COTVN Public Programme

Talks & Open Lab on Friday 13/9

05 | 09 | 19

On Friday 13 September we invite you to an evening about new stories, maps and sensory experiences that capture the ongoing ecological crisis through other perspectives. How can we relate to the reality of climate change in other ways – visual and embodied – so that we can relate to its complexity, origin and impact? What role can sensory art, design, mapping and performative actions play in addressing this question?

This evening is the closing event of the first Cartographies of the Vanishing Now Lab (COTVN), in which more than 20 artistic and scientific makers and thinkers have collaborated on research, documentation and experiments for new artworks and/or performances. On the last evening of the lab, we welcome the audience to see the results and talk to the participants, mentors and guest speakers.

To get the evening off to a good start, there will be talks by designer/researcher Xandra van der Eijk (introduction to COTVN), graphic designer and researcher Irene Stracuzzi and others. This is followed by the Open Lab Session, in which visitors can learn about the lab process and outcomes.


Friday, September 13
Time: 20:00 – 23:00 | Doors: 19:45 | Programme start 20:00 sharp!
Entrance Open Lab: Free | From 21:30 – 23:00
Location: Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4 (Amsterdam)
Entrance Talks: € 6



Xandra van der Eijk is is a Dutch artist and designer connecting art, ecology, and activism. She has developed a distinct research methodology. Incorporating theory, fieldwork, documentation methods and material development in her practice, she re-interprets the landscape from an anti-anthropocentric view. Each of her projects deals with a key ecological issue, and how it is exposed by the passing of time. Van der Eijk is a core tutor at the Masters Institute of Visual Cultures leading the new research pathway Ecology Futures.

Jeff Diamanti is a scholar, writer and is teaching Literary and Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam. His work tracks the political and media ecology of fossil fuels. He co-convened the international colloquium on Climate Realism and has been a core member of various site-specific workshops. At the Moraine is multi-year research project (started 2018) on the perception, mediation and representation of glacier ice in the era of global climate change. The upcoming ASCA New Political Ecologies Workshop explores emergent practices in the humanities and social sciences that help refigure disciplinary boundaries amidst social and environmental precarity. Diamanti’s work has appeared in the journals Radical Philosophy and Postmodern Culture. He is working on a book called Terminal Landscapes: Climate, Energy Culture and the Infrastructures of Postindustrial Capital.

Irene Stracuzzi is a graphic designer and researcher based in the Netherlands. Specialising in the field of printed matter and information design, she works independently as well as collaboratively with different clients and contexts. Her self-initiated projects revolve around cartography, geopolitics and science, involving design as a critical tool to share knowledge.

Her graduation work The Legal Status of Ice received international attention. The installation visualises the race to the Arctic, due to the melting ice, and all that is at stake in a huge 3D model. It explores the overlapping border claims by means of a projection, and compares these with geographic data of fluctuations in sea ice, oil and gas reserves, navigational routes and the geological formations of the seabed.



19:45 – 20:00     Doors & Tickets
20:00 – 20:05     Welcome: Jarl Schulp
20:00 – 20:10     Xandra van der Eijk (Lab Intro)
20:10 – 20:30     Jeff Diamanti (Talk)
20:30 – 20:50     Irene Stracuzzi (Talk)
21:00 – 21:30     Break
21:30 – 22:45     Open Lab Sessions
23:00 – END

Please note: the lab is experimental in nature and there will be no presentations of completed projects and/or performances. Rather than presenting finalised works or reached goals, this evening is about sharing gained knowledge, working processes, tests and other experiments, which will be on display.

Cartographies of the Vanishing Now

This evening is part of FIBER’s Cartographies of the Vanishing Now Project; a new research and development project exploring the potential of sensory art and alternative cartographic methods to remap reality in the age of environmental collapse. It sets out to capture the impact of the growing ecological instability on the way we organise and model our modern world, traces the forces behind environmental change and simultaneous shifts perspectives to start preparing for instable futures. More:

Cartographies of the Vanishing Now is an initiative by FIBER in collaboration with Xandra van der Eijk and Mark Ijzerman, and is supported by the Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts.