Our bilateral Maltese-Dutch artistic curatorial proposal is shortlisted for Valletta European Cultural Capital 2018!
May 27-29 during Festival Designkwartier in De Tempel, The Hague: Satellietgroep presents Atelier NL, Theun Karelse, ArtScience Interfaculty, Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, Aliki van der Kruijs, Waterpioneer & De Onkruidenier.
June 18 at Zandmotor Public Expedition Zandmotor#7: Satellietgroep with Climate Proof by Esther Kokmeijer & Sand Songs by iii (instrument inventors initiative), ArtScience & TodaysArt.
Until October 30: 'Untangling the Tides' by Zoro Feigl at Verbeke Foundation (BE) in the exhibition Bewogen Beweging with Theo Jansen.
June 10-19 Oerol 2016: '36.5-a long durational performance with the sea' by Sarah Cameron Sunde (USA) and Jonas de Witte.
July 2016 Over het IJ Festival: Public Expeditions Landscape Extracts, Waterlandse Vloed in Amsterdam.
July 2016: First exchange resident at Sea Loft UK is Nishiko (NL/J).

In Moved Movement, the Farewell Speech of Dirk Sijmons as Professor of Landscape Architecture at TU Delft (Faculty of Architecture, Delft University of Technology, October 2015) he stated that 'Climate change may well be the biggest artefact'.
In the Anthropocene humans affect the earth on a geological scale. Satellietgroep explores the Zandmotor, a prime example of the anthropogenic frame of mind, as a cultural phenomenon. We need engaged artists and passionate scientists to unexpectedly explore the world around us and jointly test our perceptions.

Awareness of the Anthropocene opens up a new way of perceiving the world.
To quote Kayla Anderson in the essay 'Ethics, Ecology, and the Future: Art and Design Face the Antropocene': "... works of critical, conceptual and speculative design may be best suited to adressing the Anthropocene as they foster critical thinking about how we relate to technology and science, how we organize ourselves politically and socially, and how we define ourselves in the broader ecological assemblage. ... They revive the practice of critical thinking, not prescribe concrete single-track solutions, but to broaden perspectives on how the world is and how it coud be in light of the Anthropocene".
Most interesing is, how we can critically relate to popular words as selfsuficiency and sustainability, by questioning who is the 'self' and redefine 'sustain' into a more active connotation, instead of a passive conserving what we allready know or are used to?
Since 2014 Satellietgroep invites artist in residents for artistic research on the Zandmotor. Artists and designers are encouraged to develop new and insightful works in collaboration with locals and experts that reflect on coastal transitions, climate change and the role of human influence in these processes, to be shared during Public Expeditions. Zoro Feigl, Theun Karelse, Josje Hattink, Berndnaut Smilde, Sarah Cameron Sunde (USA), Laboratory of Microclimates (Annechien Meier en Gert-Jan Gerlach) and Esther Kokmeijer were all hosted at Villa Ockenburgh/Locatie Z.
Students of ArtScience Interfaculty (The Hague) under the guidance of tutor/artist Cocky Eek used the Zandmotor as an open-air classroom during the academic year of 2015/2016.
As part of our international exchange program ‘Coexistence of Man and Water’ Thijs Ebbe Fokkens was resident at Nida Art Colony in Lithuania and Maurice Bogaert was resident parallel with Ilya Grishaev (RU) at National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) in St. Petersburg. Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMMC) and The Dutch Consulate in New York City invited Satellietgroep as artistic researchers. Satellietgroep explored the precarious water balance of Wadden island Vlieland in the project 'Welcome in the Water Bubble' with 3 public expeditions during the festival Into The Great Wide Open.
Overtreders W, Rob Sweere Artworks and RAAAF | Atelier de Lyon developed the first designs of Zandgast, a proposal for a cultural center on the Zandmotor. The proposed center will provide space for artist in residents and information facilities for visitors about the Zandmotor, the new approach called Building with Nature.
Atelier NL is currently developing the first Zandmotor product: glassware made of Pleistocene sand the Zandmotor is build with, collected from the bottom of what we now call the North Sea.
Satellietgroep presented the artistic insights during Dutch Design Summerschool, National Delta Conference, NatureCoast, EU Parliament on Arts & Climate Change and more. Satellietgroep was invited to present a critical analysis of the spatial quality and tourism along the Dutch and Belgian coastlines.
Satellietgroep is now actively forging new collaborations in Belgium, Scotland, Malta, Japan and beyond. These new collaborations continue to enrich and help cultivate The Anthropogenic Coastal Atlas and how Satellietsgroeps extensive and growing ‘Coastal Collection’ can be presented on and offline.
Currently Satellietgroep is working on the projects 'The Waterpioneer' on the Zandmotor and 'Landscape Extracts' in Waterland (Waterlandse Vloed, Amsterdam).
At DCR Gueststudios we hosted 27 artists, curators, choreographers and musicians in 2015 for research and presentations in The Hague, including the collaborative program with iii (instument inventors initiative).
The curatorial team of Satellietgroep now consists of Jacqueline Heerema, Ronald Boer and Francois Lombarts.
We warmly like to thank all artists, experts, locals, partners, funds & commissioners for their confidence to come out of their comfort zones and generous support!
You can also contribute to the activities of Satellietgroep! Spread the word or invite us for a presentation, research, collaboration or exchange project. Satellietgroep works also on commissions. Feel free to contact us at or browse our website for ideas. 
Looking forward to meet you!
Jacqueline Heerema, Ronald Boer & Francois Lombarts, the curatorial team of Satellietgroep.
Zandmotor, photo: Stephen Mintern
Artists collective Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) explores through arts the social and ecological impact of the sea and coastal transitions on cities, people, communities and environments, and vice versa the influence of mankind on coastal transitions and climate change in The Netherlands and abroad. Our aim is to enhance public and professional awareness. Satellietgroep hosts artists in residents for artistic fieldwork, connect with locals and experts and develop new concepts and works that reflect the resilience of coexistence of man and water, in past, present and future.
Long term projects are 'Badgast' - artist in residency program at The Hague/Scheveningen (2009-2014), 'Now Wakes The Sea', the international exchange residency program in collaboration with international cultural partners (since 2012). Since 2014 Satellietgroep develops the first artistic research on the Zandmotor, the newest innovation on coastal protection called Building with Nature. In these programs artist in residencies are used as a research method to enable artists and scientists to do fieldwork and to work on site with local partners, coastal communities and experts in order to map out and research the current status of coastal transitions and to generate new narratives and perspectives. The programs function as an alternative source for collecting. New concepts and works are developed that we connect and contextualize with existing works for public events like traveling film festivals, exhibitions, workshops and presentations at expert conferences. Artist in residents are invited to critically explore and visualize the zones of coexistence of man and water and reveal different perspectives. By interconnecting coastal communities, arts and science we share local knowledge on global level to gain sustainable insights on coastal transitions that transcend local and national issues.