Brandstof: Holocene Memorial
7 Feb 2021 Starts at: 2 p.m. Location: Garage Rotterdam

The Holocene is coming to an end. We are saying goodbye to an era during which the North Sea and the Dutch coastline were formed. We are entering a time in which mankind has become a disruptive force of geological proportions.

We must now relate to inconceivably large matters: The planet, the climate. It is quite maddening. Our individual lives are difficult to rhyme with such an enormous, geological responsibility. How do we, humans and non-humans, take care of ourselves and of each other now that the Holocene is coming to an end?

For the occasion of the group exhibition A New Order, A New Earth, the Ambassade van de Noordzee (Embassy of the North Sea) has been invited to organise this edition of Brandstof. With a wholesome ritual, we will make time and room for reflection and for personal stories and the non-humans we are saying goodbye to are given a voice.

According to the Ambassade van de Noordzee, both the North Sea as well as life in the sea belong to themselves and should have their own voice in our democracy. A first step in recognising non-humans as political actors would be to allow ourselves to mourn about the
fact that they are slowly disappearing.

This ritual will be directed by Performance artist Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti.

Brandstof is the in-depth programme to accompany the exhibition A New Order | A New Earth.