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Pioneering in International Exchange AiR projects

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International Exchange
Satellietgroep initiated 'Now Wakes The Sea' (NWTS) and Liminal Labs for exchange of research based artists in residencies, in collaboration with international cultural partner organizations abroad. Dutch coastal transitions and new works produced during residencies at Badgast (The Hague, NL) are connected to new works produced during exchange residencies on other coasts, to be shared with broader general and expert audiences. Through these exchange projects in The Netherlands and abroad, Satellietgroep interconnects coastal communities by contextualizing contemporary research and new works to historic and future coastal developments and works.

Now Wakes The Sea & Liminal Labs:
Meditteranean Sea: Malta, Croatia
North Sea: Belgium, Scotland
Baltic Sea: Lithuania, Russia, Sweden
Black Sea: Turkey, Georgia, Moldova
North Atlantic Ocean: New York City

Austin Camilleri, Maurice Bogaert, Bahanur Nasya, Yilmaz Vurucu, Astrid Bussink, Maarten de Kroon, Ana Tsimintia, Tatiana Fiodorova, Nicoleta Esinencu, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Jacqueline Heerema & Ronald Boer, Nishiko, Lotte Bosman.

Icw Nida Art Colony (LT): Theun Karelse, Jan de Graaf , Marinus van Dijke, Jeroen van Westen, Edwin Deen, Bram Esser, Francois Lombarts, Ronald Boer, Eliane Esther Bots, Jacqueline Heerema.

DCR Gueststudios: Lina Issa & Mayar Alexan, I-Chern Lai, Nobuyuki Yamamoto & Yasunori Kawamatsu (JP), Lars Kynde, Tobias Lukassen and Christian Liljedahl (Illutron, for iii), Kaffe Matthews (for iii), curator Vytautas Michelkevičius of Nida Art Colony (LT), curator Mami Odai (JP), curator Elizabeth Ogilvie (UK), Henry Alles (PAIR & TAIR), Frauke Materlik & Erhard Paul Meier (D), Pavel Braila (MD), Jose Jay B. Cruz (PHL) and many more.



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With our partners from initiative Praputnjak-Cultural Landscape (Croatia) Satellietgroep develops a pilot project focussing on learning and sharing perceptions of locality and time of the cultural-natural environment of Terschelling and Praputnjak (Bakar Bay).
The research project is part of Tandem Fryslân, co-developed by Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018, European Cultural Foundation and MitOst, supported by Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie and Reijka European Capital of Culture 2020.



Image: Bakar Bay, March 2018. A natural 'Hole in the sea’.
Reference to Barry Flanagan’s Hole in the sea, performed at Scheveningen (1969).


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May-June 2018:
artist-in-residency Austin Camilleri (Malta).
Zeelab#1: Uptime_ at Nest: exhibition & talk with curator Suzanne Wallinga.

May 2016: bilateral Maltese & Dutch artistic/curatorial proposal BUOYANT – F’WICC L-ILMA (working title) is shortlisted for the opening exhibition of Valletta European cultural capital 2018!

March 2012: preliminary artistic research ‘Artists as mediators of the unspoken’ on Malta for The Hague, candidate European cultural capital 2018

Abstract of BUOYANT – F’WICC L-ILMA presentation:


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NL - Nida Art Colony, Lithuania

The eye of the beholder
Man is an explorer and invented cartography to chart the world and model reality and it’s myths. 
Since around 1800 the traveller gradually transformed in a tourist in search of paradise. Landscape became an imaginary construction. Travel books like Baedeker and Murray guided visitors through the landscape in the tracks of novels by sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen. Painters drew sketches in nature that were brought back to the atelier to develop into a painting after nature. The invention of paint in a tube made it possible for impressionist painters to work outdoors en plein air on artistic subjective perception of nature. Later the invention of the camera made it possible to further idealize nature on postcards. Land Art became Destination Art, the ‘bible’ for traveling art lovers. Digital manipulations unlimited constructions of the world, and the world wide web allows us to know about art and landscapes we will never see ourselves. The world becomes a myth once more that we may shape to our needs?

Whilst the Curonian Spit – where Nida Art Colony is based – has the status of cultural Unesco World Heritage as word wide example of interactions between man and nature, in The Netherlands – where Satellietgroep is based – the Dutch are masters in disguising the cultural landscape as a natural one. We tend to design, construct, reconstruct and deconstruct nature to fit it to our needs. Creating a condition where we are so intertwined with the landscape, it becomes impossible to make a distinction between man and nature. In fact, the constructing of nature is proudly called ‘New Wilderness’. The conditions are so controlled that we are incapable to let it run it’s natural course. Our sentiment can’t stop us from feeling sorry for the animals that die ‘naturally’ in the Oostvaardersplassen (a man-made nature reserve in the Netherlands).

In contrast to the cultural Unesco status of the Curonian Spit, in the north of The Netherlands The Wadden Sea is natural Unesco World Heritage. Though it is the largest and ‘unbroken’ intertidal mud flat area, it still exists due to human interferences. However, on the Unesco charts of the Wadden Sea the shipping lanes and the islands are excluded…… Is this denial of human existence and the impact on nature?

2015: Thijs Ebbe Fokkens (NL) exchange artist in residence at Nida Art Colony
2014-2015: Theun Karelse (NL) exchange artist in residence at Nida Art Colony and Zandmotor
2014: Expedition Eridanos by Bram Esser and Francois Lombarts
2014: Inter-Format Symposium 'On Flux of Sand and Aquatic Ecosystems’ at Nida Art Colony with 50+ participants. Dutch participants: Jan de Graaf (urbanist), artists Marinus van Dijke, Jeroen van Westen, Edwin Deen, Theun Karelse, philosopher Bram Esser, designer Francois Lombarts and the team of Satellietgroep with Ronald Boer (art and landscape), Eliane Bots (filmmaker) and Jacqueline Heerema (art and heritage).


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Satellietgroep (Jacqueline Heerema & Ronald Boer) is invited by LMCC and the Dutch Consulate for a research residency at Governors Island, New York City.

The project ‘Coexistence of man and water - Liminal Labs#3’ focuses on two urbanized deltas: The Netherlands and New York City. Both are water-based social-ecological systems, faced with major climate changes and due to the rapid growth and demands of urbanization the pressure on this area increases. Also, with a shared history in trade, building waterfronts and the impact of floods while these coastal areas tend to change into economic sources of pleasure and touristic venues. Water has always been the catalyst for migration of invasive natural species, people, artefacts, knowledge and experience.

Conversation piece#1: Vista

Conversation piece#2: Timeline

Conversation piece#3: Water Library

Water Samples we collected and donated to LMCC as the start of a Water Library for NYC:

Water Library NYC#1: East River, collected under Manhattan Bridge with artist Takashi Horisaki.

Water Library NYC#2: Hudson River, collected in Morris Canal with Carter Craft, Dutch Consulate.

Water Library NYC#3: Red Hook, collected with artist Carmen Bouyer, resident at Pioneer Works.

Water Library NYC#4: New Town Creek, collected with artist Dylan Gauthier, resident at ISCP.

2015: Sarah Cameron Sunde (USA) exchange artist in residence at Zandmotor (NL)

new sea was artists badgast cultural art scheveningen satellietgroep dat project coastal research artist with water zee from zandmotor