In the first edition of the new Trilogy event series the authors of three different publications share their perspectives on a given theme. During the first event, three books will focus on the topic 'Naturally'. AgriValley, If a Tree Falls in a Forest, and New Horizons will each share their unique vision and insights on this theme. Audience members can look forward to gaining and enriching their knowledge of the natural world.
6 September 2023 17:30 - 19:00
During the book launch, video artist Mirte van Duppen will talk with editor Jenneke Harings and one of the publication's co-creators Bernke Klein Zandvoort about the project and its theme using video footage from her work. In addition, poet and essayist Bernke will read from her contribution to the publication. Bernke wrote the essay Under a bell jar for AgriValley in which she examines our changing view of machines over the centuries and compares those very different views.
Katažyna Jankovska will talk about her book If a Tree Falls in a Forest, a collection of interviews on artistic experiments and scientific research to explore the contours of human sensoria.
Artist Bruno van den Elshout explores ways to free himself from the rat race (with varying degrees of success), to lead a what could be called a normal life and create extraordinary work.
- 19:00: Auditorium doors open
- 19:30: Start of programme
- 19:30: Presentation about AgriValley (Mirte van Duppen, Bernke Klein Zandvoort and Jenneke Harings) (Dutch)
- 20:00: Presentation about If a Tree Falls in a Forest (Katažyna Jankovska) (English)
- 20:30: Presentation about New Horizons (Bruno van den Elshout) (Dutch)
- 21:00: End of programme
AgriValley is a long-term poetic investigation into Dutch agriculture. The results of this visual research are multiple cinematic representations such as installations, sound, photographic and video works and a publication. The publication shows the relationship between humans and machines in a rapidly changing agricultural landscape. Images of production processes and technological innovations in the Dutch agricultural sector from Mirte van Duppen's video work are interspersed with contributions from Bernke Klein Zandvoort (poet and essayist), Joost Oomen (poet and writer), Hein van Duppen (spatial designer and visual artist), Willem Claassen (writer and journalist), Corinne Heyrman (theatre maker), and a conversation with Floris van Alkemade (architect and former state architect).
If a Tree Falls in a Forest
Katažyna Jankovska will talk about her book If a Tree Falls in a Forest, a collection of interviews on artistic experiments and scientific research to explore the contours of human senses. The title of the book is both an unfinished hypothesis and a reference to an oft-discussed riddle-if a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?–which leaves us with a question-what constitutes reality? Think about the high-pitched sounds of insects, chemical flows, wavelengths of light that do not reach our retina, Earth's magnetic field, and other dynamics of the world that happen beyond human perception. Our senses are limited but not fixed. Using technologies to extend the boundaries of our natural sensory environment, artists are taking back control over tools and knowledge.
If a Tree Falls in a Forest brings together conversations with Mark IJzerman, Merle Bergers, Roland van Dierendonck, Mindaugas Gapševičius, Jokūbas Čižikas, Philip Vermeulen, Ignas Pavliukevičius, and Sandra Golubjevaitė, and suggests new modes of attention, addressing perception and sensuous awareness in nonhuman, technological and human dimensions.
Artist Bruno van den Elshout explores ways to free himself from the rat race, lead a normal life and create extraordinary work. Wishing to make peace and space visible and sharable, in 2012 he photographed the North Sea horizon every hour for a year. In 2018, he wanted to explore the theme of essential encounter and invited 144 people to walk with him along the beach for eight hours each, undisturbed and offline. He made both projects world-famous in the form of a book without text.