ABOUT

The Unknown Mine Zone exhibition series reflect on the finiteness of raw materials and the access to viable alternatives.
By offering a platform to artists and designers to experiment with other forms of mineral extraction and design new modes of accretion to strengthen existing raw materials and mineral supplies, The Unknown Mine Zone offers an artistic insight in the current mining crisis and its potential solutions.

How will natural resources shape our lives with upcoming shortages? What will be materials that hold our future interests? How can we, as humans, adapt to a new landscape defined by material access? Can Man, Material and Mass-consumption continue to co-exist?

The Unknown Mine Zone highlights several artworks and innovative designs that engage with the looming natural resource crisis in an innovative and sustainable fashion.

The Unknown Mine Zone offers a collection of Amsterdam-based and traveling exhibitions and activities; with the exhibition in Transnatural Art & Design marking the official opening on October 16th 2020 in Amsterdam. Through this exhibition, the participating designers are encouraged to involve the public in their experiments and developing work.

Besides the in-house exhibition, Transnatural has partnered up with Nieuw Dakota, the EYE Filmmuseum and Oerol Festival to present a varied selection of works that engage and educate a wide and diverse public on the mining crisis and our access to natural resources.

PROGRAM SCHEDULE

The Unknown Mine Zone exhibition

13:00 - 17:00

Nieuw Dakota program

11:00 - 18:00 (THU - FRI)

12:00 - 18:00 (SAT - SUN)

Eye on Art program

10:00 - 17:00

Oerol

10:00 - 18:00

EXHIBITION

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The Great Work of the Metal Lover

Andrew W. Brown

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For What it’s Worth

Dillon Marsh

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Electric Life

Teresa van Dongen

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As Above, So Below

Xandra van der Eijk & Kristie van Noort

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Future Remnants

Xandra van der Eijk

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Notre-Dame

Concr3de

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Werkplaats LOLA

De Onkruidenier

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On Radical Ecology and Tender Gardening

Johan Grimonprez

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SWEET-SWEAT Travelogue

De Onkruidenier

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Aireal

Teresa van Dongen

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Anima

Kosuke Araki (JP)

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Forest Wool

Tamara Orjola

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Agar Plasticity

AMAM

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Fragile Habitats

MAEID

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WEAVING WATER

Bela Rofe

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The Body Garden

Pleun van Dijk & Fred Erik

ARTIST IN RESIDENCE

De Onkruidenier - SWEET-SWEAT Travelogue

In the Netherlands, we are lord and master in adapting our living environment to people’s wishes. The SWEET – SWEAT project is an artistic research in which artist collective Onkruidenier questions this traditional image of our landscape. De Onkruidenier advocates a shift of our perspective to a situation where people are the ones who adapt. The project focuses on our relationship with the sea and the infinite connection between sweet and salt in our body and in the landscape.

In collaboration with scientists and experts, Onkruidenier proposes how we can broaden our relationship to a landscape by means of fieldwork and training. Various themes are discussed, such as the changing climate, loss of biodiversity, rising sea levels and the upcoming water, material and food problems. The Travelogue of this voyage of discovery is shared in a multi-sensory set-up in the form of two exhibitions with a public program in New Dakota and Transnatural, a “multipliscentric” dinner in Sexyland, a residence at Strandlab Almere and a presentation at the Oerol festival. The four locations all show their own nature-culture relationship. In addition, the findings can also be viewed digitally on UBRANARIUM, the personal archive of stories on the website of De Onkruidenier.

 

Teresa van Dongen - Aireal

Teresa van Dongen’s Aireal project is an artist in residency at Transnatural as part of The Unknown Mine Zone program. Aireal is building a material library with (raw) CO2-fixed raw materials that have been collected from international initiatives and research groups. A network has been set up with interesting research groups and initiatives that deal with the capture and conversion of CO2. These initiatives contribute to a growing material library that is featured in The Unknown Mine Zone series of exhibitions.

In the second phase Teresa works on an artistic form research in which she makes use of one or more of the collected raw materials and raw materials in which greenhouse gases are fixed or captured. From this flows a sculptural work, consisting of one large or several small sculptures. In the third phase, van Dongen makes a design translation into a food experience in which a CO2-containing menu, the qualities of the materials and raw materials come to the fore as the prime focus.

NIEUW DAKOTA

We organize an evening full of performance, dinner and music to celebrate the harvest from the artists in residence at Nieuw Dakota.

Program: Onkruidenier, Teresa van Dongen, more t.b.a.

THE UNKNOWN MINE ZONE X EYE ON ART

The EYE on Art x The Unkown Mine Zone night explores and stretches the boundaries of technology, nature and society.

Line-up for the evening: TBA

LOCATION & DATES

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Transnatural

Dates

17 October – 25 June 2021

Opening hours
Mon – Fri from 13.00 – 17.00h
Sat from 13.00 – 17.00h

Address
Jan van Galenstraat 125, Amsterdam

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Nieuw Dakota

Dates 

18 April – 6 june 2021

Opening hours

Thu – Fri from 11.00 – 18.00h
Sat – Sun from 12.00 – 18.00h

Address
Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41b, Amsterdam

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Eye on Art

Dates 

1 June 2021

Opening hours

Tue 19.15 – 21.00h

Address
IJpromenade 1, Amsterdam

ORGANISATION

The Unknown Mine Zone is an event organized by Transnatural institute that offers an ongoing cultural program and that represents an Art & Design Label.

Transnatural explores how technology can support the natural world and ecological wealth. All cultural activities and the label collection are related to an envisioned world where man, nature and technology merge. Transnatural works with a multi-faceted mixture of national and international creators, thinkers, businesses, R&D labs, studios and research institutes.

The Unknown Mine Zone is organized in close collaboration with the partners Nieuw Dakota, Eye Filmmuseum, and Oerol. The project is generously supported by the sponsors mentioned below. The Unknown Mine Zone is curated by Arjen Bangma and co-curated by Imke Ruigrok.

More information at www.transnatural.org / www.transnaturallabel.com

SPONSORS

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