Maashorst
[2017]

“De Maashorst” is a story about the battle between the Romans and the Germans. According to legend, the Romans were stopped at various places by impenetrable tree branches. The viaduct where the artwork is placed, connects surrounding villages with the nature reserve “De Maashorst”, where excavations have been made.

In collaboration with Arno & Iris Beaux Arts (Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam). I delivered the sketch for the guards.


Souvenir, VR installation with Caio Vita for Museumnacht 010 at Goethe institut. Made possible by CBK Rotterdam.

Accordion Content

Made of Corten steel, manufactured with a water jet cutter by Wilwy Metaalverwerking. 

Maashorst
[2017]

“De Maashorst” is a story about the battle between the Romans and the Germans. According to legend, the Romans were stopped at various places by impenetrable tree branches. The viaduct where the artwork is placed, connects surrounding villages with the nature reserve “De Maashorst”, where excavations have been made. In collaboration with Arno & Iris Beaux Arts (Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam). I delivered the sketch for the guards.
Accordion Content
[material] perspex, wood, metal, 55 servo motors, 3 pololu micro controllers

[dimensions] 800×1000 mm
Imagine humanity through the eyes of aliens. Wouldn’t we look magical from space? From afar, humans seems to generate light. On closer inspection you would see that they actually have frail bodies, and they dominate their habitat through the use of tools.

Over time perhaps you could see the shift. The dawn of an industrialised civilisation. For a time humankind flourished in their mass-produced utopia. Great tools were built, of a scale easily visible from space. These creatures became enslaved to automatisation. With no need for thinking, their brains grew weaker, and their ability to dream of radical new technologies faded. The magic of these tools got lost in utility, as humans become estranged from the technological landscape surrounding them.

How will they re-insert themselves and reconnect with their tools? Will they start imagining again when they are empowered to understand their tools? Let us take a step back in time and space to obsolete technologies. Is there anything to be gained from resurrecting lost techniques?