I first saw work by the French-Luxemburg artist duo Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil two years ago at Galerie Fontana. It was the exhibion ‘Un monde parfait – In dust suspended’. I wrote an article for NRC about the way they use their sculptures to come to grips with the desolation of the modern utopia that was realized in concrete on the edges of Paris – as in many other cities.
For the radio documentary of CBCRadio ‘go with the flow: Using nature to help fight climate change’ I talked about the challenges with which the Netherlands has to deal with concerning water. The Netherlands have to think ahead. If they don’t, this country will simply disappear under the waves. And that makes prevention really part of the DNA of this country.
NBC made a short documentary about Amsterdam’s hidden community of refugee squatters. Many refugees that have been denied a status are illegal in this country and they therefore do not have the right for housing. This documentary visits several refugees and interviewed them. I was asked to elaborate on the history of Amsterdam concerning squatting.
The American television channel, CBS Sunday morning, visited the Netherlands to learn about how we deal with the rising sea levels. They interviewed me about my book Sweet & Salt.
Windmills are more than just a traditional part of the Dutch landscape; they have played a key role in the war Holland has waged against the sea for centuries. Today the Dutch are using ever-more innovative methods to combat rising sea levels, strategies that may also benefit other nations confronting the effects of climate change.