This summer, Ike was invited to speak at the WeMakeTheCity Festival, focussing on urban planning during a Friday morning forum called Making Places. For this occasion, IG Karfield wrote a spoken word piece, inspired by the legacy of Jane Jacobs, titled There is no logic that can be superimposed on human kind.
Check out his performance in the video below, starting at TC 1:23:52.
A very special performance, together with seven other spoken word artists, for this literary festival in Rotterdam, Ike was invited to write a piece in response to W.H. Auden’s ‘The Night Mail’. Each artist approached the subject ‘Zeitgeist’ and appropriated — some more than others — the original poem’s form to write their own.
All eight of us were present to perform our pieces at the event in Rotterdam, which was kicked off with a performance by poet laureate of The Netherlands, Ester Naomi Perquin. (Wow — that was really something!) With a lively crowd of burned out, homeless and (partly) drunk visitors to the event’s location (Pauluskerk), this was a very special evening indeed. Thank you, organizer Myrte Leffring for the invite, the honor!
Pictures by Selma Hengeveld.
Ike performed some of his sweatier work during this Valentine’s dinner event at the forever temporary restaurant location BAUT in Amsterdam. It was about love and intimacy and stuff. Thanks for the invite, Programmeursgilde — we had a blast (and a chicken breast). Look out for next year’s event at BAUT, they are delicious!
For an online word life initiative, Ike was invited to share a quote with culture king Lettertypes and the Haarlem library. It goes by #schrijversvandebieb (instagram it). Illustrator Linda van Bruggen reacts to quotes or small poems from different spoken word artists in The Netherlands. Mind you, these words are not spoken — they is a picture. Thanks to those involved for the collabo! We like our words in coffee.
Back in April of this year, Ike was invited to speak at a TGI Friday forum at the SSBA Salon in Amsterdam, organized by Worldtalks &Co. Talks were held about the ongoing formation of the parliamental (pun unintended) coalition of this country. What could the people do to positively influence that secret government kneading of the mud? Ike talked about hippos.
Pictures courtesy of SSBA Salon: The world. Amsterdam. Thijs Roovers. Geerten Waling. Joris Wijnhoven. Ike. Listening to himself, if no-one else does.
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.
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 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.