Sing after God a New Song

In the Netherlands, traditional churches and religious institutions are losing ground, as is the case in the rest of western Europe. Religion changes and traditional religious forms migrate to other realms, sometimes to return to ecclesial contexts again. In this article, we present a research project on ritual-musical appropriations of psalms in contemporary Dutch culture….

‘Geheel het oude Nederland was steeds een wonder van uw hand’

Gemeenschapsvorming bij de viering van 300 jaar Reformatie in Gent, 1817   Onderzoeksverslag van mijn stage aan de Universiteit Gent, bij het project ‘Singing Communities’. Met dank aan Kornee van der Haven, Dieuwke van der Poel, Renée Vulto en Siebe Bluijs voor hun onmisbare feedback.   Inleiding Nadat Napoleon verslagen was en in 1815 het Verenigd…

‘Look, Peter, this is our people!’

Wim Helsen’s Bij Mij Zijt Ge Veilig as a Role-playing Game and Enacted Ideology[1] Wim Helsen’s (1968) stand-up comedy is often characterized as absurd, confusing, transgressive or Dadaist.[2] One could not categorize him as just a gagman, although he sometimes explicitly inserts moments for the telling of jokes. These jokes, however, often seem to be…

Thumbelina in New Babylon?

After World War II many artists and intellectuals started to believe that this disaster to humanity was an inevitable consequence of essentialism, modernism and capitalism. They hoped for a new society with new values and structures. One of them was Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920-2005), who was a prominent member of CoBrA, an international operating group of…