021.

Liane van der Linden
Liane van der Linden is historian who has worked as curator and director on contemporary heritage programs at the Wereldmuseum, de Nederlandse Museumvereniging, Imagine IC Amsterdam Zuidoost and Kosmopolis Rotterdam. As part of the researchgroup Het koloniale en slavernijverleden van Rotterdam (KITLV) she recently was co-author of the article Een verhaal zonder einde, Koloniale collecties in Rotterdam, and co-editor of the publication Rotterdam, een postkoloniale stad in beweging, that will be published in October this year.

Quincy Mahangi
A husband, father of two children, and a brand strategist by profession. For the past 13 years I've helped brands like Hogeschool Rotterdam, Suriprofs, De Waag en Lions Nederland grow and tell their story. In 2012 I also joined Guestwise. A consultancy that guides brands towards the creation of the right guest experience through a people-driven mindset, and which I became a partner of in 2019. Amongst our clients are de Doelen, Het Industriegebouw, Blijdorp Festival and IFFR.

Rolando Vázquez Melken
Associate Professor of Sociology and Diversity Fellow at University College Roosevelt and affiliated researcher at the Gender Studies Department and at the Research Institute for Cultural Inquiry (ICON) of the Faculty of Humanities, University of Utrecht. Since 2009, he coordinates the annual Middelburg Decolonial Summer School together with Walter Mignolo. He co-authored the report of the Diversity Commission of the University of Amsterdam in 2016 under the direction of Gloria Wekker. He founded the initiative CRIDE (Critical Decoloniality) for sharing of decolonial practices among academic and cultural institutions.