THE END (OR HOW TO DEAL WITH IT)

Pieter Van Bogaert schreef een analyse over ons proces. Hieronder enkele alinea’s, volledige tekst vindt je hier.

(…) Some five hundred meters in the Wadden Sea, Lotte and Daan installed a glass cube. When the tide is low, the cube rests on the sand. When the water comes up, the cube disappears in the sea. You can sit in the cube and watch the movement of ebb and flow for twelve long hours. There is a glass roof on the cube to make the isolation complete. This is what the end looks like. Like a bubble: the total and final separation between nature and culture. It is what Latour writes about in his book. The reason why we have never been modern is actually that we never succeeded in separating nature from culture. The cube you see over there is the final dream of modernity. An impossible dream.

A few days before I arrive at Terschelling the freshly installed cube turns out to be leaking. ‘This is the end’, says Lotte on her blog. ‘Stay calm, don’t panic’, says Daan. This is Latour’s modernity at work. It will never work. There will always be a leak between nature and culture. Impossible to separate the one from the other. That is the reality we have to deal with. Every end stands for a new beginning. We have never been modern, we have always been in between. Hybrids is what we have always been.

How to deal with this new reality? This leaking reality? It’s a process. It goes from acceptance to emphasizing. It starts with Daan saying ‘don’t panic’ and ends with him drilling more holes in the cube. In between these two moments there is a lot of discussion, a lot of words and thoughts. Arie, artistic advisor of the project, suggests not to talk of a failure (mislukking in Dutch) but of a realization (verwerkelijking). This is after all how reality takes over the art project. As an artist you want to frame something (that is what the cube is: a frame that appears and disappears in the sea), you want to show (the cube is an object) and to see (the cube as a window). But what Lotte wants to avoid is that the emphasis lies on the end of the work. This is a hybrid work. It wants to show a process, a series of thoughts, it wants to inspire, to be (or build) a conversation. (…)

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