production still, CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995 (2016)
production still, CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995 (2016)
CULTURESPORT x Nada van Dalen bomber jacket. Image: Joe Ann van Deventer (contact before use) | model: Leendert Vooijce. CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995, MAMA (2016)
CULTURESPORT x Nada van Dalen bomber jacket. Image: Joe Ann van Deventer (contact before use) | model: Leendert Vooijce. CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995, MAMA (2016)
Rotterdam art space MAMA makes its New York debut with CULTURESPORT!
Friday 30 September 2016, premiere Anthology Film Archives
6-9 October: presentation New York Comic Con
Anthology Film Archives & Javits Center New York
With contributions by: 
CULTURESPORT, Nada van Dalen, Rotterdam Terror Corps, Lisa Vereertbrugghen
Curated by: 
Marloes de Vries
Premiering in New York on September 30 is the international co-production CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995 – the first episode of an American science-fiction animation series produced under the inspiring leadership of artist John Michael Boling.
The project began earlier this year as a unique partnership with MAMA and prominent Rotterdam artists. The legendary Rotterdam Terror Corps contributed to the soundtrack, the raw Rotterdam fashion designer Nada van Dalen designed the virtual tracksuits, and Urland theater collective voiced screenwriter Tommy Ventevogel’s translation.

CULTURESPORT’s storyline is set against a background of different eras, (music)subcultures, and locations. By bringing the series to Rotterdam, MAMA ensured the city and its gabber subculture have a permanent place in this international series. The first episode takes place in Rotterdam in 1995 and features two gabbers who inadvertently get involved in a mysterious and dangerous dream research to save the city from flooding. Nada van Dalen designed a collector’s item bomber jacket in a limited edition of 10 especially the project, of which a few are still available. For more information, please contact

Premiere: September 30 at 19:00, location: Anthology Film Archives
Beginning in 2016, the first rough cut of CULTURESPORT: Rotterdam 1995 was screened at Cinerama and the Rotterdam Open Doek Festival. The first full episode, including a whole new scene, premieres in New York at the Anthology Film Archives. Anthology Film Archives is an international center for the preservation, study, and exhibition of film and video, with a particular focus on independent, experimental, and avant-garde cinema. Following the screening is a panel discussion in which the curator and project initiator Marloes de Vries participates alongside the US creators of the series.

CULTURESPORT also debuts at the New York Comic Con – the leading global event for the comic, fantasy, and sci-fi industries – amid a public of fans and prominent actors and artists (including from hit series such as Stranger Things, The Walking Dead, and Doctor Who).

This fall, the CUTURESPORT pilot is being offered to several US television networks with the ambition of being included in their programming schedules. Subscribe to MAMA’s newsletter to monitor developments.

This episode is presented in New York with the support of Stichting Volkskracht, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam Celebrates the City, and The Art of Impakt.

With thanks to Anne Tullemans, Cinerama, IFFR, Kunstblock, Open Doek, and UNstudio.
MAMA is supported by the Mondriaan Foundation and the Municipality of Rotterdam.