GARDENING Amelisweerd

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From June 1st until July 31st 2022 Creative Coding Utrecht presents exhibition GARDENING Amelisweerd about humans, nature and tech at and around Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd.

Together with citizens, digital creators and activists equipped with technology, we’re going to ‘garden’ and play the game of the elements. We’ll enter into a playful and curious conversation with nature and we investigate the connection between man and nature through technology and spirituality. What does nature mean when we view it from the perspective of technology? What if we don’t put humans first and give rights and voices to non-humans, like a river, robin or roma tomato? Through art and design, GARDENING makes our changing relationship with nature tangible and makes you aware of your and others' role in our ecosystem. All summer long at and around Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd.

The Landhuis is situated at Landgoed Amelisweerd, the perfect location to explore the themes of GARDENING. That’s because Amelisweerd is never the same and yet in balance: nature grows, blooms and dies again. Protests against widening the A27 motorway show how connected we feel with its forests. We want to protect nature from human control, and at the same time human influence has become an integral part of our relationship with nature. With an exhibition and side-programming full of activities, GARDENING highlights the balance between nature, man, and tech.

GARDENING presents artworks by Carolien Teunisse; Chiel Lubbers; Christy Westhovens; Cream on Chrome; Driessens & Verstappen; Elaine Vis; Entangled Others Studio; Femke Bosma; FoAM, Kaffe Matthews & Mathijs Hasebos; fuse*; Jacqueline Wu; Jamie Nee; Jamie Nee, Jesse Averdijk, Pleun Gremmen, Robin Boonacker, Rots, Sjef van Gaalen & Theun Karelse; Katpatat; Lisa-Marleen Mantel & Laura Wagner; Neema Githere; Ryoichi Kurokawa; Špela Petrič; Thijs Biersteker; Zeno van den Broek & Robin Koek.

During the openingweekend there are extra activities and artworks to see, namely: Kop in 't Zand by De Goede Strijders, FOREST5X5 by Elza Berzina, Kunstmatig LIVE by Rosa Wevers and Veerle Spronck.

Tijdens het openingsweekend zijn er extra activiteiten en kunstwerken te bezichtigen, namelijk: Kop in 't Zand van De Goede Strijders, FOREST5X5 van Elza Berzina en Kunstmatig LIVE van Rosa Wevers en Veerle Spronck.

The exposition is made possible by Camille Barton, Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd, Grounded Festival, De Veldkeuken, Hoogt on Tour, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Mondriaan Fonds, Pauwhof Fonds, Gemeente Utrecht, Utrecht 900, Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds, Niemeijer Fonds, Carel Nengerman Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Fonds 21, K.F. Hein Fonds, and Stichting Stokroos.

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Practical information

  • Fee: on donation basis
  • Date: 1st June to 31st July 2022
  • Time: Wednesday until Sunday 11:00 - 17:00
  • ⁠Address: Koningslaan 9, 3981 HD Bunnik

Accessibility

Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd is accessible to disabled visitors. There is a platform lift at the entrance and the stairs to the first floor have a chair lift. A wheelchair is also available.

How to get there

The Landhuis is easily accessible by car and public transportation. You can park for free in the parking lot at the beginning of the driveway. The driveway is car-free, except for bringing visitors who have difficulty walking. Furthermore, it is also possible to come by bus and train.

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PROGRAMME

GARDENING by Night

On 29 July we kick off the closing weekend of GARDENING Amelisweerd with a one-off evening screening of the exhibition and art installation Raumklang. After many requests, it is now finally possible to experience this sound system in the dark. Come by from 21:00 - 00:00 to visit the exhibition in the mansion and let yourself be fully immersed in the sound experience of Raumklang outside. Before the exhibition it is possible to sit down at Restaurant de Veldkeuken for dinner or a drink.

In the event of a thunderstorm, Raumklang will remain closed due to the safety of visitors, always consult the local weather forecast before departure.

In short:

Sign up: Sign up form for GARDENING by Night
Friday July 29th 21:00- 00:00
Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd
at Koningslaan 9, Bunnik

About Raumklang

Raumklang by Zeno van den Broek and Robin Koek is a site-specific sound architecture, created and explored by several visitors simultaneously. The installation invites you to experience four-dimensional objects in space by listening to them; your perspective and auditory experience is continuously distorted as you navigate around and through these invisible sonic objects. Through the distillation of acoustic properties, cultural and natural history and on-site human and animal activity, Raumklang becomes an instrument of cognitive expansion. For the GARDENING exhibition, Raumklang focuses on the 'interspecies' sound dialogues in nature: explore spatial sounds made by insects in trees, nocturnal bats and many other location-specific sounds from the Amelisweerd estate. This auditory navigation gives an increased alertness to our relationships with the natural acoustic environment and the meaning of certain sounds that normally remain subconscious. This edition for GARDENING depicts inaudible natural worlds in the audible domain, preserving new perspectives on the relationship between nature and the Anthropocene.

GARDENING by Night
GARDENING by Night
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On 29 July we kick off the closing weekend of GARDENING Amelisweerd with a one-off evening screening of the exhibition and art installation Raumklang. After many requests, it is now finally possible to experience this sound system in the dark. Come by from 21:00 - 00:00 to visit the exhibition in the mansion and let yourself be fully immersed in the sound experience of Raumklang outside. Before the exhibition it is possible to sit down at Restaurant de Veldkeuken for dinner or a drink.

In the event of a thunderstorm, Raumklang will remain closed due to the safety of visitors, always consult the local weather forecast before departure.

In short:

Sign up: Sign up form for GARDENING by Night
Friday July 29th 21:00- 00:00
Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd
at Koningslaan 9, Bunnik

About Raumklang

Raumklang by Zeno van den Broek and Robin Koek is a site-specific sound architecture, created and explored by several visitors simultaneously. The installation invites you to experience four-dimensional objects in space by listening to them; your perspective and auditory experience is continuously distorted as you navigate around and through these invisible sonic objects. Through the distillation of acoustic properties, cultural and natural history and on-site human and animal activity, Raumklang becomes an instrument of cognitive expansion. For the GARDENING exhibition, Raumklang focuses on the 'interspecies' sound dialogues in nature: explore spatial sounds made by insects in trees, nocturnal bats and many other location-specific sounds from the Amelisweerd estate. This auditory navigation gives an increased alertness to our relationships with the natural acoustic environment and the meaning of certain sounds that normally remain subconscious. This edition for GARDENING depicts inaudible natural worlds in the audible domain, preserving new perspectives on the relationship between nature and the Anthropocene.

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Side programme (interactive art, walks & tours)

Side programme (interactive art, walks & tours)
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Besides the exhibition, GARDENING Amelisweerd offers a lot of extra activities around Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd and on the estate. Below you can find more information about these interactive art installations and walks.

Raumklang

Raumklang photographed by Dorien Hein

Open during dry weather on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00 - 17:00. The art installation is close on rainy days.

Raumklang is a location-specific sound architecture, created and explored by multiple visitors simultaneously. The installation invites you to experience 4-dimensional objects in space, which are perceived through hearing; your perspective and auditory experience morphing constantly as you navigate your way around and through these invisible sonic objects. Through the distillation of acoustic properties, architectonic qualities, cultural history and activity on site, Raumklang becomes an instrument for cognitive extension. The sound-led navigation constitutes a heightened awareness of our relationships to the acoustic environment and the meaning of the particular sounds which normally remain subconscious. This edition for GARDENING renders inaudible natural worlds into the audible domain, sustaining new perspectives on the relationship between nature and the anthropocene.

Raumklang is supported by Mondriaan Fonds, Machinerie, AIAIAI, Stichting Stokroos, Stichting Niemeijer, Creative Fund NL and co-produced by Creative Coding Utrecht and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media. 

