To plant a seed to spark the unforeseen future.
Jacqueline is conceptual artist, mediator, writer and (sub)urban artist-curator.
Keywords: perceptions of time, landscapes, matter and climate; artistic field research; collaborations arts, sciences and public; public and professional climate consciousness; education arts-sciences.
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 and future of humanity. Working and making public programs with a wide range of artists, designers, audiences, local experts and scientists, I seek ways to include the non-human narrative, the pre-human history of nature. This helps me to provoke new ideas about the origins of both the natural and the artifactual, to enhance a deeper professional and public understanding of their interconnectivity, of the time-depth of landscapes and matter, climate, earth and atmosphere, and of ourselves as human agency.
I am convinced that the arts can offer alternative strategies for the way we inhabit Earth by creating different worldviews.
Jacqueline Heerema (Netherlands, 1958) is a Dutch conceptual artist, mediator, writer and (sub)urban artist-curator. She studied Monumental Art and Environment at the Royal Academy of Art The Hague and Theoretical Museology at Leiden University. Jacqueline is fascinated by the construction of ‘time’ and changing perceptions of value systems, which we often take for granted.
Her work arises in-between images and words, landscapes and matter, works of art and people, time and climate. She addresses concepts of ‘worldmaking’ and notions of timescaping, matterscaping, landscaping and climatescaping to offer an alternative strategy for the way in which we relate to each other, with the other and with otherness. She focusses on the in-between-ness of the natural and the artifactual to create space for reciprocity and polyphony in a changing world.
Jacqueline initiates, develops, facilitates and supervises artistic field research, ephemeral interventions, exhibitions and large-scale projects in the public domain and creates ‘art as public space’. She is the inventor of Innovatory Heritage, in which the understanding of heritage shifts from static/exclusive to dynamic/inclusive. She transformed a residential area into ‘Museum Oostwijk’ (2002-2009) and deconstructed institutional museology in ‘The Chamber of Marvels’ (2008-2009).
Jacqueline enhances dialogues between the arts, sciences and society. She creates conceptual and programmatic conditions for international artist-in-residency programs and public programs for various target groups with field research, public expeditions, exhibitions, debates and workshops. Her network consists of artists, designers, filmmakers, architects, landscape architects, scientists in the fields of ecology, climate, geology, archeology, oceanography, philosophy, zoology, botany, culture, heritage and spatial planning. She engages with pupils and students and collaborates with art academies, universities, policymakers and citizens scientists. She regularly gives talks at home and abroad in areas that are often far beyond the realm of the arts, to promote discourse between the arts, design and different knowledge domains and with the public.
As part of her artistic practice Jacqueline co-initiated Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) and is artist-curator since then. Satellietgroep is an artists’ collective that explores the reciprocal relations of humanity and nature from an artistic perspective, with a focus on the sea, (coastal) landscape transitions, climate and the impact of humanity on the environment in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2018, Satellietgroep posed the question Who is nature? With the exhibition program ‘Climate as Artifact – Klimaat als mensenwerk’, Satellietgroep positioned dialogue about climate and the impact of humanity as a geological force in the cultural domain. Materializing ideas through art and redefining climate as an artifact, as something we make, helps to increase our sensitivity and to see connections within the natural world and between our actions and our environment.
In 2019-2020, she was artistic researcher at University Twente, Dept. Water Management to develop a new education pilot for art and engineering students. This initiative is called ‘Beyond Technology’ and developed i.c.w. Art & Design Academy ArtEZ. It stems from the need to approach upcoming challenges in the environment from a versatile perspective by bridging the gap between the arts and humanities/social sciences and the natural/technological sciences.
Among her recent projects are ‘The becoming, The being & The meanwhile – subsurface as living climate archive’ (Land in Wording, Amstelpark Amsterdam i.c.w. Zone2Source, 2019-2020) and ‘sedi | senti | ment’ (artist-in-residency at Sundaymorning@EKWC, the international centre-of-excellence for ceramics, 2020).
She wrote the reflexive essay ‘Pioneering Zandmotor – Zandmotor as source to rethink anthropogenic coastal modifications of cultural public space’, published in RiUS, Research by Urbanism TU Delft in 2021.
Since 2015 she is volunteer of AWN, the Dutch Association of Volunteers in Archeology.
Chair of De Onkruidenier Foundation since 2019. Recently she became member of the board of Dutch-Belgian Klimaatdichters (2021).
