A new edition of Spark Narration

Designers, artists, journalists and researchers can sign up for a new edition of Spark Narration.

08.06.2022  |  by ACED  |  Spark Narration

Image: Yifan Yaing

Are you a designer or artist with an interest in social issues? Or are you a journalist curious about the possibilities of design and art? Spark Narration by ACED and VersPers guides and facilitates productions that are characterised by an interdisciplinary approach to design and journalism. The theme for this year's edition is Suriname in Amsterdam-Noord.

General Introduction

Because of the extensive and diverse possibilities offered by the combination of art and journalism, Spark Narration presents the opportunity to pioneer at the intersection of art and journalism.

In times of continuous media innovation, we see a unique challenge to ensure the complete representation of society - gender, age, sexual orientation, different expertise, racial, cultural, religious, political, and all other forms of human diversity - in the media. How can we implement diversity and inclusion in relevant media projects? How can diversity inspire media innovation to a broader public debate?

Theme: Suriname in Amsterdam-Noord

Amsterdam-Noord is raw, industrial, village, multicultural, established, and emerging at the same time. A Lab Amsterdam offers us the physical place; a laboratory for creatives who are socially involved and connected by nature. From there we start the search for Suriname in Amsterdam North.

“My parents were not allowed to live in the Van der Pekstraat in Amsterdam-Noord in the 1970s,” wrote Miguel Heilbron, founder of The Black Archives in De Correspondent during the month of undisclosed history in 2017. The generation Heilbron writes about grew up in the Bijlmer, or what is now called South-East (Zuidoost). That is also the first association in the city, the connection between South-East and Suriname is widely known. But what about North?

Who are the people who did it differently back then? Who settled in North eventually? How did life go for them? And who moved to North later? Which creatives, cooks, politicians, neighborhood fathers and mothers, and entrepreneurs combine these backgrounds? This theme has many aspects and divergent angles for creative research and expressions. The Spark Narration collective will work on this in the coming year, to tell new stories about integration and to enrich the historiography of Amsterdam.


General information

Designalism Newsroom is an initiative of ACED and VersPers in collaboration with A Lab. The program is supported by a grant from Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst.


Geesje van Haren


Jasper Schelling

Head of Technologies

Justine Corrijn

Communication and Production

Noortje van Eekelen


Yifan Yaing

Communication and Production