Radiant Matter is the first duo exhibition of work by Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde. It brings together objects, sculptures, a video and photos that explore the complex relation between the impact of the human on its environment and vice versa. Radioactive isotopes, as remainders of the nuclear era, will most likely mark the transition between the Holocene and the Anthropocene (the era in which the human species has become the most important force behind transformations of the earth itself). The Anthropocene challenges us to think in enormous time scales and distances which go beyond human experience. We are confronted with the fact that ungraspable natural processes and phenomena such as CO2 emissions and volcanoes have come to influence our daily life on many different levels.
In Radiant Matter works are on view in which the enormous and distant – radioactive radiation, CO2, asteroids, meteorites – are connected to the very small and personal, in the form of remainders and discarded objects of individuals. The works convey a shared reality but from a very personal perspective.
This exhibition is accompanied by a book launch of Marjolijn Dijkmans 'Radiant Matter' published by Onomatopee (Oct. 2017) and a LUNÄ Talk focussing on the concept of the Nuclear Anthropocene.
Zone2Source is an international platform which invites artists to develop projects inside and outside of the glass pavilions of the Amstelpark, in which alternative practices and experiences of our ‘natural’ environment are being proposed. Zone2Source is concerned with a return to the source to observe and experience anew in order to explore new relations between humans, nature and technology. In exhibitions, workshops, presentations and discussions alternative imaginations are being offered to reorient ourselves with what a 21st century way of dealing with our world could be.
Opening: 17/09/2017 at 3pm
Open: 17/09 - 03/12/2017
Location: Zone2Source, Het Glazen Huis, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Curator: Alice Smits
With: Marjolijn Dijkman, Maarten Vanden Eynde
Radiant Matter explores the complex relation humans have with the earthly environment through the concept of a nuclear Anthropocene.