Tynke Jeeninga, portrait by Anne Britt
Since working with Dolly Rogers, I’ve learnt the fine art of storytelling. Spinnin’ Yarns is my internship project, telling the stories of people who live, laugh, create, fall in love, explore and share our city of Amsterdam.
My mission was to find out what it is that connects us all emotionally by delving deep into the extraordinary stories of the people that call this city home. Hopping from one side of the canals to the other, I’ve gotten to know the people that make Amsterdam a vibrant and interesting place to live, with its many cultures and ethnicities. I’ve met Melle, a ten year old classical clarinetist; Mr Stift, a sailor who survived WWII; Hollywood Mark who migrated here from the ghettos of LA…plus many more.
Each week a new story will be revealed on Spinnin’ Yarns until the end of July. From these stories I will create a unique t-shirt collection that will be exhibited in Amsterdam for the completion of my internship for AMFI. I will translate each yarn into an illustration to be silk screened on t-shirts and given back to the people who inspired them. And so, the stories will take on a new life form and travel through the same streets in which they were created.
December 2009, Paris, France
4 months since I’ve been graduated, still unemployed and my mum kept asking me all kind of embarrassing questions about future plans. On Christmas dinner, I suddenly came up with this idea about going to Amsterdam.
Why? (Expat advice number 1 = Never answer that question)
January 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
I arrived at Centraal Station in a cold morning and had my first walk through the city under the snow. I was scared, my english was shit and I wasn’t able to ask my way to anyone. I finally managed to arrive 33, Nieuwe Prinsengracht, Dolly Rogers HQ for my first interview.
Since that day, the sun came out and so many good things happened. Working at Dolly Rogers is an every day surprise, it’s hard to describe, you never know who you gonna meet, what they gonna ask you to do. For better or for worse.
I keep the full story for a hollywood production but here is my 2009 task list review:
Ski trip with my boss on the 1st week✓ Get a bike✓ Conceptualize and program a website for a crazy talented violonist✓ Burn out the toasti maker in the office✓ Data visualisation for a great file transfer service✓ Mix at Dolly Rogers barbecue✓ Do a beat for Nike✓ Parade with the bohemians in a chicken suit✓ Spray paint the Nike EHQ entry✓ Party hard at Mystery Land✓ Triple X tatoo on my ankle✓ Get my first contract✓ Bring the Dolly Rogers crew to Paris for “la fete de la musique”✓ Get a flat in the Redlight district✓ Try a few dutch lessons✓ Get my bike stolen✓ Create a facebook app✓ Perform at NDSM with my mate Mihas✓ Speak better english✓ at least better than other frenchies✓ Not fired after 6 months✓
Finally Christmas again, my mum is coming over.
I love my city, love my work.
Merry Christmas from everybody!
Photo: Ge Dubbelman/Hollandse Hoogte
I took a plunge into the depths of Amsterdam’s thriving underground society to watch the show PUT, by theatre group AARDLEK. Created in the construction site of the Noord Zuid-Lijn just beneath the Rokin.
The performance takes you on a time travel through the raw layers of Amsterdam’s underbelly, with upside down gravity defying, acoustic and physical theatre. The resonating sounds of rumbling trams overhead and emergency sirens screaming along the street, all combine to accentuate the storytelling experience. A highly stimulating location theatre production that I can only liken to the spirit of DogTroep.
The Amsterdam Fringe Festival spreads over the city with politically kinetic theatre, sweet-voiced punk, poetic rock violence, self-torturing quests for honesty, inside-out migration theatre, international gems and an uninhibited love!
Photo: Ge Dubbelman/Hollandse Hoogte