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Première: Natura Rebellis

18.05–26.05.2024: V2_ & Festival O., Rotterdam, NL

Première of the live performance Natural Rebellis at Festival O. and V2_ Lab for Unstable Media with new compositions of composer Henry Vega. Work in progress presentation of the new film and robotic sound installation Between the Lines.

‘Between the Lines’ (work in progress)
The film and sound installation ‘Between the Lines’ focuses on the effects of climate change in the forests of the Zone Rouge in the North East of France. It relates to the ongoing struggle to deal with the aftermath and remnants of WWI within the global climate crisis, which impacted this particular landscape on a monumental scale. An essay film and an orchestra of robotic drummers using trunks from the forest in Verdun as instruments will engage with these issues stimulatingly.

‘Natura Rebellis’ (première)
The performance ‘Natura Rebellis’ builds on the installation ‘Between the Lines’ with artificial drummers who beat the dead tree trunks from the Verdun forest. This forest holds a special place for us as an example of a poisoned forest brought on by human conflicts while witnessing nature’s attempts to reclaim it in its own way. The performance highlights our conflicting nature while revealing our capabilities to live in harmony.

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Performance ‘Electrify Everything’

08.04.2024: Kunsthalle Mulhouse, FR

This event is part of the exhibition Power Up, Technical Imaginaries, and Social Utopias, which refers to energy infrastructures from a feminist perspective.

‘Why Installing Women and Solar Panels is Not Enough’, lecture by Cara New Daggett.

‘Electrify Everything’ performance by Marjolijn Dijkman and Pom Bouvier-b
Electrify Everything is a critical exploration of the origins of the units and language used to measure electricity. The performance draws on the magic of the first demonstrations of electrical phenomena in the 18th century.

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LUNÄ Talk: Energy (In)Dependency

25.03.2024: Kunsthalle Mulhouse, Mulhouse, FR

On the evening of 25 March, when the moon is full, this LUNÄ Talk will focus on the transition from one energy to another, from one infrastructure to another. How can we envisage transitions without considering the need to bring history to a close before embarking on new projects? The history of energy is written as a race towards the new, towards renewal, without ever questioning the possibility of moving towards solutions of repair or transformation. It’s about turning pages and arguing that the future will be more efficient, appropriate, or cleaner.

Contributors: Fanny Lopez, Clémence André, Marie Lechner, Stéphanie Schmitt, and a written contribution by Cara New Daggett.
Hosted by: Marjolijn Dijkman & Maarten Vanden Eynde

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Electrify Everything at Biennale NOVA

16.02.2024: Plurivers & Contingence, Biennale NOVA_XX, Paris, FR

The première of the new iteration of ‘Electrify Everything’ with live sound composition by Pom Bouvier b., live film projection by Marjolijn Dijkman, and a recorded text by Jean Katambayi spoken by François Makanga

The 4th edition of the NOVA_XX Biennale will feature the work of 41 artists. Among the works presented in the anarkhè-exposition, several focus on cosmogonies in the liquid age, on the imaginary of space conquest, measuring instruments and nano worlds, and others on bio-art that allows us to measure the space of the duration of their display of non-human performativities, and still others on issues of geoengineering and artificial intelligence.

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Countering Extractivism

07.02.2024: CIVA, Brussels, BE

The evening will be dedicated to what has been described as “green colonialism,” the development of renewable energy futures that often involves the dispossession of communities and the degradation of ecosystems. The event will focus on the consequences of the extraction of lithium, a scarce resource that plays a key role in the so-called green transition necessary for a more sustainable world. With: Marina Otera Verzier and On-Trade-Off.

The evening will be followed by a conversation, moderated by Nikolaus Hirsch and Silvia Franceschini, and Electrify Everything, a performance by Pom Bouvier-b and Marjolijn Dijkman (with a text by Jean Katambayi Mukendi).

