This Source Book was published on the occasion of Unraveling Rotterdam, The Periphery Complex, a series of discussions with leading figures in the Rotterdam art world, held at Witte de With between Tuesday 27 June and Saturday 1 July 2006.

During daily “talkshows”, members of Witte de With’s staff explored selected themes with one or two guests and with the public, trying to formulate certain answers. The themes from these discussions provided the basis for the textbook. As the book’s aim was also to unravel Rotterdam, the texts included are not direct translations of the “talkshows,” but instead a continuation of them in the form of an article, and interview or a personal text. The result is a challenging, kaleidoscopic book where many ideas are exchanged and critical questions are raised.