Projects, global overview:
1996-now: Anecdotical whereabouts, interventions in public space, art as public space
2019-2020: The becoming, The being & The meanwhile, artistic research of Land in Wording, Amstelpark Amsterdam
2019-2020: Artistic researcher at Universiteit Twente, co-initiator Beyond Technology i.c.w. Art Academy ArtEZ
2006-now: Co-initiator, artist-curator artists’ collective Satellietgroep
2013: Guest-curator Stellingname – water, land and innovatory heritage, Kunstfort bij Vijfhuizen
2008-2009: Initiator, artist-curator The Chamber of Marvels, Zoetermeer
2002-2009: Initiator, artist-curator Museum Oostwijk, Vlaardingen
2002-2006: Curator WindMee, South-Holland
2001-2003: Initiator, artist-curator of artist run initiative Hot Red Lokaal, The Hague
2000-2005: Ik noem haar Roos, artistic programs themed around constructions of identity
Selection of recent exhibitions, public programs, essays & artist talks:
Upcoming: Soft Soils, The becoming, The being & The meanwhile, subsurface as living climate archive Part 4 on exhibit at Arti et Industriae, Amsterdam
Soft Soils, essay, author, is published in ‘Exploded View, Art and Research on Layered Landscapes in Transition’ by CLUE+, Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage at Vrije Universiteit
Breath of Soil(s), The becoming, The being & The meanwhile, Part 3 – is included in ‘Biophilia: van vensterbank tot landschap’ by Erik A. de Jong (Dutch only, essay geschreven bij het afscheid als ARTIS-hoogleraar Cultuur, Landschap en Natuur aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Pioneering Zandmotor – Zandmotor as source to rethink anthropogenic coastal modifications of cultural public space, essay, author, is published in ‘Building with Nature Perspectives’, Research in Urbanism Series by TU Delft Publishers
Board member of Dutch-Belgian Klimaatdichters Foundation
sedi | senti | ment, open studio presentation at Test Case XXII, Sundaymorning@ekwc
Artist-in-resident at Sundaymorning@ekwc, European Ceramics Work Center
Breath of Soil(s), The becoming, The being & The meanwhile Part 3, Land in Wording, exhibition and public programs at Glazen Huis, i.c.w. Zone2Source, Amsterdam
Philosopher Lietje Bauwens participated in the workshop Soil Analysis and wrote the essay ‘Er woont iemand in het moeras’ for Mister Motley (Dutch only)
Guest at radio program Soil Matters, Amsterdam
Inhale. Exhale. The art of making a peat ball, an earth sphere, 24hr online global workshop, i.c.w. RE-PEAT Collective
Matter of Time, video, Earth Day 2020
Beyond Technology Magazine, co-author, publication i.c.w. University Twente and Art Academy ArtEZ
Who is Nature? essay i.c.w. Lotte Bosman, published in ‘Urbanisation of the Sea’, TU Delft by Nai010 publishers
Public intervention Onland, The becoming, The being & The meanwhile Part 2, Amstelpark Amsterdam
Research of the genesis of Land in Wording, The becoming, The being & The meanwhile Part 1, Amstelpark Amsterdam
Artistic researcher at Universiteit Twente, dept. Water management, co-initiator Beyond Technology, pilot new curriculum i.c.w. Art Academy ArtEZ
Can co-creation of (students of) the arts and sciences enhance public climate-consciousness? artist talk at Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3), Bilbao, Spain
Beyond Technology Magazine, in between art and science, artist talk at Art in the Anthropocene conference, Dublin Beyond Technology, in between art and science, artist talk at 4UT Resilience conference, Universiteit Twente Climate as Artifact – Klimaat als mensenwerk, essay, author of review for Satellietgroep
Chair of De Onkruidenier Foundation since 2019
Climate as Artifact – Klimaat als mensenwerk, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, exhibition program at Electriciteitsfabriek, The Hague
Zeelab #1-5, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, #1 Uptime_ (Nest), #2 Climate as Game Changer (Border Sessions), #3 Environmental Literacy, #4 Global Waves, #5 Landscape Observations (Climate as Artifact)
Who is nature? concept, field research, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, pre-program of Climate as Artifact
Who is nature? interviewed by sociologist Ruben Jacobs at V2_ Rotterdam
Hole in the Sea, video, artist-in-residency, Sources and Resources, exhibition at Praputnjak, Croatia
The Culture of Nature, artist talk at 16th ISISA Islands of the World Conference ‘The changing futures of islands’, Leeuwarden EU Cultural Capital 2018 i.c.w. Waddenacademie at Terschelling
Innovatory Heritage, guided tour at Zandmotor for Re-Scape Colloquium of Centre for Global Heritage and Development, Leiden University, Erasmus University, i.c.w. Design & History research group TU Delft and CLUE+, Interfaculty Research Institute for Culture, Cognition, History and Heritage at Vrije Universiteit
Who is nature? artist talk at Viscous Space North Sea Conference i.c.w. Centre for Global Heritage and Development and History of Architecture and Urban Planning, at TU Delft
Zandmotor – a cultural phenomenon, essay, author, published by Delft University Publishers
Double Talk, artist talk at Delta Interventions TU Delft, Faculty of Architecture, North Sea Landscape of Coexistence, at TU Delft
Sources & Resources, field research, artist-curator for Satellietgroep i.c.w. Tandem, Leeuwarden2018 EU Cultural Capital, Rijeka2020 EU Cultural Capital, ECF, MidOst, at Rijeka, Croatia
