Around the same time last year we celebrated our ten year anniversary with the book ‘Mothership and Beyond’. A visionary title because this year we have actually gone beyond…
Newsletter : 2016
Mothership beyond: Conquering Germany…
Just over the Dutch border in Rheine Germany, Herman Klaas Projektentwicklung has developed a brand new shopping-mall, the EmsGalery. Thomas Schaper Design is responsible for the mall’s beautiful interior using natural colours and materials and invited Mothership to join the design team. Motherships’ knowledge and experience was needed to add value to the building and shopping experience and attract extra visitors. Just like the concept Mothership designed for the artwork ‘Horn of Plenty’ in the Markthal in Rotterdam, the artwork should draw extra visitors to the EmsGalery and extend their stay inside the mall leading to increasing turnovers for the shop owners.
Mothership developed a concept for the 5000 square feet ceilings of the mall and invited three artists to design an artwork. Together with the developers and designers of the EmsGalery Mothership chose the design of Dutch artist Margriet Smulders for the three ceilings of the Ems Galery.
Margriet Smulders created the tryptich ‘Ins Blaue hineintraumen’, her largest work to date. Three big panels with photographic still lifes portray the river Ems that flows next to the newly built EmsGallery. The three panels visualize the source ‘Quelle’, the river flow ‘Strömung’ and the river mouth ‘Mündung’. The artwork not only shows the beginning and ending of the river Ems but also symbolizes the human lifecycle form birth to death. Just like in earlier work of Margriet, nature (flowers, water and animals) plays an important role in this artwork. She has also incorporated textiles, referring to the rich textile history of Rheine.
TS Visuals was responsible for the high quality printing of the artwork. Just like they did with the ceiling of the Marthal in Rotterdam, they were again more than able to produce prints in rich colours with a perfect finish and a beautiful depth.
The opening of the EmsGalery received a lot of press coverage in Germany and the Netherlands and showcases the international abilities of Mothership.
Click here to read the artikel in the Münsterländische Volkszeitung.
Art for the casino
The Casino in Enschede is situated in a very enclosed architectural building that is not exactly welcoming to visitors. The Casino also shares an underground parking garage with the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital where they also have a hard time getting noticed by visitors. The Casino asked Mothership to help them stand out and make visitors feel more welcome to spend some quality time in their exciting casino. An artwork that is not only welcoming but also makes guests feel happy and excited.
Calvin Sprague has designed a series of beautiful graphic designs to accentuate the unique features the casino has to offer; meeting people, card games, excitement, food and drinks, live music combined with local symbolism. The 110 meter glass wall on the second floor of the underground parking garage and the entrance of the Casino will be transformed into a colourful procession of classy retro style characters and symbols.
Thanks to the efforts of Erna aan de Stegge of KunsWerkt Mothership was able to realise this project. For more information about Erna aan de Stegge and Kunstwerkt please click here.
Many Thanks to Rotterdam Partners’ Kim Heinen
The opening of our Bobbing Forest in March of 2016 in Rotterdam was a huge international success thanks to our public relations partner Coebergh and our partner in Rotterdam: Kim Heinen. Kim was able to mobilize journalists worldwide to report about the Bobbing Forest in the Rijnhaven of Rotterdam. 20 International journalist attended the opening and reported about the ‘Bobbing Forest’ in countries as Korea, Canada, Italy and Romania. The ‘Forest’ was everywhere; ‘Foret Flottante’, ‘Foresta Galleggiante’, ‘Padure Plutitoare’. Thanks to Kim Heinen the Bobbing Forest went viral and could be enjoyed worldwide. Mothership founder Jeroen Everaert was interviewed about the ‘Bobbing Forest’ by Chinese television, Tech Insider posted a film about the Bobbing Forest on their Facebook page that was viewed by 60.000 people. We would like to thank Kim for her enthusiasm and dedication. You can read more here about Kim’s love for Rotterdam, the Markthal, the Bobbing Forest and other highlights.
