NDSM welcome center

ndsm welcome center

In the NDSM Welcome Center, situated at the previous NDSM shipwharf, work by artists and makers from the ‘broedplaats’ is exhibited and sold. It is also functions as an information center and contact point for visitors.

The Welcome center was developed by the NDSM Expo pop-up stores which were realized by Stichting Art City NDSM under the leadership of Sarah Payton in 2014 and 2015.

Stichting Kinetisch Noord, owner and manager of the NDSMloods, started in 2016 with the construction of the striking orange building with the round windows.

The building was designed by Apto architects after an idea and model by Jeroen Bisscheroux. It has become an extroverted building that makes visitors laugh and invites interaction.

On the ground floor of this “Lego block”, the Welcome Center has been given a permanent space for the promotion and exhibition of work produced in the studios of the Broedplaats.

Expo store development, design, administration and curation by Vicky De Visser.

Idea of Sarah Payton and Art City NDSM. Financially supported by Stichting Kinetisch Noord.

NDSM open

NDSM open

NDSM OPEN is an annual open studio day in Europe’s largest breeding ground organised by NDSM Art City, with more than 80 studio’s hosting around 200 artists, craftsmen and creative makers.

We invite guests to enjoy open studios, art, craft, guided tours, a children’s program, workshops, exhibitions, art routes, an NDSM open call route, music, food and drinks.

During the  2018 edition a parade led by a brass band travelled over the NDSM-wharf and through the NDSM-warehouse to pick up everyone from their studios, and took them to the central square of the art city for an evening full of music and dance followed by concerts by the Afrogrooves collective, The Zebra Street Band and DJ Radikal Rupert.

Program and production: Vicky De Visser
Production: Noaji Fells

The event was supported by:
NDSM Art City, NDSMloods, Stichting NDSM-werf, De Toekomst, NDSM-fuse, and IJVER.


parsifal - MLrs computer score

The ML-rs method is a music score developed in 2014 by Vicky De Visser. It is a mathematic and graphic interpretation of music. It uses the rythm of booking reading and turning the pages as division for time. The staff notation is expressive in design according different playing methods and notes are visually translated depicting different musical values inserted in the Matlab software, normally used for scientific research. The opera Parsifal from Wagner was used for demonstration of the score due to its dynamic range and diversity in instruments.

Parsifal is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner. It is loosely based on Parzival by Wolfram von Eschenbach, a 13th-century epic poem of the Arthurian knight Parzival and his quest for the Holy Grail.

Wagner first conceived the work in April 1857 but did not finish it until twenty-five years later. It was Wagner’s last completed opera and in composing it he took advantage of the particular acoustics of his Bayreuth Festspielhaus. Parsifal was first produced at the second Bayreuth Festival in 1882. The Bayreuth Festival maintained
a monopoly on Parsifal productions until 1903, when the opera was performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

The score for Parsifal calls for three
flutes, three oboes, one English horn,
three clarinets in B- at and A, one bass clarinet in B- flat and A, three bassoons, one contrabassoon; four horns in F, three trumpets in F, three trombones, one tuba, two onstage trumpets in F, 4 onstage trombones; a percussion section that includes four timpani, tenor drum, bells, onstage church bells, one onstage thunder machine; two harps and strings.

The score for Parsifal is translated according the ML-rs method developed in 2014 by Vicky De Visser.

The orignial score is available at the website of the ‘International Music Score Library Project’ (IMSLP).

momentary zine

momentary zine

Hackers & Designers installed an open walk-in publishing station at Zinefest Berlin. This publishing station invites to co-create and examine editorial design matters such as cross-media publishing. Using a thermal printer (receipt printer) as a point of departure the visitors will be the subject of the accumulating publication and simultaneously active content providers.

Thermo print has the characteristic of vanishing after a while. With an easy hack of the printer software we will capture the temporality and actuality of the event and printed matter as such. The zine content will be exclusively accumulated verbally, by speaking into a microphone. With text to speech technology the spoken word translates to text. Simultaneously an algorithm will run an automized image search on google, grabbing some of the words randomly and adding them to the zine.

2015 – Zinefest at Attac Berlin

Coding by James Bryan Graves, design by Anja Groten and Vicky De Visser. Concept by Vicky De Visser.




The Science-Art Slam is a series of events where scientists and artists meet, and stories – about stars, planets, particles, cells and more – leave the lab to become inspiration for musicians, dancers, visual artists, poets…
The topic of this evening was:
Three astrophysicists: Abigail Stevens, Daniele Gaggero and David Gardenier shared their research stories about some of the strangest objects in the Universe, from black holes and neutron stars to supernova explosions and other, mysterious bursts of light in the sky!
These stories were re-interpreted using improvisation by:
Sarah Claman – violin
Andreas Kühne – drums
Pau Sola Masafrets – cello
Renato Ferreira – double bass & saxophone
Vicky De Visser – VJ & live projections
Curated by Claudia Mignone

2017 -Science Art Slam at MixTree, OT301, Amsterdam.

Image credit: SuperCOSMOS Sky Survey, Wide Field Astronomy Unit, Royal Observatory Edinburgh

going on & off the grid

Going on & off the grid

In 2017, Hackers & Designers investigated forms of dependence and obedience to technologies embedded in our daily working and living environments. In developing an elaborate hands-on program throughout the year, which peaks around July and August during the H&D Summer Academy (HDSA2017), we posed questions such as: How can we, as modern nomadic workers who often do not differentiate between work and private life, look critically at infrastructure, networks, and systems that we rely on? Are we, as steadily connected (net)workers, capable of disconnecting from existing grids? Can we rethink and build self-sustaining environments that shape our future practices in unexpected ways?

Hackers & Designers reflects on their activities in 2017 in this publication. In particular, we consider the learnings and questions raised during the investigation of processes of going on and off the grid. Taking this publication as an opportunity to reach out to the amazing beings who have collaborated with H&D in 2017, we aim to push forward self-initiation and hands-on and self-directed approaches to research – and to open up insights and discussions with other individuals and collectives.


Instant Soundtracks: Flux + Mutability

Instant Soundtracks was a series of events that took place in the cinema of MixTree. Valiant improviser musicians played with/against visual shards manipulated in real time by a voracious VJ.
Outrageous avantgarde results were certainly guaranteed!


2016 – Mixtree, OT301, Amsterdam

Vicky De Visser – Vj
Giuseppe Doronzo – Baritone sax
Salvoandrea Lucifora – Trombone
Gábor Hartyáni – Cello
Tristan Renfrow – Drums




Paroah is one of Vicky De Visser’s performative alter egos. Under this name she will release an audiovisual album that combines spoken word, field recordings and hypnotic repetitive drumming with filmed and performed footage. The conceptual focus of this project lies in researching the transcendental and cathartic state in rituals. Online release of the album is planned in autumn 2020.



Blend is a reoccurring event that invites two artists to mix and blend into one exhibition. The events started from the growing need to present work from the breeding ground at NDSMloods, called NDSM art city, to a growing amount of visitors. 

Curation and production by Vicky De Visser.

Supported by Stichting Kinetisch Noord.