Ike for Old Amsterdam

As part of De Schone Schrijvers during the anniversary week of Westland cheese/Old Amsterdam, Ike wrote personalized, bite-size poems on demand, together with Smita James and Berber Bijlsma. You could find us at the headquarters in Huizen last Friday. We had great fun, and hopefully the employees who received a poem did too. Below you can read the poem (Dutch) Ike wrote for one of the original founders Klaas Westland.


Jij bent de opperbaas
een eindbaas, sterker nog
dat je samen met je broer
die unieke kaas maakte en verkocht

dat je anders dacht en smakelijk
als de wind door markten woei
dat je serieus vermakelijk
je na vis nu ook met kaas bemoeit.

Launch Clubspoken

June 14th of 2017 is the day that Clubspoken was officially launched. With an exclusive showcase at cocktail lounge Apt. in Amsterdam, eight members of the very first spoken-word agency in The Netherlands were presented to the public. Ike, as a proud member, was one of them. Check out his profile on the agency’s website here. The night was hosted by the always and forever hilarious Farbod Frappant.

Below is a photographic impression of the launch party by Lexie Spiegelreflexie. (Clubspoken’s promo video as seen above was shot by VERS TV.)

Ike for Hyatt Regency Amsterdam

hyatt regency

Ike stretches his fingers doing jazz hands as part of the De Schone Schrijvers team during the grand opening of Hyatt Regency Amsterdam (June 8th). Left of him, Justin Samgar — and Smita James was there too. Yes, we are Clubspoken, and you can hire our butts. Picture shot by Jesaja Hizkia Hutubessy.

Ike @ Vrijheidsmaaltijd

On May 4th and 5th of every year The Netherlands organizes so-called freedom dinners (Vrijheidsmaaltijd) all across the land. On these two days, the country commemorates  (May 4th) World War II and the liberation from German occupation (May 5th) back in 1945. The otherwise-called eat-and-meets are meant to bring people together, from different cultures and generations.


This year, Ike was invited to one of these, held in Radion, to talk about his renegade grandmother, or so he chose to do. If you know Ike you know the piece we’re talking about…It’s an hommage to those who lived the before-mentioned war, and to those who are unable to talk about it — an hommage to anyone unable to talk about any war from any time. Pax et artis.

Ike @ Mokum Sessions

Thanks Mokum Sessions, for this wonderful collaboration. We are so proud of this video you shot with Ike, bringing a few people closer to an IG Karfield classic. Thanks to Torpedo Theater for allowing us to shoot the video at this magical location.

Ike @ Melkweg Expo

Last week, Ike was invited to speak at the opening of a weekend-long (or short) exhibition at Melkweg Expo. Organized in collaboration with ‘Vincent op Vrijdag’ – known for their monthly Friday night bashes at the Van Gogh Museum, with DJs and cocktails – this exhibition featured ten upcoming artists that are somehow inspired by the 19th century painter. On opening night, last Thursday, Ike shared a couple of pieces he had written for the occasion, and the midnight-ruin classic Museumnacht.

Yep, some pretty funky inter textual and historical stuff happened there. We’re all looking forward to the next round! Keep an eye out for any news from Vincent op Vrijdag on facebook if you want to get a taste yourself.

Thanks to VOV for the invitation to speak, thanks to Melkweg for the great care. (Oh, and thanks to onlinegalerij.nl for the mention! I’m sure you must have thought: who is this Ike Krijnen? Is it a boy or a girl? We don’t know.)

…one hour before opening

(Title expo: Vincent exposeert: Van Gogh inspireert kunstenaars van nu. Date: February 23 thru 26, 2017.)

IFIGK @ Schatjes / Kunstvlaai


Ike spilling his guts on art at gallery Schatjes in the city centre of Amsterdam. Schatjes formed part of the art tour organized by Kunstvlaai back in November of this year. Just weeks before the bugger had broken his pinky. Sad. But it wouldn’t stop him from spitting fire on the institution that is art, inspired by a letter he received from his alter ego, Mr. Karfield. Photo courtesy of the gallery’s owners.

Ike @ MZD Arnhem # 9

Cees de Beer and Tim Lenders from Mensen Zeggen Dingen made the daring decision to invite us to perform at one of their more intimate venues in Amsterdam after a swift encounter at K&K Amersfoort, organized by PoetryPusher. Everyone had a blast at Papieren Helden, we suppose (and sure as hell did), as we were immediately after invited to come out to Arnhem for another edition of MZD, this time at 5th Avenue in Arnhem. The result includes shiny crotches and microphone love.

Thanks to those involved for getting us on those stages…We love ya!

Pictures courtesy of MZD / photographer: Anouk van Tiel.

IFIGK @ Kannen & Kruiken (Amersfoort)

It’s a bit getting used to keeping up, but we are slowly getting there. And indeed, this is a post about an IFIGK performance in advance, so you might still be able to make it, if you dare. There. In Amersfoort, what are the chances. Well, the odds just got a little better with Kannen & Kruiken Festival.

Lo, and behold the great SPRAAKMAKERS stand, where you can order Ike (f)or IG Karfield or one of the many other, talented performers. Then, you shall flush it down with your favorite beer or wine you didn’t know was your favorite. That’s SPRAAKMAKERS @ Kannen & Kruiken Amersfoort 2016 for ya…(Brought to you by PoetryPusher.)

Some of the animal artist beasts standing by me upcoming weekend are Gino van Weenen, Farbod Frappant, Doortje Peters, and Theo Danes. (Wowww…) Better catch that.

(Check out their website or facebook event for more info.)