Raumklang is created by Zeno van den Broek and Robin Koek. Zeno van den Broek is a Dutch composer and artist whose works investigate and unsettle the relationships between people and fabricated surroundings. He utilizes audio-visual means to create site- and concept-specific works which interrogate conventional conceptions of our experience of space. Robin Koek is an enterprising sound artist who aspires to nurture a new cognitive understanding of the world surrounding us mediated through art and education. His work reflects on the environment integrating field recordings and site-specificity in composition and installation practice.

All Year Round by Driessens and Verstappen

Open 24/7 until June 2023.

The Amelisweerd estate has a high ecological value and a rich biodiversity, which is expressed in characteristic landscapes and vistas. The artwork All Year Round adds an extra layer to the experience of these landscapes.

At four locations at Oud-Amelisweerd and Fort Rijnauwen, the difference in seasons is made visible on your cell phone. A QR code reveals the 360° landscape photo of the opposite season and as you look around, the image on the screen corresponds with the scenery behind. The phone thus forms a window on the surroundings, but from another season's perspective. The difference makes you aware of the powerful annual metamorphosis of our natural environment. The posts with the QR codes will stay in place for at least one year, so the work remains accessible beyond the GARDENING exhibition.

The locations can be found on the map below. You can also open them here on Google Maps.

The map of All Year Round

Het woud heeft oren by Femke Bosma

Open 24/7.

Het woud heeft oren is a Dutch audio tour.    

The Old Oak is the oldest tree of Amelisweerd. What if you could interview that tree? What memories are stored in the forest? During a walk through the forest you will be taken back to Amelisweerd from 1982. You will hear the stories of a number of people who were there during the felling. And which important events will The Old Oak experience in the future? What are activists preparing for?

Visit the startlocation, Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd, and start the audio below.

Monsterwalk

Open 24/7.

The artworks of MonsterCode in the exhibition consist of much more than just the works. You are also challenged to walk the Monsterwalk on Langoed Amelisweerd. Follow the 45 or 25 minute route and look for signs of the monsters! You might even come across a monster that has never been discovered before.... Flyers of Monsterwalk can be found in the MonsterCode room and downloaded here.

Download the Monsterwalk map and explanation here!

PROGRAMME

Guided tours through the exhibition

Guided tours through the exhibition
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Curious about your place in the ecosystem? Curator and initiator of the exhibition GARDENING Fabian van Sluijs will guide you through Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd and make you aware of your role in the balance between humans, technology and nature via the artworks. What if we give voices to non-human perspectives? What forces have shaped our landscape over the years? Can we still distinguish between untouched and cultivated nature?

All works in the exhibition are carefully selected and together form one ecosystem. Using hole puncher and punch card, at each work you are invited to reflect on the question: to what extent does it belong to art, culture, analysis or technology? At the end of the tour, we reflect on how we are part of the exhibition GARDENING and all nature surrounding it.

Practical information

Where: Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd
When: June 23rd, 30th and July 14th
Time: 14:00-14:30
Price: Access to the landhuis on donationbasis

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Activities for schools

Activities for schools
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This part of the programme is only available in Dutch.

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Press information

Press information

GARDENING Amelisweerd is an exhibition about nature and technology. The exhibition is organized by Creative Coding Utrecht and Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd.

You can contact our press team via press[@]creativecodingutrecht.nl

Find the press folder with more information and photos -> press folder here.

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Creative Coding Utrecht

Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU) is the platform for digital creativity. CCU stimulates creators, connects organizations and sectors, inspires audiences and shares knowledge with hobbyists and ict-professionals.  At CCU you'll find possibilities from a first exploration of creative coding, to deepening the artistic practice of professionals.

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Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd

Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd with coach house and park is one of the most extraordinary national monuments in the Netherlands. Especially because of the present Chinese paper wallpaper from the 18th century. Landhuis Oud Amelisweerd gives space to individual makers and organizations to provide changing exhibitions and programs for a diverse audience. It provides space for contemporary art, showcases its rich history and gives makers the opportunity to create and be inspired.

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Funds
Creative Industries Fund NL: Creative Industries Fund NL is the Dutch cultural fund for architecture, design and digital culture, as well as every imaginable crossover.
Gemeente Utrecht: null