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Art and research during the transformation of the ENCI area

‘TRANSITION ZONE’ is a project about connections, participation and visibility. It is a project about art and research, and the presentation of its results in situ, in the ENCI area. This special location is one in which various experienced notions of place are making particular changes possible.

In this transition area all kinds of new places and possibilities are created that are relevant for artistic research in situ. These places are all staffed by various parties or stakeholders, who each have their own interest in the (re)allocation and rearrangement of the ENCI quarry, which is scheduled to be completed provisionally by 2019. The different stakeholders – including Natuurmonumenten, ENCI employees, new companies, local residents, recreationists, as well as the Natural History Museum Maastricht – all provide their own perspective and create their own notion of place in this way. We think that these various parties can exist side by side in this special location, and tell their own story, no matter how controversial they may be. This offers distinct opportunities for artists who take the ‘incompatible’ as a starting point for their research and who seek to make this aspect visible, experienceable and negotiable by means of their work.

Consequently, we invited 12 young artists who will follow the different parties involved, for one and a half year. They do so through conversations and giving them a voice, which will provide them a basis for their research and work. The status of the research, the collaboration among the various parties and the results will be presented to the public at specific moments, in several qualified and experimental ways. At the same time the public will be invited to participate in these specific events. The results of the artistic research are presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Association of Archaeologists (EAA-Maastricht), held from 30 August until 3 September 2017 in Maastricht. A sample of the results is presented in the ENCI quarry during the public programme of the EAA-conference. A temporary ArtLab will be engaged by the artists in February/ March 2018 in the Natural History Museum Maastricht, where the artists will further develop and present their work to the public. The final result takes the form of a presentation of the research and the newly produced artworks in the new collections building in the ‘transition zone’.

The special character of the ‘TRANSITION ZONE’ is its ‘incompatibility’, as well as the creation of ‘visibility’ and the connection of different notions of place, which arises from the various perspectives and combined practices. The artists will utilize and showcase this special character through their art and research.

Krien Clevis, Curator ‘TRANSITION ZONE’