Its around 4 g degrees and the windspeed is about 6 m/s. It was our last day at the DCR gueststudio, and our last day of the month February we did our tests at the Zandmotor untill the sun set. We tried our bull-roarer ear instruments, the wind blew to hard for them, it made your head tremble in such a speed that even your eyes registered the landscape as a trembling panorama. A bull-roarer amplified head box, was even unbearable with this speed of wind shaking your skull inside out.The countermovement shoulder sticks make you walk like a happy drunken persona and some sheltering wings worked like a rudder and provided some comfort.
We are heading to the Zandmotor, its raining a bit in the on our way up, but luckily dry for the rest of the day. Its cloudy and the temperature is about 7 degrees, which feels okee as long as your moving. The wind is 3m/s coming from the north.
Mischa, Soeria and Leandros are helping us with installing and we meet at the family Voskamp, whose house is opposite the bus stop, where we pick up our gear which is stored in their chicken shed.
We are checking the tides, okee it should be low tide, so the robes just don’t reach the sea. The guests are arriving, its like a meetingpoint in the middle of nowhere. Seeing each others spreads joy and is warming our bodies. We are ready for lift off. Meanwhile the sea is playing its own game on us. While being blindfolded, people just get wet feet when approaching the sea. Fransesco living close by in Kijkduin is also visiting us and is playing with the sound/vibrations channeling through the lines. In the end we made a round for feeedback and lots of information is reaching our ears, which will head us in a clearer direction.
The first announcements of the Landing Sites are made public online on the website of the Satellietgroep and of Schweigman&.
Today we received a Swedish group of about 30 students and 5 teachers/professors from the department Landscape Architecture of the Sveriges lantbruksuniversiteit in Alnarp. We prepared for them our first public test with long strings in the morning. Its freezing, the temperature is -2 degrees, the sand is frozen, which makes it light for carrying our materials on our backs. The sun does not show itself, the wind is average about 3,5 m/s, and the humidity is about 85 percent. Drops of salty water are hanging under our noses. We are running up and down to prepare our strings, and scooping some obstacle baby dunes away, and we really don’t mind running and scooping as it keeps us warm.
So now and then we looked over our shoulders and at 11:15 we see the group Sweeds rising on top of the hill heading our way. Time is up, we leave our last entangled strings for what it is and welcome our visitors, and guide them into our test setup. It was really beautiful to see the concentration sinking into their bodies. We were very pleased with this test, and I think the basic principle of what we are trying to achieve worked out. At 12:20 we collected all together and we received very relevant feedback of their experiences: some really focused on the change of the sound of the sea all along the way, one felt instantly warmer as her eyes were taken away from the cold landscape, some felt the changing vibrations in their bodies or their skull.
Oehh that was such a lovely visit, we looked again over our shoulders and they were gone, what a flash in time.
We worked at the DCR-guest studio in The Hague, on the ground floor is workshop where we installed a table for the time being. We did not bring any material or pre- tought plan, just basic tools as a knife, a scissor and a piece of robe. From scrap materials we created our very first test. Everything has to be made lightweight and portable, next week we are going to test them out at the Zandmotor.
2 febr 2017. We are the Zandmotor with Geartsje, Matthijs , Jacqueline en Durak. Compared to the previous days it feels somehow like summer, its about 8 degrees and there was a little wind (about wind-force 4), half of the sky above us was cloudy making its transition to a bright sky in a sharp boomerang shape.
We did some tests with rope and gripshoes, and after that we had a drink at restaurant the Haagsche Beek, in Kijkduin opposite the land-art work ‘Hemels Gewelf’ from James Turrel.
Turrel thought the light is so tangible here in the dunes that he created ‘Hemels Gewelf’ (Celestial Vault) in 1996 to look at the sky. This work has its focus on the phenomena of light itself, which evokes emotional and spiritual experiences surpassing the pure sensory perception. In this work one can perceive the sky formed as a dome over oneself.
The Zandmotor created in 2011, appears to me as one giant Hemels Gewelf. Especially when you are standing close to the Argusmast where you can’t see the sea. Then looking around you, the sky forms a giant dome above oneself. When standing still and slowly turning 360 degrees around your spine, you perceive the immersive light of that moment in all its color gradients, it is truly breathtaking. While standing still, space suddenly becomes place.