by Ruchama Noorda

1 Jun 2019

Tumulus is an enclosed garden installation that functions as a natural ruin, compost heap, cement & soil sculpture, seed bed, earth work, lo-tech fountain, drinking/ dyeing source, and dunghill. Over the course of 16 months from June 2019 to September 2020, artist Ruchama Noorda will transform the patch of greenery next to our Sluisdeurenloods into a living sculpture and performance site.


Top view on Tumulus during the Growth Imperative - by Victoria Ushkanova

Tumulus is a cyclical weed-woad restoration project in 5 parts: 
1. Vegetative State (June - mid-July)
2. Growth Imperative (mid-July - October, with a dedication ceremony on September 13, 2019)
3. Dormant Lot (November - February)
4. Healing Property (March - August)
5. Blue Monday (Closing ceremony/celebration of the autumnal equinox, September 21st, 2020)
On September 21st, 2020 (Autumnal Equinox/Blue Monday) Noorda will perform a closing ceremony using extracts from the planted woad. Woad has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as a cure for the common cold and liver complaints as well as ancient Western and Southern European tribal cultures as a clothing dye and war paint (Gaulish: glastium; Latin: Isatis tinctoria). According to Classical legend, the Picts, a confederation of Northern British Celtic language speaking people, went into battle against the Romans naked,  “dressed in woad ”.


Tumulus by Ruchama Noorda
Open 24/7

Mediamatic Biotoop, Dijkspark 6, Amsterdam
The installation is located at the front of the Sluisdeurenloods.