The event TUB Talk | Deltaworkers took place on 22 March 2015, 16:00 – 19:30.
TUB Talks: Swamped
Objects in the stream, that is what we are
Presentation by Deltaworkers
Deltaworkers is a New Orleans-based residency program that investigates the Southern United States as one of the last mythical places in the West. The program was founded by curator Maaike Gouwenberg and artist Joris Lindhout after their first visit to the region in 2010. During that trip they investigated the area through the lens of Southern Gothic literature. Through the words of people such as William Faulkner, Harry Crews, Flannery O’Connor and Tennessee Williams they engrossed themselves in the history and culture of the place and decided to set up shop in the Mississippi delta. Since March 2015 Deltaworkers is an official Mondriaan Fund residency.
In 2014 Timmy van Zoelen was Deltaworkers’ first pilot resident. During his residency he investigated prof. Timothy Morton’s ideas around Object Oriented Ontology and his concept of Dark Ecology. During his time in New Orleans Van Zoelen started working on a film which shows Naturalism, the dark hardships of (all) life that are so apparent in the region, as an ecological suffocation. Using an American-sized Monster energy drink can as a lens he took his camera into the swamps and oil refineries that characterize a large part of the region’s landscape.
Van Zoelen and Lindhout introduces the region by using the wide variety of images that have been made of the landscape. They give insight into why and where Deltaworkers was founded.
4.15pm Presentation Timmy van Zoelen
5.00pm Introduction Deltaworkers by Joris Lindhout
5.30pm Film screening Les Statues Meurent Aussi by Chris Marker & Alain Resnais
6.15pm Drinks with New Orleans-style Punch
About the artist & Deltaworkers
Timmy van Zoelen (1982) lives and works in Brussels. He completed a two-year residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam and holds a MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam. Recent shows include the solo-presentation Astroturfer at Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam (2014), and a variety of group shows including Zamboni for the Moose at Galerie Juliette Jongma, Amsterdam (2014), Blu Heron Social Club, Rotterdam (2013) and Bourgeois Leftovers at De Appel, Amsterdam (2013).
Joris Lindhout (1981) lives and works in Rotterdam. He just completed his residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie. He is co-founder of the Deltaworkers residency program and exhibitionist.nl, the online resource for contemporary art exhibitions in the Netherlands and Flanders. Through his arts practice, he investigates ways in which speculative fiction can function as a subversive cultural strategy.
Maaike Gouwenberg (1977) is an independent curator based in Rotterdam and co-founder of Deltaworkers. She is interested in performative practice, and the projects that she has been involved in bring together theatrical and curatorial aspects.