David Habets (NL)
As a physicist and a landscape architect, Habets' work revolves around place-based research. Habets has been working as a freelance researcher and architect at TNO (former National Dutch research institute) and the AMC (Amsterdam Medical Centre) in Amsterdam. Over the last years he has been developing a situation-specific approach to making large-scale art installations as part of the core-team at RAAAF. Operating on the crossroads of visual arts, landscape architecture and applied science has honoured him with invitations to the Anthropocene Curriculum at the HKW in Berlin and Art/Science program at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
As Vroman Fellow, he wants to set up a field station, The Graet Station (located on the Urmonderbaan near Geleen). He'll be walking and observing lichen and mosses on the Graetheide. The rapid transformation of the (bio)chemical research campus (Brightlands) on the other side of the road is part of the establishment of mining industries of the last century. He wants to read these histories, presents and futures through lichen. Through reading lichen as autobiographical records of one’s discovery of an event - either seen, remembered or imagined (Berger on drawing 2005) - in which past, present and future is assembled. Drawing, in a broad understanding of the word, will be the central practice at the field station. By noticing local changes in these micro-ecologies over time (a form of situation-specific knowledge), he will be collecting lichen drawings as means of environmental critique. The humanist act of noticing, he thinks, is a crucial starting point for thinking about our futures.
Image: lichen sample 1 heksenberg