Soapbox Issue 1.2 Launch: Off the Grid 7 November, 20:00-22:30, Perdu, Amsterdam

Grids are omnipresent and likewise invisible. They govern our landscapes and cityscapes, our paintings and grocery lists, our maps and our borders, both walled and imaginary. In light of their paradoxical potentialities and limits, as that which supports and restrains us, we asked: is going off grid desirable, or even possible?

Celebrating the launch of our second issue: ‘Off the Grid,’ Soapbox invites you to join us for an evening that gives the stage to our contributors. For issue 1.2 we invited young researchers to critically engage with the notion of the grid, and more specifically how we might imagine a state of being “off the grid.”

During the event our speakers will share their responses on how they engaged the concept in their specific ways. Taking myriad forms: from the politics of region to practices of walking and drawing to appropriate urban grids. Subsequent to the presentations, the panel and audience are invited to discuss the collective yearning for being off grid and the risks this may pose.

Copies of the new issue and annual subscriptions will be available at the event.

Entry is free of charge. So, make sure to come early to reserve a spot or rsvp by sending a mail with your name to [email protected]!


Zoë Dankert (co-founder and editor in chief/ graduate rMA Cultural Analysis)

“Blurred Lines: Challenging Urban Grids On and Off the Page
in City Illustration”
Tânia A. Cardoso (Urbanist and Illustrator/ Phd candidate Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis )

“Regional Politics: On Region, Nation, and Regionalization”
Thom Aalmoes (graduate Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis)

“The Countryside and the Climate Crisis: Where is the power?”
Calvin Duggan (graduate student rMA Cultural Analysis/ editorial board)

Erica Moukarzel (graduate student rMA Cultural Analysis/ Oude Kerk/ Shock Forest Group/ editorial board)