UPCOMING AND CURRENT
Short Course: Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths, Univerity of London (UK)
September - December 2017
During the next few months, I will dedicate my practice to more theoretical research about other cultures and the history of ethnographic film and research.
Some of the key questions we'll be asking during the course include:
video still of 'Everything becomes, nothing is' (2017)
Invitation: Film screening 'Everything becomes, nothing is'
During my research, I got intrigued by the broad history of this space and the way the St. Pietersberg was used by mankind for thousands of years. For example, the Enci area is associated with the mosasaur found here, the stone age, the Romans and with the heavy lignite industry which exploited the ground for almost a century. My partner in this project, historian Martin Poesen, wrote the chapters of the Enci factory and summarised the 100-year history in a series of books. Martin's view is that the mountain has always attracted people and that this is one of its natural features. Even when the marl winning stops and the plant slowly disappears, the mountain will continue to affect the people around this place.
During my conversations with Martin, we also talked about the difficulty of distinguishing fiction of reality within history. Even if a historian claims to know the history of a place, history is a versatile thing that can never be completely captured. The confrontation with association and fiction which I encountered during the research now forms the starting point of Everything becomes, nothing is, a new video work in which Martin and I attempt to tell the complete, real and fictional history. The sparks coming from catching flint, the rhythmic flashing of a light on the Lichtenberg and a quiet storm over Rome form a mysterious connection between several places, the present and the past. The video will be screened in the evening after sunset on the tennis court of the ENCI, which lies in an old quarry.
New commissioned work on show during group exhibition 'Solastalgia'
Solastalgia is a group show taking place in two locations in Maastricht from 1–3 September. Over the course of three days, the group exhibition in the AINSI presents commissioned and recent works by six artists, including Merel Dames & Akke Houben, Paul Devens, Lynne Kouassi, Steve Roggenbuck and Miriam Sentler, who are addressing the relationship between psychological wellbeing and environmental degradation. The exhibition brings together a collection of works that unravel and reveal the historical and social stories of a place, in a simultaneously universal and personal way. The second location, the Schark cave, will be open exclusively on Sunday the 3rd of September. Jasper Coppes will present a commissioned site-specific work, following the footsteps of land-artist Robert Smithson. This work is only accessible at set hours (1pm and 3pm) under guidance of a tour guide.
Curated by Eline Kersten
Solastalgia is kindly supported by Brand Cultuurfonds, Stichting Kanunnik Salden, OVERGANGSZONE and Goldsmiths MFA Curating
screenshot of D!NG magazine, 2017
Recently, the Horrific History of Erik Thorvaldsson (2017) has been published by Tique Art Paper and D!ng Magazine, both papers based in The Netherlands and Belgium. Take a look at their websites to see the full feature!
location of upcoming event 'Flintstone fields', abandoned ENCI tennisfields, Maastricht (NL)
Flintstone Fields (2017) performance/gathering at old tennis-fields of the ENCI-factory
in collaboration with historian Martin Poesen and artist Krista Smulders
On the old tennis court in the pit, a game has been organised for the first time since the closing of the cement factory. One of the ways in which the factory was able to attract employees in the past, was the wide range of social and sporting activities they were able to offer. The Enci's tennis courts were unique, since tennis used to be a sport only played by the rich one hundred years ago, and they pioneered in building own tennis courts for their employees. The tennis court in the pit still exists up to this day but is very little used and also partly grown.
During an afternoon, visitors got the unique opportunity to play on these tennis courts in team tricots designed and made by artist Krista Smulders. To bring a humorous ode to history, the team tricots refer to dinosaurs, Neanderthals, Romans, and factory workers: all different groups who have been known to have lived here and which dominate the history of this place. The court is sprinkled with a fine layer of gravel that refers to the sea that has been here millions of years ago. During the game, the footsteps and traces of the visitors became visible.
photo was taken from website www.overgangszone.nl
ONGOING Research project OVERGANGSZONE at ENCI Maastricht
2016 / 2017
The ENCI area seeks to experiment with ‘uniting incompatible dimensions’. But what exactly is the incompatible quality of this place? And for whom, where and in what ways does this incompatibility play a role?
These questions are at the centre of ‘TRANSITION ZONE’, an art and research project in which artists search for the qualities of an old, multi-layered location – one that doesn’t simply reveal itself. The artists research numerous hidden notions of place which more or less can be applied to the on-going transformation process of the ENCI quarry. They do so in close collaboration with parties involved in the transformation process. During one year 12 artists examine the quarry and its users, and will present their research and work at various public moments through guided tours and presentations. In their work, they transform the incompatible dimensions of the ENCI area into elements that are tangible and can be presented, experienced and negotiated. In this way, they co-create new forms for this place in transition: the ENCI as a transition zone towards the future.
photo taken from airplane
Arctic Island residency in Sápmi, northern Norway / curated by La wayaka Current London (UK)
March / April 2017
In march 2017 I travelled to an island above Norway to participate in a residency program by La Wayaka Current (London, UK). Here I will do research, develop new work and collaborate with the Sami center for contemporary art.
LA WAYAKA CURRENT is an artist-led organization working on art and cultural projects around the world. We design artist residencies and exhibitions and work predominantly with indigenous communities in wild and rural locations.
This project seeks to explore both Contemporary and Traditional Culture that exists in the Arctic, working with themes of Anthropology and Ecology. The base of this Project will be situated on a sparsely populated island off Finnmarks wild Northern coast. Sitting on a latitude of around N 70 degrees and only a few hours from Northcape the most northern point on mainland Europe. La Wayaka Current, Artist Led Organisation will create a place in Arctic for research, discovery, collaboration, experimentation whilst focussing on the crucial and pressing issues of our time. The aim is for artists to join the first year of our project beginning in February 2017 and create diverse works based around these themes that will later be exhibited and shown through an online platform.
One of the focal points of this project will be the Sami, Europes indigenous group. For centuries Sami life was based around hunting and fishing, then around the 16th century, the Sami began the nomadic tradition of herding reindeer. These days there are a handful of Sami families that continue to practice this truly nomadic lifestyle, living in close proximity to nature. Another identifying element of Sami culture is the yoik, a rhythmic poem way of singing or chanting that evokes a place in nature or person. The Sami traditional elements also include their own language, the use of folk medicine, artistic pursuits, clothes making, woodcarving, silversmithing and striving for ecological harmony. There is also a rich history of mythologies, religion, and shamanism that is still practiced today.
exhibition view at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (NL)
Start up: Slow Accident at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL)
I was invited to take part in group exhibition 'slow accident', curated by Paul Devens and taking place at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam. During this exhibition, I'm showing new work, made especially for this project. With work from Simon Weins (D), Eline Kersten (NL), Joep Hinssen (NL), Sara Bachour (IT), Gladys Zeevaarders (NL), Thomas Hütten (D), Maarten Davidse (NL), Dennis Muñoz (NL), Miriam Sentler (D, NL).