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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Warka Water (ITGWO / DDW)

Arturo Vittori

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Swans (Oerol)

Marco Barotti

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Under The Surface (Oerol)

Maze de Boer

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Excrementus Megalomanus (ITGWO)

Atelier Van Lieshout

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Vestibular S. Observatory (ITGWO)

Robertina Šebjanič & Arnout Meijer

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

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DUTCH DESIGN WEEK

Eindhoven

Opening night
more info soon

Dates
19 – 27 October 2019

Address
Eindhoven

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OEROL PROGRAM

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

More details to come.

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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.

During Oerol, De Boer will develop an installation that responds to the global sea level rise. In a dune pan, which will be visible from a high watchpoint, there will be boats lying in dry dock. The visitor will see a dozen boats lying in the dunes and can decide to walk towards them. When approaching, they’ll realise that these boats aren’t boats at all…

ITGWO PROGRAM

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Vestibular S. Observatory / Robertina Šebjanič & Arnout Meijer

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Aquatocene workshop / Robertina Šebjanič

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Excrementus Megalomanus / Atelier Van Lieshout

More info soon.

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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