OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACocky Eek / Schweigman&

Een gedachte krijgt pas waarde als zij is doorlopen. Nietzsche

Landing Sites is een installatie die de zintuigen in een ongebruikelijke richting stuurt. Al lopend beland je in een individuele expeditie waarin de omgeving en je innerlijk landschap elkaar bespelen.

concept Cocky Eek | research Cocky Eek, Matthijs Munnik, Geartsje van der Zee | dramaturgisch advies Boukje Schweigman | productie Linda Witpaard | Landing Sites crew  Eefje Aerts, Hannegijs Jonker, Florencia Reznik, Anna van Rij, Rachel Schuit, Ben Terwel, Gearstje van der Zee | Landing Sites is a co-production of Schweigman&, Oerol and the Satellietgroep, financially supported by Stroom Den Haag

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Seemingly nothing

What is there, who is there, what was it, how come. Sometimes one does not exactly knows how things work.  But first of all you have a question and you to tap into a place. You have to taste her. Shall we circle to the right or to the left. Nothing happened if you circle to the right, so that’s clear we have to circle to the left. Nothing happens if you position me to far from the sea, I don’t know why but now nothing happens. I simply need clear instructions and you have to speak to me loud and clear, otherwise I am lost. Try to position your hand a bit lower, and with your other hand you tame the speed, yes now we are talking. Push a little bit harder with a hollow hand, maybe more here, yes now I go down….

Landing Sites is an installation composed of seemingly nothing or not so much. “Do you see that red and white thingie in the distance , that’s where you walk to, someone will be waiting there for you and for the rest everything will follow by itself.”

Landing Sites seems to be composed of seemingly hardly nothing in a vast open landscape, but actually everything comes pretty precise. Boukje Schweigman introduced and worked with us in the dramaturgy of this research installation with her generous master laughter and easy hand-turns she is lifting us to a higher altitude to guide the audience in a meaningful expedition.

Well, we are ready to roll, and the weather can play its parts. The weather swirls and girls with us. She feels us and we feel her.

The audience got the opportunity to write down their thoughts. We collected 7 notebooks full. It was remarkable that everyday, the overall feel of the reactions were different and I am convinced that the weather, the movements of the low and high tide, and the passing birds who noticed us,  definitely all played their part in there.

Getting into a daily routine

After a few days running, we got into a daily routine; breakfast at 8:00 |
leaving the house by bike at 9:15 |  preparing the installation on the beach | coffee at 10:15 at the Heartbreakhotel | 10:20 warming up | 11:00 up and running |  between 12 till 14:30 individual breaks of 40 minutes |  17:00 breaking down | 18:30 dinner at “home” | recapitulation, repairing, chilling | and then going out.

dreamteam

Let me introduce you the absolute fabulous dreamteam, who runned the whole show for 10 days during the Oerol Festival 2017.
From left to right: Geartsje van der Zee, Anna van Rij, Rachel Schuit, Hannegijs Jonker, Eefje Aerts, Cocky Eek, Linda Witpaard, Ben Terwel. Florencia Reznik and Theun Karelse unfortunately are not on the foto.
Thank you all sooo much, you made this whole event to an unforgettable experience,  together we went over the moon.
W383_971155-Landingsites Pieter Kers foto by Pieter Kers