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about Satellietgroep

| 2016-08-05 17:32:38

Where art is the first form of life
Artist-run initiative Satellietgroep was founded in 2006 in The Hague, The Netherlands. The Netherlands has a rich cultural and innovative relationship with the sea. Satellietgroep has an embedded art and culture approach to researching how the sea and waterways influence cities, people, communities and environment. We research the pressure on the public, social and cultural use of waterfronts, and develop new concepts and strategies for a new approach to future sea and coastal urban areas.


Satellietgroep programs Badgast - research based artist in residence, outdoor cinema and talks, all concerning the sea. Badgast is located in the middle of the surfing village FAST, the Urban Beach Community at the hinge point of promenade and harbor in The Hague at Scheveningen.  We invite artists and scientists to jointly develop and present research articulating a cultural, innovative and sustainable significance of the sea and its coasts. In close collaboration with international artists, scientists, curators and guest curators, Satellietgroep develops a contemporary Sea Collection On Coastal Transitions, with exchange projects in The Netherlands and abroad.

Arts and science can express the spatial and social qualities - as well as the problems - of our coastal areas, and make them engagingly accessible to the public. These works can transform a destination normally marked by consumption and recreation into a platform for critical communication and serious reflection. This timely reflection of art and culture on spatial transition processes may act as a strong catalyst in generating public and professional awareness and connect contemporary research and new works to historic and future coastal developments.

'Zeespiegel' ('Mirror on the Sea')
The result of the program is the free open air photo exhibition 'Zeespiegel' ('Mirror on the Sea') on the new boulevard of The Hague/Scheveningen. Composed with artworks of 25 artists in residence of Badgast, locals en professionals. Contributions about innovative coastal protection, including the Sand Engine, complete the tales about our relationship with the sea and makes them accessible to everyone.
See more this website: http://www.satellietgroep.nl/fotoroute_boulevard

'Now Wakes The Sea'
NWTS is an international cultural exchange network around the Black Sea and North Sea. NWTS is initated by Satellietgroep and involves research based air programs for artists/filmmakers in coastal transistion areas around the Black Sea and North Sea to develop new works, select existing works and program a travelling filmfestival for screening on venues, both on the coast of the Black Sea as well as The North Sea.
First step in connecting the Black Sea to the North Sea is the collaboration of Satellietgroep/Badgast (NL) with European Cultural Association/Europist (TR), in the context of Sinopale 4, International Sinop Biennial and the celebration of NLTR400 in 2012.

See more this website: http://www.satellietgroep.nl/now_wakes_the_sea/1

Founding director is conceptual artist and urban curator Jacqueline Heerema. The group’s co-founders are Andries Micke (architect), Bas de Koning and Hederik van der Kolk (the graphic designers of creative collective Duel) and anthrophologist Marianne Volleberg.
Satellietgroep is participant in the association of artist-run initiatives in The Hague, participant in the Dutch artist in residence platform Trans Artists, and member of the Dutch platform De Zaak Nu, that represents presentation organisations and institutions in the Netherlands. Collaborations with the national Domein voor Kunstkritiek (Domain for Artcriticism) and the department of Museology, Reinwardt Academy. Satellietgroep participates in the Atelier Kustkwaliteit, for the development of future coastal scenario's for The Hague Scheveningen 'City by the sea' starting 2050, initiated by Deltaprogramma Kust, provincies South and- North Holland, the municipallity of The Hague and Technical University Delft.

The sea belongs to everyone and thus to no one – words that not only define the world’s largest public space but also leave it unarticulated. Oceans, seas and coastal regions are under tremendous pressure, worldwide. Faced with the prospect of global warming, economic and functional interests are competing for space. The changes anticipated are not only gargantuan but also geographically, ecologically, conceptually and philosophically unique. Shifting circumstances raise questions about new land, new (coastal) landscapes, new forms of urbanization and new offshore projects of various types. But the sea has a cultural significance as well. Its infinite space, timeless aura, tidal currents and empty horizon appeal to universal feelings of freedom and adventure. As our oceans stand on the threshold of great change, opportunities are emerging for new uses, different meanings and unprecedented approaches. This is the moment for a qualitative stimulus based on the development of specific characteristics of the sea from a cultural perspective. Artists, designers, architects and scientists are at the forefront of a different kind of thinking about – and a new way of experiencing – the qualities and problems of the sea. From nature to culture . . . and from concept to materiality.

