Amsterdam is the latest backdrop for the Converse Clash Wall series, which have taken place in cities across the globe. Unlike the others, this part is locally unique as it embodies the history of the city by taking over a traditional 17th century canal house.
Clash Wall Amsterdam took over five floors transformed by eight Dutch artists: Does, Onno Poiesz, Rutger Termohlen, Sober Industries, Karski, Telmo Miel, Zedz and Zender. In nine days they created an ultimate collaboration: a "clash" of styles that runs throughout the entirety of the building. The the first of its kind in the Clash Wall series, the project combined their personal style and ideas with that of Converse fans from around the world — uniting the artists and their fans via the brand's Twitter page through inspirational tweets, working together in a new and refreshing way.
With the use of multiple artistic methods and materials, the artists managed to seamlessly connect each floor of this five-story house, uniting their distinctive styles. By clashing in the historic house, this project also touched upon a very Dutch practice. Keeping windows open in the home is a Dutch tradition that dates back to the late 16thand 17th centuries during the Dutch Golden Age. Windows were kept open and curtains never closed while sailors were out at sea. This was so their wives couldn't cheat on them. The idea's moral has evolved over time, from thwarting adultery to sharing. In a culture where being normal is considered "crazy enough," the home is the only place where the Dutch can truly express themselves. Allowing these artists to work in a space with the windows uncovered recognizes a very special form of domestic exhibitionism that each resident of this country understands and shares. They've taken something that many would consider private and made it public. They transformed it into more than just a home: a work of art and an unique experience for the public to enjoy.