Artists Lotte Geeven & Yeb Wiersma put an unusual experiment to the test: Diffusion, Essence de Rabot. For this artwork 100 participants will take part in the making of the essence in Rabot neighborhood (Ghent, Belgium) during one day on October 6th, 2017. They will be asked to wear a clean white T-shirt that will capture traces of their emotions in the form of signal molecules. The body’s alchemy produces these molecules to communicate emotions with others. The result will be presented during Spring 2018. (Image: video still, Lotte Geeven & Yeb Wiersma & Fan Liao, 2017)
How do tangible and invisible matter shape our perceptions and representations of the world around us? To this end, graphic designer Dongyoung Lee dove into the basement of the Artis Library, where a shadow collection lies hidden in the dark. Historian Leonor Jonker will open up new horizons by looking at the biography, practices and agency of material, colonial objects such as her grandmother’s snake leggings from Zimbabwe. We continue to the farthest boundaries of time and space in the Artis Planetarium, where astrophysicist Sera Markoff will introduce us to the palpable life of black holes. Finalizing with Michael Moore on bass clarinet treating us to his instant interpretation of ‘Deep Things Out of Darkness’.
In honor of Robert Filliou’s ‘La Musée Légitime’ visual artist Martin La Roche Contreras curates a series of exhibitions inside a hat. For the edition at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo I infused the interior of the Coppola hat with the essence of the Snuff Box Sea Bean – the seeds of this species are employed in African traditional medicine to induce vivid, lucid dreams – mixed with rectified spirit and a splash of seawater.
Interview on my practice in O, Wonder Magazine dedicated to Green Culture and inspired by Felix Guattari’s Manifesto on Ecosophy.
The Great Spin is an interactive project in progress looking into the dynamics of objects in motion, migration and play, exploring the possibilities in the nearby future to let a ball spin – equipped with a GPS tracker – in orbit around the earth. More news follows soon. (Image: Basketball departing from the Permanent Court of Arbitration, Peace Palace, The Hague, NL, Yeb Wiersma)
During the 5th expedition we look at how the natural world is domesticated? In what kind of homes do animals dwell? And is our own body a home that we inhabit? With Zoo- and landscape architect Thijs de Zeeuw, comparative psychologist Mariska Kret who’ll introduce us to the emotional world of great apes, and talk about love narratives and the bodies we dwell in with philosopher Margriet van Heesch of the University of Amsterdam.
The upcoming expedition is dedicated to exploring the topics of extinction, preservation, the value systems and appropriated language we attribute to natural objects. Ecologist Joris Buis will introduce to us the threat we are facing of the ‘6th mass extinction event’. In case of extinction, what exactly is lost? What are the consequences of this loss? Design researcher Femke Herregraven will lead us through the game of speculation in nature, and visual artists Oscar Santillan and Vibeke Mascini will attempt to bring back an extinct word to life. Finally, CITES Officer Anton Huitema will speak about the enforcement of illegal trade in the port of Rotterdam. (Image: videostill from Cargo by Elisa Grasso & Yeb Wiersma, 2017)
How do humans and animals move through their environment on journeys of migration and flight? How do they navigate both their path and their resources, adapting to new circumstances? What role do material culture and environment play in shaping or sustaining identities in these precarious situations? The third expedition of ‘This Teeming World’ is dedicated to exploring migration and environment, and the strategies and modes of adaptation in identity, culture and environment. With London based singer/songwriter Sam Lee, Syrian photographer Omar Imam and ecologist Wouter Vansteenlant specialized in Bird Movement Analyses. (Image: Yeb Wiersma, 2016)
Visit to Artceb Botopasi located in a Maroon village in the interior of Surinam collecting first material for a video installation questioning and researching how today’s local musicians and the rhythms they play are affected and influenced by its colonial past, the continuing presence of natural sounds, movement scores present and simultaneously today’s introduction of mobile internet. (Image: Yeb Wiersma)
During the exhibition ‘The Center of the Story, #1’ Yeb Wiersma will present ‘Reading is an act’. A script reading containing a number of collected, associative tales to be told in and around the monumental, residential Justus van Effencomplex where ‘A Tale of a Tub’ resides. The architecture of the site will figure as the set for a literary game to be played between the artist-architect and the reader-inhabitant. (Image: The Tale of Bharat Lachmansingh, Yeb Wiersma, 2016)