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Zone2Source, Amstelpark 4, 1083 HZ Amsterdam • friday to sunday  1:00 – 5:00 pm •
Opening and presentation   
September 27, 2 - 5 PM
Radix Morgana
Egied Simons

September 5 – Oktober 11, 2015

Presentation Sept. 27, 2 PM
Growing Matter 
Sjoerd Buisman, Nikki van Es, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Egied Simons,
Reinier Lagendijk

27 September – 30 November 2015
het Glazen Huis

Opening Sept. 27, 3 - 5 PM
And further:
Floriade trash and treasures: artist talk and discussion in the context of Sensing Nature 1972-2022, Sept. 18, 3-5 PM het Glazen Huis

Herbarium Vivum, Maria Verstappen and Erwin Driessens, still on view till September 27 between het Glazen Huis and pond
Growing Matter
Glazen Huis | Sept 27 - Nov 29

Growing Matter shows work by artists who use materials in a state of growth to explore processes and relations found in nature. In installations, drawings and video they explore the interweaving of nature and culture from distinct perspectives. The works in Growing Matter are placed in a dynamic relation towards eachother and the world outside the glass pavillion.

Sjoerd Buisman, Nikki van Es, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Egied Simons,
Reinier Lagendijk

het Glazen Huis

Sjoerd Buisman

Sjoerd Buisman is fascinated by nature and its laws. In his growing sculptures which were developed in the 1970’s, Sjoerd Buisman uses living plants and trees that he subjects to experiments  in order to discover which laws underlie their growth processes. He hangs a plant upside-down to see the leaves grow upward or ties a knot in a willow tree and records how the tree develops. Clynoscope is a work made after a design from 1969 in which a plant is growing horizontally, as the rotating flower pot ensures that gravity is defied. He will also present a later work, Gesloten Silphiumspiraal (ouroboros), made of dried stalk, which visualizes his central theme of the form of growth as a spiral, demonstrated by the leaves on the stalk of a plant.

Nikki van Es

Nikki van Es denudes plant structures by focusing on the smallest possible microscopic details in an attempt to understand the coherence of nature. In her earlier work she works with the living material itself, presented here with Tamme Kastanjeblad in which reworked chestnut leaves are pressed between glass and Berken Baddings in which planks sawn from a birch tree are wrapped into the bark of the birch. In her later work she explores living structures in drawings on transparent mulberry paper. In Flood of Photons light produced by an energy course of photons within chloroplasm sequences is expressed in a hanging paper scroll. Greenhouse for a Human Being is made of glass sheets which reveal algae, leaf material, and seeds in all phases, pressed in between. This work will stand outside of the Glass House as a green room where we can brood on the future.

Marjolijn Boterenbrood

Intensive research into specific locations is the basis of her work. She translates impressions of a site into maps, photos, installations but also in manifestations in which various artists and researches explore a specific area. In The Transformator, Marjolijn Boterenbrood shows results of the research that she conducts in a one year work period at Zone2Source on the hidden aspects of the park in a series of layers. In this installation, one sees the ingredients of the process; earth, peat, honey, skin, minerals along with what plays beneath our feet in the soil and under the surface of the water; the traces and elements which network and form mycelium and the roots of trees. 

Egied Simons

Egied Simons applies scientific principles and tools such as lenses, mirrors, cameras and projectors to present biological material - spider webs, butterfly wings, fish scales to living organisms - in interactive ways. By zooming in on the matter that surrounds us, watching reality becomes a cinematic experience. In the backroom of the Glass House he presents Green Waves. Images from a camera focusing on the tree crowns outside will be projected inside the space. The lens is out of focus, details are erased, only the movement and play of colour and light remains. Egied Simons will also display Root Prints, a series of works produced during his work period in the Orangerie. The roots of seeds grow into a specially prepared cloth and form a texture with their own colour and pattern as a signature. 

Reinier Lagendijk

The work of Reinier Lagendijk consists of sculptures, installations and monumental work in which he plays with the formability of nature. He influences growth processes which results in pre-determined shapes. His formal vocabulary consists of archetypical images, combined with humor and poetry, through which he lets nature dialogue with non-natural materials such as steel and plastic. All of his work refers to the cultivation of nature and our landscape. In the installation Untitled 2014 this is explored through various transformations of Sanseverias and Ficus Elastics plants.



