This is Now and Netherland Now – a tour and a long-term project

Who or what is invisible but important? Where is the Wild West today? Which role, job or tool is typical of this moment?

These and other questions I posed to people I met in June 2016, when I traveled the Netherlands in a mobile artist-in-residence – the T.A.I.R. I worked and lived in the parking lots of hospitals, the Dutch National Archives, and many other places. My goal: to get a sense of how The Netherlands are feeling today for those who are spending their time there.


The suggestions I’ve received during the tour, and the themes that kept on resurfacing, will result in a number of new researches and publications in the coming years under the shared header ‘This is Now.’ With as a guiding principle: taking a closer look is all that is necessary to remove any self-evidence from the world around us.

The first This is Now publication is about the tour. It features transscriptions of all interviews conducted during the tour, cut-up and interwoven thematically into one over-arching story (not unlike collage technique in visual arts). It is due to appear on June 24, 2017. The publication is designed by Catalogtree, who also wrote algorhytms to analyze the conversation patterns of the interviewees. You can follow the project on  www.ditisnu.nl (in Dutch). I’ll post occasional updates here. 

Partners of This is Now are Literary Production house Wintertuin and Landscape Labs, platform for artistic research on the relation between persons and their landscape.
This is Now is made possible with the kind support of the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch Foundation for Literature, the AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst) and Stichting Stokroos.