Nature as Artifice. New Dutch landscape in photography and video art

Nature as Artifice. New Dutch landscape in photography and video art

Het begrip ‘Nederlands landschap’ roept wereldwijd nog altijd een beeld op van het idyllische Nederlandse boerenlandschap in de schilderkunst. Maar Nederland is in de afgelopen eeuw sterk veranderd. Sinds de jaren tachtig nemen excellente landschapsfotografen en videokunstenaars juist dit artificiële karakter van het landschap en onze natuur als uitgangspunt. Kunsthistorica Maartje van den Heuvel stelde een tentoonstelling van hun werk samen en we werkten samen aan het begeleidende boek: Nature as Artifice 2008

Hun kunstwerken tonen snelwegen, spoorwegen, symmetrische polderlandschappen, kassen, bedrijventerreinen en suburbane woonwijken. Met werk van Hans Aarsman, Jannes Linders, Wout Berger, Henze Boekhout, Edwin Zwakman, Theo Baart, Cary Markerink, Hans van der Meer, Marnix Goossens, Driessens/Verstappen, Hans Werlemann, Gert Jan Kocken, Bas Princen, Gábor Ösz, Gerco de Ruijter en Frank van der Salm.

 

 

FUN! Leisure and landscape

FUN! Leisure and landscape

Free time is becoming an ever more important factor in the shaping of our society, in the changing landscape, and in the physical and spatial arrangement of the Netherlands. Fun is ubiquitous and has a far-reaching effect on the development of the inner cities, the periphery and the countryside. My book Fun! Leisure and landscape examines, describes and analyses this phenomenon in text and photographs.

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Atlas of Change: Re-Arranging the Netherlands

Atlas of Change: Re-Arranging the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, as in many other countries, urban and spatial planning often seem driven by good intentions, policy initiatives, and blueprints, and not by actual changes in the public’s way of life. When these kinds of ‘planning’ actually do come alive, when people find that something in their daily living environment has changed, they are not sure why. Seeking to shed some light on how spatial planning and daily life intersect, I worked with photographer Theo Baart and urban planner Tjerk Ruimschotel to create ‘ Atlas of Change’,  a portrait of the perpetually changing Netherlands.

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