testing ground for art & ecology
13 January – 21 January, 2024

Connecting Geographies

Marjolijn Boterenbrood




Saturday January 13th 2024, from 4-5pm with performance by Marjolijn Boterenbrood
After the book presentation of Mariken Overdijk, from 3-4pm

This two-week installation asks us to look deeper at the interconnectedness of the world around us. Through a variety of techniques artist Marjolijn Boterenbrood will present site-based works alongside a work produced during a workshop about entangled life (inspired by the Amstelpark) with the students of the Academy of Architecture. The performance will be about the connection between these works and her recent travel.



Sunday January 21st • 3–4 PM
Zone2Source, het Glazen Huis

Mycelium walk with Marjolijn Boterenbrood
In search of all possible types of fungi, we walk through the Amstelpark and discuss the inner workings, growth method and function of fungi.




Floodlines (Video)
by Marjolijn Boterenbrood

Marjolijn Boterenbrood’s work always connects with a place. She incorporates the landscape by literally using material from the space – plastics, fishline, bryozoa, sand pipes, algea, pollen, the abundance of sea buckthorn, cranberry and blackberry. The circumstances exert influence on the work, it rusts, it disintegrates. Rain, microbes, wax, seaweed, mussels, mudflats clay -non-human life- writes their ‘oeuvre’.  High tide (the influence of the moon) leaves the lines behind. The images for this film seem to be dipped in the landscape, as a pen in ink, drawing along, as it were, dune sand, data, materials and stories.

On a semi-transparent vertical screen, lit from behind, floodlines are being projected. The images in the film originate from Boterenbrood’s ‘artist in residence’ period on the island of Vlieland in 2020-21 on the invitation of the festival ‘Into The Great Wide Open’.

In the film, the floodlines creep up higher and higher. It is about the threatening feeling of sea level rise. The challenges for the islands and the lowlands are urgent. They are vulnerable in this time of climate change. In this context, the processes of the islands also stand for global themes in the Anthropocene.


Floodlines (Hanging Works)
by Marjolijn Boterenbrood

The Glazen Huis hosts a series of works that arise from the landscape, in this case Vlieland. Marjolijn enters into a direct interaction with the phenomena of a place: wind, water, waves, and currents. The island writes its own cartography. The hanging objects are ‘membranes’ between the landscape and the experience. The installation connects to the landscape because it is made by it, with salt, earth, sand, clay, seaweed, and water. Circumstances influence the work; it rusts and weathers. Salty spree, fresh rainwater, seaweed, wax, clay, and iron from salty seepage write their ‘score’ on canvas.

The work is testimony to the specific situation of an island. The Wadden, the last wilderness in the ‘man-made’ Netherlands, is under pressure due to climate change and sea level rise. Will the mudflats soon disappear under water? According to the philosopher Bruno Latour, the world is one ecosystem, a delicate balance, which everything and everyone is a part of. You can only think about it from the realisation of mutual connection. We are part of the ecology and nature is not outside of ourselves. Working with nature and reflecting on the tangible changes is ultimately about all of us.


Entangled life by Marjolijn Boterenbrood is made in collaboration with students of group V2a of the Academy of Architecture in 2023: Ayca Sevinc, CH Park, David Vince, Laas Sharaf, Mariska Blankenspoor, Mila Roelofsen, Teun Staal, Toine van Laere and a work by Marte Mei van Haaster

What is this fungi world and what are its qualities? Can we visualise this entanglement and how? The artist object of study was mycelium, the entangled world in the soil. They searched for mycelium, ‘the invisible universe under our feet’, in the Amstelpark and in the studio of biologist Mas Jansma in Amsterdam. They made drawings, studied the material, searched for materials to work with and played with it. They saw processes evolve in a very organic way (for instance burying a piece of cloth and see it disappear in a month or so via the organisms in the soil).

They experimented. It was a process. They ask us to try to see metaphors of entanglements in these experiments. What could be the consequences of these objects, what do they tell the spectator? What could this mean for the future?

The work Entangled life came to life in the realm of ‘Self Growing Matter’ van Marlies Boterman (Form Study) of the Academy of Architecture. Marjolijn Boterenbrood worked with the students of group V2a of the Academy of Architecture in 2023: Ayca Sevinc, CH Park, David Vince, Laas Sharaf, Mariska Blankenspoor, Mila Roelofsen, Teun Staal, Toine van Laere.

“Then remember this, children,” says Uncle Stamets, “fungi are hidden treasures in nature, and every time you see a mushroom, you will find a portal to an invisible universe beneath your feet. To a membrane that is sensitive, aware and reactive, that knows you are there. To the silent sentinels of the ecosystem, our lords, who are always watching us.’ – (Paul Stamets)