On The Night of Books, Friday March 20th American artist Eric Staller will appear at 7pm outside The American Book Center on The Spui. He will give a reading from his book Out of My Mind and rouse the city with his unique mobile artworks Bubbleheads and Lightmobile.
Native New Yorker Eric Staller has lived in Amsterdam since 1994. His mobile works of art which he calls Urban UFO’s are well known world-wide, but particularly in Amsterdam. In his autobiographical book Out of My Mind Staller reveals that his mission is to challenge and surprise the world by appearing unexpectedly with his art outside of the normal exhibition venues, and in so doing, engage the public in a dialog, whether they want to not.
“If you see the Bubbleheads coming down your street, late at night while you’re out walking your dog, you pretty much jump when we appear, silently, pedaling in unison, part human, part humanoid.”
The unusual Bubbleheads caught the eye of the producers of the hit film Men in Black, and were featured in the film.
After his reading at The American Book center, Staller will pedal Bubbleheads through Amsterdam, starting at the Spui at 8pm. Of course, Staller’s most famous work, the Lightmobile will also be present to light up The Night of Books. You can see the VW Beetle with its 1600+ computer controlled lightbulbs from 7pm on the Spui.
There’s much more going on tomorrow night! See ABC’s Night of Books full program. The program for the entire night, which includes all the activities going in Amsterdam for this amazing night is available in Dutch on the AWBS site.