More Water: RiverArt
RiverArts’ main ambition is creating an artistic trail of at least 25 iconic artworks on the shores of the rivers between Rotterdam and Dordrecht. The Netherlands is known worldwide for its close relationship with water. The country is mainly situated below sea level and two thirds of the Netherlands is vulnerable to flooding. The Dutch have spent a large part of the last century developing a complicated system of drainage ditches, canals and pumping stations to keep the low-lying parts dry. The area between Dordrecht and Rotterdam is considered the birthplace of flood control and water management and from it many industries evolved like dam and dike building companies, dredgers, shipyards and even aircraft developers. RiverArt wants to draw attention to this area by using art as a way to communicate about its history. A collection of artworks by famous (inter)national artists will allow visitors to discover the Rotterdam and Dordrecht area in a whole new way. In the coming ten years at least 25 artworks will be realised on the riverbanks by local companies and will draw visitors to experience the history, beauty, nature and vulnerability of this extraordinary part of the Netherlands. The trail of artworks will not only connect Rotterdam and Dordrecht it will also invite tourists to explore the area on foot, by bike, by car or by boat boosting the local economy.
RiverArt invites artists from around the world to submit their designs for artworks that would fit within the boundaries of this strategic RiverArt concept.
The Rotterdam based artist consortium ‘Observatorium’ (Rotterdam), designed the first RiverArt artwork and Dutch artist Yasser Ballemans (Amsterdam) is currently working on the design of the second artwork. You can read more about the RiverArt project in our next newsletter.
Geert Mul in Schiedam
Mothership and Dutch media artist Geert Mul have been working together on projects for the last couple of years. Because we love his work we would like to bring his exhibition, ‘Geert Mul – Matchmaker- 25 years of Media Art, in the Stedelijk Museum Schiedam to your attention.
For more information about the exhibition please click here.
De pers over Mothership
Margriet Smulders Artwork in Rheine (Germany) in the media:
Hemelplafond Margriet Smulders, Architectuur.nl
Minister gets first RiverArt brochure
The Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, received the first RiverArt brochure on the 10th of May in Dordrecht. The Minister visited Dordrecht together with her fellow foreign Ministers to talk about water safety and climate adaptation. A perfect moment to draw the Ministers attention towards the RiverArt-project.
Together with national and international artists, Mothership, Observatorium and RiverArt will be creating around 20 iconic artworks in the coming 10 years. The artworks will be realized on the banks of the river ‘Noord’ between Rotterdam and Dordrecht. Alongside this river the Dutch fight against water started and created a huge economic impulse for the region. The artworks will not only bind the region and make it a nicer place to live, work and recreate, it will also call attention to its rich history.
If you are interested to find out more about these special artworks, in the line of Dobberend Bos, please hold a close eye on our social media and the newsletters.
Ready for a shock?
The hip Rotterdam based design hotel Stroom asked Mothership to develop a new corporate identity, from menu to entrance; everything had to change. The hotel was built inside an old electric power plant in Delfshaven, so it has some beautiful characteristic features. Still there was something missing and that’s why the owner asked Mothership for help. Jeroen Everaert, Mothership’s creative director, asked Thijs Kelder from Studio Ruwedata for the designs and this choice was definitely appreciated by Stroom. Robust designs with electricity playing a central role will transform the look and feel of this hotel over the coming months.
A Heaven in Rheine
Our concepts are appreciated far beyond the Dutch borders. Mothership and artist Margriet Smulders have been working together to create 3 mind blowing ceilings for a new 17.000 square meters shopping mall in Germany, the Ems Galerie in Rheine. The Ems gallery is a project of Hermann Klaas Entwicklung. Mothership was invited by interior architects Thomas Schaper en Marielle Wichards to help make the gallery a show stopper.
Curious about the ceilings? We will keep you posted through social media and the newsletter.
Together with Jan Dirk Stouten
As of today Mothership’s Jeroen Everaert en Vincent van Zon can be hired as motivational and inspirational public speakers. Topics vary from art in public spaces, the power of art in communication, entrepreneurship and the explanation of different business cases. Everaert and van Zon decided to team up with Jan Dirk Stouten following a couple of successful presentations they did together.
For more information please visit www.jandirkstouten.nl
International design prize for Studio Spass
In 2015 Jeroen Everaert, Mothership’s creative director, acted as a guest curator for the Kunsthal’s innovative ‘Do it’ Project. This exhibition, by internationally renowned curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, consists of do it instructions by world famous artists. Through public participation artworks were created by following the artists instructions.
Jeroen Everaert selected the artwork ‘So Me Thing’. An installation created by Jaron Karvinius and Daan Mens of Studio Spass (creative direction for identities, campaigns and installations). ‘So Me Thing challenged the public to influence the work by ripping and tearing of pieces of pieces if material. The ‘So Me Thing’ has won the Bronze European Designers Award 2016.
Congratulations Studio Spass!!!
First Stone: 1.499.999 to go!
