The opening lecture of the cycle Rethinking Heritage. The Netherlands Experience will be delivered by the brothers Ronald and Erik Rietveld, co-founders of RAAAF (Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances) — a multidisciplinary studio that operates at the crossroads of visual art, architecture and philosophy.
The Hardcore Heritage approach introduced by the brothers represents a new way of thinking about monuments and cultural heritage. The national monuments Bunker 599 and Deltawerk should be read as architectural manifestos that show the power of this method. Hardcore Heritage is about transforming cultural heritage to trigger imagination. Through deliberate destruction, radical changes in context, and seemingly contradictory additions, a new field of tensions arises between present, past and future.