Week 9

Week 9 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Week 8

Week 8 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Week 6

Week 6 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Kevin makes paper with Leo.

Cyan d’Anjou’s work is temporarily placed in the park.

Alex Fischer has joined the woodshop and starts carving into a large tree. He cuts out the forms of a gecko and a chainsaw from the bark of a dead tree in the deer park.

Indian artists Shilpa Gupta, another participant of Sonsbeek 2016, comes to visit and witnesses the opening of her work in the Park this week.

Many children play with the Zellige blocks created by Leonid Tsetkov.

Dario D’Aronco makes a woodcut of two hands. One of a man and one of an orangutan. With this woodcut he will be making prints.

Peel, a work by Gabriel Lester, is finally installed. The curled up plateau shelves seem to be peeled off.

Joost Zeegers builds cabinets. Its ‘skin’ is built from of wooden sliding boards and parts. Skin consists of small planks that are put together and can move and slide, which enable you to open and close the entire ‘skin’.

Daya Bakker finishes his kitchen.

Week 5

Week 5 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

This week, we hosted a sponsor dinner for 35 persons of Industrial Park Kleefsewaard.

Graphic designers George and Daniel of Catalog Tree do their first tests for a table. They designed a patterned graphic drawing that will be cut out of oak to create an oak table of 5 by 1 meters. The table legs are made of the cut out wood.

Cyan D’Anjou starts her own project. The matches (one burned) symbolize the story about the fallen angel Lucifer and the eternal story about good and evil.

Jasper Nouws gets help from I Wayang Raka.

Maze de Boer has been working on a new game board.

Kroko Schilte arrives and continues making enhancements to his drawing.

Leonid produces a few hundred blocks of Arabic Zellige tiles in wood. They are placed on a platform right outside the workshop and people are encouraged to make patterns and play with it.

Week 4

Week 4 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Melle Smeets works on sculpture of an African political leader (part of a sculpture group), who stretches out his arm to point at someone else to blame. This week, Melle makes a beginning by cutting the tree into pieces.

Marieke Schoonderbeek installes her work.

Jeroen Worst of Studio Simple builds his wood lathe, which he finishes in the same week.
Arrival of artist Leonid Tsetkov.

Indonesion woodcarver I Wayang Raka arrives as well.  He studies the design thought and drawn up by Kroko Schilte, and starts the carving process.

Week 3

Week 3 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Maze de Boer started with series of nonexistent board games and games. These games have all the typical elements and archetypal forms of games. When confronted with these games people start to devise rules and play with it. Besides being a participant of OXT, Maze is also independently invited for this edition of Sonsbeek. For that project, he exchanged a playground in Indonesia with one from the Netherlands and vice versa. The playground from Indonesia is currently intensively used by children who visit Park Sonsbeek.

Cyan D’Anjou, another intern working for the first half of the exhibition period, and aspiring artist created a large work: a freestanding burnt match of 3 meters high.

This week, Maria Roosen inspected her tree, that she will begin to work with in week 5.

Ryan van Beurden makes dinner plates from sawn planks.

On July 9, as the start of his own work, Kevin will work with Leo Hoegen, a paper craftsman, to produce paper sized double-A0 (2A0 = 118.9 x 168,2cm). The paper is created from maple trees of Park Sonsbeek.

Week 2

Week 2 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

Prilla Tania has come over from Indonesia and makes jewelry from wood in weeks 2 and 3.

Daya Bakker continued to work on the kitchen and he will return in week 5 to complete it. The kitchen is inspired by a Rietveld-dresser. It is a mobile kitchen with a raised platform, which allows Dini Arisandi an overview of the workshop, and due to its mobility can also be placed elsewhere. It includes many levels to serve from as well as a bar.

Jasper Nouws has started a spring rider. This is a bouncy, outdoors playing device consisting of a metal spring beneath a plastic or wooden central beam on which a wooden or plastic animal or (motor)bike is mounted. When a person sits on it, the structure moves and bounces. Spring riders are common in many playgrounds around the world.  However, the one Jasper designed is not so innocent. His is not modelled after an animal or bike, but after the bomb that fell on Nagasaki, nicknamed “fat man”. With this ‘playful horror’ he takes a critical stance towards Sonsbeek 2016 in which war occupies a central place. He also comments on the history of Park Sonsbeek, whose founder Baron Van Heeckeren, earned a lot of money with his mercenary army and the lootings it conducted.

This week also featured one of the daily lunches prepared by Dini Arisandi. Among the diners was Indonesian writer and photographer Valiant Vabyo (bottom right). He wrote an article about Sonsbeek TransAction and about my work (link will follow).

Marieke Schoonderbeek created a surprising work during week 2 till 4. She made a big batik fabric with paint derived from dyes extracted from plants from the park. The fabric also contains a poem.

Week 1


Week 1 at the OXT Sonsbeek 2016 project.

We kicked off with the preparation of the basic facilities of the workshop: putting the work benches together designed by Jair Straschnow and constructing the kitchen designed by Daya Bakker of OFCA. Floris Schoonderbeek of Weltevree designed the dining table.

Also, the first collaboration was initiated by Jair Straschnow and Martijn van den Bosch. They made two large benches on which several people could sit together.

Rob Sweere realized the first outdoor work. From a large already transverse stump used for play by children, he took out a slot to experience the heart of the tree. This work was completed at the opening.

Inspired by shamanism Sagi Groner composes wooden tambourine rings in preparation for a workshop organized by him.

It is worth mentioning my intern Tuur Deeleman and cook Dini Arisandi, who are taking part for the duration of the exhibition.