"The City as Anthology: Movements at the Margins of Public Space" presents the work of Mariken Overdijk, artist and teacher at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, with an introduction in collaboration with Jeroen Boomgaard, former lector of LAPS (Lectorate of Art & Public Space) at Rietveld Sandberg Research. The book was launched on 13th of January 2024 at Zone2Source, Amstelpark and on 27th of January at Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam during the Boekie Woekie & Friends event.

This book is about bodies. About how bodies traverse the familiar surroundings of one’s home or move along the familiar routes of everyday life, but also about the relation of bodies to the public space. On another level, the book shows what the meaning of artistic research can be.

Research recounts experiments and experiences, collections and vistas gained by the researcher during the course of their work. This book shows that any good (artistic) research creates futures. The book stages research, wanders, interrogates, describes, draws, explores, and thus offers a series of choreographies of ordinary life. Mariken Overdijk makes clear that a work of art is not a one-time, singular event, but creates a possibility that, however minimal, changes lives forever.

This publication is the result of a collaboration between the professorship LAPS of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and ArtEZ Press, ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem to show the importance and possible meanings of artistic research in the work of alumni. Mariken Overdijk graduated at the ArtEZ Master Home of Performance Practices.