Radix Morgana
Egied Simons
Orangerie | Sept 12 - Okt 11

Simons’ interest in biological materials has extended to a study of root systems. Within the outlines of a map of Amsterdam the floor will be covered with a thin layer of prepared earth which is sown with seeds from around the world. After several weeks the surface is overturned and the root structure becomes visible. How do roots of plants grasp and mingle with each other? Which strategy does the plant use in its search for a stronger grip as well as water? The underground texture reveals the traces of this search. In the center of the space a 5 meter wide installation is presented: Radix Morgana. On glass plates grow several crops. The root growth can be followed through the use of mirrors at an angle of 45 degrees. 

Egied Simons has been invited for a work period in the Orangerie as a first exploration of a research in 2016 in which the gardens, soils, trees and plants of the Amstelpark itself becomes the focus. 

Zone2Source Excursions
On October 4th, 3 -5 pm Arend Wakker, ecologist, will offer an excursion The Roots of the Amstelpark inspired by the exhibition Radix Morgana. Starting point Orangerie
Herbarium Vivum
by Driessens & Verstappen

Road between Glazen Huis & Pond
May 31 - Sept 27, 2015

Plant scientists study the adaptive capacities of plants under extreme conditions, as happens when new crop varieties are developed. How far can you take this? Driessens & Verstappen found inspiration for their project in the Herbarium, where the shape of plants is manipulated by flattening them, and where the uniform categorization highlights their differences. In Herbarium Vivum the artists do the same with seven living crops. They made frames where the plants have to develop themselves into an almost two-dimensional growth form. The question arises whether the plants in the living herbarium will start to resemble their own representations in herbaria and botanical illustrations, as a result of manipulating the growth process.

Marjolijn Boterenbrood

ongoing project until December 31

Traces comes forth out of a work period Marjolijn Boterenbrood undertook in the fall of 2013 at Zone2Source. Throughout this year she maps the invisible nature under our feet of the Amstelpark and the Gijsbrecht van Amstelpark. Encounters with scientists and their findings will be reflected in a program of lectures, workshops, excursions, a blog on our website, and ultimately a map.


Growing Matter
Sunday November 29, het Glazen Huis

1 PM Excursion with ecologist Arend Wakker Where does this plant go to?
About growth movement of trees and plant

3 – 5 PM Presentations and debate about the role of growing materials in art
With Sjoerd Buisman, Nikki van Es, Marjolijn Boterenbrood, Reinier Lagendijk, Egied Simons, Maria Verstappen & Erwin Driessens.
Floriade trash and treasures
Artist talk and discussion, Sensing Nature 1972 -2022

Friday September 18, 2015
Het Glazen Huis 15.00 – 17.00

As part of the summer program of Zone2Source, Krijn Christiaansen en Cathelijne Montens (KCCM) researched the history of the Amstelpark, established for the horticulture exhibition the Floriade in 1972.

Many residues of this Floriade are still visible in the park. Can they be a point of departure for developing new scenarios? Should we simply leave them alone or can they be a point of departure for developing new scenarios? 

Archival research and fieldwork led to tentative strategies to provide this heritage with a new context and thus create a renewed experience of the park.  These strategies are the starting point for a discussion in which four experts reflect on the working methods and give answers to what the meaning of the spatial and innovative heritage of this Floriade can be.

Carola Hein (professor and Head, Chair History of Architecture and Urban Planning, TU Delft),
Jan Kolen (professor Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Universiteit Leiden),
Henk Meijer (project director Floriade 2022),
Krijn Christiaansen & Cathelijne Montens (public space and landscape designers, KCCM)
Vladimir Stissi, professor in Archaeology, Universiteit van Amsterdam

Moderator: Jeroen Boomgaard (lector LAPS, Gerrit Rietveld Academie).

Supported by
Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, LAPS, Gerrit Rietveld Academie , Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Noord-Holland, Stichting Stokroos
Project Partners
Noord-Hollands ArchiefKAVB, VU Hortus, Kwekerij Groot-Vriend Lutjebroek, Kwekerij Aad Hogervorst Noordwijkerhout, Doggy MarathonGemeente Amsterdam Stadsdeel Zuid


Zone2Source is located in the Amstelpark, Amsterdam. Office and archive are housed in the Rietveld Huis. Exhibitions in het Glazen Huis (throughout the whole year) and the Orangerie (from May until October) are on view Friday to Sunday, 13:00  - 17:00 or by appointment.
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