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LASER Talk: Restoring the Human Element

09.11.2023: MAXLab, Antwerp, BE

LASER Talk with Frank Theys, Eva- Maria Lopez, Ronny Blust, Edith Doove, Marjolijn Dijkman, Florian Zanatta. MAXLab invites artists and scientists working at the intersection of art and technology to a debate on reintroducing the human element at the center of scientific and technological progress and the role of the arts in this.

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Start: Beyond the Ruins of the Future

01.10.2023–01.10.2027: Candidate PhD in the Arts, LUCA – School of Arts Brussels / Leuven University, BE

From the 1st of October 2023, Marjolijn Dijkman will be part of the artistic research cluster Deep Histories Fragile Memories as a Ph.D. candidate at LUCA – School of Arts Brussels / Leuven University under the supervision of Wendy Morris. Research of the members of dhfm engages with the recuperation of marginalised histories, with ecologies and situated enquiries, with experimental writing, listening, and the shaping of new narratives.

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Tryday: Between the Lines

02.06.2023: Tryday, V2_ Lab for Unstable Media, Rotterdam, NL

This Tryday, artist Marjolijn Dijkman, composer Henry Vega, percussion instrument maker Orlando Aguilar Velazquez and electro-technician Lukas Pol will share the first robotic experiments for the film and sound installation Between the Lines (work in progress). Between the Lines will trace the monumental impact of climate change, industrialization, and the First World War in the polluted and traumatized landscapes of the ‘Zone Rouge’ in the North East of France.

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Première: Electrify Everything

27.05.2023: Framer Framed, Amsterdam, NL

With Pom Bouvier b., Marjolijn Dijkman and Jean Katambayi Mukendi.
‘Electrify Everything’ invites the audience to reflect on the structuring power of electricity and its relation to resources and exploitation. Pom Bouvier-b. and Marjolijn Dijkman will create a sound composition using the electric charge of specific objects and devices as a medium, playing on the variations of magnetic fields. Jean Katambayi Mukendi wrote a text for the performance based on the language of electricity. The units of electricity create different chapters that explore the history and the current state of energy production in an associative and poetic interpretation of electric terminology.

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Liquid Structures

16-18.09.22: Batumi Urban Agenda, Batumi, GE

Liquid Structures is a three-day programme of film screenings, exhibitions, and talks in the public space. With: Sol Archer; Ana Dziapshipa; Hito Steyerl;  Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen; Cyprien Gaillard; Jonas Brinker; Emma Van Der Put; Piotr Armianovski; Meggy Rustamova; Uta Bekaia;  Zachary Formwalt; Jonathas de Andrade; Amauta Garcia & David Camargo; Marta Hryniuk & Erica Roux; Marco Pando; Li Ming; Sophio Meidoidze.

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Aquatic Tales

21.07.2022: Filmprogram, MACA, Amsterdam, NL

Aquatic Tales presents three films that merge elements of documentary, fiction and abstraction, with water and aquatic life as central elements. The films reflect upon our relationship with water and thereby express a critical view on industrial and capitalist practices that distance us from nature.

With films by: Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen, Tanja Engelberts, Patrick Hough.

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Launch new edition of LUNÄ (III)

16.05.2022: 601 Artspace, New York, US

The first LUNÄ talk in the US with a brand new copy of the table around which the Lunar Society met on full moon between 1765 and 1813 in Birmingham, UK. LUNÄ will be inaugurated on the last day of the exhibition Ars Memoriae surrounded by the artworks. Drawing inspiration from the themes of Ars Memoriae, the topic will be memory devices – past and future, bodily and external, real and imagined. The featured speakers are André Fenton, a neuroscientist at NYU; Elaine Sullivan, a curatorial fellow at The Met; Congolese artist Musasa; Jennifer Tucker, a historian at Wesleyan University.

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6th Sounds of Silence Festival

28–30.10.2021: DNR Film Club, The Hague, NL

Live performance by Henry Vega and Jan Willem Troost with ‘Reclaiming Vision’ (Marjolijn Dijkman & Toril Johannessen 2018) at 30 October 2021 (20:30). This film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye, and is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see.

