Building an Archive
of a Disappearing Landscape, 2019

Artist publication, 52 pages
Graphic design by Lyanne Polderman
Limited edition of 15

Texts supervised by Master Artistic Research, University of Amsterdam.


This artist publication is the first theoretical outcome of the ongoing project ‘Building an Archive of a Disappearing Landscape’ (2018-ongoing), and was sold during the Printing Plant Art Book Fair in Amsterdam.
It was published in a limited edition of 16 and designed by Lyanne Polderman.
The project deals with the the topics of transgenerational memory, belonging, and the agency of matter in the context of the lignite excavation sites in the region of North-Rhine Westphalia in Germany, the birthplace of Miriam's grandfather and many generations before him. The cluster of villages he was born in was excavated in order to gain lignite, a coal used in order to produce electricity. A man-made lake is now situated on the geographical spot of his old village, resulting in his quote: ‘I was born inside a lake’. Nowadays, the excavation process is still going on, resulting in large uninhabitable landscapes and 40.000 relocated inhabitants since the 1950s. The project shows the long-term and post-human consequences of these industrial excavations to all parties, placing the memory of humans, animals, and matter into the same context. By mapping the villages, the excavation pit and the woods, the project foregrounds different voices of the landscape, placing them into a bigger Anthropogenic context. The project currently unfolds in a few different chapters; in collaboration with artist Wouter Osterholt (DE/NL), composer Drake Stoughton (USA), ecologist Kees van Oers (NL) and the University of Amsterdam (NL).

The different artistic and theoretical outcomes of the project are currently in progress and will be on show on the following dates: 

-TBA, Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam (NL)
-26 - 28th June 2020 at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (NL)