Land Art Live Symposium (2013)
Friday 14 June 2013, 9.30 - 17.00 hrs, Schouwburg Almere, Kleine Zaal
The symposium Land Art Live focused on the social aspects of the six land art projects in Flevoland. What roles do artworks, located in the public space, play in the daily live of inhabitants of the polder? And how does this relate to their meaning as artworks? The symposium answered these and other questions related to the six existing artworks and the new to be realized land art project in the Noordoostpolder.
Aurora Tang, Program Manager of the Los Angeles-based Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) was keynote speaker. Unfortunately, professor Erik A. de Jong, Artis Leerstoel Cultuur, Landschap en Natuur (University of Amsterdam/Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie) was unable to come. Other elements of the program today were workshops and the viewing of the film BEAKING GROUND: BROKEN CIRCLE/SPIRAL HILL (1971-2011) by Nancy Holt and Theo Tegelaers.
9.30 am - doors open
10 am - Welcome and introduction by Martine van Kampen, curator art in the public space & land art, Museum De Paviljoens
10.30 am - Viewing film BREAKING GROUND: BROKEN CIRCLE/SPIRAL HILL (1971-2011). A film about Robert Smithson's land art project Broken Circle/Spiral Hill (1971) in Emmen. Directors: Nancy Holt and Theo Tegelaers.
11 am - Coffee break
11.30 am - Keynote lecture Aurora Tan, Program Manager, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, Los Angeles, California, United States
1 pm - lunch
2 pm - Presentation of workshop program: Elias Tieleman (artist) and Judith Flapper (consultant seventh land art project in Flevoland); Kees Hund (landscape architect and as designer at the Rijksdienst voor de Ijsselmeerpolders (RIJP) involved with the commissions of the early land art works); Eric von Robertson (artist, will present the first intervention of the program Land Art Live in August 2013); Nils van Beek (curator TAAK and Ultraperipheric, a series of commissions for the program Land Art Contemporary in Drenthe)
3 pm - Workshops
4 pm - Results workshops and conclusion
4.30 pm - Drinks in Restaurant Waterfront
Workshop Elias Tieleman: The seventh land art project
This workshop is based on the case study of the realization of the seventh land art project, located in the Noordoostpolder. Elias Tieleman and Judith Flapper consult the Province of Flevoland in this matter, and have researched the feasibility of several locations. It would be interesting to gather insights on the current use of the existing land art projects, and implement this in the plans for this new project. In what way should the future use of the artwork be part of the realization of this new artwork or the commission to the artist? Is the future use related to the participation of today? How is social use related to the democratic process?
Workshop Kees Hund: Spatial management of changes in use
The land art projects were realized in a period of time when the polder was still a kind of tabula rasa - not only in spatial sense, also in political. It was quite easy to install these artworks. Now however, decision-making is different. Either way, the landscape and structures around the artworks have changed, and, as comes to light today, there is considerable experience now with planned and unforeseen usage of land art. If we look at the current use, does that lead to rethinking spatial adaptations surrounding the artworks? And how about the near and far future, will there be developments that will change the way we use the artworks today? About relations between the land art projects and other use of landscape, for example ecology, and the possibilities to facilitate connections.
Eric von Robertson: Social usage and the autonomous artist intervention
Eric von Robertson is creating an intervention at the Observatory (1971-1977) by Robert Morris. In his work, Von Robertson deals with recreation, with both existing and new ways to relax and the spatial implications of this. He transforms locations and brings people into contact with each other through large but often light and mobile constructions. What are his views on the recreational aspect of land art in Flevoland? And how does this relate to the goal of the artist, to the autonomous intervention of Robert Morris and to his own position? This workshop is English spoken.
Nils van Beek: Center and periphery as concepts in land art
The land art projects in Flevoland are, in spite of their rural surroundings, strongly connected to the inhabited world. For the land art artists from the sixties and seventies however, isolation was very important: seclusion from the art world and in part also from observers. In the program Ultraperipheric, which takes place within Drenthe's program Land Art Contemporary, artists are asked to travel to the periphery to research the dynamic interaction between man and landscape, and the notion of periphery in today's world. What is de supposed center, and how are these concepts still related to the art world or art viewer? Does this perspective offer clues for the future land art projects in Flevoland?