Who is heritage? artist talk, Zone2Source and CLUE+/VU at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Nominated for NIAS-KNAW artist-in-residency 2018
Arts & The Concept of Building with Nature, artist talk at conference NWO-NKC at Jaarbeurs Utrecht
Arts & The Concept of Building with Nature, artist talk at Cornell University-Architecture, Art and Planning Studio Space, i.c.w. Dutch Consulate at New York City
The Abundance & Scarcity of Sand, co-initiator of seminar i.c.w. Atelier NL, MU Art Space at Dutch Design Week Destination Highway Afsluitdam, field research, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, exhibition program, i.c.w. Ministry of I&M, at Afsluitdijk
Zandmotor, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, Mondriaanfonds Binnenland Gastatelier
Making Time, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, public exhibition program at Center for Archeology, Nature- and Environmental Education, The Hague
Prospectors, three layers of landscape, field research, artist-curator, exhibition program, Satellietgroep i.c.w. Onkruidenier, at Intersections Art Rotterdam, Rotterdam
Gardening without borders, artist-curator, field research, public expeditions program, Satellietgroep i.c.w. Onkruidenier, at Oerol, Terschelling
Artist-in-resident Malta, Byoyant, field research, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, exhibition proposal for Valletta – Malta EU Cultural Capital 2018
Coupures in coastal landscapes, field research, artist talk for Arcadis at Domein Raversyde, Belgium
The Sublime Coast, cultural analysis, artist talk for Coastal Network Netherlands-Belgium
Landschapsextracten Waterland, field research, public expeditions program, Satellietgroep i.c.w. Onkruidenier at Over het IJ Festival, Amsterdam
Zandgast, design proposals for air/visitor center at Zandmotor, artist-curator for Satellietgroep i.c.w. stakeholders
Zandmotor artist-in-residency programs, artist-curator for Satellietgroep
Sea and Zandmotor – source of innovation, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, public exhibition program at Center for Archeology, Nature- and Environmental Education, The Hague
Arts & Climate Change, artist talk at EU Parliament in Brussels, COP21
Artist-in-resident Liminal Labs#3, LMCC, field research, exhibition program at Governors Island in New York City
Zandgast, cultural vision art-science-public, commissioned by Provincie Zuid-Holland
Zandmotor artist-in-residency programs, artist-curator for Satellietgroep
Welcome in the Water Bubble, field research, artist-curator for Satellietgroep, public expeditions program at Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland
Artist-in-residency exchange program Liminal Labs#2, artist-curator for Satellietgroep i.c.w. NCCA i.c.w. ProArte at St. Petersburg
Artist-in-residency exchange program Liminal Labs#1, artist-curator for Satellietgroep i.c.w. Nida Art Colony, Lithuania
Shared or Mutual Cultural Heritage, artist talk, Ministry OCW and BUZA
Anthropogenic Coastal Atlas, artistic researcher, commissioned by Rijksdienst Cultureel Erfgoed
Volunteer of AWN, the Dutch Association of Volunteers in Archeology since 2015
Artist-curator of international artist-in-residency and public programs for Satellietgroep:
2014-now: Public Expeditions #1-16, Zandmotor, polders, wadden, Afsluitdijk
2014-now: Zandgast, Zandmotor
2013-2019: DCR Gueststudios, The Hague
2012-now: Now Wakes The Sea, international exchange artist-in-residency programs Netherlands – New York, Japan, UK, Malta, Lithuania, Russia, Georgia, Moldova, Turkey
2009-2015: Badgast, Scheveningen
Publications, essays (selection):
2021: Pioneering Zandmotor, essay, author, published in Building with Nature Perspectives by Research in Urbanism by TU Delft
2021: Soft Soils, essay, author, published in Exploded View, Art and Research on Layered Landscapes in Transition by CLUE+, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
2020: Who is nature? essay, co-author, published in Urbanisation of the Sea, TU Delft by Nai010 Publishers
2020: Beyond technology Magazine, co-author, publication i.c.w. University Twente and Art Academy ArtEZ
2018: Zandmotor – a cultural phenomenon, essay, author, published by Delft University Publishers
2015: Conversations between arts and heritage, essay, author, published in Innovate Heritage, Berlin
2014: On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems, co-author, publication of Inter-Format Symposium, Satellietgroep i.c.w. Nida Art Colony, Lithuania.
2013: Badgast, author, Satellietgroep, publication Badgast artist-in-residency programs Scheveningen
2013: Now Wakes The Sea, co-author, Satellietgroep, publication of international exchange artist-in-residency programs Netherlands-Turkey in 2012
2013: The concept of Innovatory Heritage, essay, publication ICOM Rio 2013 – COMCOL Museology, in the context of the talk at ICOM Rio 2013, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2009: 4289, The Chamber of Marvels of Zoetermeer, co-author, publication, spread to all museums, heritage and heritage education institutions in the Netherlands, 1200 editions
2009: Museum Oostwijk, author, publication spread house-to-house in Oostwijk, Vlaardingen, 3000 editions
2008: S.MAG#2 Zee – Geen zee, Sea – No Sea, co-author, Satellietgroep Sea Magazine
2007: S.MAG#1 Zeedelijk, co-author, Satellietgroep Sea Magazine