The story of Leeuwarden? It is told by all those people who have left traces behind in the city. DNALWD2018 is collecting all those stories. Everyone who is connected in some way to Leeuwarden can contribute some of their DNA. Not real DNA, of course, but instead something connected to our city or yourself. A personal story, object, photo or mini-artwork. Anything is possible, as long as it fits in one test tube.
All this creative DNA will become one huge artwork. Ten thousand tubes that describe our differences, as well as what connects us: Leeuwarden. This DNA artwork can now be admired in the Municipal Offices. At www.dnalwd2018.nl, your DNA will be stored digitally so that you, or someone else, can always find it. Not just now, but far into the future. This means we can all contribute to the story of all of us.
The interactive artwork
The very special DNA artwork can be admired in the Gemeentehuis (Municipal Offices) in Leeuwarden. Thousands of test tubes bring the story of us all to life. There is a story behind every single DNA test tube, and from February 2018, all these stories can be found at dnalwd2018.nl. You can find your own DNA test tube here, and see where it has been placed in the artwork. You can also search for people with the same interests. For example, you can search for everyone interested in Cambuur football club, or everyone who speaks Frisian. There is also a DNA corner in the Gemeentehuis where you can take the time to read stories and admire the associated DNA test tubes.
Want to take part?
Collect your test tube from the Municipal Offices, Leeuwarden Library, from the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden (HCL) or the Medical Centre Leeuwarden (MCL). You fill the tube with items that are important to you: a story, a poem, a drawing from childhood, or a photo of the house where you were born. Anything is possible, as long as it fits in one test tube. You can even share audio files, photos and videos via the website. Register online with the unique number and barcode printed on your tube. You can explain about your DNA and answer a few questions on your personal web page. The questions include: what language do you speak, what club are you a fan of, and where do you come from? You then hand in the tube to one of the (same) collection points. And as a result, you will be contributing to the total story and the artwork.
All the stories will be kept and archived by the Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden after 2018. This means your children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even your descendants further into the future will be able to find your DNA. In a hundred or two hundred years, people will be able to read the stories of the people of today, and what happened when Leeuwarden was Cultural Capital of Europe.
DNALWD2018 is the brainchild of Hein de Graaf, Joop Zwart and Marijke Tiemersma.
Where & when
Test tubes can be collected from the Gemeentehuis (Municipal Offices), Leeuwarden Library, HCL or MCL. You can now look at the artwork in the Municipal Offices.
Monday to Friday, 08.30-17.00
Stichting Zeezicht, Historisch Centrum Leeuwarden, Stichting Kunstkade, gemeente Leeuwarden, Provincie Fryslân, ROC de Friese Poort, ROC Friesland College, NHL Hogeschool, Stenden Hogeschool, Omrop Fryslân, Van Hall-Larenstein, Nordwin College, LF2018, Stichting Kunstkade, Lân fan Taal, Buro 360, Het Nieuwe Stadsweeshuis, PyraSied, Mannen van Staal, Wellzo, Medisch Centrum Leeuwarden.