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Public Expedition Zandmotor#1: Sand Drift

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NOVEMBER 9 2014 14:00-20:00

We kindly invite you to join us on the 9th on November for Expedition #1- Sand Drift, the first public expedition on the Sand Engine as cultural phenomenon. During Expedition#1 we connect arts, science and audience to focus on the shifting relations of man and nature. We invite you to experience the new work called 'Untangling the tides' of our first artist in residence Zoro Feigl, to engage with the scientific approach by coastal morphologists, to explore the scope of the Sand Engine yourself during the workshop 'Expedition Eridanos' by philosopher Bram Esser and designer Francois Lombarts and reflect on currents elsewhere, such as moving sands in Nida (Lithuania) with our new resident Theun Karelse.
We conclude the day with an informal discussion and dinner!
Date: Sunday November 9
Time: 14:00 - 20:00
Location: Villa Ockenburgh, Monsterseweg 4 The Hague, see directions below.
Subcribe: send an email to to reserve your spot!
Contribution for the day p.p. including dinner: € 10,-
Dresscode: outdoor!

During September and October 2014 Zoro Feigl was the first artist in residence of Satellietgroep for the Zandmotor. He created the installation 'Untangling the Tides'.
January 17 2015: Premiere 'Hollandse Meesters': Zoro Feigl by John Appel at Eye Amsterdam
February 5-8 2015: Intersections-Trendbeheer at Art Rotterdam 2015, Van Nellefabriek Rotterdam. Zoro won the public prize for this work.
Currently on exhibition at Verbeke Foundation, Belgium.

Zoro Feigl (1983, NL) creates work about movement and the manifesting of time through change. Technology and science play a large roll in his research and creation process about how time is perceived and experienced. In his works an engine powers materials, as if they come to life. Here, the Sand Engine is powering his research into tides, sea currents and sand displacements.


Link to the webpage of Zoro Feigl
Link to the video of Untangling the tides' by Zoro Feigl.
During his residency at Villa Ockenburg Zoro Feigl was often out on the Sand Motor. This immense beach where scientists are researching the tides, currents and sand deposition inspired Feigl to create 'Untangling the tides'. Feigls work is characterized by movement and physical phenomena. Moreover, his work often evolves around tracks these may cause. It is therefore not surprising that the rising and falling of the sea can be recognized in the new work he created especially for Satellietgroep. The sea shapes the beach and the beach shapes the sea. Feigl shows the power of repeating patterns with moving rope in an elongated installation.
With special thanks to Marcel Stive - TU Delft and Jan de Boer - Ekofish, Urk.

The artistic research by Zoro Feigl is documented by Hollandse Meesters.

images: Zoro Fiegl.

The Sand Motor is a large pilot project for natural coastal reinforcement, called 'building with nature'. Wind and currents spread the sand along the coast, thereby strengthening the coast and creating new space for recreation and nature. The alterations in its shape have largely matched expectations so far. On the basis of the initial observations, researchers also notice that more habitats have been created for flora and fauna as a result of the arrival of the Sand Motor. The Sand Motor has proven appealing for outdoor activities like kitesurfing.

Photo: Esther Kokmeijer - MegaPEX Zandmotor 2014

On November 9 Sierd de Vries will tell about the passion of scientific research on the Sand Motor. Sierd is an assistant professor at the coastal engineering section at Delft University of Technology. Since his studies he is occupied with coasts, beaches, sand, waves and wind. In his student time he mainly studied processes with respect to wave breaking. Later, during his PhD research, the focus has shifted towards sediment transport at the coast. During this research he and his colleague Mathieu de Schipper built a Jetski that is used to measure nearshore topography. In his current research at the Zandmotor, almost everything regarding sediment transport, wave and wind driven processes and coastal development as well as social and ecological developments with respect to the function of the coast come together. He likes to spend time in the  field on the beach (at the Zandmotor) to study the occurring coastal processes.


Expedition Eridanos is an ongoing fieldresearch by philosopher Bram Esser and designer Francois Lombarts to engage public into a tactile guided experience. They host a special workshop how to become an explorer in the known world, following the technique of narrative research which they apply during Expedition Eridanos: travelling on foot along the shores from the innovative Sand Motor in the Netherlands to the Northern Baltic Sea. Following the source of the sand that once formed the foundations of the Netherlands they seek to understand and unlock the coastal landscape, not by unraveling myths, but by creating new ones.

