Lecture Atelier NL: Think Global, Dig Local
What can local raw materials teach us about a place? How does familiarity with the origins of material help us to use them more wisely? Can a deeper relationship with materials improve humanity's approach to the environment as a whole?
In their efforts to answer these questions, Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck of Atelier NL have created a library of hundreds of sand and clay samples. The thorough analysis of these materials on many scales – from the landscape as a whole down to the molecular level – has evolved into a unique philosophy. Projects, born out of this philosophy, feature aesthetics that emphasize the link between raw materials, their origins, and possible new functions. Through a unique combination of careful exploration, sensible research and analysis and creative material transformation, Atelier NL shows us how to 'think global and dig local'!
Thursday 8th of December, 20h00
at Z33, Zuivelmarkt 33 in Hasselt
Nadine Sterk (°1977, NL) and Lonny van Ryswyck (°1978, NL) founded Atelier NL in 2006, after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven. Starting from an interest in the natural environment, Atelier NL investigates how resources can be turned into materials and products. In their Earth Alchemy Factory, they use self-made machines to transform sand and soil into glass, ceramics and paint. Over the years, they developed a methodology in which exchange, design and production come together, immersing the viewer into the making process and the richness of the natural environment.
In the context of MANUFACTUUR 3.0, Atelier NL will start mapping the local resources in Hasselt. Depending on the availability of materials, several possibilities will be researched to make a local version of the Clay or Glass tableware with gin glasses (made from local, 'wild' sand).
In the context of MANUFACTUUR 3.0,
as part of the art festival TRADEMARKS Stadstriënnale Hasselt-Genk