Matter of Time

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.

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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:
You can register for this free event at

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.

Matter of Time, Jacqueline Heerema, with special thanks to Tanya Lippmann, 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


carbon storage

mining peatscapes

large scale resource extraction

modifying earth

peat subsidence

fluxes of climate 

embodiment of time


transfer of warmth

energy of movement


squashy (zompig) sound





breath of soil

reciprocal relations

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?

Tanya: well! 

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