Nerve research: Den Helder, OT301, LekArt

Landscape photography by Iris Woutera, as research for project Nerve.

Nerve research

01-02-2021 / 30-07-2021

During the City Circles field research in 2019, I focused on sound and movement in the urban environment. On the way how humans, objects (like garbage or cars), and nature (like tree leaves), were passing through the city landscape. From that moment I became even more fixated on how landscapes are shaping the interaction between people

and vice versa.

The landscape of the home, the neighbourhood, the city, the national country and the world.

What is the influence of scale on our perception?

How do we make the distinction between what we perceive as ‘nature’ and what as ‘our own human-made structures’?

In what way do architecture, walls, borders and roads shape our experience?

As well, visualising the ‘construction’ of landscapes like parks, the forest, pastures, the flowing and stopping of rivers, the dunes or the free flow of the Dutch tidal landscape. Some suggest there is no original primaeval landscape.

Did all landscape as we know it, become as it is today by human interaction?

Artist in residence OT301, full period 01-02-2021/ 30-04-2021

As part of the research for project Nerve, I make a video work in which two performers explore several landscapes through all their senses. From busy city streets to parks (like the Vondelpark), forest, dunes and even construction sites to our closest environment - the ‘home’. For this, we use different techniques and our backgrounds as trained performers, visual artist, dramaturge and anthropologist/ filmmaker.

Balancing between possibilities and socially expected behaviour in a landscape. And finding similarities between the architecture of our body and the landscape.

From these ‘landscape experiences’, we situate ourselves back into the gallery space of OT301, where I re-use materials I find in the city landscape and in nature.

Landscape photography by Iris Woutera, as research for project Nerve.

Landscape research Den Helder – between 01-02-2021/30-04-2021

At Den Helder, we find the perfect landscape to conduct research including dunes, sand, sea, concrete, grass, forest, city and parks - all in a very short distance from each other. Here, we continue to document landscape experiences and material try-outs.

Artist in residence LekArt – full period 01-05-2021/ 30-05-2021

In May I will translate the research into a large, space-filling sculpture that moves almost kinetically by physical movement, enhanced by the sound the material makes. Here I will create a performance together with two performers, which will be documented in video and photographs. During my stay at LekArt the public is always allowed to enter my working space. So, producing the sculpture becomes a bit like a performance itself, approachable and visible.

Studio Artist Door Creative Studio, Hem Terrain – between 01-06-2021/ 30-07-2021

In the months June and July, I will continue working in the old industrial building of Door Creative Studio at HEMbrugterrein in Zaandam. Here I will translate my research into a guided experience the public can physically partake in. The performers will guide the people with our voice through the space-filling sculpture. The material becomes the medium for the public to feel each other’s movement, with at least 1,5 meters distance in between everyone. Like extended ‘nerves’ of the human body.


Performers Bryan Atmopawiro, Kim Hoogterp

Videographer Veerle Boekestijn

Photographer Alina Fejzo

Special thanks to Clarinde Wesselink