Fishing Zone

Along the River Maas, isolated in civilization, two green-clad figures attempt to find the wild within the manufactured landscape of Rotterdam. Their performative installations capture an urge for wilderness in urban environments. Largely developed from recycled and reclaimed materials, the work was produced during the residency program 'State of the City' at Pavilijoen aan het Water between January-March 2022.

The exhibition consists of an indoor and outdoor installation. A series of concrete-formed Maas Stones populate and inhabit the landscape outside the pavilion creating a new duck habitat as well as informal seating towards the water and city skyline. The stones are an attempt to manufacture chaos; recreating a randomness that is usually only found in nature by assembling and reassembling the same pieces of foraged scrapwood. 

The interior installation, Fishing Zone, is a journey through metal artefacts magnet-fished from surrounding waters. With this display, the artists make visible layers of discarded history; rewriting the story of objects that were once made to disappear. An audiovisual work, Splash Metronome, provides the basis for a concert of sounds, which unfolded between visitors and artists; a congregation in celebration of the residency and the discovered wild.

Maas Stones, 2022
exterior installation
concrete, 12 sculptures, dimensions vary

Fishing Zone, 2022
metal, nylon thread, 9 x 2.5 x 3m

Splash Metronome, 2022
audiovisual film, 3'28

icw Felix Mohr (Finding the Wild)
Residency and exhibition at Pavilijoen aan het Water, South Explorer, and at MAMA Rotterdam (NL), 2022