The Battle of Bijlmer


→ Event
Video documentation, CCTV, 17’18’’

→ Battle of Bijlmer at SMBA, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam


EN
The Battle of Bijlmer is an event that took place on the 2nd of October 2015 at the nr. 42 of Florijn in Amsterdam-Zuidoost during the artist in residence program at BijlmAIR (CBK, FLAT STATION and STEDELIJK MUSEUM BUREAU AMSTERDAM).
The event, a contest of freestyle-rap, has been realized through an open-call for rappers from the neighborhood of Bijlmer and from other areas of the city. Rappers of different nationalities and origins responded to the open call and challenged each other in a rap battle, with the only limit of using their native language in the competition. The battle was based on improvised rhymes and ended with a winner appointed by the audience.
About 86.000 people cohabit in the Bijlmer, a densely populated area of Amsterdam Southeast. Only the 30% of the inhabitants is Dutch, while the rest of the people is split into 130 different nationalities that share buildings, schools, sport stadiums, supermarkets and music.

IT
The Battle of Bijlmer è stato un evento che si è tenuto il 2 ottobre 2015 al civico n.42 del Florijn nel quartiere di Amsterdam-Zuidoost, durante il programma di residenza per artisti BijlmAIR
(CBK, FLAT STATION and STEDELIJK MUSEUM BUREAU AMSTERDAM).
L’evento, un contest di freestyle-rap, è stato realizzato tramite un’open call rivolta ai rapper del quartiere di Bijlmer e delle zone circostanti, di qualunque nazionalità e origine. Questi hanno risposto alla chiamata per sfidarsi l’uno contro l’altro in rima improvvisata fino al raggiungimento di un vincitore decretato dal pubblico, con l’unico vincolo di utilizzare ciascuno la propria lingua nativa durante la competizione.
A Bijlmer, quartiere densamente popolato di Amsterdam, convivono circa 86.000 abitanti, di cui solo il 30% è di nazionalità olandese e il restante appartiene a 130 nazionalità diverse. Gli 86.000 abitanti di Bijlmer condividono palazzi, scuole, campi sportivi, supermercati e musica.

Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence

Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence
View of Bijlmer, Amsterdam South-East, 2015
Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence

Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence

Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence
Ryts Monet, THE BATTLE OF BIJLMER, posters propaganda, 2015, Amsterdam

Ryts Monet, THE BATTLE OF BIJLMER, Video documentation, CCTV, 17’18’’, 2015

Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence
Suriname VS Bulgaria at Florijn 42
Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence
Germany VS Iceland
Ryts Monet, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam, BijlmAIR, artist in residence
Anton Lyngdal a.k.a. Drauma Rottan from Iceland, winner of The Battle of Bijlmer
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→ The Lost Children of Israel
→ Grinder
→ Riserva Aurea
→ Per Pandora
→ Black Flag Revival