We aim at two goals:  the first is inspiration: collecting and presenting works that articulate the cultural significance of the sea and coasts and encouraging artists and scientists to develop new concepts. The second is to try to influence city planners that this cultural approach should be part of urban coastal planning.

Our points of focus: 
Sea meets land.
Our aim is international: 70% of the globe is covered with sea; the subject is of importance for all.
Our initiative is organized as a global network.
We work transdisciplinairy: we seek to combine arts and sciences in the researches of the cultural significance of the sea and the urban coastal developments.
Our form follows concept: we do not deal with the concept of a 'white box' gallery, but for each project we create 'space' for concepts, projects and presentations.

Satellietgroep’s projects include Satellieteiland, Zeedelijk, S.MAG (Sea Magazines), EXOOT, and BADGAST - artists in residency at the coast, all of which are aimed at securing a position for art and culture on seas and in coastal areas across the globe.

Article ‘Kunst beschermt kust’ (2006) In january 2006 Satellietgroep was introduced by posting a fake news article ‘Kust beschermt kust’ - Art protects the coast.’ The mail was send to artists designers, architects, the press, critics, art and architecture (training) institutes.

Satellieteiland (2006) In 2006 we initiated an art(ificial) island located near the coast of Zuid-Holland. The main aim of introducing Satellieteiland is to develop a cultural scenario for the future of the changing coasts in general and to chart the new opportunities of the changing Dutch coastline. Satellietgroep invited artists and daytrippers to participate in developing a cultural product, strategy or service for the Expedition from the main land to Satellieteiland.

Storm - crashtest for concepts (2006) During Storm 10 artists presented and exchanged in a conceptual crashtest their trail blazing proposals to load the space of Satellieteiland. We invited several experts to share their thoughts to illustrate and discuss the scope of these concepts.

Icefishouse (2007) During the Day of Architecture 2007 we realized the most temporary sculpture with the melting Voorpost Zeedelijk – Icefishhouse on the beach of Scheveningen.

S.MAG/Sea Magazine is a new magazine for art and culture in/on the sea. Satellietgroep composes S.MAG. It publishes contributions of artists, designers, architects and scientists, all with a shared passion for the sea. 

S.MAG1 Het Zeedelijk (2007) For the second stage in the development of the cultural scenario of the coast we set out a Call for Ideas for the occupation of Satellieteiland. The Zeedelijk – a creative city in/at the sea - is developed from the notion that the combination of maritime technique and art can give a necessary impulse at the coast. A selection of 22 works was published in S.MAG1.

S.MAG2 Geen zee/No Sea (2008) Thinking about the sea is thinking about what is. The sea is reality. Inextricably connected with earth, life, origin, food and oxygen. Opposing the presence is the absence. No sea. In reality this is impossible. Without sea, no water and therefore no life. At least, not the life we know. But the absence of the sea is conceivable. As a concept. As an idea. Opposing the reality is the possibility. 27 contributions of artists and scientist are presented in S.MAG2.

BEACHLIFE (2008) Satellietgroep wrote the introduction and art chapter for the book 'Beachlife' by Frame Publishers. The book focuses on art, design and architecture on worldwide coasts. For the ‘art’ chapter Satellietgroep digged in its own network and contributed generous from it.

EXOOT (2008)  In this third stage of the cultural development of the sea and coast Satellietgroep started a research to determine the feasibility of a new place for culture in/near the sea. Focus of our research is the coast of Zuid Holland (The Netherlands) and to be more specific: The Hague, a city that faces great changes on her coast, beach, harbor and boulevard. 

BADGAST (from 2009) Satellietgroep has built an artists residency! It is located at the seaside. BADGAST is situated at FAST, the new urban beach community that is created at the spot where the boulevard turns into the harbor of Scheveningen, The Hague.

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