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Amphibious by Jun Kamei
photography by Mikito Tateisi

TRANSNATURAL exhibition

In the Age of Post-Drought

All week at Hallen (north entrance) | Campina

The -In The Age of Post-Drought- exhibition series is dedicated to the global water-related challenges. Due to climate change and the rapid world population growth, water scarcity is grown to be one of the biggest threats facing life on earth in the 21st century.

The program is an exploration into the various small and large-scale (bio-)technical designs, experiments, solutions and artistic interventions that can contribute to a more ecological friendly future in which water-related issues will be a problem of the past. These problems are looked at from four different angles: water scarcity, water pollution, water nuisance and desertification. Participants: Atelier Van Lieshout, Maze de Boer, Jolan van der Wiel, Zoro Feigl, Marco Barotti, Robertina Sebjanic, Lennart Lahuis, TeZ & Federico Murgia, Jun Kamei, Formafantasma, Gabriele Diamanti, Creating Water Foundation, Sara Nuytemans, Lola Architects. The Label showcase, located at the Campina location as well, features a showcase of new Art & Design collection items. Supported by: Transnatural Label, Creative Industries fund NL, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Stichting Stokroos, Mondriaan Fund

Jolan van der Wiel i.c.w. Issey Miyake

Tropic City - Journey of a Raindrop
The design- and ongoing research project Tropic City is an attempt to embrace the powers of climate change, instead of fighting them. Jólan van der Wiel shows with his project Tropic City that the heavy rainfall and the rapid increase in temperatures can be a starting position for innovative design approaches, and translates them into objects and architectural solutions. What are the circumstances of northern cities when transforming into tropical cities?

Marco Barotti

Clams
In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Marco Barotti is presenting his new work Clams, a kinetic sound installation triggered by water quality. Real-time data is streamed by a sensor and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which initiates movements of the clam sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows the audience to see and hear the water quality in real time.

Gabriele Diamanti

Eliodomestico
Gabriele Diamanti

Eliodomestico is a purification system for private use developed for third world countries. The system works on solar energy and is able to purify five litres of water every day, even in the driest and hottest weather conditions. The design is open-source and the local craftsmen can produce this filtering system with only a few resources. It is easily made with sustainable materials, such as terracotta, anodised zinc and recycled plastic.

Atelier Van Lieshout

Excrementus Megalomanus
“Throne, watchtower, pulpit, pot, cocoon, module, spaceship, mutating virus, living organism, arthropod, liberté, égalité, fraternité, peace, pis, everything your heart desires, urinal, vomatorium, ejaculatorium, excrementorium, toilet of toilets, compost to the people.” When one visits AVL’s Excrementus Megalomanus, one leaves behind the turbulence of the festival by towering above it. Becoming part of the recycling process, while exhibiting yourself.

Creating Water Foundation

Creating Water
The Creating Water Foundation helps communities worldwide that have no access to safe drinking water. The fogfarm is an installation in which the local community harvests its own water, which also serves the local agriculture. The freshwater supplies, which are often transported by truck, are made redundant. The people can let their crops grow, hereby supporting the local economy and feeding the people in their community.

Lennart Lahuis

Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly and the Politics
For the Dutch Design Week 2019 artist Lennart Lahuis created a new water work inspired by the water-related issues explored by the In the Age of Post Drought exhibition. The inspiration for this site-specific work is a poetic quote by writer Diane Raines. From her emblematically titled book  Water Wars: Drought, Flood, Folly and the Politics of Thirst. 

Forma Fantasma for Lobmeyr

Still
Seventy percent of our earth’s surface consists of water, of which a 2,5 percent belongs to our freshwater supplies. In collaboration with the Viennese company J. & L. Lobmeyr, Formafantasma designed a series of objects, instruments and tools that can purify water. The designed objects transform this practice of water purification into a daily, almost religious ritual. The set of objects consist of a surprising combination of copper, crystal and activated charcoal.

Jun Kamei

Amphibio
According to estimates, global temperatures will rise with 3.2 °C by the year 2100. Around 30 percent of the world’s population, living in the coastal areas and large urban cities, will experience extreme weather conditions and floods. This worrisome development triggered Jun Kamei to start his project Amphibio. Kamei researches and develops amphibian clothes, which could allow humans to breathe underwater. The inspiration for the design and technology stems from insects like the Mono-Lake shore

Robertina Šebjanič

Aquatocene
In the artistic project Aquatocene, Robertina Šebjanič investigates the impact of noise pollution on the aquatic ecosystem in lakes, rivers, and seas. Since 2016 Šebjanič travels all around the world to record the noise nuisances that are found in our waters. Her large database of sounds, that is still growing, has set the starting point for her audiovisual performances and installations i.c.w. Transnatural. She collected underwater sounds from the seas around Vlieland and the IJ river in A'dam.

Moonwater

Moon water
The audiovisual installation is designed to activate the Alpha-Theta waves, from 7Hz to 13 Hz, in the brain of the visitor. This range of Alpha Theta waves is believed to be optimal for bringing inspiration and possibly insights. We know about the power of the moon towards water, as this is tangible related to the tides. But the artist also engages with a complex body of beliefs developed by ancient philosophical traditions around the Moon, not so tangible as western science would like it to be.

Zoro Feigl

Twisted Nematic
Twisted nematic refers to the twisting and aligning of tiny threads (nematics) under temperature change. The nematics align themselves in different setups under temperature change. These temperature-induced shifting of orientation influence the way they reflect light. These liquid crystals, therefore, can change color.
This installation is using this phenomenon to create a shape-shifting form that is the result of the interplay between flow and temperature on a slowly rotating canvas.

TeZ & Federico Murgia

The Aquatic State Laboratory
It’s a great pleasure to announce the premiere of the new project by Optofonica Lab. The Aquatic State is an experimental demonstration of the phases of transition of the element water. Artists TeZ and Federico Murgia present their recent experiments in which hidden structures of water are revealed through microscopy and software image analysis. The objective is to visualize and classify the various morphologies of different water samples under varying thermodynamic excursions.

Maze de Boer

Under the Surface
Under The Surface is a première work and part of the residency program during which Maze de Boer has developed a site-specific installation for the Oerol festival. Maze de Boer reflects on the theme of water (and its dilemmas) by making it palpable on site.
When approaching the northern shores of the Netherlands hundreds of disused fishnets can be found laying around on the beach.
De Boer was inspired by that sight and decided to create an installation that responds to the pulse fishing ban.

LOLA Landscape Architects

Waterlanders
For more than 2,000 years, dikes have kept the Netherlands safe and dry Few people take into account the risk of a dike breach or flooding. Yet that is anything but obvious: the Netherlands has endured countless floods, houses have been washed away, and people have died. Lola shows a speculative map of Holland in 200 years time and a scenario on how we could treat the rising sea-level and what the landscape could look like.

Transnatural

In the Age of Post – Drought is an event organized by Transnatural institute that offers an ongoing cultural program and represents an Art & Design Label.

Transnatural explores how technology can support the natural world and ecological wealth. All cultural activities and the label collection are related to an envisioned world where man, nature and technology merge.