Axioms for Reading the Landscape

«Our human landscape is our unwitting autobiography, reflecting our tastes, our values, our aspirations, and even our fears, in tangible, visible form. We rarely think of landscape that way, and so the cultural record we have “written” in the landscape…

Gerrit Kouwenaar, Roerloos

Gerrit Kouwenaar, Roerloos

The Changing Meaning of Landscape

«… we must acknowledge not only that landscapes do not stand apart from human activity but that every landscape is a human artifact. Whether framed by a camera, cultivated as farmland, conserved as a nature reserve, or preserved as so-called…

Emmy's World

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,…

Gedeelde verantwoordelijkheid

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

(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

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

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

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

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…