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LASER Talk: Au pied de mon arbre…

23.09.2021: LASER Talk, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, FR

“Some species are more attractive to us than others. Whether we like it or not, we have a hierarchy of living things. Until recently, animals took precedence over plants. Today, plants have reclaimed their place and are at the heart of countless scientific studies, artistic creations, discourses and theories. Some, however, are more desirable than others. The tree is one of these emblematic plants that we love. It is one of the main themes of this Rencontre LASER, part of the Roots & Seeds XXI European project. Biodiversity crisis and plant resistance, of which Leonardo/Olats is a partner.” (LASER Talk in French)

With: Amandine Cornille, Marjolijn Dijkman, Marc-Williams Debono

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Auscultation

03.07.2021: Les Nuits des Forêts, Lorraine, FR

Auscultation is a public and experimental launch of the “Between the Lines” project in collaboration with Vent des Forêts at Festival Les Nuits des Forêts. Day with two gatherings with: Office National de Forets, CA et forêt privée, COFOR and artist Marjolijn Dijkman.

During the experimental session Auscultation, we can hear how long sound frequencies resonate in the trees and whether or not they are interrupted. The duration of resonance is influenced by the amount of water in the trees, the density of the wood, and whether the trees are alive or dead.

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Nomination COAL Prize

06.05.2021: COAL Prize, Paris, FR

The COAL Prize dedicates its 2021 edition to the crucial issue of forests at the center of the climate crisis and ecological transition. Nominated artists: Karin Bolender (US), Marjolijn Dijkman (NL), Sara Favriau (FR), Collectif Fibra (PE), Julie C. Fortier (CN), Beya Gille Gacha (FR), Noémie Goudal (FR), Vincent Laval (FR), Erik Samakh (FR), Feda Wardak (FR). Award ceremony 16 June 2021.
Created in 2010 by the COAL association, the COAL Prize has in ten years become a vehicle for the identification, promotion and dissemination of artists all over the world who dare to imagine and experiment, to transform territories, lifestyles, organizations and production methods.

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Sonic Acts Academy 2020

21.02–23.02.2020: Amsterdam, NL

Sonic Acts Academy is a three-day festival at the intersection of innovative audio-visual and performative art and critical thinking, motivated by changes in the ecological, political, technological and social landscape.  The Academy also invites visitors to join for a conference that features cutting-edge emerging and well-known artistic voices.

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The Parasite: On-Trade-Off

06.02.2020: KABK, The Hague, NL

Georges Senga (member of Picha) and Marjolijn Dijkman (co-founder of Enough Room for Space) will introduce ‘On-Trade-Off’, an artistic trajectory initiated by the artists’ initiatives Picha (Lubumbashi, DRC) and Enough Room for Space (Brussels, BE) and some of the works they have developed within this project. Focusing on this one chemical element (Li3) allows the project to zoom in on particular social, ecological, economic and political phenomena that characterise the production processes currently experiencing rapid growth.

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LUNÄ TALK: The Weight of Wonders

12.12.2019: Cargo in Context, Amsterdam, NL

In this Amsterdam edition – also moonlit – experts with different scholarly backgrounds will focus on the ecological, social and economic consequences of the extraction and processing of lithium and cobalt. They will look both at the history of electricity and the current use of raw materials from the DRC for electronics and energy storage.

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E.S.P. – Visual Fields

03.03.2019: Cinematheque, Vancouver, CA

E.S.P. will present work that complicates notions of science and fiction and the binary systems of knowledge they have come to represent. The series opens with Reclaiming Vision(2018), by Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen and Motion at a Distance (2018) by Lindsay Packer and Andrew Yong Hoon Lee. The screening will conclude with Phase Transitions in Liquid Crystals (1978) by Jean Painlevé.

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Spectral Exchange

16.11–17.11.2018: Seminar at TABAKALERA, San Sebastián, ES

Spectral Exchange seeks to use the electromagnetic spectrum as both a structural and thematic framework to draw out connections between disparate domains of knowledge and practice.

