‘…onze planeet, de enige tuin in het heelal..’ schreef Joop Beljon in ‘Twaalf omgevingen’ in 1976.

“… our planet, the only garden in the universe ..” Joop Beljon wrote in ‘Twelve environments’ in 1976.

art – science – society – in – context: inclusive public programs.
As part of her artistic practice Jacqueline Heerema develops public programs ‘In Context’ about time, bewonderment and anticipation, mostly outside during artistic fieldwork, inclusive and in & beyond the realms of the arts. She questions the values systems we so often take for granted. Jacqueline transformed a residential area into ‘Museum Oostwijk’ and deconstructed institutional museology into ‘The Chamber of Marvels of Zoetermeer’. She co-founded artist collective Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) and is an international (sub)urban artist-curator.


Breath of Soil(s) is on exhibit at Glazen Huis, Zone2Source Amstelpark, Amsterdam July 26 – September 20, 2020.
Public program on August 29, 30 and September 19, 2020.

Artist-in-residency at Sundaymorning@EKWC, European Ceramics Work Center June 11 – September 15, 2020.
Open Studio during Test Case XXII @EKWC on September 12 & 13, 2020.

The becoming, The being & The meanwhile, 2019-2020

Public program in de context of Breath of Soil(s) at Land in Wording & Glazen Huis, Zone2Source Amstelpark Amsterdam, part of Exploded View exhibition:

August 29, 2020, 13:00 – 17:00
Between image and language – an exercise in anticipation with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU) and the international youth collective RE-PEAT.
August 30, 2020, 14:00 – 16:00
Joop Beljon, sculptor, teacher, writer, inspirator … (1922-2002) with Roeland Beljon, guardian of his father’s artistic heritage.
September 19, 2020, 14:00 – 16:30
Ondergronds / Subsurface with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU), geologist Bert van der Valk (Deltares), historian Mathijs Boom (UvA), philosopher Lietje Bauwens.

Read more about the invited guests below.

Precisely at this time, when vital social issues surrounding physical encounters are under pressure due to the corona virus, it is necessary to reconsider our relationship with each other and with the environment. In light of the growing social awareness of personal vulnerability, Jacqueline focuses our attention on the vulnerability of the earth and our ecological reciprocal relationship with soil. She offers an encounter with living soil.
This program is supported by Stroom Den Haag, Mondriaan Fonds & Zone2Source.

Video animation by Bethany Copsey, RE-PEAT Collective.

Image: Between image and language – an exercise in anticipation, with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU) and the international youth collective RE-PEAT.

Image: Workshop Soil Analysis with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU), geologist Bert van der Valk (Deltares), historian Mathijs Boom (UvA) and philosopher Lietje Bauwens. Photo: Luuk Smits.

NL: English text below


Kunstenaar Jacqueline Heerema begon voorjaar 2019 op uitnodiging van het onderzoeksprogramma Exploded View met een reconstructie van de wordingsgeschiedenis van ‘Land in wording’ (no. 18 in het Amstelpark, Amsterdam), boorde tijdens de publieke interventie ‘Onland’ (september 2019) met experts in de bodem van dit moeras tot een diepte van 10 meter en een tijdsdiepte van ca. 6.000 jaar en eigende zich deze bodemmaterialen toe. Tijdens deze grondboring werd Jacqueline geconfronteerd met een nogal ongemakkelijke gewaarwording, die ze ‘Breath of Soil(s)’ noemt.
Mensen, planten en dieren ademen, maar aarde ademt ook….
Leeft bodem? 

Tijdens 3 speciale middagen biedt Jacqueline samen met experts het publiek verschillende perspectieven op het project.

Zaterdagmiddag 29 augustus: Tussen beeld en taal – een oefening in vooruitzien.
Een middag over de bodem, veen en CO2-opslag, klimaatverandering en de noodzaak om een nieuwe (beeld) taal te ontwikkelen, met onder meer klimaatwetenschapper Tanya Lippmann (VU) en het door internationale jongeren geleidde collectief RE-PEAT.
Locatie: Land in wording, no. 18 plattegrond Amstelpark, Amsterdam.
Tijd: 13:00 – 17:00.
Picknick, neem wel zelf eten, drinken en een kleed mee.
Gratis, vooraf aanmelden:

Zondagmiddag 30 augustus: Joop Beljon, beeldhouwer, docent, schrijver, inspirator… (1922-2002).
Een middag over artistiek gedachtengoed en bronmateriaal in de kunsten. Op 2 september 2002 opende de tentoonstelling ‘Stad Zonder Einde’ van Joop Beljon en Ellen Vos in het Glazen Huis. Bijna 18 jaar na dato gaat Jacqueline Heerema (oud-student van Joop, afdeling Omgeving aan de Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten Den Haag, nu zelf exposant in het Glazen Huis) in gesprek met Roeland Beljon, de hoeder van het artistiek erfgoed van zijn vader, voorafgegaan door een lezing met video.
Locatie: Glazen Huis, Amstelpark Amsterdam.
Tijd: expositie open 13:00 -17:00 uur, programma 14:00 – 16:00.
Gratis, vooraf aanmelden:

Zaterdagmiddag 19 september: Ondergronds / Subsurface.
Een middag rondom het verzamelde bodemmateriaal van Land in wording, met een diepte van 10 meter en een tijdsdiepte van ca. 6.000 jaar. Wat voegt een geologisch, historisch, artistiek of filosofisch perspectief toe aan veranderende leefomgeving en klimaat?
Met onder meer een workshop Bodemanalyse met klimaatwetenschapper Tanya Lippmann (VU), geoloog Bert van der Valk (Deltares), historicus Mathijs Boom (UvA) en filosoof Lietje Bauwens.
Locatie: Glazen Huis, Amstelpark, Amsterdam. 
Tijd: expositie open 13 -17 uur, programma 14:00 – 16:30.
Gratis, vooraf aanmelden:


Artist Jacqueline Heerema started in spring 2019, as part of the Exploded View research program, with a reconstruction of the genesis of ‘Land in Wording’ (no.18 on the map of Amstelpark). During the public intervention ‘Onland’ (September 2019), she drilled with experts in the bottom of this swamp to a depth of 10 meters and a time depth of approx. 6,000 years and appropriated these soil materials. During this drilling Heerema experienced a rather uncomfortable sensation, which she calls ‘Breath of Soil(s)’.
People, plants and animals breathe, but earth also breathes….
Is soil alive?

