08.07.20 – 15.07.20

Environmental Identities #2: Film Screenings

The Jan van Eyck Academie kindly invites you to the second event of Environmental Identities – a series of public conversations, screenings and other online and offline events, initiated in pursuit of a multi-layered understanding of the co-defining relation between self- and social identity and the natural environment.

Leading up to the Conversation with Hanna Rullmann, Faiza Ahmad Khan, Domenico Mangano, Marieke van Rooy and Dr. Bernhard Forchtner on 15 July, 16:00 (CEST), we invite you to watch the following films:

Habitat 2190 (2019) by Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan

Oysters for Naturalization (2019) by Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

 

Habitat 2190 (2019), 16 min, Hanna Rullmann & Faiza Ahmad Khan

Habitat 2190 follows the construction of the nature reserve Fort Vert at the site of the so-called 'Jungle', former migrant camp in Calais, France – addressing the ways in which an imagination of nature is weaponised in the governing of borders, interrogating the intersecting mobilities, rights and co-existence of human and non-human life. It reveals complex relations around how nature and the protection of rare species are regarded as an opportunity to make claims over territory, and juxtaposes the value placed in the protection of other species against the lack of care for certain groups of human beings in vulnerable positions. Habitat 2190 was commissioned by the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) as part of the exhibition Fragile Earth: seeds, weeds, plastic crust in 2019, supported by the Elephant Trust.

 

Oysters for Naturalization (2019), 12 min, Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

In this short film Domenico Mangano and Marieke van Rooy approach the Japanese oysters from the Dutch Wadden Sea (present in the Netherlands for several decades) with a surreal questionnaire. The artists ask them to give the correct answer to a series of multiple-choice questions that relate to how they should behave in relation to the flora and fauna in their immediate environment. The questions are inspired by the actual integration exam for immigrants who want to get Dutch citizenship. The starting point for this project is the analogy between the Japanese oyster and the economic migrants who both arrived in the Netherlands at the end of the 1960s and ‘70s. Both were meant to stay temporarily but remained. The Japanese oyster has now “supplanted” the Dutch oyster, however there is a recent experiment to make it possible for the original “Dutch” oyster to return to the Dutch seas. This film connects two social issues in the Netherlands and questions them in an ironic way. Domenico Mangano and Marieke van Rooy use a specific ecological issue – to what extent can you intervene to reduce the expansion of the exotic Asian oyster in the Dutch Wadden Sea? – as a metaphor for the integration issue, a focal point of Dutch politics since the eighties.    

The project was supported by the Mondriaan Fund and the Stokroos Foundation.

Image: Oysters for Naturalization (2019), Domenico Mangano & Marieke van Rooy

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