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Eurasian Steps – Itinerant exhibition

30.06.2018: Nam June Paik Memorial House (departure point), Seoul, KR

Eurasia is a landmass that embraces a space between the western end of “Europe” and the eastern end of “Asia”. Albeit simplistic, taking this definition of Eurasia promises an exploratory, open-ended journey into one of the most complex way of thinking through the region, which questions existing borders and distinctions in all dimensions such as the geographical, cultural, political, and social ones – and in turn calls for new connections and pathways across cosmic, geologic and spiritual dimensions.

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Syndrome of the Present – Seminar I

26.01–28.01.2018: Yeni Camii, Thessaloniki, GR

Syndrome of the Present is a research based project that aspires to establish a collaborative, cross disciplinary platform, shared between artists and experts from diverse geographies and disciplines, which enables collective thinking in order to analyze the present’s syndrome and the present as syndrome. Participants: Oreet Ashery, Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa, Marc David Baer, Melis Birder, Yael Bartana, Ayse Cavdar, Yael Davids, Marjolijn Dijkman, Koken Ergun,  Amir Engel, Gil Hochberg, Alexander van der Haven, Natasa Ilic, Savas Michael Matsas, Yolande Jansen, Bik Van der Pol, Pawel Maciejko, Erden Kosova, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, Danielle Riou, Julian Reid, Roee Rosen, Dimitris Stamatopoulo and Artur Zmijewski. Curated by Galit Eilat.

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Duo artist talk together with Toril Johannessen

29.09.2017: Researchers Night, Teknisk Museum, Oslo, NO

Researchers night with amongst others: Birkeland’s Northern Lights Experiment, presentations of Modern Space Physicists, artists talk about meetings between Art and Science, opening of the Aurora Polaris Exhibition. With: Ann-Cecilie Larsen, Are Raklev, Toril Johannessen, Marjolijn Dijkman, Thale Sørlie, Koka Nikoladze, Maria Hammerstrøm, Anna Follestad, Anders Kvellestad og André Granum.

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LUNÄ Talk: Triangular Trade – Cotton

24.05.2017: BOZAR, Brussels, BE

The LUNÄ Talk: Triangular Trade – Cotton will concentrate on the influence of cotton production and trade in relation to the abolition of slavery and colonisation / decolonisation, both historically and as an ongoing influence on contemporary global economy. With: Helen Elands (Art Historian), Wouter Elsen (Film- and Photo Journalist), Dr. Patricia Fara (Historian of Science), Remy Jungerman (Artist), Karin Lurvink (Researcher on Dutch Republic transatlantic slave-based activities), Prof. Dr. Eric Vanhaute (Prof. Economic and Social History and World History), Maarten Vanden Eynde (Artist) and Marjolijn Dijkman (Artist).

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LUNÄ Talk: IN_DEPENDENCE

01.04.2017: Performatik Biennial 17, Brussels, BE

Invited contributors: Prof. Sven Beckert (author of ‘Empire of Cotton, A Global History’ / Harvard University, US ), Prof. Peter Pels (anthropologist, Leiden University, NL), Christine Chivallon (anthropologist and directrice de recherche au CNRS, FR), Helen Elands (art historian, independent researcher, UK), Alioum Moussa (artist, CM), Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde (artist and co-hosts, BE).

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LUNÄ Talk: Deep Evolution

20.05.2016: ASTRON (Dutch Institute for Radio Astronomy), Dwingeloo, NL

The second LUNÄ Talk in Drenthe this year, organised with Land Art Contemporary, takes place at ASTRON. On the table lies the question of how science, philosophy and religion relate to each other, focusing on topics such as ‘deep evolution’, the (re)writing of history and speculative future developments in astronomy, anthropology, philosophy and religion. Among the guests: Professor Astronomy Michael Garrett, Professor Anthropology Peter Pels, artist Daniela de Paulis, philosopher of religion and theologian Taede A. Smedes. Hosted by artist Marjolijn Dijkman.

