Being equal while being different

One of the most challenging aspects of the Anthropocene and ongoing climate change is the aspect of change. Environments change, we change environments, so now it is time humanity needs to change. Change our perceptions of the planet and the self, our research and working methods, our idiom and visual narratives, and also teaching methods. Natural and technical sciences, humanities and social sciences, the arts and society need to cross the gaps in between to spark our imagination.
Without judgement, without a preconceived idea, curious to see the opportunities that climate (change) may offer us. 

United Nations
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Article 27.

(1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
(2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he (Red. or she) is the author.

Image: The Baltic Sea, a dead sea? Finland 2019.
Photo: Jacqueline Heerema.
Image: The Baltic Sea, a dead sea? Jacqueline Heerema, Finland 2019

Scientists4Future NL
Scientists4Future NL is a self-organised, self-initiated alliance of scientists and scholars from Dutch universities and research institutes, aiming to bring them together and provide support for the Dutch climate movement. 
You can join this initiative, check http://scientists4future.nl

Beyond Technology
Beyond Technology is a pilot project that explores the integration of arts and engineering education in formulating innovative teaching methods, to change our socio-cultural landscape, allowing for the emergence of new ways of knowing and being in the world. The initiative for this pilot stems from the need to approach challenges in the environment from a versatile perspective. A new method to bring students of art, technical and social sciences together with the public.

Initiated by Dr. Marcela Brugnach (University of Twente) and Jacqueline Heerema (Satellietgroep, UT) icw Marijke Meester and Fabian Hijlkema (ArtEZ), with students of University of Twente, Urban Water Management of Faculty of Engineering Technology and students of ArtEZ, Graphic Design at the University of the Arts, Zwolle.
First results presented in June 2019 at 4UT Resilience Conference (University of Twente, Netherlands), Art in the Anthropocene Conference (Dublin, Ireland) and in November 2019 at BC3, Basque Center for Climate Change (Bilbao, Spain).
This pilot is documented in the Beyond Technology Magazine and presented at the MEDUWA Meeting in February 2020 (Zwolle, Netherlands).
The pilot is supported by Andrea von Braun Stiftung (Germany).

Onland, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Subsurface Landscape as Living Archive.
Deep Reading: ten meters and 6000 years of time-depth.

An artistic field research in the reciprocal relation of nature and culture, disruptions of time and matter and ethics of appropriations. Following years of art and heritage projects on time, people and environment and rethinking perceptions of culture and nature, in the city, the sea, coastal landscapes, polders, mud flats, Afsluitdijk and abroad, my current fascination is swamp, also called wetlands, marsh, bog, moor or wild land. A transitional ecology between land and water that is both land and water.
We usually explore a landscape horizontally. During the public event Onland we explored the underground landscape vertically in an attempt to unravel different storylines and perceptions of time, nature and culture. An exercise in anticipation, of embodiment of time. At the intersection of art, palaeontology, geology, archaeology and ecology i.c.w. geologist Bert van der Valk (Deltares) and climate scientist Tanya Lippmann (VU).

Landscape Bars, tools for dialogue
As a tool to connect various landscapes with artistic fieldwork and engage wider audiences, designer Francois Lombarts – co-curator of artists collective Satellietgroep – developed a series of nomadic Landscape Bars. During Water Pioneer (Satellietgroep i.c.w. Onkruidenier, 2016) the first Zandmotor Cocktail Bar emerged on the Zandmotor, travelled to various polders, wadden islands, festivals, art venues and coastal conferences, and evolved in the exhibition design for Climate as Artifact (2018).

Climate as Artifact – Klimaat als mensenwerk
At Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague (NL, 2018)
Curated by artists collective Satellietgroep – Jacqueline Heerema, Lotte Bosman & Francois Lombarts.

Climate as Artifact is an exhibition program that targets at how redefining climate as a cultural artifact, as something we make, through artistic practice helps us to break free from conventional attitudes in order to establish new and essential perspectives. Climate as Artifact brings together artists, designers, scientists and society to rethink our perceptions of culture and nature. Now that people all around the world are slowly starting to rethink how people and planet are interrelated, new questions arise around the understanding of time and the perception of place. It’s not merely a technical or political challenge that we are facing. It is a cultural one.
With artist and designers Berndnaut Smilde, Sachi Miyachi, Nishiko, Esther Kokmeijer, Maurice Bogaert, Aliki van der Kruijs, Jos Klarenbeek, Maurice Meewisse, Lotte Geeven, Theun Karelse, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Giuseppe Licari, Onkruidenier (Jonmar van Vlijmen, Ronald Boer i.c.w. Rosanne van Wijk), Josje Hattink, Masha Ru. All previous artist-in-residence of artists collective Satellietgroep, who develop new works and insights during the exhibition program, connecting the arts, science and society.
The program is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Den Haag, Feest aan Zee.

Images: Overview of Climate as Artifact, curated by Satellietgroep at Elektriciteitsfabriek, The Hague (2018).
Photos: Johan Nieuwenhuize, Florian Braakman.
Images: Overview of Climate as Artifact, curated by Satellietgroep at Elektriciteitsfabriek, The Hague (2018)

Who is nature?
Pre-program of Climate as Artifact, curated by Satellietgroep – Jacqueline Heerema, Lotte Bosman, Francois Lombarts (NL, 2018). With five Sea Labs, that offer in-depth discourses of artists and designers with scientists and public in the midst of art, design and Landscape Bars. A talk and the essay ‘Who is nature?’ (Lotte Bosman, Jacqueline Heerema) as part of the Viscous Space North Sea Conference at TU Delft (publication forthcoming).

#1 Uptime_ i.c.w. Nest, with Aliki van der Kruys, Nishiko, Josje Hattink, Esther Kokmeijer, Giuseppe Licari, Oscar Santillan, Vibeke Mascini, Lonny van Ryswyck, guest artist Austin Camilleri (Malta) in dialogue with Suzanne Wallinga, Luuk Heezen, Ruben Jacobs, Henk Oosterling, Gerbrant van Vledder, Valentijn Byvanck, Tanya Lippmann, Bert van der Valk, Alexander van Oudenhoven. Co-curated by Nest and Satellietgroep.
#2 Climate as Game Changer during Border Sessions Labs uses all our senses to better understand our environment and discuss what conditions humanity is creating, themed around the question: How natural is our human environment? With Masha Ru, Marit Mihklepp, Onkruidenier, Thijs de Zeeuw, Mans Schepers, Harrie van der Hagen, Jan de Graaf.
#3 Environmental Literacy, themed around the question: What role does fieldwork play in environmental literacy for humans and artificial intelligences? With Theun Karelse and invited guests.
#4 Global Currents, themed around the question: How to (re)gain placement within nature? With Nishiko, Esther Kokmeijer, Aliki van der Kruijs, Jos Klarenbeek, Gerbrant van Vledder, Roel Arkesteijn, Henrik Richter-Alten, Isockor Anwell, Marleen van der Werf.
#5 Landscape Observations, a workshop that revolves around the telescope – the first ‘philosophical’ instrument that augmented human perception.
By Tiemen Cocquyt (Museum Boerhaave), artist Irene Kopelman & the artists and designers of Climate as Artifact.
The program is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Den Haag, Feest aan Zee.

Destination Highway Afsluitdam, Afsluitdijk, Netherlands
Destination Highway Afsluitdam is an interactive exhibition program by Satellietgroep – Jacqueline Heerema, Francois Lombarts, Lotte Bosman, icw Hugo Schuitemaker – at Afsluitdijk for the international innovation conference called Making Waves. The man-made Afsluitdijk (1932) is sourced as innovative milestone of geological time, landmark for climate change and highway for migration. Relict of relocated raw materials and species. Glaciers deposited till and humanity creates new conditions for iconic rare species: a rock shore habitat for migrating plants, animals and humans, in between two Natura 2000 habitats.
The program is supported by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment.

Prospectors, three layers of landscape
Intersections Art Rotterdam (NL, 2017)
Prospectors, three layers of landscape gives a non-romantic approach of artistic manual labour; of art as durational research methodology, disseminating the raw materials of the roles we play as observers, actors, explorers and prospectors of liminal landscapes. With the tools we need, with the landscape ingredients, archives and lexicons we collect, and with the insights we discover and share while interacting within these open air public landscape laboratories and people.
With Satellietgroep – Jacqueline Heerema & Francois Lombarts, i.c.w. Onkruidenier – Jonmar van Vlijmen & Ronald Boer. Guest artists Lotte Bosman, Flora Reznik.
Intersections is curated by Suzanne Wallinga. The program is supported by Stroom Den Haag.

Gardening without borders – Tuinieren zonder grenzen
Oerol, Wadden Island Terschelling (NL, 2017)
Can we anticipate climate change?
Gardening without Borders is an inquiry into the friction between indigenous and invasive species, into the dissension between the protection and development of nature on the one hand, and the conservation of cultivated land on the other. By uniting different extracts from the landscape into new products, sacred lines are breached and new questions arise concerning authenticity, nature and culture on the island. Perceiving the island as garden, a garden is created in Zelfpluktuin De Groenhof. With collected raw materials and narratives a Landscapemakery is created, to shape future habitats for migrating species and sediments.
Satellietgroep – Jacqueline Heerema & Francois Lombarts, Lotte Bosman – i.c.w. Onkruidenier – Jonmar van Vlijmen, Ronald Boer.
The program is supported by Oerol, Sense of Place, Leeuwarden Cultural Capital EU 2018.