A lecture by Henk van Houtum followed by a presentation of Hans Vijgen and me about our works. Henk van Houtum is professor Geopolitics and Political Geography at the University of Nijmegen and Professor of Geopolitics of Borders at the University of Bergamo. He is also columnist in De Volkskrant.
A duo exhibition with Hans Vijgen brings together two artists who, each in their own way, visualise the world through the imagination of measurement processes. Hans Vijgen is showing his work Latitude 51. From the prime meridian at Greenwich, he follows the 51th degree of latitude around the world. I will show the starting point of the trilogy 'Because we Meet' a research about the interaction between human and nature seen from the perspective of the three stages of water.
Gyz La Rivière, Marieke Wiegel, Esther Kokmeijer, Silvia B., Joop van Caldenborgh, Martijn Verhoeven, Ewoud van Rijn and Lidwien van de Ven (winner Dolf Henkes Prise 2014). (Photo:Aad Hoogendoorn)
Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam (The Netherlands)
SHEEP, 88 pages, 17 x 17 x 1,5cm, Hardcover, ISBN: 978-90-79344-00-0
On the invitation of the Land Art Biennial in Mongolia (LAM2014) I made a trip from Inner mongolia (China) to Mongolia with a sheep as travel companion.The photos and texts tell a personal travelogue with universal implications. Written for Tessa With accompanying text by Vera Tollmann, curator of (LAM2014). Text also in Chinese and Mongolian. The publication can be ordered for €17,50 on my website. www.estherkokmeijer.bigcartel.com
more photos: www.facebook.com/estherkokmeijer
— 1 — Border crossing / Morocco - Mauritania 2003 / Part of the Journey to the Centre of Gravity of Africa. — 2 — Tools, 4 rulers of 1m / 2003 - ongoing / Used during the journey to the Centre of Gravity of each continent and the EU countries, to mark the centres. — 3 — Mark of the Centre of Gravity of Luxemburg / Luxemburg 2009 / Polaroids, part of the series Monuments for a Moment. — 4 — A day without sunrise and a night without sunset / Polar circle on Grimsey, Iceland (summer and winter solstice) 2010 - 2011 / Publication, egg, drift wood and postcards, part of side specific installation for De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal in Middelburg. — 5 — Bamboo Leaves / Yogyakarta, Indonesia 2011 / Used for folding boots for the installation The more you Take, The more I Give. Residency at Cemeti Art House , Yogyakarta, initiated by Heden, The Hague. — 6 — Dandelions / Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) North Korea 2012 / Part of collection Regarded Nature, the untouched nature within the DMZ. — 7 — Money / 2003 - ongoing / Collected money from all visited countries, waiting to get ‘used’. — 8 — Earth from Greenland / Kangerslussuaq, Greenland 2013 / Earth collected for Ellen Palsgraaf. — 9 — Millions of Winters, Two Summers / The Arctic and Antarctic 2013 / Framed photos of calvings. — 10 — Moon / 2008 - ongoing / Part of a collection of Moons. — 11 — color samples / Vilnius, Lithuania 2010 - 2011 / Used for the side specific installation Gravity of Centres made for Europas Parkas Open-air Contemporary Art Museum. — 12 — Tape / Rotterdam 2008 / Tape with all the countries of the world printed on it, used to make the side specific installation Summary of the World in the NAi, Netherlands Architecture Institute. — 13 — Postcards / Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) South Korea 2012 / Part of collection Regarded Nature, the untouched nature within the DMZ. — 14 — Untouched Nature / Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) South Korea 2012 / Photo of the DMZ secretly taken on the Southern border of the DMZ. — 15 — Feathers / Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) South Korea 2012 / Part of collection Regarded Nature, the untouched nature within the DMZ. — 16 — The Berg / Ilulissat Icefjord, Greenland 2013 / Photo and wikipedia reference towards the birthplace of the iceberg which made the Titanic sink. — 17 — B17a / Antarctica 2014 / Iceberg of 19 x 6 nautical mile, 55°11’S, 36°21’W, grounded. — 18 — The Centre of Gravity of the Korea’s / North and South Korea 2012 / The Kadaster international calculated the exact centre of North ands South Korea together. — 19 — Couple, Clothes / North- and South-Korea 2012 / Worn clothes during a rendezvous on the only place where North- and South Korea meet, part of the double video installation Couple. In collaboration with Simon Kentgens. — 20 — Trophies, Spring 2011 / Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2011-2014 / Twigs, leaves, tyraps and other collected materials, found by my cat on adjacent roofs and balconies, presented in front of my bedroom door. — 21 — Stamps of Tuvalu and about Tuvalu / Tuvalu 2012 - ongoing / Part of Six degrees of Conjunction, commissioned by Satellietgroep. — 22 — Stone I would have taken / Antarctica 2013 / Left stones in Antarctica, part of the research about ownership of Antarctica. — 23 — Anti-Arktos / 2013 - ongoing / Part of the research collection the navel, hearth, centre, core, middle and balance of the world. — 24 — Stillness / Antarctica and Greenland 2013 / Part of a 35 minute video of cinematic landscapes, scored by Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek). — 25 — Slice of Glacier / 2014 plaster and paint, part of Mini(n)ature’ #1, an edition of models of nature. — 26 — Scent mirror pendant / Europe 2008 - 2009 / Traveled to all the countries of the EU during the journey to each Centre of Gravity. In collaboration with Henrik Jan Haarink. — 27 — Cutlery of Rata Kidul and the Sultan / Indonesia 2011 / Part of the Installation Matrimonial Disagreement. — 28 — Rotating column of Air / Beijing, China 2014 / Part of the trilogy, Because we Meet, about the urge to control nature. — 29 — Mimosa Pudica Seeds (Kruidje Roer me niet) / 2014 ongoing / Part of a proposal for a Monument for the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the North-and South-Korean side. — 30 — Sheep, towel, foto, pasport and documents / China - Mongolia 2014 / Part of a journey from Inner Mongolia (China) to Mongolia with a sheep as companion. (Land Art Biennial Mongolia) — 31 — Sheep, Facebook message / Mongolia 2014 / Photos from the grown up sheep, send by the family who take care of Sheep in Mongolia. — 32 — Couple, video stills / North- and South-Korea 2012 / Part of the double video installation Couple. In collaboration with Simon Kentgens. — 33 — )I风唤+B, Summon Wind, call for Rain / China 2014 / Part of the trilogy, Because we Meet, about the urge to control nature. — 34 — Verboden Verborgen (Hidden forbidden) / Koningsweg, Arnhem 2013 / Part of installation in former military base WW2, commissioned by G.A.N.G. — 35 — Wooden Stamps / Cameroon 2004 / Produced during long travel. — 36 — World maps / 2008 - ongoing / Part of a collection of World maps. — 37 — Geolocators / North Pole - South Pole 2014 / Has been used to track the migration route of Arctic terns from the North Pole to the South Pole. — 38 — Stand in Arctic Tern / 2014 / Part of an artistic research about the migration route of the Arctic Tern, commissioned by de Bewaerschole. — 39 — Verboden Verborgen (Hidden forbidden) / Koningsweg, Arnhem 2013 / I slept a few nights outside in the open air and documented the area with a thermal camera and wildcam, commissioned by G.A.N.G. — 40 — Wooden flip flops / Indonesia 2011 / Part of the Installation Annual Date. — 41 — Materials found on the Centre of Gravity of Africa / Central African Republic 2004 / Part of the journey to the Centre of Gravity of each Continent. — 42 — Natural pigments / 2009 / Part of Reduced World, 1m2 canvasses matching the soil on the centre of gravity they each represent. — 43 — Travelling South / Merapi Indonesia 2011 - ongoing / Artistic research about travelling materials, commissioned by Heden. — 44 — Found non natural stones / Marseille, France 2014 / — 45 — Regarding the Tree / Burgh Haamstede 2012 / Part of a side specific installation in the Bewaerschole. In collaboration with Gerben Kokmeijer. — 46 — Publication BOOM #001 / Burgh Haamstede 2012 / Part of a side specific installation in the Bewaerschole. In collaboration with Gerben Kokmeijer. — 47 — Journey to the Polar circle / Iceland 2010 / Part of A day without Sunrise and a night without Sunset. — 48 — Sand from the Centre of Gravity of Oceania / Australia 2005 / Collected during the journey to the centre of gravity of each continent. — 49 — Tape-measure / 2003 - ongoing / Part of travel gear.