Ansgar Reul

Between 2007 and 2012 Ansgar Reul lived in Amsterdam where he studied at the University of Amsterdam's Faculty of Humanities. As  intern and volunteer at art space W139, he initiated and organised - together with Tonya Sudiono - the Wasteland Disco Squad. Conceived as dynamic inception of W139’s involvement with the ‘Wasteland Twinning’ project, the Squad explored vacant, derelict sites throughout Amsterdam’s inner city area.


W139 is a presentation and production space for contemporary art in the centre of Amsterdam. It was founded in 1979 by a group of young artists who wanted to present an alternative to the collections and exhibitions on show at the city’s museums and commercial galleries.

In the course of 30 years, W139 has evolved from an anti-establishment squad into a professional non-institutional platform for contemporary art. The program includes both Dutch and international artists who are invited to develop a new (site-specific) work for the W139 area. Today, W139 operates parallel with, rather than in opposition to, the more established exhibition venues. W139 provides “room for risk”, and in so doing fulfills a unique role in the Dutch art world.
















Blog Entries

Wasteland-Disco-Squad Edition No. 2: A Short Report

06 Aug 2012 | Ansgar Reul

The 2nd Edition of the Wasteland Disco Squad visited the Amsterdam Houthavens, the city’s  old timber harbour. Besides...

Wasteland Disco Squad - Edition No 2: Friday, 27th of July, 20h00

21 Jul 2012 | Ansgar Reul

Houthavens Amsterdam - Corner Tasmanstraat/Pontsteiger W139 is going outskirts again - join us for yet another...

Wasteland-Disco-Squad Edition No. 1: A Short Report

09 Jul 2012 | Ansgar Reul

The Wasteland Disco Squad’s 1st Edition visited the most western point of the northern edge of a former launchway – a...

Wasteland Disco Squad - Edition No 1: Sunday, 1st of July

15 Jun 2012 | Ansgar Reul

W139 is going outskirts. Temporarily, everything fixed will become mobile, everything static will be flexible. Join us...