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 affiliated with the Institute for Biodiversity and Ecodynamic Systems, who’s specialized in Bird Movement Analyses. (Illustration, Yeb Wiersma)
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)
This year’s field workshop took place at Trafalgar Square- as part of the students introduction chapter on practices of enquiry – delivering hands-on observational strategies and reference reading speaking about the different characteristics and use of the ‘public square’ as self-mediated, hybrid spaces or as recent gathering and political ground for Brexit protesters departing from this particular site. (Illustration: 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.
(In)Tranquilo is the name of a commissioned work consisting of a public intervention where the artist pours two ritual perfumes (Tranquilo & Intranquilo) into the operating cleaning trucks’ water reservoirs belonging to the sanitation department of the city of Rotterdam – before sunrise – prior to their departure to ‘cleanse’ the city’s streets. (Image Yeb Wiersma, 2016)
Review of this work in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad can be read: Here.