IN THE AGE OF POST-DROUGHT

The -In The Age of Post-Drought- exhibition series is dedicated to the global water-related challenges. Transnatural organises a series of exhibitions that aim to address these pressing issues in Amsterdam, at the Dutch Design Week and Grand Hornu (CID) in Belgium. A unique side-program will take place on Oerol, Into the Great Wide Open and in EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam. On Friday March 1 we kick-started the program with its first exhibition at Transnatural in Amsterdam.

The program is an exploration into the various small and large-scale (bio-)technical designs, experiments, solutions and artistic interventions that can contribute to a more ecological friendly future in which water-related issues will be a problem of the past. These problems are looked at from four different angles: water scarcity, water pollution, water nuisance and desertification.

TRANSNATURAL

1 March – 20  December 2019

OEROL

 14 – 23 June 2019

INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN

29 August – 1 September 2019

DUTCH DESIGN WEEK

  19 – 27 October 2019

ABOUT

Due to climate change and the rapid world population growth, water scarcity is grown to be one of the biggest threats facing life on earth in the 21st century. Currently only 3% of the earth’s water supplies consist of freshwater. A multitude of life forms on earth are experiencing the devastating effects of water scarcity; plants-and animal species are threatened with extinction, as their habitat is becoming completely eroded as a result of water issues.

In addition, global warming brings a host of new complex challenges, such as the increasing threat of the rising sea level, which can have devastating effects on lowland plains. Extreme weather conditions will happen more frequently and will cause severe damage to natural habitats.

Apart from scarcity, there is also the increasing issue of water pollution caused by (micro)plastics, chemicals and the noise pollution that is occurring in our rivers and seas. The different types of pollution are penetrating the food-chains and in doing so, effect all organic life on Earth. It is apparent that our water infrastructures are very much distorted, a situation we need to act upon.

EXHIBITION

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Eliodomestico

Gabriele Diamanti

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Aquatocene

Robertina Šebjanič

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Formafantasma for Lobmeyr

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Clams

Marco Barotti

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Creating Water

Creating Water Foundation

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Amphibio

Jun Kamei

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Tropic City

Jólan van der Wiel

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Twisted Nematic

Zoro Feigl

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Swans (Oerol)

Marco Barotti

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Under The Surface (Oerol / DDW)

Maze de Boer

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Excrementus Megalomanus (ITGWO / DDW)

Atelier Van Lieshout

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Vestibular S. Observatory (ITGWO)

Robertina Šebjanič & Arnout Meijer

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The Aquatic State Laboratory (DDW)

Federico Murgia & Maurizzio Martinucci

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MOOM WATER (DDW)

Sara Nuytemans

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Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly, and the Politics of Thirst

Lennart Lahuis

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LOLA Landscape Architects (DDW)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

TRANSNATURAL EXHIBITION

Amsterdam

Opening night
1 March 2019 17:00h

Dates
1 March – 20  December 2019

Opening hours
Tue – Fri from 10.00 – 17.00h
Sat from 13.00 – 17.00h

Address
Lijnbaansgracht 148a, Amsterdam

OEROL

Terschelling

  Dates
14 – 23 June 2019

Address
Terschelling

INTO THE GREAT WIDE OPEN

Vlieland

 Dates
29 August – 1 Sepetember 2019

Address
Vlieland

more info soon

DUTCH DESIGN WEEK

Eindhoven

Opening night
more info soon

Dates
19 – 27 October 2019

Address
Eindhoven

more info soon

OEROL PROGRAM

 Transnatural organizes a side program full of immersive performances, workshops and installations in collaboration with Oerol , Into The Great Wide Open and EYE Film Museum. The program explores and stretches the boundaries of technology, nature and society related to the water theme.

More details below.

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Swans / Marco Barotti

At Oerol, Marco Barotti will  present his installation Swans. These artificial swans are partly constructed by recycled materials (such as satellite dishes) and newly added electronic equipment. In this way the Swans form a ballet of unique creatures swimming in a dunes lake.

Swans represents the power of mainstream TV and mass media. Brought to life by sound, wind and water, these animals float peacefully in a pond merging perfectly with the nature surrounding them. This image provokes both a sense of revulsion and an intimate feeling of familiarity. The Swans are hacking their natural habitat, while challenging the visitor to reflect on the growing tech waste that ends up in our waters.

