Title: When're We Gonna Learn Something New College
photos by: Peter Cox
Project commissioned by the Bernard Nieuwentijt College, Amsterdam with the support of Kunst en Bedrijf, Amsterdam.
AMSTERDAM – The Bernard Nieuwentijt College in Amsterdam-North was named after a seventeenth century mathematician and philosopher. The building of an annexe motivated the commissioning of this art work. In dialogue with a number of pupils, Sjaak Langenberg developed a proposal. Using interactive electronic lettering on the façade, the school received a new name each day. The name of the school was linked to the names of the pupils. One day the school was called ‘Masha Bakker College’, the next, ‘Malika El Yacouti College’ was emblazoned on the façade. Or, as the children could also propose names themselves, the ‘When’re We Gonna Learn Something New College’. The search by the pupils for a new identity was thus reflected in the daily name-changing of the school.
© Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer