Plan B (September 2019)

Studio B

Photo: PLACCC Festival

This installation paints a terrifying vision of the future relationship between man and nature. Due to rising sea levels Terschelling as we know it will be no more. If an archive were to be assembled from a few carefully chosen fragments of the life of Terschelling, what would it contain? Objects? Memories? Sounds or dialects? Living beings, flora and fauna?

The installation was first shown at Oerol Festival, Netherlands in June 2019 and aims to carry the captured fragments of Terschelling to bring attention to the fragility of human beings..

Plan B depicts a state in which nature has been conquered by humans and only exists as a framed phenomenon, where there are only plants and animals that are indispensable for the survival of humanity. Everything that was replaceable was extinct or included in an open-air museum - as an exhibition object, stripped of its former role or function in nature.  This dystopia has become a reality, and has triggered an unforeseen but irreversible process: we face the destruction of parts of our universe. We now face the question; what want, must, can we still save?

Created by Studio B from Hungary, a satellite studio at the Institute of Architecture, MOME led by Daniel Laszlo Balo and Tamas Bene. The studio consists of seminars, lectures, workshops and courses which revolve around the nowadays fashionable expression “spatial design” mostly from the perspective of the relation between nature and humans. The aim of the studio is to detach students from the strict forms, rules and functionality of architecture and encourage them to express abstract ideas, thoughts and – most importantly – statements, using as well as transforming and adapting their existing toolset as architecture students.

To enable a development in their artistic experimentations and practise, students undertook a residency on Terschelling island, Netherlands before presenting their installation at Oerol 2019 festival.  This was facilitated through the LAND project as a collaboration between Oerol and Artpolis enabling the students to develop their practise in rural site-specific work.

The students interviewed local residents, gathered cultural items and stories and recorded sounds on the island that communicate its human presence.  These were brought together to showcase the captured details of the island to draw attention to the fragility of the human existence. 

PLACCC is an annual festival in Budapest, Hungary, organised by Artpolis.  The festival presents an international and local selection of art forms at unusual places and in public space.

Work title: Plan B

Artist: Studio B

Year: September 2019

Festival: PLACCC 2019

Country: HU

Type: Presentation