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(Archive) Earth Alchemy — 15 Years of Digging

A special tour from Atelier NL for DDW visitors of their retrospective exhibition at museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo.

This project was part of DDW 2021
Earth Alchemy — 15 Years of Digging — © Blickfänger

When we live in a society with so much abundance, how do we recognize what is truly important? How can we learn from our surroundings in order to value the materials we use in our everyday lives more deeply? 

Register for the guided tour 'Think Global, Dig Local' at museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo.

For over a decade, Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck have been engaging with local communities to showcase the narratives of the earth and all that it produces. By means of thorough analysis and processing of clay, sand, and wood from varying perspectives, the work of Atelier NL aims to re-establish the vital connection between people and the world we inhabit.

From soil they dug in the Dutch Noordoostpolder to sand samples sent to them from around the world, Earth Alchemy – 15 Years of Digging reveals the links between the most basic raw materials, their origins, uses, and the meanings they generate when we pause to give them some thought. In 'Think Global, Dig Local', Atelier NL takes you on a guided tour through the exhibition to tell the stories they have uncovered.

Earth Alchemy – 15 Years of Digging, until January 9 at museum van Bommel van Dam in Venlo.

Meld je aan voor een rondleiding door Atelier NL op een van de volgende datums:

— Tu. 19 October, 15.45 - 16.45
— Th. 21 October, 15.45 - 16.45
— Su. 24 October, 15.45 - 16.45

Museum van Bommel van Dam is a five-minute walk from Venlo train station. If you take the 14.49 train to Venlo from Eindhoven Central Station, you will be in time for the tour. 'Think Global, Dig Local' lasts approximately one hour, so you can take the 17.03 train back to Eindhoven, which arrives there at 17.41.

Drawn from Clay — © Peter de Ronde

Sandjourney — © Peter de Ronde