Tanja Engelberts - The petrochemical landscape
Tanja Engelberts (b. 1987) works primarily with photography and video, and her work is concerned with the fossil industry and its impact on the landscape. For Terra Libera, Engelberts will focus on north-east Twente, where waste water from oil extraction is stored in the soil, and on an area near Oldenzaal where a gas plant once stood. In these landscapes, processes have been initiated whose consequences do not manifest themselves until many years later. Engelberts wants to investigate the traces that the fossil industry has left behind in the landscape of Twente by visiting specific locations, doing archival research and conducting interviews with various stakeholders (residents, scientists, NAM representatives, etc.) With her research, she wants to make the past, present and future of the landscape visible.
Wapke Feenstra — Cow and Landscape
Many of Wapke Feenstra’s (b. 1959) projects take place in rural areas in different parts of the world, where she frequently collaborates with local residents. With the project Cow and Landscape Feenstra wants to explore, in co-creation with different generations of farmers, how the appearance of the cow and — related to this — the landscape around the cow have changed in recent years. Our view of cows and farming is constantly evolving. What did a cow look like fifty years ago and what does it look like now? And what influences and (changing) values underlie these changes? Based on the realization that change in livestock farming is necessary, Feenstra wants to explore with farmers from Twente with diverse backgrounds what we can learn from the past and how we could shape a more sustainable future.
Jonas Staal — New New Babylon
The work of Jonas Staal (b. 1981) deals with the relationship between art, propaganda and democracy. He sees an important role for artists in creating new imaginaries of the future. The starting point of Staal’s research is the famous utopian project New Babylon by artist Constant Nieuwenhuys (1920-2005): a new post-urban structure consisting of a vast network of different sectors built on pillars that stretch across the earth. If the Netherlands will be ravaged by flooding in a few decades due to climate change, New Babylon is a realistic alternative, Staal said. For his research he renamed this alternative New New Babylon: a new society based on coexistence with the earth, built on the ruins of flats, church towers, oil rigs and wind turbines. What might this new society look like? This is what Staal discusses with various experts by experience from the eastern Netherlands.
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay — Rituals for Situated Sonic Reverence
Budhaditya Chattopadhyay is interested in the relationship between sound and a particular place. Sound can help uncover historical, social and geological layers of a landscape, to outline stories and histories of the places in question. For his work, Chattopadhyay uses field recordings, making recordings not only of sounds above the ground, but also of sounds below the ground. In Twente, he will explore different landscapes where significant transformations have taken place in the past or are currently in transition. Chattopadhyay describes himself as a ‘nomadic listener’ who does not ‘take’ from the land, but ‘observes’ the land. The question he thereby asks himself is ‘Can we owe a land rather than owning it?’
For the artistic research component, we are collaborating with a variety of parties who provide practical support for the project or make their knowledge available. Landschap Overijssel, Province of Overijssel, University of Twente, AKI Academy of Art & Design, Drawing Centre Diepenheim, Droste’s in Twente, Erfgoed Bossem.