Ada Jochimsen & Karla Nilzén
GERRIT RIETVELD ACADEMIE AND FIELD ACADEMY
MARCH 16 - APRIL 30, 2021
How can bodies-related, tangible artworks contribute to connect neighbourhoods of the Netherlands’ youngest city – Almere – that differ socially, economically, historically, and environmentally? Based on this question, students from the Jewellery - Linking Bodies department set to work with human and non-human residents who live in the Almere Poort district. The students document the process, their experiences and findings and learn in this way to create works that arise from the local context.
As part of the overall contextual framework, the students will establish a relationship with the neighbourhood and its residents. They do this, for example, by having lunch together with local residents. City ecologist Ton Eggenhuizen will tell the students more about plant and animal life in Almere Poort. And artist Edward Clydesdale Thomson tells students about wild and tamed landscapes. Pioneer on ‘Almeerderstrand’ Ruud van der Ham (beach tent 't Muiderzand) is also talking to the students.
Under the guidance of Sonja Bäumel, the students work for several weeks on this project that is part of the Field Academy. On Friday, April 30, they will present their observations and work during a walk with a small audience. A walk in which you string together one intimate space after another. Depending on the then applicable corona measures, interested parties can participate.
Photography by Anna Lenartowska
Nica van Soest