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GRANTED FOR THE TAKING


(photos from the second half of our stay in Eindhoven during the construction of our installation as part of the show “Heartland”)

– We are able to convince friends of ours from Brooklyn, the band Team Robespierre, to come and play at Burgers in Eindhoven before they head to Amsterdam while touring Europe. A bunch of the Rockaway crew goes to the show and the band plays to a pretty full (although somewhat static) house.
– Andre cooking amazing dinners for us while we watch YouTube videos about stuff we’ve done.
– The separated bike lane here are one of the best parts of the Netherlands. However they cause you to let your guard down, which is partially why one of us almost collided head-on with a motor scooter tearing down the wrong way on the bike path.
– Going to the Election Brunch at the Van Abbemuseum and feeling a bit out of place since we couldn’t understand all the things being said about our own country and election. At the same time it was probably better we couldn’t participate, it probably helped move things along quicker.
– While we were checking out the museum’s exhibition of the “Heartland” show, we stumbled upon a video featuring our friend Dana at the Braddock, PA space talking about the artist-run space. Love the randomness.
– Did we mention how good stroop wafels are?


Team Robespierre at Burgers in Eindhoven, Netherlands.

LIVING IN A WORLD OF COMPROMISE

 


(photos from the Miss Rockaway installation process at Stroomhuis in Eindhoven, so far)

Some highlights from The Miss Rockaway Armada’s time so far in Eindhoven, Netherlands:

– Going to a thrift store in an old school to find John some new pants after he blew the ass out of his old ones. The old lady who was helping us insisted on leading him by the hand around the school showing people the hole in his pants, and then made him change out of them before he could leave the store.
– Rescuing messed up abandoned bikes and fixing them up to get around.
– Staying and working at the long-established squat Stroomhuis run by Andre, who on top of being amazingly generous, also happens to be an incredible chef.
– Working outside in the cold/rain.
– Competing for who has sustained the worst concussion so far.
– Feeling almost respectable when the Van Abbemuseum throws a welcome dinner for us.
– Finding it to be colder and damper than expected, which leads to needing and the subsequent hunt for long underwear (which resulted in settling for blue camo stretchy pants from the little boys section of a fire-damage store).
– The resident chickens keeping us company, roosting in the bar we built, and of course shitting everywhere.
– The group attending an art opening at MU, and then promptly turning it into a crazy dance party. The momentum came down a bit after one of the crew broke the glass of a display case, but only momentarily. Apparently there was an after party at a nearby bar where the remaining Rockaway members got thrown out, more than once.
– Really enjoying waking up (in the living room) of the nice artist housing and peering out into the back courtyard space. One almost is forced to feel civilized regardless of how late you were up hanging from dusty scaffolding screwing pieces of mismatched soggy scrapped wood together into something you hope can support its own weight.

MP3:

This is what we listened to really loud on repeat for a whole day while working. It reverberated off the walls and made your chest hum. It was an amazing thing, transforming the feel of mangling wood and nails in a tiled room dimly lit by haphazardly placed bare bulbs.

• Earth – Land Of Some Other Order

A band’s place in myspace.

BENEFIT PARTY FOR OUR NETHERLANDS ART SHOW!

FRIDAY 9/26 @ [SURREAL ESTATE]

DARK DARK DARK
The Gamut
Vampire Hands
U.S. Girls
Trillions of Gallons of Gas
Brownbird Rudy Relic

DJ DIRTY FINGER
DJ RUSTY LAZER (new orleans bounce!!)

[SURREAL ESTATE]
15 Thames St. | East Williamsburg, Brooklyn
L-Morgan | 9pm |$5-$7 Suggested | All Ages

Why? Since the termination of the Miss Rockaway Armada in St. Louis last summer, former crew members have been collaborating on new creative projects that have grown out of the energy of the Mississippi river. After an installation at MassMOCA last April, the crew was invited to create an installation in Amsterdam for Program Heartland. Now we need the cash to get there and buy materials!

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HEARTS GO OUT TO OUR FRIENDS ON THE RIVER

The crew of Miss Rockaway spent two amazing summers on the Mississippi River experiencing the unbelievable hospitality, kindness and fun of the folks we met all along the river. Right now our we’re thinking of our friends in Clarksville, Canton, La Grange, Hannibal, Louisiana, Alton, Quincy, Burlington, Muscatine, Oquawka, Keokuk, and all areas affected by the recent flood. It comes as no surprise that the resilient folks in these towns are pulling together and holding back the water with sandbags. We’re thinking of you and thank you a million times over for all you’ve done.