text & cultural affairs
As a writer, journalist and cultural policy advisor Mirthe Maria Berentsen (NL) writes for a wide range of international newspapers, magazines and organizations with a focus on art, literature and politics.
May 2019 | New Book: "Notes From Kings County Hospital", a carefully composed play made out of a fragmentary collection of stories, poems, pictures and observations. Written by Mirthe Berentsen and designed by Sarah Cleeremans, the publication culminates a six-month stay at the mental health department of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York — on invitation by the Beautiful Distress Foundation, which uses art and literature in an attempt to open up the world of psychiatry. To achieve this, Berentsen investigates the reminiscent and romanticised clichés of the correlation between art and madness, the psychiatric hospital as a biotope for American politics and escaping reality by creating a counter-narrative.The result is one in which the complexity of things converge: madness, gender, the limitations of care, the inevitability of death and the power of language. For sale via Werkplaats Typografie and (art)bookstores worldwide
December 2018 | Im gespräch über Kulturpolitik und Förderstrukturen der Bildenden Kunst in Berlin. Mirthe Berentsen, Autorin, Journalistin, kulturpolitische Beraterin: Wie wirkte die beispielhafte Künstler*innenförderung in den Niederlanden? Was bedeutet ihr Abbau seit dem Beginn dieses Jahrtausends?
22 nov. 2018 | At the Royal Art Academy in The Hague I will talk about my residency at the mental health department of Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York via the Dutch organization Beautiful Distress and the novel I’m working on, about language, privacy and psychiatry.
21 Nov. 2018 | 'Anne meets Jeffrey', a performance by Emma Berentsen and Tiffany Murphy and a conversation on fiction as surviving strategy, with Simon(e) van Saarloos en Emma Berentsen, moderated by Mirthe Berentsen.
2016 | Advisor Raad Voor Cultuur