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.
PUSH & PULL
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.