News // Plein Theater will open as a Pop Up Gallery & Store and can be visited by appointment from 1 April!


Reserve a day and time to take a look at our Pop Up Gallery & Store, where the interactive, stop-motion animation installation Ecognosis N52 ° 21'40.4 "E4 ° 54'50.4" can be seen from April 1 to April 24. from Art Collective BetweenTwoHands! In addition to a visit to the Gallery, we also sell artistic accessories in our Store, with images created in collaboration with Studio Matusiak.

Each week, the time slots go on sale for the same week. The first time slots from April 1 to April 4 are now available on our agenda page!

Book your timeslot here!


Why is Plein Theater opening?

We feel compelled to recalibrate in this period with the use of our space, within the impossibilities of this time. If we can't be a theater venue, what can we do?

To be able to run corona proof, we put together the OUTSIDE IN program, in which interactive art installations form the heart. The installations each strongly reflect in their own way on the world around us, now that we are more thrown back on ourselves.

At the same time, our posters are a stage in the city, with powerful images that reflect on the present, created in collaboration with Studio Matusiak. We process these images into artistic accessories and offer them for sale from our Store!

On Saturdays, Plein Theater is also a distribution location of the food bank and in good weather coffee and sweets are sold from the Take Away.

April 1 to 24, 12:00 - 20:00
Ecognosis N52 ° 21'40.4 "E4 ° 54'50.4"

Ecognosis, a riddle. Ecognosis is like knowing, but more like letting be known. It is something like coexisting. It is like becoming accustomed to something strange, yet it is also becoming accustomed to strangeness that doesn’t become less strange through acclimation. Ecognosis is like a knowing that knows itself.  - Timothy Morton  

The theatrical stop-motion animation installation is inspired by the book The World Without Us by Alan Weisman. In this book, Weisman describes how nature takes over the world again once humans disappear.

The installation is called Ecognosis N52°21'40.4" E4°54'50.4", a word used by philosopher Timothy Morton in his book Dark Ecology to denote the idea that everything is interconnected and there is no essential distinction between nature, technology and humans. The north latitude degrees refer to the Plein Theater as a location.

In this theatrical installation, stop-motion animations are projected onto a 3D world of paper through video mapping. The stop-motion animations are animated plants, insects and microbes, depicting how our artificial world will perish once man is no longer there to maintain it and nature takes over. 

On the one hand BetweenTwoHands wants to show that mankind is destroying nature by interfering with it, on the other hand BetweenTwoHands wants to show the beauty and intelligence of nature, to make man realize that nature is something that should be cherished and that we should do everything to preserve it instead of destroying it.



Concept, design and stop-motion animations: Erin Tjin A Ton
Concept, design and stop-motion animations: Gosia Kaczmarek
Advice, design and stop-motion animations: Martine Rademakers
Soundscape: Evelien van den Broek
Sound engineering and foley: Marcel de Rooij
Intern: Sanya Gurung
Furniture: WoodWorks
Photography: Moon Saris
Registration: Jasper de Bruin
Technical advice: Performance Technology LAB (Gertjan Biasino, Keez Duyves and Jason Malone)

Ecognosis was established with the support of:
Stichting Stokroos 
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie 
Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds 
Tijl Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds 
Performance Technology LAB

Ecognosis N52 ° 21'40.4 "E4 ° 54'50.4" is made possible by:
Fonds Podiumkunsten
Fonds voor Oost

Plein Theater is supported by:
Amsterdam Stadsdeel Oost

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