Ode to the OBA
46'44" and short version with English subtitles 22'10"
Commisioned by Hans van Velzen, director of the OBA
© 2007

Director, producer, interviews: Su Tomesen
Final editor: Janneke Küpfer
Camera: Vava Stojadinovic, Caroline Zietsman, Su Tomesen
Editing: Janneke Küpfer, Vava Stojadinovic, Su Tomesen
Soundmix: Boban Bajic
Music: Burnstation, Poldergeist, Storm Lab, Verbal Kint

The documentary Ode to the OBA shows the process of constructing the new central building of the Amsterdam Public Library (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam / OBA) during two years. The film includes also moving the collection from the old building to the new one and the opening in the summer of 2007. The video contains interviews with director Hans van Velzen, architect Jo Coenen, alderman Carolien Gehrels, the artists Claudy Jongstra, Martijn Sandberg, Neeltje ten Westenend, Aziz Bekkaoui and the designers Thomas Widdershoven an Nikki Gonnissen from Thonik.

Watch the video on the website of Jo Coenen architects.

The video was presented on July 7, 2007 during the Grande Opening of the building at Oosterdokseiland. The DVD is for sale at the reception of the OBA. Ode to the OBA commissioned by the OBA is a follow up on ODE to Amsterdam, commissioned by Bouwfonds MAB.

ODE to Amsterdam
12’00”
Commisioned by Bouwfonds MAB
© 2004

Direction, research, interviews: Su Tomesen
Camera: Caroline Zietsman-Geurts
Editing: Talitha van der Hoeden

Video about the building of the new public library, the OBA, designed by architect Jo Coenen, situated at Oosterdokseiland in Amsterdam. Oosterdokseiland is a new part of town that will spring up in the next few years in between the historical inner city and the IJ-river.