(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).
Wiersma was approached to guide the students in formulating and creating a lively one time show in which they present a selection of their research material on Arts & Nature. An opportunity to leave the academy behind, collaborate, operate across the disciplines and open up their ways of exhibiting.
‘Field(ing) Study’ introduces a range of observational techniques and recording exercises taking place at the The Clown’s Church Community Hall (field class room) and Ridley Road Market, Dalston. Live music act by: Sam Lee (Image: Student manual Field(ing) Study in collaboration with Paul Bailey).
Departures published alongside an article on the death and life of books by publisher Joost Nijssen, Dutch literary publisher.