De Verbeelding art landscape nature, Zeewolde, The Netherlands is pleased to present:
A website developed by 9nerds – showing the 11 artworks commissioned for the ARTificial Natural Networks project – with:
– Mark Dion# (USA) – Krijn Giezen (NL) – Henrik Häkansson# (S) – davidkremers# (USA) – Atelier van Lieshout (NL) – N55# (DK) – Tobias Rehberger# (D) – Ulf Rollof# (S) – Roman Signer# (CH) – herman de vries# (NL) – Annette Weisser & Ingo Vetter# (D);
The website documents the development and history of all 11 works in 6 ‘moments’ during the year 2001;
– the sketch proposal – the original situation – the realisation – the work – the interaction – the final stage –
The ARTificial Natural Networks project can be visited on location in Zeewolde The Netherlands until 12 november 2001.
The permanent artworks (marked above with #) are additions to the collection of De Verbeelding, and can still be visited after this date.
De Verbeelding art landscape nature is an international centre for the arts that enters into a relation with the landscape and/or nature. The combined information centre and exhibition space is situated in Zeewolde, the youngest village in the province of Flevoland and the Netherlands. De Verbeelding is the starting point for a route of 7 km leading through Zeewolde village centre, across the landscape park De Wetering, through the woods and over the dike to the Randmeren (the lakes between the polders and the former coast). This route leads walkers past works by artists of international fame. De Verbeelding organizes a bi-annual event during which works of visual art are temporarily or permanently added to this unique collection. The collection gives an impression of the relationship between art, landscape and nature as it has developed since 1970. The centre also provides information about other large works of art in Flevoland.
The project ARTificial Natural Networks
The title KUNSTmatige Natuurlijke Netwerken/ARTificial Natural Networks is a word play on the terminology used to define how computers work. The technical term is ‘artificial neural networks’ and makes a connection between the workings of the brain and those of computers. A similar link, between nature and technology, is also established by the American writer Kevin Kelly in his book Out of Control: nature as model for man-made systems and machines. He says that artificial natural evolution helps us to better understand organic evolution.
In five successive presentations in the pavilion the following artists have given an impression of their work: herman de vries (NL) and Roman Signer (CH), Krijn Giezen (NL) and Atelier van Lieshout (NL), Tobias Rehberger (D) and Annette Weisser-Ingo Vetter (D), Henrik HÂkansson (S), Mark Dion (USA) and N55 (DK), Ulf Rollof (S) and davidkremers (VS). Various generations are represented in the project.
The American art critic Willoughby Sharp and the French novelist Michel Houellebecq have been chosen as the points of reference, or perhaps indeed as the voices of conscience, for De Verbeelding’s first series of projects under the title ARTificial Natural Networks. ‘Earth art calls for the radical reorganization of our natural environment; it offers the possibility of mitigating man’s alienation from nature’, wrote Sharp in 1969. But the high expectations of the Sixties generation, of social and spiritual consciousness, have recently been completely undermined by Michel Houellebecq, who writes, ‘The revolution will not be spiritual but genetic.’ While Sharp at that time envisaged a double role for the artist – as environmental manager, as urban planner, as architect, as civil engineer, as cultural anthropologist – the network structure has grown considerably during the last thirty years. The fields of knowledge that artists are interested in have intensified to the extent that they no longer take up an autonomous position. It is this idea in particular that is expressed in De Verbeelding’s first project.
All eleven invited artists have agreed to cooperate on realising a work for the De Verbeelding route. They were amazed at the artificial natural character of the village of Zeewolde and the largest continuous deciduous forest in Northwestern Europe in the polder, were surprised to see underground creeks and the archaeological discoveries of shipwrecks at the bottom of what used to be the Zuiderzee, were concerned about the rising sea level and drop in land level, asked the Stadsbosbeheer forester questions about all the different types of trees and the animals that come and go. Their proposals are stimulating and challenging, interesting and appealing to the imagination. But they also turned out to be so complex that the planned opening to accompany the realisation of the projects in May has had to be postponed until September.
This postponement has given De Verbeelding the opportunity to present itself as a communication centre. The artists’ proposals are being presented in a special exhibition designed by Miriam Windhausen (Amersfoort) in the pavilion from 26 May till 12 November 2001. The ARTificial Natural Networks project is becoming so much more an interactive process for artists, organisers, government bodies and the public. It is a process that is concerned with plans, designs and realisation, with security and safety as regards permits for the various works of art, with land and property rights in connection with the siting, but above all with art, landscape and nature.
The process of realisation already began in January when david kremers connected his website with the Biodebat (www.biodebat.nl), a discussion on Internet about xenotransplantation aimed at secondary schools. In the summer, starting around the middle of June, Annette Weisser and Ingo Vetter maked a start on their ‘ambient music’ project for the village square in Zeewolde, which is part of their Controlled Atmosphere series of works. The construction of the works of art began over the course of the summer. Some of them will only reach maturity later, like the roses around herman de vries’s sanctuarium, as well as the plants inside it, the trees and plants in Mark Dion’s folly, the mosses, fungi and other plants in The Remembered Self and The Forgotten Self by Ulf Rollof or davidkremers’ fish genetically manipulated by means of bio-technology. Not only art, the landscape and nature, but also De Verbeelding will thus become ‘out of control’, with maximum chances for an artificial natural evolution.
For more information, contact:
De Verbeelding 25
3892 HZ Zeewolde
T +31 (0)36 5227037 – F +31 (0)36 5227205
9Nerds participants for http://www.artificialnaturalnetworks.nl are;
– Aldje van Meer – Gabrielle Marks – Marten Terpstra –