Lenght x Width x Depht x Time.

The time of the earth is not (yet) in our senses.
Faced with current and future environmental challenges, we need to develop a new view of the planet and of the self. With a practice in the arts and cultural heritage I tend to perceive the world from an artistic perspective, with a focus on the history of humanity. Working with a wide range of artists, designers, local experts and scientists, I learn to include the non-human narrative, the pre-human history of nature. This helps me to provoke new ideas about the origins of both nature and culture, to enhance a deeper professional and public understanding of their interconnectivity, of the time-depht of landscapes, earth and atmosphere, and of ourselves as human agency.

I wonder if and how we can learn to develop a more ecological reciprocal relationship with matter?

Without judgement, without a preconceived idea, curious to see the opportunities that climate (change) may offer to enhance polyphonic discourses with inclusive visual narratives, in between human and so-called living, once-living and non-living entities.

April 22, 2020: video ‘Matter of Time’
May 31, 2020: 24hr online workshop Inhale. Exhale. The art of making a peat ball, an earth sphere’
June 5, 2020: guest at radioprogram Soil Matters
June 11 – September 2, extended until September 15, 2020: artist-in-residency at Sundaymorning@EKWC
July 26 – September 20, 2020: Breath of Soil(s) on exhibit at Zone2Source
August 29, 30 & September 19, 2020: In Context public program Breath of Soil(s) at Zone2Source
September 12 & 13, 2020: Test Case XXII at Sundaymorning@EKWC, choose your time slot

Upcoming: The Kraken Wakes 2021
As co-founder, artist-curator of artists collective Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) I recently wrote a reflexive essay ‘Pioneering Zandmotor’ 2019, publication forthcoming in 2020. Link.

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In conversation with time, matter, landscapes and people.

In 1991 I hiked through the Himalayas in Nepal, wondering about the genesis and massive natural erosion of this enormous range of mountains. And I saw human destruction. Locals cut woods for fire to heat buckets of water to cater for hikers like me
. Resulting in huge landslides that wash away all fertile soils that cling to the slopes of these mountains.

Later I learned that the top of the mountain can actually be found at the foot of that same mountain and sediments are spread all over the world. I myself brought home a small green-grayish stone in my backpack. In sync with the ‘original’ habitat I put the stone in some water and made this work in 1996.

Himalayas, Jacqueline Heerema 1996.

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