Amsterdam · in English
Interview with August de Loor (Stichting Adviesburo Drugs, Amsterdam)-- »Interview with August de Loor (Stichting Adviesburo Drugs, Amsterdam)«
Interview with Gemma Blok about 50 Years of activism for harm reduction in Amsterdam - from the Junkie Union to drug testing kits. October 2021 - Amsterdam.
Subjects: harm reduction drug checking ,
Amsterdam · in English
Eddy de Clercq at the Narcotic City Archive Opening Amsterdam 2021-- »Eddy de Clercq at the Narcotic City Archive Opening Amsterdam 2021«
In this video, De Clercq talks about his first Amsterdam Club De Koer (1980), that offered a mix of New Wave, disco, live music and performances. One of the guests was the Dutch cartoonist Peter Pontiac, who donated a unique series of painted T-shirts to De Clercqs club. Watch the video to find out how this donation came about!
Netherlands · in Dutch
Interview with Eric Krabbenbosch-- »Interview with Eric Krabbenbosch«
In this video, Amsterdam comic artist Eric Krabbenbosch talks with Gemma Blok about his work, and his long-time use of heroin and other drugs.
(Format: 11:22 min)
A living statue?-- »A living statue?«
Text in the comic: Amsterdam, 1980s. At that time, heroin was at its strongest. Regularly you came across a user who seemed to be sleeping standing up. We weren't really surprised by that....Back then, 'confused behaviour' was still very common. (text balloon) "Living statue? Maybe, but one that portrays itself, I think."
"The Snort Axis" ('De Snuifas')-- »"The Snort Axis" ('De Snuifas')«
Comic relating to the allegedly widespread use of cocaine in the financial district of Amsterdam , de Zuidas (South Axis). At the 'Snuifas' (the Snort Axis) a new monument is revealed of a giant nose. "Thanks to the nose, the south axis is more lively than ever. Here, no one lets anything pass them by. Homage!"
German heroin users in Amsterdam, 1973-- »German heroin users in Amsterdam, 1973«
Translation of the text in the comic: 1973. German drug tourists had discovered heroin in Amsterdam. Some thought that everything was possible here. In a squat in the Keizersstraat, 10 o' clock in the evening... "Maybe that German guy will come over for a few grams." At 2 a.m.... the doorbell was broken. "He da oben! Hier ist der Gustav. Habt ihr noch H?" "Fck. There you will have it." "Shit! Shit! The fool. I had told him to be a bit careful and especially not to scream like that anymore! Fck my dope!" In opposition to the metro plans, many demolition buildings in the Nieuwmarktbuurt had been squatted. (Junkies weren’t really popular in the squatting movement). By the way; most junkies were also quite fond of piece and quiet….
"Waiting for the next one". The history of first mobile methadone clinic ('Methadone Bus") in Amsterdam (1979)-- »"Waiting for the next one". The history of first mobile methadone clinic ('Methadone Bus") in Amsterdam (1979)«
This article analyses the reasons behind the introduction in 1979 of low-threshold methadone maintenance in Amsterdam, and desribes the ways in which methadone maintenance treatment was put into practice, from the late 1970s onwards.
Subjects: methadone maintenance ,
- Overdose in public toilet-- »Overdose in public toilet« #2613 Format: not specified
Chinese "white heroin", with the Elephant label - Amsterdam 1972-- »Chinese "white heroin", with the Elephant label - Amsterdam 1972«
Drawing relating to the availability of high quality white (or grey) heroin, that was for sale in Amterdam in 1972. It was wrapped in foil with the depicted Elephant label on it. The heroin gave off a strong, acid smell. Users did not need to mix it with citric acid before shooting up.
T-shirt painted by Peter Pontiac for Eddy de Clercq-- »T-shirt painted by Peter Pontiac for Eddy de Clercq«
This T-shirt depicts a scene from real life: Peter Pontiac being kicked out of the Amsterdam club De Koer because he was using drugs.
