Morphing Matter (2019)

  Installation and video
Thanks to neuroscientist Tycho Hoogland and the NIN (Dutch Brain Institute)

Venues: Neverneverland gallery, Amsterdam (NL)
CIAP Kunstverein Hasselt, (BE)
Haus der Kunst, Munich (DE)

first test-print, studio, 2019

‘Morphing matter’ examines lignite from a microscopic level, showing a different facet of the sole material responsible for the excavation process which caused the dissapearing of the village my grandfather was born in. While lignite looks brown and rather uninteresting to the human eye, enlarged 30 times it inherits a completely different appearance which makes it look attractive and valuable. Using the help from neuroscientist Tycho Hoogland, we were able to produce a string of microscopic images of lignite which will be mapped in an artist publication. The video shows an even more zoomed-in world which exists within the lignite, seemingly revealing new landscapes within itself. By slowly fading the images into each other, an un-chronological loop video was made, showing the morphing from one image into the next and the various stages which seem to emerge in the process.

The installation ‘Morphing Matter’ is part of the series ‘The transience from villages into lakes’, starting from a personal childhood memory related to my family history. When I was young, my grandfather would walk with us along the shores of a lake in the German region of Nordrhein-Westfalen; pointing towards the water, he would tell us that he was born inside the lake, which is geographical the location of the village he was born in.  The village of Langendorf was excavated in 1976 in order to gain lignite. The gap of the old excavation site was then filled with water and turned into an artifical lake. Sadly, this is not a sole example; until 2021, 45.000 people will have been resettled since the 1950s within this region alone.

‘300 villages’ found object, ‘Ten is for God’ at Neverneverland, 2019

Still ‘Morphing Matter’ loop video, 2019, shown during ‘Ten is for God’ exhibition at Neverneverland, Amsterdam