Friday April 15th the first mosaic stones of the immense glass mosaic ceiling were placed in the ceiling of the artwork ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ in the Beurspassage of Amsterdam. City Council member of Art and Culture, Kajsa Ollongren, and Chairman of the Amsterdam City Centre District, Boudewijn Oranje, stepped onto a lifting ramp. Under the watchful eye of the press, artists Hans van Bentem, Arno Coenen and Iris Roskam, property developer Bouwinvest and artproducer Mothership they had the honour of placing the first stone. Actually, the first stone consists of a mat that carries 225 little mosaic stones. The total amount of mosaic stones used in the ceiling will be one million one hundred fifty thousand in total. Ollongren raised her glass in toast of the artwork: ‘a valuable addition to the city and to the center district.’ An ambition that we’ve been working on behind the scenes for a while is finally taking shape in this passage.
More information about the Artwork ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ can be found in the this article in the Dutch newspaper Parool with BouwInvest and Mothership.
Mothership not only floats trees…. As of the 29th of April, 8 photographs have been launched into Rotterdam’s Westersingel. The photographs may look familiar as they have already been exhibited in different public places across Rotterdam during ‘De Kracht van Rotterdam’ project, which translates to ‘The Power of Rotterdam’.
12 Photographers were given 24 hours to showcase their city. The winning results were exposed throughout Rotterdam and showed the people of Rotterdam a new side of their city. Because Rotterdam is celebrating 75 years of reconstruction (rotterdamviertdestad.nl) the winning photographs are now floating in the Westersingel and are accompanied by two stories written by local teenagers who participated in the project ‘Verhalen bij beelden’ which tries to stimulate youth in making their own stories instead of blindly following the visual culture. The photographs and the stories can be enjoyed in the water of the Westersingel until the end of July.
This project was commissioned by De Kracht van Rotterdam and produced by Mothership. For more information please check out www.dekrachtvanrotterdam.nl.
We’re going on expedition
It’s slowly getting warmer which means the festival season is slowly getting started. We’re happy to be represented on that front: Rotterdam club-owner Aziz Yagoub asked Mothership to become a partner in his Expedition Festival. This dancefestival features great artists of different genres, including Róisín Murphy as this year’s headliner. This musical hotspot will take place in the Euromastpark on July 16th. If you want to know more about the specifics of this partnership, keep a close eye on our Facebook page.
Opening Bobbing Forest
On Wednesday, March 16, ‘The Bobbing Forest’ was officially launched and we are really really proud. On National Tree’Splashing’Day twenty Dutch Elms were lowered into the water of the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam.
The sun going down and the choir of the Rotterdam highschool for Music and Dance singing made the moment an unforgettable happening and was enjoyed by the many invited guests and (inter)national press.
We can’t wait to see the elms in full leaf so everybody can enjoy this new piece of green in the harbor of Rotterdam.
If you want to learn more about the Forest, please go to www.bobbingforest.com to watch videos, look at pictures and read press coverage.
Some inside information at Schiphol Airport
March turned out to be a very productive month because we produced another beautiful piece of art. Since March 8th visitors can enjoy a piece of art in The Fashion Gallery in Departure Hall 2 at Schiphol Airport which is made by motion designer Eline Wieland
A pillar in the middle of this multi-branded high fashion store, covered with flexible LED-screens, also covers part of the adjoining ceiling. Images of Dutch skies, blossoming cherry trees, the world’s highest towers, fluttering hummingbirds and imposing mountain ranges take visitors on a trip around the world.
Do visit this special eye-catching head-turner during your next intercontinental flight; you won’t regret it!
The interview with art director Jeroen Everaert and motion designer Eline Wieland will give you more insight into this very special project.
Click here for the interview & video.
Hundreds and thousands of little stones
The past few weeks have been extremely busy for the Zoetermeer based Italian family-run business Zuliani. Hundreds of thousands of mosaic stones have been hand-placed by numbers in special mats. These mats will be used to assemble the 450m2 mosaic ceiling of the work of art ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ in the Beurspassage in Amsterdam. Jeroen Everaert of Mothership has kept a close eye on the progress of the mosaic. The first stone of the mosaic ceiling of this biggest work of Art in the Netherlands is soon to be hand-placed. Apart from the mosaic ceiling the terazzo floors of ‘Amsterdam Oersoep’ are also made by these Italian masters.
We have a new trainee!
Joni Cousins, student at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, shall busy herself from February until June with marketing and communication.
Joni is in her last year of Art & Culture Studies and also busy writing her thesis.
Her love of films and music make her a frequent volunteer at festivals. Welcome aboard Joni!