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LUNÄ Talk: Deep Space / Time

28.04.2016: LAC / Drents Museum, Assen, NL

This first of a series of LUNÄ Talks in Drenthe discusses the question of how science and fiction relate to each other, focusing on topics such as deep time / space in the disciplines of geology, archaeology and astronomy and the imagination of these fields in the arts. Among the guests include curator of Zone2Source Alice Smits, astronomer Roy Smits from ASTRON / Camras, curator archaeology Jaap Beuker from the Drents Museum, artist Maarten Vanden Eynde, physical geographer Enno Bregman (Province Drenthe & Utrecht University) and artist Marjolijn Dijkman.

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Performing Objects at The Norwegian Sculpture Biennial

16.01–17.01.2016: Vigeland Museum, Oslo, NO

Saturday 16 January 12:00-16:00 Workshop: Performing Objects – with Marjolijn Dijkman and Kristof Van Gestel. This workshop will focus on our interaction with objects, explore some of the different visions and narratives particular objects embody and collectively engage in a conversation about their potential forms of agency.

Sunday 17 January 12:00-16:00 Agreement Conversation Piece/AM by Kristof Van Gestel.

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LUNÄ Talk: Immortal, Artificial and Extraterrestrial Life

28.09.2015: Global Imaginations at Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, NL

This LUNÄ Talk explores how science and fiction relate to each other, focusing on topics as immortality, robotics, extraterrestrial life. On this special full moon evening after the Super Blood Moon Eclipse, all guests will be seated around LUNÄ, an installation of Marjolijn Dijkman with a fascimile of the oval table which was used by the Lunar Society in Birmingham in the 18th century. With: Anke Bangma, Dirk van Delft, Marjolijn Dijkman, George van Hal, Jaap van de Herik, Maarten Lamers, Peter Pels and Dorien Zandbergen.

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LUNÄ Talks: Uncertainty Scenarios

01.06–07.06.2015: fig-2, Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London, UK

This series of LUNÄ Talks will specifically focus on the notion of the future investigating modes in which the idea of future is seeded in our society today. With: Ramon Amaro, Rebecca Bligh, Stephen Boyd Davis, Owen Cotton-Barrat, Caroline Edwards, Mark Fisher, Jay Griffiths, Cathy Haynes, Ken Hollings, Magda Osman, Emily Penn, Mary Margaret Rinebold, Philip Sheldrake, Murray Shanahan, Maarten Speekenbrink, Jamie Ward and many others. (Developed by Marjolijn Dijkman in collaboration with fig-2)

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Justifiable Versions of Events / Catastrophe

21.07–26.07.2014: Raum N, Archive Kabinett, ACUD Studio, Scriptings, Westgermany, CRASH PAD at KunstWerke/Berlin Biennale, Berlin, DE

With: Jonathan Dronsfield, Ben Dawson, Gregor Moder, Oxana Timofeeva, Alexander Negrelli, Katja Diefenbach, Alan Smart, Jack Henrie Fisher, Alexi Kukuljevic, Jeff Weber, Mladen Dolar, Samo Tomcic, Udi Aloni, Anne van Leeuwen, Sami Khatib, Marjolijn Dijkman, Tzuchien Tho, Olivier Surel, Bruno Besana, Okkyung Lee, Anna-Luise Lorenz, Simone van Dijken, Jayme Yen, Kristin Posehn, Top Liste Surrealiste, Michael Lewis, Michael Weinman, Helmut Voelter, Andrea Liu, Koen Brams (in absentia), Mary Ikoniadou, Cathleen Schuster, Marcel Dickhage, Imogen Stidworthy, Karin Kihlberg, Reuben Henry, Hsiao Chen, Antonio Serna, Marc Matter, Robert M Ochshorn, Jon Krohn, Yanik Avila, Adrian Alecu, Hannes Boeck

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Constructed Sceneries – Film Programme Scenographies

03.10.2013: film screening, SMBA, Amsterdam, NL

The film programme Constructed Sceneries explores the different ways in which artists use cinematic apparatus to re-contextualize and challenge standard perspectives of public surroundings. With work of: Jan Dibbets, Marjolijn Dijkman and Amir Yatziv
Curated by: High&Low Bureau

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