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Clams / Marco Barotti

In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, Marco Barotti is now presenting his new work Clams; a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal.

The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape, which initiates the opening and closing movements of the clam sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear the water quality in real-time. The Clams sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. The artwork intends to raise awareness about water issues and plastic pollution.

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Under The Surface / Maze de Boer

Under The Surface is a première work and part of the residency program in which  Maze de Boer develops a unique work at a location in the dunes on Oerol. The new work  exists at the area of tension between visual art and theatre. Maze de Boer reflects on this theme of water (and its dilemmas) by making it palpable on site.

 De Boer created new work with fishing nets . The installation responded to the global sea level rise. From the highest dune, visitors had a view on boats lying in dry on the dunes.  These drawings were made from the fishing nets spread in parts over the dunes.

ITGWO PROGRAM

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Vestibular S. Observatory / Robertina Šebjanič & Arnout Meijer

In this site-specific audiovisual observatory the sound and light of the Vlieland island and the Wadden Sea are aligned. Underwater and above surface, audible and inaudible, day and night. The inverted dome positioned in the old inland dune is the sun(d)idial of the Vestibular S. Observatory. It corresponds with the path of the sun, that is followed by the subaquatic sounds Into the Great Wide Open.

Robertina Šebjanič (1975) based in Ljubljana (SI), is an internationally exhibited and awarded artist. Her work is since several years focused into cultural, (bio)political and biological realities of aquatic environments, which serves as a starting point to investigate and tackle the philosophical questions on the intersection of art, technology and science.

Arnout Meijer’s commissioned and self-initiated projects range from public sculpture, architectural interventions, and interiors to video and product design. His work is characterized by ongoing explorations of perception and light. As the designer tells us, “The way we perceive the world around us defines the reality we live in. Undeniably our most dominant perceptive sense is our vision, which depends entirely on the presence of light.”

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Aquatocene workshop / Robertina Šebjanič

Two third of all fish species living in the Dutch freshwater belongs to a group of ‘hearing specialists’ and are highly sensitive for sound. This group, among many others, will experience the negative effects of the increasing underwater noise nuisance. In general, the effects of noise pollution on aquatic ecology are still obscure. Noise pollution is, among others, caused by the off-shore industry, construction activity, fishery, and water sports.

In the artistic project Aquatocene, Robertina Šebjanič investigates the impact of noise pollution on the aquatic ecosystem in lakes, rivers, and seas. Since 2016 Šebjanič travels all around the world to record the noise nuisances that are found in our waters. Her large database of sound, that is still growing, have set the starting point for her audiovisual performances and installations. With her project, Šebjanič aims to open up a discussion about the aquatic ecology and the noise pollution that is occurring. She will present different performances and installations and will give a workshop in which she will take her participants on an expedition to the underwater soundscapes.

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Excrementus Megalomanus / Atelier Van Lieshout

“Throne, watchtower, pulpit, pot, cocoon, module, spaceship, mutating virus, living organism, arthropod, liberté, égalité, fraternité, peace, pis, everything your heart desires, urinal, vomatorium, ejaculatorium, excrementorium, toilet of toilets, compost to the people.”

When one visits AVL’s Excrementus Megalomanus, one leaves behind the turbulence of the festival by towering above it. Becoming part of the recycling process, while exhibiting yourself.

Human waste systems and toilets have always been part of Atelier Van Lieshout’s work. They are functional sculptures on the border between art, design and architecture, one of the boundaries that AVL often plays with and rebels against. A compost toilet is a very simple way to efficiently recycle every human excretion imaginable and it made its first appearance in the oeuvre of AVL in 2001 during AVL-Ville, the anarchist and self-sufficient free state in the port of Rotterdam.

EYE FILM MUSEUM PROGRAM

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TeZ and Federico Murgia - Aquatic State

It’s a great pleasure to announce the premiere of the new project by Optofonica Lab. ‘Aquatic State’ is an experiential display of the marvelous and often mysterious transitions of the most common and important element of planet Earth – water – through its three different states, liquid, solid and gaseous. Artists TeZ and Federico Murgia from Optofonica Lab will present an audiovisual creation that, through microscope magnification and custom thermal apparatus poetically exposes such invisible structures morphing in real time from fluid to ice crystals and gaseous bubbles formation.

