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NY400 Week / Holland on the Hudson presents Pioneers of Change, a festival of Dutch design, fashion and architecture on New York's Governors Island to celebrate 400 years of Dutch-American friendship.

Activities will take place in and around eleven officers' houses at Nolan Park, Governors Island, New York.

Open: Fri 10am - 4:30pm
Sat / Sun 10am - 6:30pm
Download Ferry schedule.
House 5B:

Bowery /

The luxury of silence and care: Driessen & Verstappen, Arthur Elsenaar & Taconis Stolk

About Driessens & Verstappen
The Amsterdam based artist couple Erwin Driessens and Maria Verstappen have worked together since 1990. After their study at the Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, they jointly developed a multifaceted oeuvre of software, machines and objects. Their research focuses on the possibilities that physical, chemical and computer algorithms can offer for the development of image generating processes. Driessens & Verstappen have participated in numerous exhibitions in galleries and museums. Additionally, they give lectures and presentations at universities, art academies, festivals and conferences in the Netherlands and abroad.

About Arthur Elsenaar
Arthur Elsenaar is an artist, hacker and inventor of electro-facial choreography. Currently he is finishing his Ph.D. research in the UK on the artistic potential of the computer-controlled human face. His work has been shown on numerous exhibitions and conferences and he has become an ardent advocate for "freedom of facial expression", the liberation of the human face from the tyranny of the human brain.

About Taconis Stolk
Taconis Stolk is a conceptualist and meta-modernist, educated in media arts and intermediary composition at the Dutch Royal Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Arts. Since 1993, he is working (for WLFR and Formalism in Amsterdam) on a wide range of media projects — which have been exhibited, performed and published on many international occasions.

These names are the titles of the former officers' houses during Pioneers of Change. Click on each name for the specific program:

To download a map and program (pdf, 580 Kb), click here.
Staten Island /
Staten Eylandt
Pop up store:
100 dollars or less

Bowery /
The luxury of
Silence and Care

Harlem /
Platform21 =
Hempstead /
Christien Meindertsma

Bushwick /

Flushing /
Harvest Map:
Bloomingdale /
Go Slow / Droog, Sloom.org,
Vogelzang and van Halem

Gravesend /
's Gravesande
Drawn from Clay:
Atelier NL

Brooklyn /
Maarten Baas
Coney Island /
Conyne Eylandt
Painted / Parsons
The New School for Design

Rhode Island /
Roode Eylandt
Open Talks
Dutch Profiles

Greenwhich /
Various objects