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The University of the Underground is a charity (RSIN 8575.82.781) with a ANBI status based in Amsterdam. This means that at least 90% of our efforts are focused on the general good. You can read more about this charitable status here. We are committed to make all our finances public and we are transparent in this process. In December 2018, following our first annual return we will publish our books on our website. Our organizational structure and spending are visible to all. In doing so, we hope to inspire other educative institutions to do the same.

Full name: Stichting University of the Underground Charity Foundation
Chamber of Commerce number: 68767072
Fiscal number: 857582781
Contact details: Fred. Roeskestraat 96, 1076ED Amsterdam;
Our charity objectives are to end the ever growing gap between generations by reconnecting the generations through social dreaming, culture and education and to perform all such further acts and activities as are in the widest sense connected therewith, incidental thereto and/or which may be conducive thereto. The ever growing gap between generations is caused by their different viewpoint on how power structures should function within public institutions.
The Foundation shall make every effort inter alia to attain and accomplish its objectives by:
   –      guiding and supporting studying artists, performers and designers in order to develop, stimulate and continue the creative process in design, film, music, politics and theater;
   –      providing or have study programs in design, film, music, politics and theater been provided;
   –      financing, subsidize, support and guide organizations who provide study programs in design, film, music, politics and/or theater
     –      organizing inter alia concerts, symposia, workshops and performances;
     –      opening up of networks.
The objective of the Foundation is not to gain profits.
Policy plan: To read please click here
Board: Chair: Dr. Nelly Ben Hayoun
Treasurer: Jurgen Hans Beij-Makkink
Secretary: Dr. Didier Hoch
The board will get no remuneration for their activities
Activity report: Since this is our first year, we have nothing to report yet
Financial report: Since this is our first year, we have nothing to report yet

Without your donations, we can’t develop the University of the Underground. We  aim to run live events, podcasts run by the students and member of the public, and masterclass-opened to all- but to do this we need your help.

Join us and support our attempt to modify the status quo through the development of experiential and creative practices in institutions.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information:  universityoftheunderground@nellyben.com

Please join us and sign up for our events online here

Focused on unraveling power structures, the programming will be addressing topics from an hybrid design perspective engaging discussions such as politics, sustainability, institutions, new technologies and scientific developments both in Artificial Intelligence and in the current digital ecosystems. It will make innovative use of design, linguistic, experiential, mythological, political, musical and film practices as tools to engage members of the public with the experiences and the debates created. With a focus on social dreaming as a designer tool, our first series of live event series will unravel the act of thinking and processes to create.

“The interpretation of dreams is the royal road to a knowledge of the unconscious activities of the mind.”
Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, published in 1899

In the 19th century, Freud opened up our sleepy brains, soul and unconscious to the realm of the analytic mind, the one of knowledge and information, obscure secrets, hidden thoughts, the one of our darkest and wildest dreams. With Freud, these unconscious formulations of our thoughts, close encounters with our inner soul, our dreams, could be interpreted and sometimes understood.

Dreams are a revelation of our capacities to combine various systems and mix them unconsciously at night in our sleep, behind closed doors.

Humans-producers; makers and designers of thoughts are manufacturing knowledge day and night. Indeed by dreaming, humans act political. As stated by Lawrence of Arabia “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible”.

In our live series, we propose a symposium of 6 events in which dangerous humans are invited to share their thoughts and interogate their system of production. As a part of our discussions we will open brains and offer a vivid portrait of the act of thinking in the twenty first century. What do diplomats dream of? What do economists dream of? Is politic a dream and who initiated and performed it? How can a designer challenge sytems of thoughts? How can a designer engage her uncouscious in her creative production? When does design start and end? At what time?

Through this symposium we will perform as Homo-Fabers (humans who think) and link subject matters surrealistically as if they were dreamt, inviting in turns creatives with professionals, representant of economic, political and sociological institutions and hypnotists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists.

This curated series aim to dream out loud, to inspire young generations to think creatively about politics and the production of thinking.

For the first time, in the evening, night club De Marktkantine will open the doors of its headquarters to our dreams, rethinking the value of utopia, philosophical systems and flux of thoughts in the larger context of politics and design nowadays.

The series of event will be curated following the below programme. It will be composed of talks and finish with music and networking opportunities for members of the public. We hope to reach a young audience together with established professional in the field of design, curious and wonderers.

·       Thought 1: Homo-Faber Speaks

·       Thought 2: Homo-Faber Eats

·       Thought 3: Bye Bye Homo Sapiens

·       Thought 4: Homo-critic

·       Thought 5: Homo-not-real

·       Thought 6: Homo-deviant

We are currently developing a membership programme which will allow you to join us during our public events, have access to our underground library and have some special yearly gifts developed at the University of the Underground. Watch this space as we will announce the details of our membership programme soon.

When you join the Friends of the Underground, you help us support our students in their endeavor and help us grow our network of creative soldiers internationally. As a Friend of the Underground you will be invited to a selection of events run by the University of the Underground and kept informed of all our developments abroad. Support levels start at 70 €. To thank you for your donation, we will send you a limited edition patch designed by our guest tutors (please add 7€ postage cost and email us your address at universityoftheunderground@nellyben.com ).

When you join the Patrons Circle, you become one of the Underground’s invaluable dreamers, who will help lead the charge to fight for social dreaming and support the development of our university worldwide. You will be invited to private events, talks and masterclass and invited for dinner with a selection of the University of the Underground’s educators. As one of our patrons we will also offer you a limited edition University of the Underground’s jumpsuit designed by fashion designer LF Markey. You will be able to choose from other perks and specially designed limited University of the Underground editions. You will be invited to a special tour of our facilities organized by course director Dr.Nelly Ben Hayoun. Email us to hear more about what else we can do to thank you for your support  at universityoftheunderground@nellyben.com

We need books in our university! Please support us with a book; or two… or many more! We will write your name on it and it will stay with us in the underground for the next 100 years. The University of the Underground is curating live events in collaboration with our venue partners DeMarktkantine in Amsterdam and Village Underground in London. In this context, we will run book clubs; open to all.

Go to this link to donate books from our wish list. But we take your favourite books too!

Our address is:

University of the Underground/ De Marktkantine

Jan van Galenstraat 6

1051 KM Amsterdam

Netherlands

We would love to hear from you, you can reach us (Chloé, Sjoerd and Nelly) at/ Please reach us to ask about donor benefits universityoftheunderground@nellyben.com