During 3 special afternoons Jacqueline offers the public different perspectives on the project together with invited experts.

Saturday afternoon, August 29, 2020:
Between image and language – an exercise in anticipation.
An afternoon about the soil of ‘Land in Wording’, peat and CO2 storage, climate change and the need to develop a new (visual) language, with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU) and the international youth collective RE-PEAT.
Location: Land in wording, no. 18 on the map Amstelpark, Amsterdam.
Time: 13:00 – 17:00.
Picnic, but bring your own food, drink and a blanket.
Free event, register in advance:

Sunday afternoon, August 30, 2020:
Joop Beljon, sculptor, teacher, writer, inspirator … (1922-2002).
An afternoon about artistic ideas and source material in the arts. On September 2, 2002, the exhibition ‘Endless City’ by Joop Beljon and Ellen Vos opened in het Glazen Huis. Almost 18 years later Jacqueline Heerema (former student of Joop, department Environment at Royal Academy of the Art The Hague, now an exhibitor in het Glazen Huis) will talk with Roeland Beljon, the guardian of his father’s artistic heritage, after a lecture with video.
Location: Glazen Huis, Amstelpark Amsterdam. 
Time: exhibition open 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, program 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
Free event, register in advance:

Saturday afternoon September 19, 2020:
Underground / Subsurface.
An afternoon around the collected soil material of ‘Land in Wording’, with a depth of 10 meters and a time depth of approximately 6000 years. What does a geological, historical, artistic or philosophical perspective add to the changing living environment and climate? This includes a workshop Soil Analysis with climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU), geologist Bert van der Valk (Deltares), historian Mathijs Boom (UvA) and philosopher Lietje Bauwens.
Location: Glazen Huis, Amstelpark Amsterdam.
Time: Exhibition open 1 pm-5pm, program 2 pm-4.30pm.
Free event, register in advance:

About the invited guests:

Tanya Lippmann (1988) is a PhD candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Tanya investigates the exchange of carbon in peat ecosystems. Tanya’s PhD research looks at landscape evolution and long term carbon storage in submerged palaeo landscapes. Tanya has also coded a new computational model that simulates the exchange of carbon in living peat ecosystems. Tanya hopes that farmers take this model up to make informed decision about future land-use. At the centre of all of this work is the realisation that microbial organisms, plant structure, and plant community composition are critical to the movement of carbon. Tanya questions their own privilege as a human and is interested in ways they can make space for other matters. Tanya was born on the land of the Darug people in Western Sydney, Australia. Tanya is a founding member of Scientists4Future NL, member of Re-Peat, and radio host of Soil Matters.

RE-PEAT Collective is a new youth-led organization based in Amsterdam, that aims to draw worldwide attention to the ecological and cultural value of peatlands. They work on raising awareness, making connections between different peat-y people as well as political advocacy. They hope that by demonstrating the immense and diverse value of these special ecosystems and by pushing for a shift in how we think about, use, and imagine peatlands we can help protect and restore them.  

Joop Beljon (1922-2002) was a Dutch artist, sculptor, teacher, writer, inspirator and 27 years director of Royal Academy of the Art The Hague, His national and international public art works provoke a sense of urban geography as he perceived emerging cities and landscapes 50 years ahead of time. From 1961 to 1985 he was director of the Royal Academy of Art The Hague. At the art academy he lectured Environment from 1972 to 1985. After he retired in 1985, he worked with artist Ellen Vos for 15 years to create the ‘Endless City’, exhibited at Glazen Huis, Amstelpark Amsterdam in 2002. Three months after the opening Joop died. His youngest son Roeland Beljon is guardian of his father’s artistic legacy.
More: Joop Beljon, Endless City

Bert van der Valk (1952) studied quaternary geology at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam. In 1992, he received his PhD degree (Earth Sciences, VU, Amsterdam) on the geology of the Holocene beach barriers of the western Netherlands. He worked at the Geological Survey of the Netherlands, Haarlem/Utrecht, and later for CCOP in Bangkok, Thailand (1995-1999). Since 1999 he works for Deltares/Delft Hydraulics in India, Turkey, Egypt, Bangladesh and in The Netherlands on all aspects of sandy and muddy coasts (‘sediment management’) including coastal protection, flood management, ecological aspects and Integrated Coastal Zone Management, mostly as project- or teamleader. Field archaeology and prehistoric landscape reconstruction of the western Netherlands’ coast are his hobbies, as well as publishing on these subjects.

Mathijs Boom (1987) studied history and philosophy and is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at the University of Amsterdam. His PhD project investigates the history of historical thought in the early earth sciences, historiography, and antiquarianism. It focuses on the intersection of cultural and natural concepts of time and history in the Netherlands in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In recent years he has extended his focus to include the politics and science of environment and climate in the modern era.

Lietje Bauwens (1990) studied philosophy at the UvA and writes for different cultural platforms. Under the name “431”, she and Wouter De Raeve initiate curatorial frameworks for research projects, each time using different methodologies and formats such as performative events, text or film. Recently she published ‘Welkom in het moeras’, see (Dutch only).