20171303 Extremophiles Course

Extremophiles took place outside at the Zandmotor  from 13 -17 th march 2017. I hosted the course for the creative departments Sonology, Composition and ArtScience of the Royal Conservatoire in the Hague.

This week there was sun but also there was no sun, the air was still cold which had its impact on our performance in this remote area without any shelter. An Extremophile is an organism that thrives in extreme environments. How do we behave in this shapeshifting landscape: the Zandmotor  was simply  light or dark, sunny or cloudy, warm or cold, vast or cramped. Its character influences instantly our mood: it provides openness or seemed menacing. Or vice versa, our mood is thrown back on the landscape. Our discomfort contracts the wide space and rendered us immobile: our happiness expands  into openness, enlarges it to a space in which we felt endless.

Translucent screens performing air waves, projected sunlight highlighting shimmerings from seemingly still water, a floating island in the lake, a Fibonacci composition with 55 stones and a bucket of water, clicking stones back together, tuned backpack pipes, spatial cardboard tunnel sand rains, walking wanderings, leveling out with your  peers in the sand, leaning against wind harps, digging dunes together, Kenzo Kusuda’s workshop – pick a shell hold it in between your fingers and follow its movement, following the shadow of the Argusmast (only by bright weather), tracing the smell in this vast terrain, observing the rising Venus band after sunset, dreid horsepoo and sooooo much more.

Thank you, Natalie, Mischa, Florian, Hendrik, Thanakarn, Veerle, Leandros, Ruben, Maria, Miro, John, Quirijn and Vivian, it was a wonderful week with lots of beautiful seeds that have been released in the wind.