presentation of the book ik weet dat
daar.../I know that there
This presentation was in the supermarket of Johan Spee at the Esdoornweg
1 Burgh-Haamstede on 18 October 2015.
In the shop there were a couple of works exposed also the film about
the project ik weet dat daar.../I know was shown.
I told about the project.
And after that Jan de Graaf spoke about the North Sea.
Leaving the Supermarket we went to the beach to look to a plaque which
I had posted on a pole.
At the end of the day we went to
my studio where they could see the book and other works I made in connection
with the project.
A report of teja
15 10 18 Surmise and longing
In the last few years Marinus van Dijke focused in his work as an artist
on one particular spot in the dunes. A drift valley, which he studied
for years and where he developed a world of his own. It was in 2013
when he was just across, in England for the Kaleid artists Book Fair
where he showed the book Coastlines, when he suddenly realized that
behind the sea Schouwen-Duiveland was located. He could not see it,
but he knew that there ...
Back home, he climbed out of his valley to the highest point, looked
over the sea and divided the horizon into four equal parts, making five
lines that pointed a coast, which he visited in 2014. The geographical
explorations resulted in drawings, photographs, films and models of
the geomorphology of the different coasts, maps and a variety of postcards
and finally into an artist's book about all that. At each landing point,
like an true explorer, he looked at first for the nearest place to obtain
food. A fish and chips on the seafront of Hornsea and further small
supermarkets on the other landing points, just like the one he grew
up in as a child. In the same shop during the book presentation on Sunday,
October 18th 2015 about 50 people looked at the blackboard, where Marinus
drew the dunes, his spot, the lighthouse and the five sight lines. Not
only the store played an important role, but also the lighthouse under
which he was born and where he later on also worked as an assistant
lighthouse keeper. When the lighthouse keeper left his vegetable garden
to go up, his ground orientation turned into a focus on infinity. So
in his project I know that there ... Marinus exchanged the perspective
of a grain of sand to that of a distant horizon. Among the products
on the shop shelves here and there were parts of the loose-leaf book
hidden exhibited. Behind the bread the film was playing, which as DVD
you can find in the back of the book. Homesickness, a nostalgic longing
for the big world. Nostalgic, because it simultaneously connects the
distant unknown to his childhood past.
After Marinus talked urban engineer and mareoloog Jan de Graaf.
Unlike the horizontal gaze of Marinus he went vertically into the depth.
Into the sea, which was the blind spot where Marinus had turned around.
In line with the story of Marinus and the fact that we were there among
the local products in the grocery store, Jan spoke about the edible
sea. On the blackboard he had made a schematic drawing of the map of
Europe with hatches, where in the second half of the 19th century the
so-called scientific field stations on coastal and marine research were
located. In preparation Jan had researched what kind of fish was for
sale in this supermarket. This was limited to frozen from abroad. In
the 19th century there was no scientific coastal research station in
the Netherlands, because it was thought that the sea would be lifeless,
dull. In France in Brittany Concarneau one explored the migration of
fish and in the former East Prussian Rossitten the bird migration. Most
time of the year they were not there. Where did these animals hide,
when we can not see them? A surmise of distance. So it was with Adriaan
Coenen, a 16th century herring merchant, who spended all his earned
money in books about fish. He also bought strange fish, which he founded
to let them be copied by painters. He knew all about fish in the Nile
and the Ganges in India and the Arctic while he himself never got further
than Scheveningen. A fishfantasist, whom people had to pay to view his
rarities. Based on hearsay that ... That's actually a kind of I know
that there .... It's the same bold exploration of an area as Marinus
does with his artistic fieldwork. The imagination of looking at what
you can’t see, based on mere surmise and longing.