Memory Machine


A series of exhibitions, debates, performances & publications on cultural memory & identity, initiated by Castrum Peregrini


For the next two years together with many partners from Amsterdam and abroad we want to look at how memory works: private memory and collective memory. We want to look at how memory shapes our culture and our identity and what mechanisms are there to discover when it comes to constructing and deconstructing, using and abusing collective memory and identity. After the year programmes about Freedom (2012) and Friendship (2013) this seems for us a logical next step in exploring the core values of Castrum Peregrini. The history of Castrum Peregrini as a hiding place during World War II and it’s reality since was defined by freedom, friendship and culture. Back then it was a safe house for youngsters that found shelter in a group of friends, constructing a shield of poetry and art that protected them,- not an iron dome but a culture dome so to speak. Gisèle, who organised the shelter and founded Castrum Peregrini, was herself an artist. She died here in her studio last year at the age of a hundred years as the last one of this group. Our house is her visual diary. To us, the current generation taking care of this place, it is obvious that the war in Europe may be over, but that the enemy of culture and the human simply keeps shape shifting. That is why we see memory not as static and dead, but as a living and volatile matter.

Please find the overview of activities in our agenda or on the Memory Machine Facebook Page




Herman van Bostelen


Genootschap Nederland Duitsland

Het Geluid Maastricht

Goethe Institut


Silent Heroes

Museumnacht Amsterdam

Universiteit Utrecht

Jüdisches Museum Hohenems

Ronit Eden

Vincent van Velzen

Reli Avrahami

Prince Claus Fund

Fonds Cultuurparticipatie


Arti et Amicitiae

De Appel


Financially supported by

Mondriaan Fonds

Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst

Stichting Democratie en Media


Israeli Embassy