upcoming and ongoing projects and exhibitions:


placing Kabouter statue at Spui Amsterdam photo: Michael van Oostende

more on the kabouter:




Dormant Lot part 2 ♻️
The wintergarden


Ornamental Hermitess, Ruchama Noorda, 2020 photography: Victoria Ushkanova

Blue Monday

Opening of Tumulus Hermitage

On September 21st, 2020 on the evening leading up to the Autumn Equinox, Ruchama Noorda will perform a ceremony to mark the occasion using extracts from the planted woad. The performance will take place in front of the Sluisdeurenloods.

In July and early August 2020, an ornamental hermitage built from compacted earth-bags and discarded home improvement detritus collected on the streets during the pandemic, was constructed at the centre of the Tumulus, slightly sunk into the earth.

This one-person hide-out and End Times shelter is fronted by a door with a two-way peephole. Here, in the city centre, you are invited to step back, and savour solitary time at the moment when light and dark are in the balance. The Tumulus hut provides an opportunity for a re-set – a place to pause, turn inward and prepare for what is coming…

The Tumulus Hermitage will be open to the public from 19:00 hours.

At 20:30 sharp Noorda’s performance will begin.

The ceremony is scheduled in tandem with Maia Lyon Daw’s performance/installation: Stealing Minutes Back/ Sacred City


Read more about the installation


The World After: Conversation Pieces

September 19 – January 3

What will the post-Covid-19 world look like? What are the challenges, what opportunities will arise? In March 2020 the Oude Kerk joined forces with Mister Motley, the online magazine that links the visual arts to life. Together they invited 16 artists to respond to questions raised by the Covid-19 crisis. Their contributions, in the form of short films that were presented in an online project called The World After, clearly radiate the combination of insecurity and optimism that characterized the lockdown period. Jointly, the videos paint a telling picture of the unusual spring of 2020. When the world came to a grinding halt in March 2020, the Oude Kerk together with Mister Motley invited artists to reflect on the situation.

The World After: Conversation Pieces is the post-lockdown sequel to The World After. The title of the project is taken from an article that historian Yuval Noah Harari wrote for The Financial Times in March. He predicted a dilemma: we can either return to the supposed normal, or face the problems of our world and embrace change and innovation. The videos have been installed throughout the church; visitors get to discover this new layer while they are exploring the historic building and its stories.

Aimée Zito Lema, Children of the Light, Geo Wyeth, David Helbich, Germaine Kruip, Hans van Houwelingen, Iswanto Hartono, Marc Mulders, Marinus Boezem, Madelon Hooykaas, PolakVanBekkum, Ruchama Noorda, Sarah van Sonsbeeck, Smári Róbertsson, Stéphanie Saadé, Yair Callender.
‘Press ESC To Return To World View’ video-painting installation 2020
27.06. 2020— 26.09.2020
2020 A COLLECTIVE PROJECT BY AMSTERDAM BASED ARTISTS: Over twenty-five artists have been working at Rozenstraat’s space in the last months to independently create a Gesamtkunstwerk inspired by the already mythic year 2020….see this unique project in progress….based on ‘the unknown’ and a deliberate lack of control as its guiding principles…2020 can be regarded as a time-document of an unprecedented period..

Participating artists so far are: Tyna Adebowale, Salim Bayri, Koen Doodeman, Hreinn Fridfinnsson, Marije Gertenbach, Gluklya, G. Lucas Going, Ehsan ul Haq, Rosa Johanna, Juliacks, Irene Kopelman, Marijn van Kreij, Raul Marroquín, Maria Mazzanti, Vika Mitrichenko, Yitzhak Izek Mizrahi, Francisco Mojica, Ruchama Noorda, Thierry Oussou, Ian Page, Alejandro Ramírez, Martín La Roche, Praneet Soi, Lily van der Stokker, Iqra Tanveer, Maxim Tyminko, Evi Vingerling, Tchelet Pearl Weisstub, Tatyana Yassievich and Dan Zhu. Contributions by Simnikiwe Buhlungu, Michiel Hilbrink, Lucas Huikeshoven, Wjm Kok, Eva Pel, Arefeh Riahi, Kathrin Schlegel, Lara Verheijden and many more are yet to come!


Watch the video of my UCSB Spring Arts Colloquium talk click here>>


07.12.2019 — 16.02.2020


I’m showing an installation @Galeria Municipal do Porto with Uma Certa Falta de Coerência in Porto, Portugal. A group exhibition with:

Babi Badalov, Daniel Barroca, António Bolota, Camilo Castelo Branco, Merlin Carpenter, Rolando Castellón, June Crespo, Luisa Cunha, Stephan Dillemuth, Loretta Fahrenholz, Pedro G. Romero, Dan Graham, Alisa Heil, Mike Kelley, Ruchama Noorda, Silvestre Pestana, Josephine Pryde and Xoan Torres.


June 2019 – ongoing

Tumulus is an enclosed garden installation that functions as a natural ruin, compost heap, soil sculpture, seed bed, earth work, dyeing source, and dunghill. Over the course of several seasons from June 2019 onwards, artist Ruchama Noorda transforms the patch of greenery next to our Sluisdeurenloods into a living sculpture and performance site.

Hermitage @Tumulus Mediamatic

Tumulus is a cyclical weed-woad restoration project in several parts:

  1. Vegetative State
    June – mid-July 2019
  2. Growth Imperative
    mid-July – October, with a dedication ceremony on September 13, 2019
  3. Dormant Lot
    November 2019 – February 2020
  4. Healing Property
    March – August 2020
  5. Blue Monday
    celebration of the autumnal equinox, September 21st, 2020

The Tumulus lot is alive with weeds and herbs seeded by the wind or deliberately planted.The woad (lsatis tinctoria) which was planted last year has now (August 2020) been partially harvested and used to make woad dye and root-leaf-and-seed medications. On September 21st, 2020 (Autumnal Equinox/Blue Monday) Noorda will perform a ceremony using extracts from the planted woad.

Ornamental Hermitage

In late July and early August 2020 an ornamental hermitage built from compacted earth-bags and discarded home improvement detritus (collected on the streets during the pandemic) was constructed at the centre of the Tumulus, slightly sunk into the earth. The public is invited to the opening ceremony on Monday, 21st September 20:00.

This one-person hide-out and end times shelter is fronted by a door with a two-way peephole. Here in the city centre, visitors are invited to step back, turn in, turn off and savour solitary time. The tumulus hut is a place of contemplation, introspection and retreat: an opportunity for a re-set.

Pouches containing a selection of the healing herbs grown on the Tumulus mound will be hung at the entrance and are available for use. Visitors can choose a mix suited to their immediate needs: to counter sadness & loneliness, to channel rage and anger,  to listen to their inner voices or to realize their inner wishes, to sink into the ground or to tune out into silence.

The tumulus hut is a place to pause, turn inward, and prepare for what is coming.

You are invited to join artist, Ruchama Noorda for the opening ceremony on the 21st September.

@Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijksgracht 6 Amsterdam