A mirroring home-cooking-style video recipe for the art of making peat balls, April 2020 – ongoing.
‘Inhale. Exhale. The art of making a peat ball, an earth sphere’
24hr online workshop on May 31, 2020.
An 24hr exercise in ‘worldmaking’ that follows the sun around the world. Drawing attention to the social, ecological and spatial phenomenon of peat in the context of World Peat Day on June 2, 2020.
I warmly like to invite you to join my 24-hour online workshop ‘Inhale. Exhale. The art of making a peat ball, an earth sphere’.
On May 31, 2020 I intend to follow the sunrise around the globe. Every hour I will make a peat ball in my garden at home in The Hague (Netherlands), share the experience with you and seek to engage online during 24 hours with other ‘earth-ball-makers’ around the world to experience the art of ‘worldmaking’.
I warmly invite you to join me online for 10 minutes while we make and share an earth sphere. Contact me if you can join, share where you are in the world and we will connect!
Instructions are easy:
Collect a big handful of peat or earth, take photo of collecting.
Add a little water. Make your earth sphere in 10 minutes.
Do not forget to inhale, exhale.
Record process in video, photo, associations, sensations, words…
Put earth back in place of origin, take photo.
Share online on social media #peatball #earthsphere #worldmaking and with me.
Visit once in a while your special earth-place.
As appetizer, you can watch my video ‘Matter of Time’ below.
Link to Facebook
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This event is part of the ’24HR GLOBAL ONLINE PEAT-FEST’ on MAY 31, 2020 by Re-Peat Collective to draw attention to the vulnerability of peatlands around the world. More: http://www.re-peat.earth
You can register for this free event at https://re-peat.mn.co/
Earth Day, April 22, 2020
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.
Art during Covid-19, in celebration of 50 years Earth Day on April 22, 2020.
a landscape of time and matter
Dutch conceptual artist, curator
fascinated by the concept of time and matter
artist and designers explore matter
are we aware of the timescale of matter?
corona gardening with peat soil (veengrond) sourced in the Baltic States
a sandstone (zandsteen), some 24-26 million years old
a mammoth fossil, some 25,000 – 50,000 years old
till (keileem), deposited by glaciers during the last ice age 12,000 years ago
peat (veen) from the subsurface
sand (zand) from the beach
a ball of Posidonia Oceania (zeegras) washed ashore
fruit of a chestnut
a fossil of a shell
a scallop (mantelschelp)
Breath of Soil(s), current artistic research
a research in the reciprocal relations of nature and culture
questioning disruptions of time and matter
fieldwork, a constructed march called Land in wording in a park
.. and I noticed a rather uncomfortable sensation that I call the Breath of Soil(s)
The Origin of the Dutch Coastal Landscape by Peter Vos, 2015
Constantin Brancusi, Le Commencement du Monde (Het Begin van de Wereld, ca. 1920)
Dorodango, The Japanese Art of Making Mud Balls, Bruce Gardner, 2019
peat soil and water
an effort to enhance my affection for peat soil by making a peat ball
we cuddle plants, animals, humans
can I learn to cuddle soil?
both land and water
a transitional ecology between land and water
matter, to be of importance, significant
matter, substance, material
memory of soil
living climate archive
large scale resource extraction
fluxes of climate
embodiment of time
transfer of warmth
energy of movement
squashy (zompig) sound
breath of soil
ethics of appropriations
disruptions of time and matter
is soil alive?
the time of the earth is not (yet) in our senses
me: how old is peat?
at the surface it is living Sphagnum!
and further down it can be tens of thousands of years old
I’m not sure what the oldest peat is
maybe a hundred thousand years old?
at one point it is so compacted that it crosses into the label of coal
but we know that it is really just very very very old peat
most peat is between 50 and 30,000 years old
do you notice a rather uncomfortable sensation?
bewonderment of touching time?
peat as earth