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Artists participating in the network:

Irene Janze

The images above are from the showroom of the network's artistic/creative director Irene Janze Irene has invented the House of the Apostates and created a number of “pop up” art/public events in Amsterdam , exploring the issue of waste through innovative participatory arts installations, together with a number of the other artists listed on this webpage. More information about the pop ups can be found here. Irene's blog posts about the pop ups, the workshop, and much more besides can be read here

Irene's talk at our Amsterdam workshop on the historical and cultural situated-ness of waste from public events such as “Kings day” can be found here

Irene's talk at the final workshop in bangor includes 18 months of work of the Dutch artists can be found here

Maria Louise Vandenput

Participant in the Amsterdam Workshop

Maria also displayed her artwork in Amsterdam. her reflections follow below: The workshop at the Vu was very inspiring. My conclusion of the lectures and workgroups was that as long we have so little contact with materials , their production process or organic grow process, their will always be to much waste. Humans needs contact, connection, compassion, consciousness and communication to get involved in the waste problem. Interesting of the workshop was the different language used by the people coming from the academic world and from the art world. My contribution was sculptural. I exposed several houses of babel and a piece of a tower of Babel. For me the tower of Babel is a metaphor for the time we live in. Were there is lack of communication, contact, connection, consciousness. Although there is more and quicker contact possible through the Internet we live in a Babylon time. In the sculptures I make use of empty, multicolored, cable protection tubes which refer to the Internet. The position on the floor gives way to associations of mathematic schemes some participants remarked.

some earlier text from Maria about the tower of Babel follows below:

“Are We Connected Are We Connected Are We Connected Are We Connected Are We Connected The houses and the city and the tower.In the year 2000 all the streets of Amsterdam were opened and big holes were made. In it came colourfull plastic tubes from different internet suppliers. The left overs I picked up and brought to my studio. One day some workers who found it hilarious to see me coming back and back again and walking with the pieces in the city, asked me for what I needed them.They offered then to bring a load at the end of the day to my studio. They brought lots and lots.The beautiful leftovers, the idea that we would be soon all connected with each other all over the world, reminded me of the story of the tower of Babel.Since then I built a lot of towers of Babel with plaster and the tubes. Where the painter Bosch used curved opening I made house forms in the tower. Outside the tower I had these houseforms on walls and floors. People could buy these house on the condition that they would send me a foto of how this house got a place in their home. So eventually a different form of Babeltower would exist.”

Tilmann Meyer-Faje

Tilmann will be presenting at the Amsterdam workshop on April 28th 2016 Tilmann Meijer Faje (1971) is a Dutch/German artist who works and lives in Amsterdam where he graduated in 2000 from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and Sandberg Institute in 2004. In his work he focuses the failure of industrial processes. He replicates contemporary constructions from our highly developed civilization and anticipates their decay. He builds structures from clay ore wood while they thumble down from their own weight. For his failure experiments the artist often uses the shape of ships in analogy to what happens with us at the moment in the world. A big part of our consumption leans on transport with ships. People are still living on it, risking there live in nature, ships once break ore become dismantled. Mainly they end up on an Indian beach. When a construction become dismantled its characteristics shows up again. His first boat with broken hulk “Seelenverkäufer” is recently aquired to the collection of Stedelijk Museum in Den Bosch.

Netty Gelijsteen

. The artist Netty Gelijsteen will feedback at the Amsterdam workshop on the art pop up public engagement event which creatively explores public views on wasteD THOUGHT in Amsterdam. a youtube film of Netty giving us an opportunity to play with and create some 'wasted thoughts' at the amsterdam workshop can be found here

A Youtube link to all of Netty's art work relating to her explorations of public views of waste can be found here

Helena Koning Helena will be displaying some of her designs at the Amsterdam workshop

Why are you feeling more comfortable in one city, square or street than in another one?

I try to make the feeling of the space around us visible and measurable. I translate this feeling of space into a model by calculating the urban factor and putting it on a map. I invented the urban factor to have a method that can work everywhere in urban public space. The urban factor is the average height of buildings divided by the width of the public space between them.

