Amsterdam, Netherlands
Simon, 26
Installation Artist
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a bit about Simon

What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m a director and installation artist working mainly with scripted spaces. In addition to that, I also write – texts for several art institutions and magazines. From time to time I work for some galleries here in Amsterdam. I studied Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy. When that’s not happening I work at the Red Light District or as a model. I enjoy being a bricoleur – a jack of all trades, for now.

What’s the best karaoke song of all times?

Gotten acquainted to karaoke not that long ago – big statements such as ‘of all time’ are more than problematic. Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood’s – Summerwine is the bee’s knees though. If we cannot find that one on youtube I’d prefer to be sidesteppin on some Beckstreetboys – I want it that way.

Which movie have you watched more than 3 times?

Synecdoche, New York – The Man From Earth – 12 Angry Men – Cat’s the Musical – The Act of Killing – Enjoy Poverty – Heart of Glass – And so On and On and On

Have you ever cried while reading a book? Which one?

I eat books for breakfast and brunch, dinner and lunch. But crying I reserve for films, maybe music after some drinks. Thanks. They’re not as guttural and emotive as most movies are – they’re more cerebral instead.

Are you a planned or a spontaneous shopper? What’s your go-to store in Amsterdam?

Both. Mostly a very Stingy and Cheap Shopper. I often go to Waterloo Plein and neighborhood to see what’s what.

What’s the one place in Amsterdam that you’re sure only you truly appreciate?

I would never think such a stupid thing. Though Mekong River – my secret Bar Crush is something I truly love to spend time.

What’s your dream job?


What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Tokyo. I lived there for a while – magical surprises galore.

Where do you go in Amsterdam if you have two hours to kill?

The Bookstores and Libraries.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Amsterdam but never actually do?

Watch the sealions at Artis – we really resonate well with each other.

Who’s your hero and where would you take them out for a bite or a drink in Amsterdam?

Dame Maggie Smith can be on the back, standing up though – Siegfried Kracauer can be on the front and I’ll let Kristin Chenoweth cycle next to me with Harold Pinter on the back.

If you were given a choice, mayor of which neighborhood in Amsterdam would you be?

Amsterdam Noord – it’s the most rough and ready to bloom part of town. Places like Tolhuistuin and Pllek, cafe de Ceuvel or REM Eiland Restaurant are where I’ll hold my meetings and aftermeeting-drinks as mayor.

Where do you and your drinking buddies meet for a casual night out in Amsterdam?

Drinking buddies – yeah right. I suppose the NYX.

It’s a Saturday night and the mood is right – where do you go in Amsterdam to party?

The Shelter, The School there are also often raves a bit outside the centre.

It’s your last day in Amsterdam – how do you spend your time?

Probably I’ll skinny dip in the IJ. Try to find a little boat to cruise down the canal – kiss the Stedelijk Museum goodbye and have a final drink in Jazz Cafe Alto

What’s the one place a first-time visitor in Amsterdam can’t miss?

Cafe Noorderlicht in Amsterdam-North and Ruigoord.

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