Control-Alt-Nature

A fieldtrip that explores the territories that
supply our everyday

As part of ArtEZ Design Art Technology curriculum I organised a field trip, called Control-Alt-Nature, in which we explored the territories that supply our everyday. We travelled through the behind the scene that is responsible for the front-end that is our lives. Dependent on technologies of control the trip invited students to get inspired by the entanglement of the natural, the wild, the automated, the controlled, the designed.

The trip took us through our own backyard in The Netherlands to challenge ourselves to look differently at a space that seems already familiar. We accessed places that are otherwise hidden, inaccessible, forgotten or simply overlooked, yet vital to lives functioning: Characteristics that might remind you of contemporary technology...

Many thanks to Martijn van Boven and all the participating colleagues and students for their trust in this crazy idea. Thanks to Natalia Dominguez Rangel and Florian van Zandwijk for their commissioned works

During our mudflathike we discovered Silica on the mud, the yellow- brownish layer you see in the left bottom of this picture. Various sea sponges and microorganisms, such as diatoms and radiolaria, secrete skeletal structures made of silica. This is the same material that is used for integrated circuit chips used in most modern technology (such as computers and cell phones).

Travelling by campervan, we took our own hotel with us

Commissioned work: WINDSHIELD, Performance & Sculpture by Natalia Dominguez Rangel

What would you listen if you reduce extreme pressures? We as listening bodies. Human microphones. "WINDSHIELD” Reduce Excessive Pressure, is a one on one replica of the windshield from the mic NT-SF1 from Røde.

Fieldscreening of RGBFAQ (2020), a video essay by Alan Wartburton on computer graphics and algorhitms

Visiting Lutjewad measurement station, with a tour from Groningen University on determining multi-year records of CO2 and other greenhouse gases with their tracers

Commisioned work by Florian van Zandwijk, screened at Rozenburg Windwall Europoort

Common systems rely on the use of computers and special herd management software (Global Robotic Milking Systems (RMS) Market 2019)

Many thanks to Martijn van Boven and all the participating colleagues and students for their trust in this crazy idea. Thanks to Natalia Dominguez Rangel and Florian van Zandwijk for their commissioned works