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SAVE THE DATE 18.10.2018

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Satellietgroep proudly invites you to the exhibition / program / festival / collective / this work in progress with Berndnaut Smilde, Sachi Miyachi, Nishiko, Esther Kokmeijer, Maurice Bogaert, Aliki van der Kruijs, Jos Klarenbeek, Maurice Meewisse, Lotte Geeven, Theun Karelse, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Giuseppe Licari, Onkruidenier, Josje Hattink, Masha Ru & more!
Location: Electriciteitsfabriek Den Haag
Free admission for all on October 18!

MEET THE ARTISTS ON 18.10 14:00-18:00
Explore the works and meet the artists while roaming through Electriciteitsfabriek, to discover the landscape and climate of this unique art venue. Press is kindly warmly to join.

OPENING 18.10 AT 18:00
With special guests Dirk Sijmons, Valentijn Byvanck, the Dutch premiere 'Sun Following Prism' by Berndnaut Smilde, Ruben Jacobs.

Dirk Sijmons is an eminent Dutch landscape architect and emeritus professor Landscape Architecture at TU Delft (and co-inventor of the Zandmotor). Dirk is also co-creator of the title 'Climate as Artifact', as he wondered whether by now the climate might be our biggest artifact.

Valentijn Byvanck is director of Marres, Centre for Contemporary Culture in Maastricht, a critic, curator, museum innovator and television presenter. Over the years he developed Training the Senses, that explores the ways we recognize and use our senses and, through training, also make sense of the world around us.

Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde became world famous with the creation of Nimbus, socalled 'indoor clouds'. During the opening he will test his 'Sun Following Prism'. The work will be controlled by sunlight through a mechanism that is following the ideal angle of the sun. When the weather allows, a colorspectrum will appear. This work is non predictable. Even though always aiming for the perfect conditions, an appearance might be encountered, depending on being at the right place and time.

Ruben Jacobs is a cultural sociologist, writer and teaches at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht. Ruben has recently published 'Artonauten. Op expeditie in het Antropoceen' (V2_).
Berndnaut and Ruben will engage in a short dialogue about the intriguing relationship of mankind, arts and nature.

With special thanks to Mondriaan Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Den Haag, Feest aan Zee.


18.10.2018 - 18.11.2018

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... is it an exhibition, a public program, a festival, a new collective.....?

Climate as Artifact is an exhibition program that targets at how redefining climate as a cultural artifact through artistic practice helps us to break free from conventional attitudes in order to establish new and essential perspectives. Climate as Artifact will bring together artists, designers, scientists and society to rethink our perceptions of culture and nature.
Now that people all around the world are slowly starting to rethink how people and planet are interrelated, new questions arise around the understanding of time and the perception of place. It’s not merely a technical or political challenge that we are facing. It’s a cultural one.

Our expanding cities have been named people’s largest artifact. But it was the Dutch landscape architect and emeritus professor Dirk Sijmons, who recently wondered whether by now the climate might be our biggest artifact. Defining people as nature and the climate as an artifact could just be a philosophical or linguistic exercise. It is what brought us to the question ‘Who is nature?’

Redefining these concepts through art could be an essential task though, for this requires an intensive and constructive use of people’s sensitivity and imagination. Visual narratives and artistic actions that invite the public to go outside their ‘comfort zones’ and perceive the world with a critical but open mind, could cause these valuable sparks that make a lasting impression. It helps us to bring abstract concepts or things that are seemingly beyond our control, closer to ourselves.

Climate is a hyper object. We know that it exists, but we can’t comprehend it, as the British philosopher Timothy Morton stated. Materializing ideas through art and redefining climate as an artifact, as something we make, helps to increase our sensitivity and to see connections within the natural world and between our actions and our environment.

January 2006 artists collective Satellietgroep kicked off with the question To whom belongs the sea?

To celebrate over 12 years of pioneering and prepare for an unforseen and challenging future, in January 2018 we started to rethink our perceptions of culture and nature with the question Who is nature?
During the first half of this year we tested & experimented with ongoing artistic fieldwork, involving experts and audiences, to develop new insights and pose different questions.
Convinced that the arts can create an other 'Golden Spike' by posing different questions, Satellietgroep challenged the participating artists and designers to step out of their comfort zones. We warmly invite our guests and visitors to join in this venture. Faced with current and future challenges, the time-depht of landscapes and of ourselves, we need a new visual idiom, other collaborations and multi-facetted perspectives.

Are you nature?

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Artists & designers

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Berndnaut Smilde

Sachi Miyachi


Esther Kokmeijer

Maurice Bogaert

Aliki van der Kruijs icw Jos Klarenbeek |

Maurice Meewisse

Lotte Geeven

Theun Karelse

Thijs Ebbe Fokkens

Giuseppe Licari

Josje Hattink

Masha Ru




Exhibition program

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18.10.2018 - 18.11.2018

Location: Electriciteitsfabriek Den Haag
Open for public:
Thursday & Friday 14:00 - 20:00 and Saturday & Sunday 14:00 - 18:00
Free for children up to 13 years if accompanied by an adult
€ 5,- for students, CJP, Ooievaarspas, 65+ p.p.
€ 7,- Day Ticket p.p.
€ 50,- Passe-Partout p.p. that allows you to (re)visit during all events
Special kids program during autumn break with VakantiepasClub
Please contact us if you are interested in special visit and/or contribution to this event:

Satellietgroep invited artists and designers, who were previous artist-in-residence in the Netherlands and/or abroad, to share their current fascinations and jointly develop a special exhibition program.
While artistic development is at the core of Satellietgroep, we are honored that all participants decided to develop new works, and will continue to develop and share their work and fascinations during the program. Following the practise of Satellietgroep as alternative academy and appreciating the coasts as vital learning school of time and space, our visitors will have the opportunity to connect and contribute to the ongoing process of artistic research, share their thoughts and insights, and discover through the arts a multitude of fields of knowledge.

During five weeks, every week we shift the focus within the whole exhibition process, with a program of talks, workshops, seminars and guided tours.
Satellietgroep & participants will build a Landscape Library during Climate as Artifact and you can contribute to the growing collection with samples, tips for books, films, engaging networks ect.!
At the finissage on Sunday November 18, we will reflect together on the exhibition program and you are most welcome to join.

18.10: Opening at 18:00
21.10: Zeelab#3: Environmental Literacy
28.10: Zeelab#4: Global Currents
10.11: Voice of a Sinking Landscape
18.11: Workshop Landscape Observations, finissage

Essay Who is nature?

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Who is Nature?
How visual narratives in art and design can overturn prevailing understandings of environment.
By Satellietgroep, Lotte Bosman & Jacqueline Heerema
For Viscous Space North Sea Conference, TU Deflt 2018.

Please contact if you feel inspired by the following essay!


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