Opening 'Scaffold' Sam Durant with pop concert 'Murder Songs'

Sunday 20 October 2013, 15 hrs
Location: President Kennedylaan 5, The Hague
(opposite entrance Omniversum)

Opening by Eduard Nazarski
(director Amnesty International Netherlands). Also introduction by Sam Durant and Arno van Roosmalen (director Stroom Den Haag) and a monologue on death penalty by columnist/theater maker Marjolijn van Heemstra (Ro theater)

pop concert Murder Songs on Scaffold, 13- 17 hrs
Bands from The Hague perform songs about the death penalty (i.c.w. Haags Pop Centrum)

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13:00-13:15 hrs: words of welcome
13:15-13:35 hrs: Highcamp Morris & Rivers
13:50-14:10 hrs: Skinny Millionaire
14:25-14:45 hrs: Fantine Tho ft. Roy-Victor Seriese

15:00-15:30 hrs: Official opening Scaffold

15:30-15:50 hrs: Melle & Dick (Smutfish)
16:05-16:25 hrs: The Most Wanted Men
16:40-17:00 hrs: Julie Scott

Part of See You in The Hague

How far can the humanitarian borders of a democracy be stretched in order to protect our peace and justice? Is torture allowed? And what about the death penalty, does it fit our concept of peace and justice? These are the topics accompanying the work Scaffold by the American artist Sam Durant, on view in the International zone of The Hague until November next year. On Sunday October 20, 2013 Eduard Nazarski, director Amnesty International Netherlands, will open this unique installation - that will literally be activated as a platform for discussion about the death penalty, democracy, national administration of justice and international criminal law. In addition during the whole afternoon local bands will perform Murder Songs op Scaffold.

Scaffold, a sculpture by the American artist Sam Durant, was one of the major attractions of dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel Germany last year. Like an oversized children's jungle gym it stood on the intersection of the symmetrical lanes of the baroque Karlsaue Park. People who climbed the steep staircases had a magnificent view of the surrounding area and also noticed that the floor was made up of different levels. Scaffold is a combination of reconstructed wooden gallows (or scaffolds as they were once called) that were used in executions of significance throughout U.S. history, from abolitionist John Brown in 1859 to Saddam Hussein in 2006.

This same afternoon the See You in The Hague program also features the book presentation Charles van Otterdijk Double Centre. Starts at 13 hrs at Stroom den Haag, Hogewal 1-9 . More information: click here.

Poster: opening Sam Durant 'Scaffold'
photo: © Sam Durant (graphic design: Autobahn)
Sam Durant, 'Scaffold', The Hague, 2013
photo: Vincent de Boer (Stroom Den Haag)
Sam Durant, 'Scaffold', installation in progress in The Hague
photo: Vincent de Boer (Stroom Den Haag)
Sam Durant, 'Scaffold', dOCUMENTA (13), Kassel, 2012
photo: © Vincent de Boer (courtesy Stroom Den Haag)
Marjolijn van Heemstra
photo: © Aisha Zeijpveld
Highcamp Morris & Rivers (Richard Morris)
Skinny Millionaire
Melle & Dick (Smutfish)
The Most Wanted Men (Remco Prins)
Julie Scott
See You in The Hague
photo: graphic design: Autobahn