Open for public: Thursday & Friday 14:00 - 20:00, Saturday & Sunday 14:00 - 18:00
Though the event takes place indoor, the dresscode is outdoor, as it may be cold inside!

Satellietgroep & all invited artists and designers & the team of Electriciteitsfabriek warmly invite you to join the exhibition & program to rethink our perceptions of culture and nature.
OCT 21 + 22: 14:00 - 14:30
Special kids tour with VakantiepasClub


Theun Karelse icw Satellietgroep
14:00 - 17:30
The program is in English.

Midden in de tentoonstelling "Climate as Artifact - Klimaat als mensenwerk’ organiseren we een middag waarbij dialoog vanuit verschillende perspectieven (kunst, wetenschap en maatschappij) centraal staat. Samen met kunstenaar Theun Karelse en gasten stellen we de vraag: What role does fieldwork play in environmental literacy for humans and artificial intelligences?
Voor deze bijeenkomst vragen we gasten een voorwerp mee te brengen over veldwerk of reizen in het 'wild'.

The program of the afternoon is in three parts, themed around the question: What role does fieldwork play in environmental literacy for humans and artificial intelligences?
For this gathering we ask you to bring an object related to your own fieldwork or journeys in the 'wild'.
Image: Glitch Landscape, Theun Karelse 2018

Much of our technological history - on a planet populated with millions of almost unimaginably different species - has been developed from the view-point of one particular ape. This has lead to what Edward O. Wilson calls the 'Age of Loneliness'. In a way our technologies have been technologies of loneliness - ignoring and violating natural processes and biodiverse communities.
We are slowly realizing that our sense of control over the systems we make and their effects on the environment has been an illusion. So what if we let go of control? How do we relate to our environment then? Is fieldwork a method of opening up to the extraordinary complexity of natural processes and communities? What if machines start to figure life out for themselves?


1) Presentation of the Fieldguide to Random Forests publication that collects observations, images, tools and questions that emerged from the fieldwork sessions and public labs in Terschelling, The Hague, Lapland, Thailand and Estonia, with contributions by Ian Ingram, Sjef van Gaalen, Michelle Geraerts, Driessen/Verstappen, Tivon Rice, Maja Kuzmanovic, Nik Gaffney and Jacqueline Heerema.

2) Environmental Literacy, from ancient indigenous practices to artificial intelligence.
What if the fate of the Amazon river actually depends on Amazon’s algorithms?
Until recently the ability to make sense of the environment was limited to biological beings, crows, elephants, jellyfish and humans. Now machines are starting to blur those lines. Machine intelligence is emerging rapidly in natural resource management, environmental sciences and more generally in the way humans relate to their environment. The Random Forests program has been looking at fundamental ingredients for environmental literacy in organic beings and if these ingredients could be made accessible to an artificial intelligence (an AI).

How do humans and animals learn about natural processes? From Sasi to Inception, an AI training platform
- Could machines become environmentally literate? From analysing ecosystems to relating to ecosystems.

3) Fieldwork as a research method for humans and machines?
What role does fieldwork play in environmental literacy for humans and artificial intelligences?
- Do machines need training forests?
14:00: Welcome by Jacqueline Heerema, curator of Satellietgroep

14:30 - 15:00 Introductions and book presentation 'Fieldguide to Random Forests' by Theun Karelse

15:00 - 16:00 Environmental Literacy, from ancient indigenous practices to artificial intelligence

16:00 - 16:30 Break

16:30 - 17:30 Fieldwork as a research method for humans and machines?

18:00: Close of exhibition

Theun Karelse and Random Forests

Theun Karelse (Nl) studied fine-arts at the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam before joining FoAM, a transdisciplinary laboratory at the interstices of art, science, nature and everyday life. His interests and experimental practice explores edges between art, ecology, technology and archaeology. Lately he has been working more by creating research programmes that consist of debate and fieldwork. For this transdisciplinary teams are established to address specific topics in fieldwork sessions by in-situ prototyping, experimentation and direct perception.

Climate as Artifact - Klimaat als mensenwerk is an exhibition program that targets at how redefining climate as a cultural artifact through artistic practice helps us to break free from conventional attitudes in order to establish new and essential perspectives. Climate as Artifact will bring together artists, designers, scientists and society to rethink our perceptions of culture and nature. Curated by Satellietgroep at Electriciteitsfabriek The Hague, with Berndnaut Smilde, Sachi Miyachi, Nishiko, Esther Kokmeijer, Maurice Bogaert, Aliki van der Kruijs, Jos Klarenbeek, Maurice Meewisse, Lotte Geeven, Theun Karelse, Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Giuseppe Licari, Onkruidenier, Josje Hattink, Masha Ru & more. All previous artist-in-residence of artists collective Satellietgroep, who develop new works and insights during the exhibition program, connecting the arts, science and society.

Artists collective Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) explores the sea, coastal transitions, climate change and the role of mankind in these processes in the Netherlands and abroad. In 2018 we rethink our perceptions of culture and nature with artists, designers, scientists and audiences. One of the questions is: Who is nature?

This program is part of the series Zeelabs by Satellietgroep on culture and nature, coast and climate in the context of Feest aan Zee.

Upcoming Oct 28 Zeelab#4 Global Currents
 and Nov 18 Zeelab#5 Landscape Observations
See previous editions this year 
Zeelab#2 Climate as Game Changer
Zeelab#1 Uptime_

Berndnaut Smilde, Sun Following Prism, 2017 > more

Sachi Miyachi,  ____________ (working title), 2018 > more

Nishiko, Repairing Earthquake Project, since 2011 - ongoing > more

Esther Kokmeijer, Deep Meaning of Voyaging, 2018 > more

Maurice Bogaert, Wide / White, 2018 > more

Aliki van der Kruijs & Jos Klarenbeek, Kadans, 2018 > more

Maurice Meewisse, Eightteen Coffee Breaks - Eight Working Hours, 2017-2018 > more

Lotte Geeven, Score, 2018 > more

Theun Karelse, Environmental Literacy, 2018 > more

Thijs Ebbe Fokkens, Every Future (is a crime scene), 2018 > more

Giuseppe Licari, Disco Stone, 2018 > more

Josje Hattink, Voice of a Sinking Landscape, 2018 > more

Masha Ru, Museum of Edible Earth: An Acquired Taste, 2018 > more

Onkruidenier icw Rosanne van Wijk, SWEET - SWEAT. We are under construction, 2018 > more

Free for children up to 13 years if accompanied by an adult
€ 5,- for students, CJP, Ooievaarspas and 65+ p.p.
€ 7,- Day Ticket p.p.
€ 50,- Passe-Partout p.p. that allows you to (re)visit during all events
Specials for members We Are Public
Please contact us if you are interested in a special visit and/or contribution to this event:
Looking forward to meet you!
The team of Satellietgroep
Jacqueline Heerema, Francois Lombarts & Lotte Bosman. 
With special thanks to Mondriaan Fonds, BankGiro Loterij Fonds, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Gemeente Den Haag, Feest aan Zee.
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, collaborate 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, designers, students 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 reference works for public events like expeditions, exhibitions, workshops and presentations at expert conferences, often outside the artistic domain. 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.