Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen


In the project Landfall, a large-scale art project in the public space of Amsterdam Zuidas commissioned by the Virtual Museum Zuidas, the artist duo Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen (France, 1977/the Netherlands 1974) unravels the ambiguity of our spatial surroundigns. In a complex photographic installation the new territory of Surtsey, the youngest island in the world that emerged after a volcanic eruption off the south coast of Iceland, and Zuidas, a former marshland changed by human intervention into the new international business district of the Netherlands, are brought togehter in an unexpected way.

This publication takes the project Landfall as a starting point for utopian, artistic, critical, philosophical and poetical reflections on large-scale urbanization, the complicated relationship between man and nature, islands and the artificial landscape. In addition to the overwhelming panoramic photographs of Landfall specific contributions from the artists have been included, such as the logbook of their expedition to Surtsey, and a fascinating compilation of text and images from their extensive archive.

Edited by Marente Bloemheuvel and Zsa-Zsa Eyck, with essays by art historian and curator Mark Kremer, urban planner and political scientist Helga Fassbinder, professor of Romance Languages at Harvard University Tom Conley, and philosopher Gilles Deleuze‘s test ‘Desert Island’.

Hiryczuk/ Van Oevelen, Landfall, Heijningen, Jap Sam Books, ISBN 987-90322-20-5