Aesthetics Of Exclusion

De Drie Wijzen uit Oost

What traces do we leave online when we visit the city? And how do these traces seduce us into exploring sameness? In an audiovisual installation, we are presented with fragmented spaces composed from Instagram snapshots of bars in Amsterdam owned by a collective of entrepreneurs called ‚De Drie Wijzen uit Oost'. At the same time, we listen to the equally shattered memories of the bar visitors while experts reflect on the mechanics behind the dynamics that keep bringing us back. The story of De Drie Wijzen uit Oost tells us about the interplay between Instagram, aesthetics, gentrification and city politics.

'De Drie Wijzen uit Oost' was exhibited during the Museumnacht in de Waag (Amsterdam) 2019 and in the exhibition Like Market, Like Never Before in Dapper Project space.


De Drie Wijzen is developed during a residency at Waag Society. Made possible by the European ARTificial Intelligence Lab, with the support of the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

De Drie Wijzen uit Oost is made by Mikaela Steby Stenfalk & Sjoerd ter Borg
Sound design: Jeske de Blauw
Opera advisor: Sjaron Minailo
Renderings: Baptiste Labat
Writer prelude: Carolina Trujillo
Voice over: Dianthus
Art direction exhibition design: Baratto & Mouravas
Data sourcing Instagram photos: Jorrit Schaap
With thanks to: Sophie Villerius, Thomas Smits, Clara van de Wiel, Justus Uitermark, John D. Boy, Najah Aouaki, Mark Minkjan, Esther Villerius & Henk van Ramshorst