Good things come in trees
Everybody at GKB in Barendrecht is working around the clock on the buoys so they can deliver a great job at bobbing the forest. You can admire this new piece of green in Rotterdam from March 16th in the Rijnhaven in Rotterdam.
Interesting fact: until the trees hit the water, they have already absorbed a smashing 1321 kg of CO². And it only gets better; in the first year they will compensate about 1000 km of CO² emission from car driving. That’s right, art and sustainability go hand in hand!
Let’s bob to the waves of generosity
The Bobbing Forest does not stay unnoticed and it’s no wonder. Not only does it add more oxygen to the city, offers more housing to our birdy-friends and looks fantastic all-round, it also gives new life to some old sea buoys. We hope we can inspire people to think more consciously about their environment. This is why Leev, producer of healthy and organic food, has nominated the Bobbing Forest to win a nice amount of money. Leev distributes no less than 75.000 euros between four nominees when enough people share their good deed on their website www.goedvooreenander.nu. The four nominees are the Bobbing Forest, the Leev Farm, Timon (organization that helps troubled youth) and Mijn Kind Gezond (My Child Healthy). So thumbs up to Leev for this initiative! We will keep you informed when the voting starts.
Mothership is ready for take-off!
If you think the sky is the limit, you may be surprised during you next visit to Schiphol! Images by ‘motion designer’ Eline Wieland on a big column can take you on a trip around the world. She is inspired by the most beautiful clouds, which of course are found in our own Dutch skies. We won’t spill too much though! The project is commissioned by Lagardère, a company that owns mostly high-end fashion stores at Schiphol. Stay tuned for more information on this eye catcher!
In case you haven’t heard yet, Amsterdam, next to Rotterdam is also getting a showpiece by Mothership. It will probably steal all the attention from Dam Square, Van Gogh museum and other tourist attractions but for a good reason. A beautiful mosaic of the Italian men at Zuliani will visualize the Amsterdam canals and it’s many details. From September on you will be amazed by a beautiful passageway by our team of artists: Arno Coenen, Iris Roskam and Hans van Bentem. The artwork is part of the renovation of the Beurspassage, that connects the Damrak with the Nieuwendijk.
The Floating Forest
Maybe you have already seen it on Facebook or Twitter: On March 16th the complete Bobbing Forest will be floating in the Rijnhaven, twenty trees in total! The first ever forest on water in the world is the youngest member in the family of iconic landmarks in Rotterdam.
March 16th is National Tree Day; the perfect moment to launch the forest. The launching will be done, under the watchful eye of national and international press, by our special guest….
The Floating Forest broaches current problems like climate change and quality of life in cities. But of course above all it is a very special piece or art that you can enjoy sitting on the benches on the quay, next to the 21st tree.
Opening Bouwcampus Delft
On the 13th of January the Bouwcampus in Delft was officially opened. This meeting ground for innovators in the field of living, housing and working invited Mothership’s Jeroen Everaert to talk about the power of art in the public domain. Minister Schultz Verhaegen of Infrastructure and Enviroment and minister Blok of Housing were among the invited.
Thought-provoking Adagia Erasmus
These past few months several quotations of Erasmus, a famous Rotterdam born Humanist, emerged all over the city: at the entrance of the subway at Rotterdam Centraal, the central railway station, on the wall of Hotel Emma at the Nieuwe Binnenweg and on the airshafts of the subway on Weena.
Some of these so-called Adagia by our famous towny are over 500 years old, but surprisingly up-to-date. Marcel Potters shared this view and wrote about it in the RD/AD on the 16th of January.
The next months you will be surprised by more of his inspiring quotations in public space.
Bye Semih! Welcome to Nathalie and Thomas!
Our enthusiastic Semih finished his internship at Mothership and has left us. We will miss him and his brilliant brainstorms!
In the meantime new blood arrived: project manager Nathalie Wellstood and intern Thomas Bal.
Nathalie started her career as a reporter/director for national television but after ten years decided to change to the cultural sector. She has since worked as a producer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam and the Urban Culture Stage in Rotterdam. She also volunteers for the musicfestival Werfpop in Leiden. In her free time you can find her in a concerthall or (movie)theater. Together with the Mothership team she hopes to make the world a more beautiful place. We couldn’t agree with her more.
Thomas is in his last year of studying Small Business & Retail Management at the Higher Economic School in Rotterdam. His energy and enthusiasm wil certainly help him graduate. He allready feels really at home in the Mothership team. If he isn’t busy playing hockey or kitesurfing you will probably find him at his new girlfriend.