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)
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)
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.
(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.
On this second expedition – taking Merian’s ‘Book on Surinam Insects’ (1705) as point of departure – we will examine what the Surinamese plant world can teach us today about our Surinamese and colonial memory, history and culture. With ethnobotanist Tinde van Andel, Tropical ecologist Thiemo Heilbron, visual artist Lotte Geeven and Sabrina Lisse Venetiaan and Jurman Blackson from Jursu Kultura. (Image Yeb Wiersma: Jursu Kultura presenting the Busi Papaja for its medicinal purposes)
The Art Magazine Metropolis M wrote a review:
An one hour long interview with Luuk Heezen (Amsterdam FM): http://www.mistermotley.nl/art-everyday-life/yeb-wiersma-kunst-lang (Image: Lonneke van der Palen showing the performance and auction platform ‘Choreography in Steel’ by Alexis Blake and Yeb Wiersma.)
This masterclass explores walking – and its relation to process of thought – as part of the art practice both in practical, reflective and theoretical ways. A week long programme lead by Yeb Wiersma and David Helbich. Alongside a public programme was initiated by Van Eyck and Yeb Wiersma with artist Marcus Coates, David Helbich, Jan Rothuizen, Esther Polak and myself. (Image: Illustration from Fielding Study Exercises, Yeb Wiersma, 2014)
Geeven and Wiersma will present MASS, the first intervention part of a series called Formations. Other artists involved: Rory Pilgrim, Zhana Ivanova amongst others. (Image: Yeb Wiersma)
‘This Teeming World’ is organized by Glubbdubdrib Foundation (Claire Weeda and Yeb Wiersma) and supported by UvA Special Collections, Artis Zoo, Akademie van Kunsten (KNAW) + Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. (Image: Scott Everduim preparing his contribution for Expedition #6, Video by Yeb Wiersma, 2016).