Artist Talk a Forest is a Garden is a Home by Anna Maria Fink

In my work I aim to strengthen our connections with the world by reflecting on how we inhabit landscapes. I investigate how people live ‘in place’ and how daily routines and rituals can create reciprocal relationships with our environments.

In this project I am deepening my ongoing personal research on learning to live with forests (again) through fieldwork in and around the Buitenwerkplaats. Life here at the studio in the garden with it’s non-human inhabitants has become an ongoing dialogue on entanglement and abundance in my daily routines. As a research tool I built a topographic furniture: a site-specific spatial installation turning my studio into an imaginary forest.

You are cordially invited to Anna’s Artist Talk  at her studio at Buitenwerkplaats, Starnmeerdijk 6, Starnmeer

Since Anna is the last artist working at the Buitenwerkplaats studio, this  Artist Talk is a goodbye to a very happy and productive era we had here.  The amount of attendents is limited, please make reservations by sending an email to info@cultureland.nl

The event will also be streamed on www.instagram.com/cultureland.nl.

You may also join via ZOOM Meeting ID: 727 2148 0539 Passcode:nwzn7X

Friday 4 December 4 PM /// Live & Streamed

a Forest is a Garden is a Home is Anna’s contribution to ‘Forests of the Future‘. The Artist Talk will be in English.


A forest is a garden is a home

Artist Talk Digital Sunsets by Timm Donke

You are cordially invited to come and see the Artist Talk by Timm Donke about his artistic research on the influence of technology on our relationship with nature.

Does technology change our relationship with nature? Nature’s soothing influence can already be passed on throughsimple digital media. Behavioural research in prisons proved a reduction of violence amongst inmates when nature-videos were displayed on the prison walls. Digital imitations of nature are all around us. In climbing halls, polygon structures are used to form challenging rock climbing routes.
Will this digitalisation of nature broaden the definition of nature? Can we recreate nature digitally? Or better, how can we observe the development of a digital nature? And how can we redefine and shape it to our human needs and imagination?


Artist Talk My Crooked Neighbour. A contribution to ‘Forests of the Future’ by Dominik Fleischmann

You are cordially invited to come and see the Artist Talk by Dominik Fleischmann about his artistic research on the wonders of dying trees and alternative photography processes.


Rotting heartwood, hollow stems, falling branches and leafless crowns. One would think of this as the end. However life inside the tree has already long returned. An alliance of fungi and woodpeckers are among the first to cherish a withering giant. Animals and plants in all of their forms and glory crawl and fly around and in the remains of undying magnificence.

Let trees fade as they grew, slowly and steady, in the midst of all who depended on their being and found by all who are depending on their dying.

Let trees die the way they lived. With infinite grace and infinite patience, nurturing and providing for the life they’ve created.

Unlike most of us rootless creatures, trees keep on giving even with a rotten heart.

Location Admiraal de Ruijterweg 181 1st floor or @cultureland.nl

my crooked neighbour

Performative Lecture Finissage: On the Nature of Botanical Gardens – Amy Pekal & Marit Mihklepp

In collaboration with Framer Framed, we organize a performative lecture with artists Amy Pekal and Marit Mihklepp. The performance On the Nature of a Name will be held outside of the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam.

When a universal system takes precedent over the particularities of ecologies, complex systems become covered up, disconnected and unmade. The Western knowledge of plant uses is gathered not by listening to the plants themselves but by an instructional knowledge of utility. Artists Amy Pekal and Marit Mihklepp create a playful performative lecture entitled ‘On the Nature of a Name’ that investigates the etymology of plant species. With the use of the Latin and indigenous names in the Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam, Pekal and Mihklepp draw attention to the relations between plant species and how they might communicate and evolve with each other. The performance, operating alongside Framer Framed’s exhibition ‘On the Nature of Botanical Gardens’, embodies decolonial lens to challenge the garden and begins to make efforts in the reparations of lost indigenous knowledge within the institutions botanical collection.

Artist talk Amy Pekal
Our reality is one of many realities; shaped by the transfer of knowledge between western progress and ancestral histories. The future hinges on our ability to recognize the symbiosis between nature and culture as the foundation to shape our common narratives with nature.
As an artist, Amy creates visual ethnographies as a method to measure the ways varied cultures place value on nature vis-a-vis economic, spiritual, or political value. During the artist in residency, Amy investigated the current conditions of transition, post-quarantine as an opportunity in learning to live as naturecultures. Framing Kinship focused specifically on rebuilding community, connection to place and restoring our feeling of being at home and belonging in the world, in spite of global uncertainty. These are essential components of building a different perspective of naturecultures within public spaces; the rural and the urban specifically in Amsterdam and the Dutch polder region.
On the 7th of August, Amy will present the outcome of her research. There will be room for discussion and some drinks afterwards. We hope to see you the 7th of August!
Artist talk Izzy Liberti live stream from Buitenwerkplaats

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Artist Talk Hyun A Cho live stream from Amsterdam Studio

Breaking Breakers In A Limbo Space
This Artist Talk will not be publicly accesible.

People celebrated the beauty of broken tulips which had unique flames on the petals in the 17th-century Netherlands. They didn’t know the exquisiteness was caused by the Tulip Breaking Virus.

Contemporary tulip farmers can spot a single broken tulip growing in their fields, and remove it to secure the the unity of tulips. The members of the Wakefield Tulip Society still allow the breaking virus in their tulips. Alexandre Dumas who wrote the novel “The Black Tulip” was half-European and half-Black, as his grandmother was a black slave in Haiti. And I, I have become a black tulip, wearing a black plastic bags on my head.

The idea of beauty, breakers, ruptures, after-images and ghosts in relation to these tulips throughout different times, cultures and histories fascinate and inspire me greatly to create my own theatre – a strange mixture in a limbo space – where all kinds of tulips can sing and shout, interrupt and intersect, integrate and deconstruct, unify and rupture, speak and dance, dream and daydream to break other breakers by becoming a new breaker.

Performance Composer in residence Fojan Gharibnejad At Nieuwe Noten Amsterdam at Plein theater, performance of new work.
15/01/2020 - 12/02/2020
Exhibition Former resident Claudio Beorchia exhibit at ARE in Enschede : Signals and Words