Image: Francois Lombarts

First and foremost artistic research on the Zandmotor

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Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) explores through arts the social and ecological impact of the sea and coastal transitions on people, communities and environments in The Netherlands and abroad. And vice versa, the impact of mankind on teh sea, coastal transitions and climate change.

Building on the experiences of 5 years Badgast - artist in residence at urban surf community F.A.S.T. and the international exchange projects called 'Now Wakes The Sea',  starting september 2014 Satellietgroep extends the area for artistic coastal research to the Sand Engine (Zandmotor) south of The Hague in collaboration with Villa Ockenburgh and Nida Art Colony in Lithuania.

Artistic research of the Zandmotor as cultural phenomenon
Satellietgroep redefined the Zandmotor - as building with nature -  as the largest contemporary cultural statement of the anthropocene era we now live in. It is a time machine that transports us from holocene (affected by nature) into anthropocene (affected by mankind). This newest innovation is built with sand from the bottom of North Sea which also brought ashore mammoth fossils. The Zandmotor is called building with nature, as we more or less invite the sea as a partner to help shape coastal protection by putting huge amounts of sand on the foreshore. The result is a dynamic extension of the coast, a new controlled wilderness that slowly transforms into a spit and lagoon – similar to the Curonian Spit and Lagoon at Nida in Lithuania where out international cultural partner is based. But the Zandmotor is built to dissolve around 2031.

Awareness rises that the antropocene era we now live in may provide no escape for nature and thus for mankind. Ecosystems have no boundaries. We need to engage with global issues in order to survive. But how do we make these abstract and large topics relevant and actual in our daily living environment? In the Netherlands this means being faced with global prospects of rising sealevels, shrinking lands, disbalance of salt and sweet water, rivers too full of low, a country – mostly below sea level - we need to re-invent coexistence of man and water, develop new insights both on ecology as on technology in order to realize a healthy, sustainable and safe future. The great flood of the southern parts of The Netherlands in 1953 instigated sixty years of Delta Works with dikes and dams  - now called building against nature - have recently been completed. As a result of building dikes extra pressure was put on the coast, resulting in a disbalance of salt and sweet water. The Dutch recently made a complete turn around in the way that we now invite the sea as a partner to help shape the coastal protection with the sands we put in front of the shores.
This phenomenon is called Zandmotor - building with nature - rather than building against nature. This shift from holocene era – in which nature was the force that affected changes – to the anthropocene era – in which mankind affects and even directs nature – is a tremendous conceptual shift. The Zandmotor is a time machine that transports us from the holocene (affected by nature) The transitions of the Sand Engine are carefully monitored by scientists and engineers.
Satellietgroep adds the first and foremost artistic researches and invites artists as 'alchemists' to develop artistic research on site, engage with local experiences and scientific knowledge and present their explorations during public expeditions on the Sand Engine.

With special thanks to Stroom, Stichting DOEN, the municipality of The Hague and our partners at Provincie Zuid-Holland, Rijkswaterstaat, TU Delft, STW-NatureCoast, ArtScience Interfaculty and many more!

Images Zandmotor, source: RWS.

Satellietgroep is proud that the first residents will be hosted at Villa Ockenburgh on walking distance from the Sand Engine. Villa Ockenburgh is an old country house located at the very edge of The Hague near the dunes and sea. It houses thirteen studios and a project space and is the base of operation for artists initiative Location Z, which is founded on the idea that it’s meaningful to bring highly distinctive vocabularies (contemporary art, music, science) together in the same space. The program, the studios and the project space together form an infrastructure for experimentation, confrontation, and reflection.
Locatie Z // // The Hague.

LInk to more about the long term collaboration with Nida Art Colony, based on the Curonian Spit in Lithuania
to artical 'Liminal imaging of Nature'

EXPEDITION ERIDANOS - travelling through the anthropocene
During 'Expedition Eridanos' philosopher Bram Esser and designer Francois Lombarts are travelling from the Zandmotor in The Netherlands to the Curonian Spit in Lithuania. Their aim is to find the 'making' of The Netherlands by discovering and retracing the geological sand to the origins in the northern Baltic Sea by following the mythological river 'Eridanos' on foot along the current coastlines.

Left: Hemels Gewlf - Celestial Vault by James Turrell; right: Zandmotor.

Connecting the North Sea with the Baltic Sea.

Since the Zandmotor Conference in spring 2014, the Zandmotor is due to its dynamics now called a spit with lagoon.

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