- Public Undergrounds: The rise of alternative drug cultures and the invention of the “Scene”
In the early 1970s, the emerging narcotic cultures of West-Berlin not only drew the attention of the public and the media, but came into the focus of academics and public health institutions, First studies and surveys were conducted with one paper standing out in particular. It was entitled “Drug Consumers Underground” [Drogenkonsumenten im Underground] and authored by a collective of young social workers, drug users and educators, some of them with aliases.1970 – 1975West-BerlinTemporal Coverage: 1970/1975 (1970,1970s,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1970s,1970s,)
- Christiania’s 50th birthday parade
Insights into the governing of the narcotic city of Copenhagen2021Temporal Coverage: 2021-09/2021-09 (2020s,2021,2020s,2020s,)
- Early drug scenes in Switzerland: places and practices
Not only for the Swiss counterculture were certain places in the cities of central importance. Here one could buy drugs and consume and philosophize together. In Basel, people sat on the wall at Barfüsserplatz.1965 – 1975SwitzerlandTemporal Coverage: 1965/1975 (2020s,1965,1966,1967,1968,1969,1970,1970s,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1960s,1970s,)
- Amsterdam —
»magic center of the world«
The Dutch capital has been a magnet for drug tourists for more half a century now. The iconic image of Amsterdam as a tolerant, friendly place filled with people who are 'high' all day, has its roots in the 1960s. In 1962, Robert Jasper Grootveld (1937-2009), the playful leader of the Provo social movement who organized famous "happenings" at the Spui-square. He dubbed Amsterdam the "magies centrum van de wereld", the magical center of the world. In the video below from 1966, you see him talking about addiction and consumerism.1950 – 1970AmsterdamTemporal Coverage: 1950/1970 (1950,1950s,1951,1952,1953,1954,1955,1956,1957,1958,1959,1960,1960s,1961,1962,1963,1964,1965,1966,1967,1968,1969,1970,1970s,1950s,1970s,)
- The Rotterdam Junkie Union
The Rotterdam Junkie Union was the first user-created interest group for drug users. It was formed in 1980. In the 1980s the union organized multiple protests, provided harm reduction measures, and spoke out against forced treatment for drug users. The union received subsidy from the city of Rotterdam and had close ties to Rotterdam St. Paul’s Church.1970 – 1996RotterdamTemporal Coverage: 1970/1996 (2020s,1970,1970s,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1976,1977,1978,1979,1980,1980s,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989,1990,1990s,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1970s,1990s,)
Artkitchen Magazine no.22 "Drugs special issue"-- »Artkitchen Magazine no.22 "Drugs special issue"«
Format: not specified
Artkitchen magazine is published by Artkitchen Gallery in Amsterdam, that opened its doors in 1993. ArtKitchen gallery offers a cuisine of contemporary art, consisting of a wide variety of Dutch and international artists, among them Hugo Kaagman.
Art work on the mobile methadone clinic ('methadone bus") as a typically Dutch phenomenon.
(Format: 100 - 200 cm)
Subjects: Methadone maintenance ,
Amsterdam · in Dutch
'Fucking Hell". The Story of Truus Oldenburg-- »'Fucking Hell". The Story of Truus Oldenburg«
Movie about Truus Oldenburg.
(Format: 16 min)
Subjects: heroin ,
- 'Fucking Hell'. The story of Truus Oldenburg
In 2018, Truus Oldenburg and professional writer Renate Guitink published the life story of Truus, who was then a woman of 58 years old and living in Amsterdam.1970 – 2020AmsterdamTemporal Coverage: 1970/2020 (2010s,1970,1970s,1971,1972,1973,1974,1975,1976,1977,1978,1979,1980,1980s,1981,1982,1983,1984,1985,1986,1987,1988,1989,1990,1990s,1991,1992,1993,1994,1995,1996,1997,1998,1999,2000,2000s,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010,2010s,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2020s,1970s,2020s,)
"Hippies" at Damsquare Amsterdam, 1968.-- »"Hippies" at Damsquare Amsterdam, 1968.«
(Type: video, film)
Amsterdam Nation-Map of Junkie Mokum-- »Amsterdam Nation-Map of Junkie Mokum«
Image of hard-drug related places and spaces in the Amsterdam City Center in the 1970s and 1980s.
Subjects: Places of drug use, sale, addiction treatment, drug related crime,
- Sigma center Amsterdam-- »Sigma center Amsterdam« #231 Format: not specified
Youth in Amsterdam at Monument on Dam Square-- »Youth in Amsterdam at Monument on Dam Square«
Youth hanging around in Amsterdam at Monument on Dam Square
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