Ruchama Noorda is an artist who uses diverse media and materials in performances and installations. She received a PhD degree from the University of Leiden, where she researched the early 20th-century Lebensreform (Life Reform) movement. In her practice Noorda recycles elements of Reform pedagogy, arts, crafts, dance, diet and ritual practices in performance and installation works that both engage and challenge contemporary communitarian and counter-cultural aspirations, practices and beliefs. By highlighting the mystical and magical elements within the Reform tradition along with other undigested and ‘irrational’ material her works perform a séance-function- excavating, the repressed and buried histories within the Modern in ways that set out to complicate hard and fast distinctions between progressive and conservative social and artistic movements.
Arne Hendriks is guiding a long term project on building pigeon towers with waste mycelium. He is an artist and artistic researcher on human ecology. He explores the borders of specific cultural values that define our relationship with the planet. His projects include The Incredible Shrinking Man that researches if it is possible to downsize the human species to better fit the earth and Fatberg, the building of an island of fat. As a regular Mediamatic collaborator, he directed several projects to draw attention to our (sometimes twisted) relation with the planet and its resources, like Kool Abundance, The Starvation Experiment, and the building of a prototype pigeon tower out of recycled newspapers.
An Afternoon on Ruins
Conversation with backyard artists Arne Hendriks and Ruchama Noorda
3 March, 17:30
Mediamatic, Dijksgracht 6, 1019 BS Amsterdam
At 16:00 we also celebrate the opening of the Tumulus Hermit Hut II and the start of a new cyclus in the Tumulus installation of Ruchama Noorda. Come early and join us! More information here