Exhibition design, Studio Ossidiana
Netherlands Have we met? Humans and non-humans on common ground
July 15 – December 11 2022
Have we met? promotes new ways of understanding the Earth as a shared space for plants, microbes, humans, and other animals. The view that earth exists solely for human exploitation must be radically rethought in order to confront the environmental crises the planet is facing today. The exhibition therefore explores what attitudes, organisational tools and technologies are necessary to recalibrate the relationship between humans and non-humans. Nature studies traditionally rely on quantitative data with little insight into how humans and non-humans might learn to share space and cooperate. Have we met? repositions how we use such data, presenting a range of possible collaborative tools developed by practitioners across art and design, agriculture, and data- and marine sciences.
An urban block in Rotterdam, a regenerative farm in the country’s rural east, and an abandoned North Sea oil rig. These three ecologically diverse sites in the Netherlands help explore the possibilities of interspecies relationships over time. The exhibition builds on the organisational model of the Zoöp project, collaboratively developed by Het Nieuwe Instituut.
Organising institution: Het Nieuwe Instituut Commissioner: Aric Chen Project leader: Francien van Westrenen Curators: Klaas Kuitenbrouwer; Ellen Zoete Producer: Nikita Hurkmans; Wietske Nutma Art director: Maureen Mooren Exhibition Design: Studio Ossidiana Graphic design: Mislav Žugaj; Gailė Pranckūnaitė Participating artists: Harald den Breejen and Sjoerd van Leeuwen (on behalf of the regenerative farm Bodemzicht); Dear Hunter; Embassy of the Northsea; Joost Emmerik; Christine Hvidt, Philipp Groubnov, Andrzej Konieczny, Alexander Köppel, Leon Lapa Pereira and Vivien Vuong (ArtScience Interfaculty students at the University of the Arts, The Hague, collaborating with Rodrigo Delso and Eric Kluitenberg); Keer Hu, Yuzhi Liu and Jiafeng Zhu; Ian Ingram and Theun Karelse; Takuma Kikuchi, Lucy Li, Florian Sapp and Alan Schiegl, students from Design Investigations at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna; Fiona Middleton; Ania Molenda; Brynjar Sigurðarson of Studio Brynjar and Veronika; Togar; Sander Turnhout; Leena Valkeapää and Oula A Valkeapää The exhibition is supported by the Dutch ministry of Education, Culture and Science The programme is supported by Embassy and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Italy Intern: Ilaria Torresan Text: Gert Staal Text editor: Jack Eden Communication: Elske Schreurs and Roos de Waard
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