Naast de bestaande tentoonstellingen: Pure Gold, Hard Water, Al Rihla, Twijfel zaaien, Hortus Dijkspark, de Zesvleugelige Kip, Soffito, Radiolaria, het Parfum, Hacking Haeckel, hebben we meerdere nieuwe tentoonstellingen geïnstalleerd.
This project traces the transformation of a small farm in Khuza’a; a Palestinian agricultural village in the Gaza Strip situated along one of the territory’s most militarized borders with Israel. In the past few decades, the four-dunam (or 4,000-square-meter) farm, owned and managed by Abd el Haleem and Khaldya Qudaih, has been attacked, damaged, and destroyed time and again by Israeli air raids, shelling, and patrols.
“True beauty comes from within”, a statement that transcends the test of time and often grows stronger as we age. In parallel to this growing sense of beauty is the universal need to nurture ourselves, stay active, and stay healthy.
What if there are new ways for us to keep healthy? To stimulate active living, and balance the inevitable age-related decline of our physical selves?
If Life Gives You Lemons, I Hope They Are Juicy is a one hour process of flexing and extending idealistic thoughts into flesh. Discover the healing powers of the citrus genus to clear bitter energy currents and heal sour memories through movement.
Tumulus is an enclosed garden installation that functions as a natural ruin, compost heap, soil sculpture, seed bed, earth work, dyeing source, and dunghill. Over the course of several seasons from June 2019 onwards, artist Ruchama Noorda transforms the patch of greenery next to our Sluisdeurenloods into a living sculpture and performance site. The third edition researches urban hermits and decay.
'Playful Jewelry for the Inner World' is a collection of silver jewelry that invites the wearer to move meditatively. The rhythmic movements bring you closer to your inner world, make you more aware of your body and allow you to process stimuli better.
Pending Xenophora is a multi-layered virtual world designed together with a rout of garden snails. Inside, the world is populated with not yet categorized species from the archive of the London Natural History Museum. With each visit, you explore different worlds and release all kinds of beings. The artwork provides an environment for non-competitive and non-hierarchical relationships, and invites non/human ideas in the practice of world-building.
Mediamatic presented the first example of CD-ROM art BlindRom v0.9, the Prototype. Designed and produced by Gerald van Der Kaap in 1993, BlindRom was created as a prototype of the first interactive multimedia magazine where text, image, video, music, computer animation construct a unique, anarchic and multilayered world. Now, after almost 30 years of technological progress, BlindRom comes alive again and invites us to immerse ourselves into a kaleidoscopic maze full of blind paths. To fully immerse yourself into total hoverty and "chill your brains out" follow the path to Kaap's Chill Cave. An almost religious trip in a dream-like space with endless horizon.
Gunya is a Ukrainian traditional wool coat, originally worn by Hutsul shepherds in the Carpathian mountains.
Providing physical protection from severe weather and animals, throughout the years it has carried a deep symbolic meaning, serving as an amulet for its owners. Using the classic shepherd’s coat as a template, we tell stories of local materials, natural components and living organisms. The use of different cellulose and protein based materials in combination with natural dyeing techniques show the ample variety of outcomes and possibilities.
3 package deal resident: Philipp Kolmann
3 package deal resident: Margherita Soldati
The mycelium pigeon tower is a constant process of one state moving into the next. After the mushroom harvest, the old mycelium bricks are used to build a tower, a tower aspiring to become soil, the soil bringing forth the corn, the corn eaten by resident pigeons that fertilize the soil with their droppings while corn foliage is turned into blocks of mycelium substrate to once again grow mushrooms.
This year was the third year of experimenting with different shapes and methods to build this living cycle, and investigate material decomposition as part of the design process. Decay becomes more and more important as the years go by and the towers erode. It was also the first year we invited real pigeons into the tours. We are proud to host some pigeons at the biotoop.
Taking its inspiration from the medieval medical, magical and culinary manuscripts of the 12th-century German superstar Hildegard von Bingen, this dinner is a journey into the world of herbalism, early superstition and natural healing.
In Ears of Earth, artists Suzanne Bernhardt and Philipp Kolmann explored the flavors of the earth in 8 courses. Using ancient grasses and traditional fermentation techniques from different parts of the world, they went back to the basics of our food.
We are knitting our way to a world where we are not dependent on Putin!
In this project we challenge artists, designers, make up artists, creators and audiences to dress up themselves and each other as the beautiful species our ecosystem consist of. Through dressing up like other species we try to gain another perspective on life and practice to become more ecocentric.
We created a costume lab where public and artists can experiment with making costumes of other species.
For Museumnight we combined two of our programmes into one unforgettable night: The pigeon towers, the pigeons, and the inhuman carnaval.
Museum night 2022 is dedicated to the peacemaker, fertilizer, symbol of love and innocence and our fellow townsman with many faces; the pigeon. We humans live like we're the center of the earth, alone in the city. We're not, but we're very good at pretending.
Come discover, together with artists, designers and fellow visitors, what we already have in common with the pigeon and what is left to learn. In other words; free your inner pigeon, because yes, we all have one. Pigeonhood is a spectrum.
We're developing a platform for neurodiverse artists and designers. We'll be focusing those who identify as/with the ASS (Autism) and ADD spectrum. How can we better value the contributions that makers on "the spectrum" make and how can we better support them/us?
We hosted two-weekly Round Table Sessions for neurodivergent artists.
We hosted a few lectures around neurodivergent artists and workforms.
We hosted different workshops.
Here you can find some workshops that we developed this year:
Penny for your Thoughts is our project nursery, where we stimulate and present project proposals.
We invite artists to write down their project proposals. We publish the ones that appeal to us on our website and give the artists a small financial incentive for the publication. This is a great way to claim an idea and it can help realize the project. Not only do we read the proposal, but it is also open to being viewed by our entire network.
In 2022 we hosted 2 Open Calls. We also hosted three lectures where participants of the Open Call could talk about their proposal in a public setting.
Collaboration with the UVA
Collaboration with De Hortus Amsterdam & Artis Micropia around fungi and beauty of decay.