Riding in Amsterdam

During our talk at the PIC I realized that the workers of de Walle are not really being the ones looked at, we are. Women usually have to find subversive ways to assert our power   The workers are only feigning objecthood, when in reality they are scoping out customers and in full control of the situation.  Now what do we think about “being looked at/seen” since we were the subject?

It seems after our tour with Pascal we were going to be more critical at VanMoof, but when we walked away from that meeting we all wanted one. What do you think about how they presented the bikes to us? I mean it was very smart to have us ride the bikes first because then we were in great moods and very complimentary.

While I enjoyed the Tropenmuseum Junior and thought it was fun, walking through I couldn’t help but think of the sad state of their permanent collection versus Junior. Yes it brings in money and visitors but there is a weird contradiction there. Thoughts?


3 thoughts on “Riding in Amsterdam

  1. I enjoyed the children’s section of the Troppenmuseum. I found that and the short term exhibitions (Body Art) to be well curated and quite opposite from the colonial, racist grammar of the perm. exhibit. Why is this? Maybe because it is easier to start from scratch than to completely fix/alter an exhibit that has been around for decades. There may be red tape that we, the visitor, does not know about that is stalling the modernization of the other exhibits.

    As for Van Moof bicycles, I feel that their sleek, minimalist design is made for the Dutch of Amsterdam. It is practical yet beautiful, much like their architecture. When thinking of the city as a museum, these bikes act as moving pieces in the city.The city’s love of design and function can be seen in everything: from architecture, fashion, roads, and even their transportation.


  2. I think that one of the reasons that the children’s museum succeeds to a much higher extent than their “de-colonized” exhibitions for the general public is that the focus of the children’s museum is not on the Netherlands in relation to the other place, but just the other place itself. For instance, there are no mentions of the Netherlands’ past relationships with Morocco, instead focusing on the culture without further complications. While there are still controversial remnants and statements in the other exhibitions as they try to de colonize their museum, it seems that the children’s exhibition has been de-colonized by removing the Netherlands from the equation entirely. I’m curious what these children’s exhibitions were like prior to the change in museum policy.


  3. I thought the PIC was very interesting and made me see the red light district in a different way. Also, the Tropenmuseum Junior is very cool and I like how the children have a different exhibit to the actual museum instead of just having a play are for the kids while the parents look at the museum. The Vanmoof bikes were really cool and I think the electrified one was amazing. I really want one, but they’re kind of expensive.


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