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Selection of Dutch participants for Symposium at Nida (LT)

| 2014-04-18 10:52:32

Seven Dutch partcipants are selected to participate in the symposium at Nida Art Colony in Lithuania, May 22-25: Jan de Graaf, Marinus van Dijke, Edwin Deen, Theun Karelse, Jeroen van Westen, Bram Esser and Francois Lombarts. The team of Satellietgroep is part of the curatorial board and presents three different approaches to the themes of the symposium.

The project is supported by the Embassy of the Netherlands in Lithuania.

JAN DE GRAAF :: urbanist
Born on a Caribean island and raised in a bunker on a Dutch Waddenisland, I like to focus on the tension and collaboration between the militairy gaze and the artistic gaze; the object of the gaze are the dynamic and fluid coastal landscapes of north European seas (the Baltic and the North Sea). Related to the phenomenon of world heritage in general, I like to detect the edge between natural world heritage (like in the Netherlands the socalled Waddensea, intertidal wetlands) and cultural world heritage (like the Curonian Spit). Both are UNESCO-enlisted to promote education, science and culture, at the end to stimulate a peacefull climate of intercultural understanding. Big words yes, but let us reconsider them, eye witnessing the turbulent map of Europe today.

MARINUS VAN DIJKE :: artist ::
As son of a lighthouse keeper, I have taken a special interest since 1996 in one dune-valley on a Dutch island, which I call ‘de Plek’ (the Spot). I am confronted with a dynamic location, where sand is the changing main actor. This creates a landscape which has both a vulnerable, small-scale and yet at the same time robust and monumental character. After concentrating on the details new images reveal themselves. These are images show the temporality of changes that occur in a matter of days, sometimes even in hours.

EDWIN DEEN :: artist ::
I explore and show the hidden nature in seemingly un-natural/artificial man-made things we find in our daily environment. I am interested in physical and cultural processes and the use of everyday objects and basic materials. I criticize our fabricated and consumer based world but at the same time bring an ode to it, by representing its elements through its own universe.

THEUN KARELSE :: artist ::
We all were indigenous peoples once. And attempts towards restoring ecosystems are starting to happen worldwide. Both classical conservation and rewilding as two ends of the spectrum have their weaknesses. In Neringa (Curonian Spit, LT) the system is particularly dynamic ecologically and historically, but the restoration process was started a very long time ago. What lessons can be learned from this unique historical effort? How can they benefit communities and landscapes where the process is only just starting? How can visitors, artists contribute meaningfully to the health of the landscape or reflect on the processes that enabled it?

JEROEN VAN WESTEN :: artist ::
I am no longer naive about how the tide can wipe the beach clean, and the world starts over again. I now know that we need a memory to be able to make decisions. Each landscape is dynamic, todays changes of the landscape do alter the readability of our external cultural memory in the future. I am looking for ways to create conditions for an open exchange between past and present, nature and culture, trying to discover essential - local - characteristics and dynamics that can carry the history of a place forward in its future.

BRAM ESSER :: philosopher ::
I want to know how people live. I want to find out how they create meaning by using the space they inhabit and I always try to become part of their world for a while. I need to take part in order to be able to reflect on it. The impossibility of becoming part of something only temporarily and the disappointment  this involves, are part of the answers I get from these plainly “naive” social experiments.

FRANCOIS LOMBARTS :: designer ::
I am not necessarily interested in landscapes but I want to submerge myself into a landscape, to get as physically close as possible to the conditions of a particular landscape. Therefore every landscape I work with demands a specific and unique approach, to be able to experience the physical sense of the landscape, its history and culture to it's full extend.

EXPEDITION ERIDANOS :: travelling through the antropocene
During 'Expedition Eridanos' philosopher Bram Esser and designer Francois Lombarts are travelling from the Zandmotor Spit 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.

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