In the mean time for What if…

From March till October 2020 I’m working on the What if… project for SIGN and Noorderlicht for the project Artist in Space of the Noordenaars. You can read updates about the artistic research process on the websites of SIGN (Dutch and English) and Noorderlicht (Dutch).

The opening of the presentation of the project will be on the 31st of October at Noorderlicht, Akerkhof 12, Groningen. I will soon post more info about the event.

Linde ExIn the mean time for What if…

Mapping Environments for Breitner academie Amsterdam

For ArttechLAB and the Breitneracademie in Amsterdam I was working with students on the workshop ‘Mapping Environments’ that is based on the work Attempts to Understand a Field.
Students researched their direct environment. Out of the results, we made an art book with drawings, finds and research materials bound in.

Linde ExMapping Environments for Breitner academie Amsterdam

Interview Kunstspot

I was interviewed by Ruby the Vos about my plans for the George Verberg Grant. You can find the full article here (Dutch)

Photo: Sander van der Bij

Linde ExInterview Kunstspot

George Verberg Stipendium 2019

On January 23, 2020 I won the George Verberg Grant 2019.

With the grant, I will be able to study the mysterious world of living flying insects. For the project, I will visit 63 places in Germany where for 27 years scientific research was done to measure biomass. The study showed that the decline in flying insects is more than 75% in these 27 years. For the study, the life of the flying insects had to be stopped. I want to find out what their living, moving world is like. I’m going to find ways to understand their dynamic movements as a human. For that, I will translate their movements physically (with dancers), in relation to space (with projection and light/shadow movements) and as notations (drawings, visual language).

The end result will be shown in Groningen in January 2021.

Photo: Henk Tammens

Linde ExGeorge Verberg Stipendium 2019

What if… project – SIGN and Noorderlicht

For the project WHAT IF… by SIGN and Noorderlicht, I was asked as an artist to investigate a utopian/dystopian future of the landscape in the Northern provinces.

I will start with the idea that we have to live together with the sea in a new way. A ‘managed retreat’, in which the dykes disappear and we start living with the tides.
What if we do not see rising sea levels as a threat, but allow the sea, with its water, tides, silt and marine flora and fauna, to help shape our landscape?

For the first part of this research, I want to change perspective. Models with a ratio of, for example, 1:10,000 are placed at the tide line, where soil life, silt and seawater (scale 1:1) can influence the model. An extreme magnification of the sea as a designer of the landscape with enormous creatures and forces shaping it.

By changing scale and perspective I hope to catch a glimpse of a world that is often hidden, but which has an enormous impact on our landscape. By enlarging that world and looking at it from the perspective of water, tides and soil life, I hope to bring people and their environment, the present and future and reality and absurdism closer together.

Official kickoff: March 20, 2020
Exhibition: September 2020

More information about the project on:

Noordenaars – Artist in space

Photos: Hanne van der Velde

Linde ExWhat if… project – SIGN and Noorderlicht

Residency FLUX at Bierumerschool

From October till December 2019 I did a residency at the Bierumerschool. The residency was called Flux and the total project included also works from other artists. For the residency, I visited many places at the Eems (river) and Dollard (estuary) to study the movement of the water. It resulted in the work Flux – Tracing the fluctuation.

Linde ExResidency FLUX at Bierumerschool

New studio

I will move into the “famous” Slaaplekker studio in Groningen from February on. I’m really looking forward to working there.

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Workshop for Breitner academie ArtechLAB

On November 8 2019 I gave a workshop for art teachers organized by Breitner Academie / ArtechLAB. The workshop was based upon the work Attempts to understand a field. Participants all got basic research materials and a handout with different layered ways of looking. They looked for a spot outside to study a 20x20cm area of the terrain. The results were very diverse and interesting.
 Lee Mc Donald also gave a workshop based on his practice.

Photos: Breitner Academie

Linde ExWorkshop for Breitner academie ArtechLAB

Groupshow at Museum Nienoord

From November 2019 until March 2020 my work Layers of the past continuous is exhibited in Museum Nienoord in Leek, Groningen. The work is about the natural and cultural history of the landscape and the layers of history that are visible in peat. For the exhibition, a group of contemporary artists gave a reflection upon the history of the Nienoord estate.

Linde ExGroupshow at Museum Nienoord