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 material for a video work questioning and researching how the village’s natural and cultural rhythm sections are affected and influenced by its nomadic and colonial past as well as 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)
(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, dried Busi Papaja plant for 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. (Illustration from ‘We Gotta Make Moves Here’ by Bec Worth, 2016)
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)
During this first expedition we will rediscover titles from the collection and at the same time – with the audience – observe and discuss how the natural environment is being perceived, interpreted and conveyed in past and present. How did our relationship with nature transform over time, how was it mapped and shaped? With cultural historian Erik de Jong and visual artist Martin La Roche. (Video still, This Teeming World with Scott Everduim by Yeb Wiersma & Elisa Grasso, 2017)
‘Ghost dwellings’ consists of performances, interventions, music and photography, which react, infiltrate and reflect on the work of the productive, but relatively unknown structuralist sculptor Margot Zanstra (1919-2010).