projects

Geheime Bunker

In collaboration with Studio Omstand, Arnhem

Secret Bunker
De Geheime Bunker (The secret bunker) was a dismantled NATO bunker that contained four engines that boosted fuel (kerosine) to military airports. The object was part of a big network of kerosine pipelines that are out of use since the end of the cold war. The bunker has been abandoned ever since. In 2019 it was sold to an unknown investor, which event ended this project.

2014: Artist in residence
In and around the bunker I found several unknown black substances, each referring to an event in the (recent or remote) past. Inside there were stains of soot on a glass window, which was caused by a kerosin explosion in 1994. When the booster engines were removed from the interior, they left a thick black mud behind. Outside, black particles were spread around the site after the oil pipe was dismantled. Collecting these unknown black substances was collecting events. I used the substances as materials for drawings in situ and on paper, as big/ small as the amounts of collected substances made possible.

Stains of soot caused by a kerosin explosion

 

Collecting the soot, mixing it with water and gum arabic and testing it as ink for drawings.

Four drawings, kerosin-soot-ink on paper, each 29 x 22 cm

 

Drawing of black particles from the exteriors, 320 x 40 x 2 cm

 

Black mud ‘mine’ inside the bunker

Black mud triangle, 42 x 40 x 3 cm

 

2014-2019 Curating an AIR
After my residency, Studio Omstand asked me as curator of their next residencies. As curator, I used the Secret Bunker as a site for two lines of research: the artists performed their own research in situ, and as curator I did a parallel research on the production of art in the specific circumstances this bunker was challenging our residents with: artist worked and stayed on an isolated location in the woods, without electricity and running water. They work without any preset or expected outcome and without any public visits to the site. These circumstances created a site that offered both freedom and limitations. I regarded every residency as a new exploration and interpretation of the bunker, created by the artists working here. A total number of 32 artists worked in the bunker. All residents and information about the project can be found on www.geheime-bunker.nl.

   

 

 

 

 

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