“The landscape re-establishes connections, facilitates exchange, mixes populations. The landscape becomes a link. It re-establishes social ties.” - Michel Collot
LAND (Land stewards AND artists), It is led by Oerol festival in cooperation with partners in United Kingdom - Activate Performing Arts, France - Le Citron Jaune and Hungary - Artopolis / PLACCC Festival.
Europe is faced today with the broader need to initiate deep socio-ecological changes pointing toward a redefining of civic policy. The ecological mutation profoundly transforms our living environments, it also jostles our certainties and urges us to reconnect with the world. This period of change forces us to radically change our ways of life and to create new alliances. It is the time to (re) feel, think, act constructively and deal with the environmental emergency.
As actors of change within these transformations, we have decided, for the coming years, to reinforce our European activities and allegiance. Based on a responsible, collective and collaborative approach, the LAND project calls for a redefinition of new ways of collaboration between artists, cultural operators and land stewards, environmental organisations, universities.
The project calls for reflection on the relationship between humanity and nature, not through modes of fusion or dependency, nor through those of separation and domination, but rather by means of an interaction and intimate collaboration. It “offers” the landscape as a field of experimentation in the hope of reuniting what is often seen as disunited or separate: humanity and its environment, art and nature, science and experience. It creates possibilities for a mindful meeting and interaction between the landscape as public space and people.
The aims of the LAND project are threefold:
The outcomes and benefits are:
The activity programme
1 - Presenting artists work with land stewards in the Netherlands, Hungary, France and the UK.
June 2018 - The company AND NOW (UK) presented “Wayfaring” at Oerol Festival
September 2018 - Dutch Companies Waterlanders and Collectif Walden presented “De Wiede Wereld” and “Olie” at Activate's Inside Out Dorset festival
May / June 2019 - Le Citron Jaune (FR) has hosted presentations by Jony Easterby (UK) “Remenant Ecologies”, AND NOW (UK) “Bord” as part of Les Envies Rhônements
June 2019 - Oerol Festival presents three artist companies: Studio B (HU), Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters (NL), Studio Buiten Werking (NL)
2 - Offering residencies with land stewards for artists and university students in the Netherlands, Hungary, France and the UK.
June 2018 - AND NOW (UK) had a residency of creation before the Oerol Festival
May / June 2019 - Le Citron Jaune (FR) has hosted residencies by Jony Easterby (UK) AND NOW (UK)
June 2019 - Oerol Festival has hosted residencies three artist companies: Studio B (HU), Studio Maarten Kolk & Guus Kusters (NL), Studio Buiten Werking (NL)
3 - Creating an outreach programme for school children/young people linked to the presentations in the Netherlands, France, Hungary and the UK.
All the partners did a special work with the artists during their residency or presentation dedicated to the school children.
4 – Two professional meetings bring together the partners, artists and land stewards to share good practices and experiment new ways of collaboration, the first in September 2018 as part of the Lifecycles and Landscapes Project, led by Activate Performing Arts and the second during Oerol festival 2019.
Further activities are scheduled for September 2019 with Collective Walden (NL) at PLACC festival, Hungary and other artist residencies in the UK.
Four artists/companies have already been selected from the Netherlands, and the UK and we will work with French/Hungarian artists who are still to be selected
Collectief Walden (NL)
The Walden Collective is a young performing arts collective that consists of a biologist, a philosopher, a mime artist, a dramaturg and an artistic producer. The Walden Collective devises theatrical landscape experiences that entail academically informed performance lectures, story-telling, physical theatre/mime and land-art interventions or installations. The Walden Collective, through offering differing coexisting perspectives and manipulated landscape experiences, tries to create larger awareness and finer sensibility of the value, meaning and vulnerability of our natural surroundings.
Waterlanders is a Dutch artists’ collective, specialized in creating site specific art and theatre. They have developed shows for internationally renowned festivals and have performed at a wide range of spaces/places such as empty factories, forests, beaches, bars, churches and museums.
They have several small shows at hand, but they also do a lot of commissioned work.
Jony Easterby (UK)
His work as an artist explores the boundaries between raw elemental materials, natural dynamics, sound technology and composition. This work is contextualised within his interventions within landscape and architecture. Using a wide range of artistic skills, he has been developing projects, including the construction of sound sculptures, audio visual installations, architectural constructions and the artistic direction of large-scale performance projects.
And Now: (UK)
And Now: conceives, designs and creates visual performance, image and installations working with people, ideas, fire, fireworks, structures, sound and light. Their work is unexpected, accessible, entertaining and public.
ACTIVATE PERFORMING ARTS, United Kingdom
Activate is a strategic organisation in Dorset focused on producing large-scale outdoor performing arts, specializing in land-based arts together with creating infrastructure to support the wider dance and theatre sector. Since 2007, Activate produces Inside Out Dorset, an outdoor arts festival of extraordinary events in extraordinary places, working across rural and urban landscapes. Activate has a particular interest in cross art-form opportunities and seeks to produce and develop work with international partners and artists.
ARTOPOLIS / PLACC, Hungary
The Artopolis Association was established in 2008 with its main mission to promote and inspire works created in public space and at unusual locations and to promote location-specific artistic endeavours in Hungary. Artopolis's activities are based on two pillars; the association organises the PLACCC International Festival of Site Specific Art and Art in Public Space, furthermore it supports Hungarian artists creating site-specific performances. Artopolis extensively collaborates with universities, among others with Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest.
LE CITRON JAUNE, France
Based between the Mediterranean Sea and the industrial ports, Le Citron Jaune serves as a place for artist residencies and a meeting place with the public. As National Centre for Performing Art in public space, it animates a collective reflection from the cultural, environmental and educational fields, whilst facilitating work to bring together arts, people and public spaces. Le Citron Jaune welcomes artists for residencies, in order to research, rehearse, build, create performances. Artists of various backgrounds (theater, danse, visual art, video...) are welcomed to experiment urban ou natural landscape. It issues evenings of a surprising and artistic nature, shows, avant-première, installations and festivals.
It focuses a large proportion of its work in landscape including the international event “Les Envies Rhonements”, a travelling festival combining art and environment held across natural landscape of the Carmague, in the Rhone delta.
In the Netherlands
Staatsbosbeheer is the Dutch Forestry Commission. It is commissioned by the Dutch government to strengthen the position of nature in the Netherlands. As a leading national public body and as land owner and manager of a sizeable amount of nature reserves we work to conserve and develop the Netherlands’ characteristic green heritage. It is the main land steward on the Island of Terschelling and main partner of the Oerol festival.
Vogelbescherming Nederland is the Dutch Society for the Protection of Birds. VN has also been a partner of Oerol for the past three years in developing artistic projects around meadow-birds and bird migration. Terschelling is an important sanctuary and feeding stop in the global flyway of migrational birds. There is tension between intensive farming, tourism, consumer behaviour and the bird protection. VN and Oerol examine these tensions openly through artistic installations during the festival, drawing in the general audience.
Natuurmonumenten is the society for the protection of nature in the Netherlands and stewards over 100.000 hectares of land in one of Europe’s most densely populated countries. NM is very much dedicated to provide education on nature in a fun and accessible way. NM is a new partner of Oerol developing audience awareness through artistic interventions on ie the dynamic of the movement of sand/land and the mystery of disappearing seaweed.
Le Parc de Camargue
The Regional Park of Camargue is an organization founded in 1970 with a mission of general interest for: protection and management of natural and cultural heritage, spatial planning, economic and social development, reception, education, information, experimentation. It covers three communes: Arles, Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. It covers more than 100,000 ha. and 75 km of seafront.
Le Domaine de la Palissade
It is a protected natural area that belongs to the Conservatoire du Littoral. It has been managed by the Camargue Regional Nature Park since January 1, 2014. Since its acquisition, this territory opens to the public, with a clear orientation towards environmental education actions. It is intended for the protection of nature while integrating local socio-economic activities respectful of natural environments. The estate of la Palissade results from the combined action of the Rhone and the sea. It belongs to the now rare and threatened family of Mediterranean wetlands. It extends his landscapes to imprecise boundaries near the mouth of the Great Rhone, an important area on the emotional level, but also scientific.
In The United Kingdom
Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
The Dorset AONB is one of a family of protected landscapes in the UK working to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of almost half of Dorset’s countryside. Rather than one beautiful landscape to shout about, the Dorset AONB is a collection of beautiful landscapes – each with different histories, ways of working and stories to tell.
Local Government Rangers from the ‘Parks Team’ in Bournemouth
There are ten nature reserves in Bournemouth, Dorset, some are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The Parks team at the Borough Council manage these areas and organise everything from grazing and volunteering to regular guided walks and events.
‘It was brilliant to work with the Activate team….. For the RSPB it meant that we could see our message - that climate change is biggest threat to nature - communicated in incredibly fun, imaginative, engaging ways that reached an audience at a scale and emotional level we struggle to do.’ - Tom Clarke, RSPB
Valyo – Város és Folyó / City and River
Valyo is an independent organization of citizens of Budapest, who share the enthusiasm for the river Danube and want to make the city a better place to live. Today the downtown of Budapest is separated from the river Danube by the traffic of the embankments on both sides. At Valyo, we try to find ways to reconnect the city with its greatest natural gem, the Danube.
MAJOR UNIVERSITY PARTNER – THROUGH PLACCC
STUDIO B / Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME)
Institute of Architecture
Studio B is a satellite studio recently formed at the Institute of Architecture, MOME led by Daniel Balo and Tamas Bene. The studio consists of short and long-term seminars, lectures, workshops and courses which revolve around the nowadays fashionable expression “spatial design” mostly from the perspective of the relation between nature and humans. The aim of the course is to detach students from the strict forms, rules and functionality of architecture and encourage them to express abstract ideas, thoughts and – most importantly – statements, using as well as transforming and adapting their existing toolset as architecture students.