Emmy's World

For five years, Dutch photographer Hanne van der Woude shared life’s joys and sorrows with Emmy, her husband Ben, and his brother Egbert: three elderly people who never lost touch with their creativity or non-conformist disposition. For her book Vivace,…

Maas / Meuse

Over een afstand van ruim vijftig kilometer worden Nederland en België gescheiden door de Maas: van Maastricht tot aan Maasbracht loopt de grens over het diepste punt van de rivier. Als langste natuurlijke grens tussen beide landen vormt zij een…

Gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid

Festival Cement geeft veel ruimte aan theater- en dansmakers die een beroep doen op een actieve kijkhouding, en zelf zoeken naar nieuwe vormen om hun publiek aan te spreken. Op verzoek van het festival beschreef ik hoe dit tot uiting…

(in matters of) Karl

My essay ‘Searching for Shadows’ was written at the request of Annette Behrens, and included in the book (in matters of) Karl. It deals with Behrens’s search for nazi official Karl Höcker, and the way shatters of the troubled past lie around us….

Malibu Presbyterian Church

Marie-José Jongerius, Malibu (CA), 2007 “The devil winds brought the fire that burned down our church. But that’s not the end of our story,” reverend Greg Hughes told his congregation one Sunday morning in 2011. They had gathered at the…

Spiral Jetty

Marie-José Jongerius, Spiral Jetty (Robert Smithson, 1970), Great Salt Lake (UT) — 2005 Most probably, Robert Smithson would not mind if his Spiral Jetty had never re-emerged. The 1,500-foot-long basalt and earth spiral on the northeast shore of the Great…

Edges of the Experiment - public launch

“There it is. Take it!” Sunday morning May 3 we will launch Edges of the Experiment – The Making of the American Landscape at Kriterion Cinema (Amsterdam) with talks and a screening of Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974). We will start at 10h00…

Out now: Edges of the Experiment

Edges of the Experiment – The Making of the American Landscape investigates the idyllic notion of the American landscape, and shows which elements contribute to the iconic landscape, and at what cost they can be maintained. Edges of the Experiment…

Baldwin Hills Dam disaster, 1963

On the morning of December 14, 1963, a soft, gurgling sound of running water drew the attention of the caretaker at the Baldwin Hills Reservoir in West Los Angeles. Soon, a small crack was detected in the lining of the…

Needles

‘NEEDLES welcomes you to California’, a big sign shows as the Joad Family passes by in their truck. In the 1940 film adaptation of John Steinbecks The Grapes of Wrath, they halt and look at what can be seen of…