A 24 hour long film of a night and day passing by while a Jaguar is spinning around in slow motion.
This movie was shot with a Canon EOS C-300 Super 35mm. Camera & post production by Sefer Memişoğlu. This project was made possible by the generous help and support of: De Nederlandsche Bank, Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, FATFORM, Stephan Kuderna and Raimondo Fornoni.
The movie Sovereign is part one of a triptych on the close proximity of revolt. In the beginning of 2014 part two will be shot in New Orleans, USA.
One kilometer of gold on the streets of The Hague.
Using land-measuring equipment, a territory in public space was marked with a line of gold. This frontier of leaf gold crossed side walks, streets, private property and squares. While time passed the gold slowly faded and was spread through the city of The Hague on foot soles, and car tires. This act was the prologue of the project Surveillance.
with Yeb Wiersma
‘Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.’ George Orwell, 1984
For the project Surveillance, Lotte Geeven & Yeb Wiersma formed a team, with which they claimed a part of two The Hague districts – the Stationsbuurt and the Centrum, the neighborhoods surrounding West – as their working and research area. In the course of a month, this area of about one square kilometer became a dynamic space, in which the mechanism of observing is scrutinized in a rough manner with various interventions and using a script that is composed of seven life & site-specific acts. The borderline between acts and reality was desultory for the passers-by.
In Surveillance, Geeven & Wiersma investigated the sovereignty of the public space. In doing so, the artists focused attention on the habits and characteristics of the city. The script – the manual of this research – consisted of directed acts that challenge the controlled establishment and made an appeal to the concept of autonomy. During that month, the script slowly unfolded and became a series of images and movements that related to the street at a fundamental level. During this project, West’s exhibition rooms functioned as headquarters, a temporary shelter for the team and an assembly point for documentation.
As a commissioned work in public space in the village of Kasterlee in Belgium I placed in secret at night an orange 65 meter high on top of a church as the start of a myth for the village over half a year ago; combined with an article in the Belgium newspaper about the coincidence & mystery of the fruit that had landed there written by a journalist in the conspiracy.
The white walls and grey floor of the exhibition-space slowly change colour while the day passes; too slow for the eye to see. Based on 24 photographs during 24 hours of the space taken with the same aperture the subtle gradation of colour in the space became visible from bright white at noon through led grey afternoon, aubergine dawn to a pitch black in the middle of the night. These phases of transition of the seemingly static surfaces of the architecture where applied on wall, ceiling and floor.
For this project I travelled to the deepest open hole in the world to find out about it’s mysteries and to record the sound of the deep earth. Based on this travel I made a series of works.
CREDITS Rachid Abu-Hassan; visuals and acoustics Arup (an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists) Mister Jochem Kück & all colleagues of the great GFZ (The object of research of the GFZ is the Earth System. They study the history of the earth and its characteristics, as well as the processes which occur on its surface and within is interior) KTB superdeep borehole (the deepest accessible hole on the planet) Miss Tramaine de Senna (research/production assistant) Miel Kühr ,Professor Wybren Jan Buma UVA, Kleurgamma, Karina Pálosi, Gieneke Pieterse, Bas Hendrikx, Nienke Vijlbrief.
Production-team Tramaine de Senna, Frederique Jonker, Thera Clazing and Inez de Brauw. Programming and electronics Jaap Vermaas ZB45 Makerspace. Financers of the search for the sound of the earth and the exhibition Mondriaan Foundation and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts. Followed by BBC Radio and documentary maker Fleur Amesz
Shot with a surveillance camera during an opening.
For the opening of Surveillance at West a street basketball team was asked to be part of the crowd incognito. At a signal they bounced a ball and collectively claimed the space of the gallery with a dynamic and wild game of basketball pushing the crowd aside. This life event was filmed from above with a hidden surveillance camera in the ceiling, to be viewed by the audience in the backspace of the gallery.
With Yeb Wiersma
Newton’s laws of motion:
01 An object at rest remains at rest unless acted upon by a force. An object in motion remains in motion, and at a constant velocity, unless acted upon by a force.
02 The acceleration of a body is directly proportional to, and in the same direction as, the net force acting on the body, and inversely proportional to its mass. Thus, F = ma, where F is the net force acting on the object,m is the mass of the object and a is the acceleration of the object.
03 When one body exerts a force on a second body, the second body simultaneously exerts a force equal in magnitude and opposite in direction to that of the first body.
The three laws of motion were first compiled by Isaac Newton in his Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy first published in 1687, Newton used them to explain and investigate the motion of many physical objects and systems.
By Lotte Geeven & Yeb Wiersma. With a.o. Akim Affo, Khalid Sorton, Joey Tweeboom, Enoch Fosu, Charles Haynes, Erik Duin, Flavio Luis and Nigel Mensah Made possible by West, ST4R, The Mondriaan Fund.
The East river tides of New York City solving a mathematical pattern puzzle consisting out of squares, triangles, hexagons, rhombuses, small rhombuses and trapezoids. This puzzle has infinite outcomes.
Ikebana City An ongoing project New York, Lisbon, Amsterdam
With Sema Bekirovic
Ikebana City Lisbon is hosted by Jorge Shirley Gallery
Ikebana City New York was hosted by Point B
Ikebana City Amsterdam was hosted by FOAM, Museum for photography
The concept is straightforward: we walk the city and collect the urban flora, take the plants back to the studio, photograph them as classical still lives –in vases, on tables with typical cloths,in a certain light and from a classic angle which gives the compositions serenity but also monumentality. The photos are printed as posters and pasted back into the city, in the neighbourhood of where the plants used to grow.
"We started collecting wild flora data from all the New York City neighbourhoods in order to make bouquets based on these area’s. Armed with knife and plastic bags we walk the alleys & sidewalks, shake ghetto trees and stroll the rivers in search for flora shaped by its neighbourhood specific environments. We find ivy marked with silver graffiti growing along the desolate Hunters Point Piers, an algae-covered stone from the strong current of the cold East River, separating Manhattan from Brooklyn and an aerodynamically shaped treetop cut from a maple tree with twirling helicopter seeds growing next to the windy expressway in the Bronx. After New York came Lisbon and Amsterdam."
published: 2011.04 size: 196 x 317 mm pages:144 pages price: 85,00 euro (includes shipping in NL) extra: edition: 300 only + 1 unique work inside each
From September to November 2010 Lotte Geeven stayed as artist in residence at Cemeti in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. On site she collected and researched patterns and plants wanting to find out more about the meaning and role of these reoccurring images within her body of work. This search moved from banana plantations in the night to grey volcano ash covered gardens and resulted in the tropical page-turner SODA PALM SUITE.
Design: Adriaan Mellegers & Karen van de Kraats Made possible by FBKVB and Heden Hotel Insomnia Publications