Are we in the position of observer or actor of liminal transitions? 
TAAK and Satellietgroep kindly invite you to become part of the Dutch iteration of the international project called '36.5 / a durational performance with the sea' by Sarah Cameron Sunde (USA) on August 10 at Katwijk aan Zee. During a full tidal shift - from low tide to high tide to low tide - Sarah stands for 13 hours in the seawater. You are warmly invited to join Sarah in the water. The performance is filmed by Jonas de Witte and multi screened during SAIL Amsterdam from August 19-23.

New location: Oude Rijn at Katwijk aan Zee, see map below.
Time: 07:45 - 20:45
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Locations: Marineterrein, de Apple arts centre, Oude Kerk, Pakhuis de Zwijger.
Special opening August 18 at Marineterrein in Amsterdam: 18:00 - 20:00
Full program with special guests and talks:
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After three North American iterations, Sarah will perform the Dutch iteration on August 10. Following the impact hurricane Sandy had on her hometown New York City in 2012, interdisciplinary artist and director Sarah Cameron Sunde realized the vulnerability of the city in the context of climate change and the prospect of sea level rise. She decided to investigate her relationship with the sea and started '36.5' as a global experience, to enhance public awareness.
In collaboration with TAAK and supported by AfK, Sarah was invited by Satellietgroep as artist in resident for artistic research at the Zandmotor and the Dutch coastline for the Dutch iteration of the project '36.5'. Not only the winds, currents and waves, but also the moon and sun, rotation of the earth (and most recently the red algea) influence any coastal endeavour in The Netherlands.

Sarah Cameon Sunde testing at Zandmotor; photo Jonas de Witte.
Understanding the Netherlands – a country mostly below sealevel - is basically understanding the coexistence of man and water. Living in the Netherlands means living in an artificial manmade environment. Although we perceive most of the Dutch coastal landscape as a natural landscape, it is the result of interactions between man and nature. 
Since millennia we tend to design, construct, reconstruct and deconstruct the coastal landscape to fit it to our needs. Like living in a theme park, pleasing to the eye without worries and full of leisure and endless entertainment. The Dutch are masters in disguising the cultural landscape as a natural one. Dunes hide dikes and parking spaces. Dikes have become soo high that we lost contact with the sea behind.
Sarah Cameron Sunde overlooking the Wadden Sea; photo Jonas de Witte.

In the Anthropocene humans affect the earth. Satellietgroep invites artists in residence for artistic research on the Zandmotor as cutural phenomenon. With the insights that sand nourishes and protects the Dutch shores, combined with the lack of sands due to building sluizes in rivers that prevent sediments to reach the North Sea, the Zandmotor is built in 2011 with 21.5 million cubic meters of sand on the foreshore, called Building with Nature. Designed as a dynamic innovative coastal experiment, to strengthen the shoreline and dunes, intended to change and dissolve in the sea by 2031. Satellietgroep redefined the Zandmotor as the largest contemporary cultural statement of the Anthropocene era we now live in. Carefully monitored by policymakers and international scientists and widely appropriated by the locals.
During the on site research and with the technical advise of Max Radermacher (TU Delft, Project NatureCoast, PhD-candidate) it became apparent that the Zandmotor is actually performing too well as innovation for coastal protection: sand has been accumulating in the entrance to the lagoon. It now has a tidal shift of only 40 centimeters, instead of the average 100 to 150 centimeters between high tide and low tide along the Dutch shores. It also became clear that it would be too dangerous for Sarah to perform in the currents and waves of the open North Sea....
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With special thanks to DCR Gueststudios and Villa Ockenburgh/LocatieZ in The Hague.
The research than extended to the Hondsbossche and Pettemer Zeewering. Recently 35 million cubic meters of sand replenish the coastline of this dike for coastal protection. A new manmade dune landscape with a gully resembling the lagoon at the Zandmotor. But a storm recently closed this gully with a sandbank....
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Finally, Katwijk aan Zee became the place to be. The historic context of the outlet of the river Rhine and once on the border of the Roman empire - the Limes - with the fortress Brittenburg show the impact of eroding shorelines in The Netherlands. Brittenburg was based in front of the current shoreline and long since swallowed by the sea. Recently the whole seaside had a complete transformation, with a manmade dune landscape that also accomodates a parking lot.
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In the near future the newest innovation of climate adaptive dikes might proof to be the best resilient place for a performance such as '36.5' in The Netherlands?

After The Netherlands the project '36.5' will next be performed at Bangladesh in 2016. At the final stage all global literations of the project '36.5' will return to New York in 2020.
Sarah Cameron Sunde testing the waters for '36.5' in New York in 2020; photo Marie Lorenz.

TAAK is an international platform that develops innovative art projects and educational programmes relating to social issues such as ecology, urbanisation, social design and human rights. TAAK places topics of public interest on the agenda and develops innovative strategies and perspectives for a changing world. Nils van Beek is partner/curator at TAAK and is curator/advisor of the Dutch iteration of '36.5' for Sarah Cameron Sunde together with Satellietgroep.
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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.
Our projects are currently supported by funding by Stichting DOEN and Stroom and commisioned by Rijksdienst Cultueel Erfgoed and Provincie Zuid-Holland. Together with Provincie Zuid-Holland we now develop Zandgast, the new visitor center and artist in residency on and about the Zandmotor. Aimed at sharing new works and insights of the coexistence of man and water with broader audiences and in collaboration with multiple partners.

Satellietgroep (The Hague, 2006) explores through arts the social and ecological impact of the sea and coastal transitions on cities, people, communities and environments in The Netherlands and abroad. The aim is to enhance public and professional awareness on coastal transitions.
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 the international artist in residency exchange programs called Badgast and Now Wakes The Sea. 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.