The abstract and geometrical patterns, morphing from almost artificial and synthetic structures to an organic and seemingly living appearance, make the incredible metamorphosis of water appreciable to the human senses.

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Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos - Liquid Solid

Liquid Solid is a collaborative project between Nicky Assmann and Joris Strijbos. The two artists investigate what happens if one allows thin layers of liquid soap to freeze in the subarctic zone of Finland. Soap only freezes at very low temperatures, because the water remains protected by the soap acids for a very long time. The movie shows the reaction and change of the soap film at minus twenty, the temperature at which an accelerated freezing process occurs. In these extreme conditions, the iridescent quality of the soap membrane disappears as it freezes and it gradually forms ice crystals that grow into geometric figures and patterns.

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Robertina Šebjanič - Aquatocene Performance & Workshop

In the long-range project Aquatocene, Robertina Šebjanič investigates the impact of noise pollution on the aquatic ecosystem in lakes, rivers, and seas. Two-thirds of all fish species living in the Dutch freshwater belong to a group of “hearing specialists” and are highly sensitive for sound. This group, among many others, will experience the negative effects of the increasing underwater noise nuisances that are found in our water.

In 2019 she has been invited to record the sea around Vlieland (during Into The Great Wide Open) and in Amsterdam’s IJ water, which results in this performance at Eye Filmmuseum. Her large database of sounds, from different seas and oceans around the globe, that is still growing, have set the starting point for her audiovisual performances and installations. With the project, Šebjanič aims to open up a discussion about the aquatic ecology and the noise pollution that is occurring.

On Monday September 30, the audience is welcome to take part in her workshop recording underwater pollution at the IJ- lake. 

Time: 13.00 – 16.00h. Address: EYE, IJ promenade 1, Amsterdam
Max. amount of 10 persons.  Participation fee: 25 Euro p.p., excluding service costs. Buy your ticket here.
Participation via registration only. Please register by sending an email to info@transnatural.org

 

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Joris Ivens - Regen

Regen (Rain) is a short documentary by Joris Ivens (1898-1989) from 1929. It is regarded as an avant-garde classic and is included in the EYE collection. Regen consists of a silent series of black-and-white images. It depicts, from an ever-changing perspective, a rain shower in Amsterdam: from the first drops in the canals to a curtain of clattering water, to the view of passers-by trying to anchor themselves with an umbrella.

It took Ivens almost two years to shoot enough rain shower material to edit the movie. For the director, the poetry of the images and the visual composition was more important than the linear developing of a storyline. Originally Regen was a silent movie, its soundtrack was created only later; during this special evening, the movie score will be performed live. The film, which Ivens made with Mannus Franken, is a typical example of a urban symphony, such as those made in the 1920s by, among others, Walter Ruttmann (Berlin – Die Sinfonie der Großstadt, 1927) and Dziga Vertov (The man with the camera, 1929).

LOCATION & DATES

Lijnbaansgracht 148a, Amsterdam

Transnatural Workspace

Amsterdam

Dates
1 March – 20  December 2019

Opening hours
Tue – Fri from 10.00 – 17.00h
Sat from 13.00 – 17.00h

Address
Lijnbaansgracht 148a, Amsterdam

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Oerol

Terschelling

Dates
14 – 23 June 2019

Opening hours
more info soon

Address
Terschelling

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ITGWO

Into The Great Wide Open – Vlieland

Dates
29 August – 1 September 2019

Opening hours
more info soon

Address
Vlieland

01-Klokgebouw-02-Photo-Sjoerd-Eickmans

Dutch Design Week

Eindhoven

Dates
19 – 27 October 2019

Opening hours
more info soon

Address
Eindhoven

ORGANISATION

In the Age of Post – Drought is an event organized by Transnatural institute that offers an ongoing cultural program and that represents an Art & Design Label.

Transnatural explores how technology can support the natural world and ecological wealth. All cultural activities and the label collection are related to an envisioned world where man, nature and technology merge. Transnatural works with a multi-faceted mixture of national and international creators, thinkers, businesses, R&D labs, studios and research institutes.

In the Age of Post – Drought is organized in close collaboration with the partners Oerol, Into the great wide open and the Dutch Design Week. The project is generously supported by the sponsors mentioned below. The program is curated by Arjen Bangma.

More information at www.transnatural.org / www.transnaturallabel.com

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