Rii Dalitz

Rii will be displaying some of her work at the Amsterdam workshop. Rii is working in the field of philosophy, art. During the day she will show ecological portraits of plants: photographs of wintervegetation being full of interesting and beautiful properties rather than as being dead material

in the Maastricht workshop Rii showed books with drawings referring to a new language based on natural systems

Liesbeth Touw

Liesbeth wil display a book: It Skips Everytime I Touch It (part of Paradise How)| 2012

Paradise – How, is my long-term search for a definition of Paradise. In both the world within me and the outside world I have noted the typically human activity of kneading life into a form, with the aim of achieving completeness and freedom. A search that has yielded not only many successes, but has also met numerous obstacles and defeats. This quest intrigues me and I feel the desire to get a grip on the search.

image: OUTERIOR II Installation, 2006-2007, 10 x 7 x 2,25 m, mixed media, Gaststudio Duende Studios, Rotterdam

Ariaan van Walsum

Contributor and energetic force of nature, to the Amsterdam workshop and the arts pop ups Video of the installation “take off your skin”.

Ariaan has been a key creative force in getting the network going and in contributing her artwork and ideas and energy to the arts pop ups and the Amsterdam workshop

Paul Koenen

designs benches from old minestones. These benches will be placed on top of old mineshafts. The invisible “underworld” is made perceptible again

minestone project

Marike Schuurman

Marike lives in Berlin.

On the Maastricht workshop catalogues of the exhibition Time Zero-Expired & Dust were at display In 2009, the photographer Marike Schuurman got on a plane to São Paulo. In 2007, São Paulo was the first city in the world to ban advertising in public spaces, and now it was a stripped city of concrete, a kind of urban biotope, where eventhe signs of small shops had been removed. Previously, Schuurman had documented the use of huge advertisements mainly in Berlin and Beijing. In Brazil, every snapshot made with the SX -70 Polaroid camera resulted in one abstract picture after another, withoutany reference to what the camera had been aimed at. As if the old lens and the long expired film – one of the last available ones for this medium, threatened by extinction – , with a view of an entire city without any visual noise or clues, had been hit by a final blackout. The deliquescent, exquisitely colourful images, destroyed by time and saturated by the chemicals in the instant camera, are mysterious commentaries on their own disappearance. Blown up into a large format, due to the lack of film grain in the Polaroids, they have kept their smooth depth; only dust appeared during the scanning, which Schuurman erased with the aid of Photoshop and presents as a kind of extract in the complementary Dust pictures. Apart from this, the Polaroids bear few traces of what normally characterises photography: no marks of time and space, no mise en scène. The film she used is called “Time Zero”, as if it were announcing its own zero point right from the start. for more info and

Anne Reutinger

Anna is exploring “the volatility of objects” (the title of her recent book) and brought along her “waste trolley” of unwanted or discarded objects she’s been gleaning from her colleagues’ desks.

Alison Harper

Bath Spa University From materialism to materiality the use and misuse of resurces, how can textile art an my textile contribute to an ethical dailogue through emerging materiality? Alison held a very interesting talk, that was not recorded unfurtunately. I did made photographs however and a tiny movie. Look here It was very interesting that Alison didnot add any extra energy accept her own labor into the process. She used only found

Kuniko Maeda

image: Kuniko Maeda

Kuniko studied traditional wood carving in Kyoto and following BA and MA degrees in textile design

at Chelsea College of Arts, she is currently studying for a MA Fine Art at Middlesex University. Her

interest in material lifecycle and sustainability resulted in the use of recycled paper, which then

became the leading concern of her studio practice: “by exploring the relationship between Japanese

philosophy and craft techniques I found a clue in how to re-evaluate the use of materials and explore

the underestimated beauty of everyday materials and waste”.


Lara Luna Bartley

Materials-led artist and maker working primarily with found materials (forages, gathers and reuses everything from cardboard to pallets and wooden fruit boxes)