10 days living and working in a volcanic landscape
Project with writer Arnon Grunberg on Lanzarote starting 16 June, closes the ninth edition Encuentro Bienal ArteLanzarote 2017
The moving roof of solar panels works, the bed is comfortable and above all: there is internet. Apart from those comforts, its primarily primitive: the new settlement that is currently being built in the middle of the volcanic landscape on Lanzarote. Without using a single screw, because at the end of June the place will be left exactly as it had been found.
On June 16, politicians, press and interested parties will gather in Lanzarote for the official opening of One-Man-10-Days-Settlement-29°13°, a design by visual artist Marieke Schoonderbeek. Later that afternoon, the writer Arnon Grunberg will be the only one remaining once the guests have departed, to live and work in the settlement for ten days.
In the settlement, nature determines the design. A solar panel, which has been specially developed for this project, tracks the sun throughout the day, so that it is always at an optimum angle for energy generation. The shadow of this moving roof falls on a fixed place - the writing desk - creating a spatial arrangement that allows work to be done out of the hot sun.
The desk can be seen until 3 June at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Under the title Give us the Museum, a group of artists from migrant background engages the museum to work together in the museum space and to enter into a dialogue with museum visitors. Grunberg is working at the desk, which will become part of the settlement, in an adapted form. Schoonderbeek has also managed to transform this public space into an intimate one by the use of curtains. The closing event will take place on 3 June: EU symposium Stedelijk Museum and Dutch culture.
Balance between man and nature
The settlement is an attempt to live together without patterns; Schoonderbeek makes it, the writer will then live and work there. In addition to this relationship between man and man, the project also deals with the issue Lanzarote has been dealing with for years: the balance between man and nature. The project builds on the ideas of César Manrique, who played an important role in the Lanzarote that we know today. Manrique searched for opportunities to discover the island in a controlled and consequently, in the long term, free way. There will be no traces of the settlement left behind, but by means of text and imagination the special experience can still be shared.
One-Man-10-Days-Settlement-29°13° is a project by visual artist Marieke Schoonderbeek, in collaboration with artistic researcher and mediator Eva Pel. The project, which can be followed on the website www.burolanzarote.comis part of the Bienal de Lanzarote, which is organised by the CACT (Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo de Lanzarote) and MIAC (Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo). Exceptional permission was granted by the municipality of Teguise and the Nature and Environment Division of Cabildo de Lanzarote.
Behind rises the highest cliff of the whole island. On the other side of it the Atlantic Ocean. A little bit further down we find the fishermen village of Famara, a Scandinavian holiday resort from the seventies. While the clouds float on and the sun turns around the islands, the shadows always fall in the same places. For a moment the man, a writer, is centrepiece in a geographically overwhelming place.
In the middle of this volcanic environment, perched on top of some old ruins we will lay our Settlement, a temporary living space. During the Bienal de Lanzarote in 2018 writer Arnon Grunberg will live and write there for ten days after which the Settlement will disappear again, leaving no trace but text and imagination.
From the 21st of January until the 11th of February 2018 the exhibition Mirador del Silica will be open in Nieuw Dakota as some sort of preview of the project. Not at all in its full glory but as a nudge toward first imagination and inspiration. We will be showing and selling objects that will be used in the Settlement. The profits will be invested into the project. Click here to see the images of the exhibition.
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This project is brought to you by artist Marieke Schoonderbeek in collaboration with geographer and artist Eva Pel. The organisation Bienal de Lanzarote consist of CACT (Centros de Arte, Cultura y Turismo de Lanzarote) and MIAC (Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo).