Bobbing Forest

During the ‘Nationale Boomfeestdag 2014’, a nationwide celebration day for trees, FINALLY the prototype of the Bobbing Forest was launched. It was a bit tense for our René, because of the extremely tight schedule. Fortunately the tree was ready on time for the festivities.

The great attendance during the joint opening of the Bobbing Forest and the Aqua Dock caused a great atmosphere. As icing on the cake the prototype was ‘baptized’ by alderman Alexandra van Huffelen, artist Jorge Bakker and Willem Griffioen of Mercon. All three were given a small bottle of champagne to traditionally break it against the buoy ( In this case to throw…). Since the buoy was bobbing in the water, this was not an easy task, challenging their sense of direction.

During the testing phase the prototype is on view in the Aqua Dock of the RDM Campus. We will post news about developments on the website:

The Bobbing Forest is initiated and produced by Mothership.

    A royal guest

    The mirroring ball was not the only way in which Mothership contributed to the opening of Rotterdam Central Station. We were also present during the official opening by the King! In collaboration with the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Conny Janssen Danst, Codarts and Riverpark Films we produced a film by Alex Verhaest and Eline Wieland. This triptych with live music and dance was a visual spectacle.

    In a contemporary way the King then performed the opening act. On the touch screen, which heralded the official opening moment, a short film played for the King. It showed three dancers, out of which a lady reached for the hand of the King. He made contact with her by placing his hand on the touch screen, after which the train station was officially opened.

    Commissioned by the City of Rotterdam, N-Sign, ProRail and NS, Mothership acted as concept developer and producer.

      A shiny start

      Rotterdam Central Station has been opened! This huge event could not have been missed, and Mothership is very proud to have made a contribution: a BIG one! A huge mirroring ball graced the central hall of the station as part of the #selfie campaign. Together with Shivers, Mothership created the concept and invited MWAH Tekstuele Verwenners to create a couple of texts suitable for the occasion.

      Commissioned by Shivers, Mothership acted as concept developer and producer.

      Thank you City of Rotterdam, ProRail and NS for this special opportunity!

        Santa Claus takes a hike!

        Also gnomes sometimes need new shoes, so did the infamous Santa Claus of the Binnenweg. The entrepreneurs association of the Nieuwe Binnenweg saw the exhibition S.H.O.E.S. in the Kunsthal as a good opportunity to put Santa in the spotlights. They invented a route which the gnome follows from his spot to the Kunsthal along the shops of the Binnenweg. The large foot steps are designed by Emma van Beek.

        It is not the first and last time the gnome makes a trip. If you want to be kept up to date about his trips, you can follow him on his own Facebook page ‘Kabouter van de Binnenweg’. Especially for children there is a contest in which you can win delicious cakes at Koekela. They can count the footsteps of Santa Claus and share them on the Facebook page. Who is going to win the pie?

          Photo: Monique Benthin

          Completely off the path

          Also in Charlois there was a party during Boomfeestdag. There, the 275th tree along the Havenspoorpad was planted. All 275 trees are now adopted and the development of a – vandal proof – solution for the names and texts of for the adopted trees is in full progress. Mothership placed large boulders along the path, which will soon show the texts of the ‘adoptive parents’. In conjunction with the names along the path, the willows will finally receive the attention they deserve.

          The first boulder was unveiled in a festive manner during a gathering of many local residents who have adopted a tree.

          Commissioned by the District of Charlois.

            ABABA on Tour!

            During the Museum Night 2014 the Witte de Withstraat shook his joints! ABABA derailed and gave away artworks by Studio Ruwe Data and Bier en Brood during the Wheel of Fortune. The shots sold like hot cakes and many visitors went home with an artwork underneath their arms. The party continued until late.

            By now it’s time for a new exhibition. In Hard Candy ABABA presents three international and three national artists who all have a challenging perspective on contemporary image symbolism.

            Date: Saturday April 12
            Start: 16.00
            End: 19:00
            Artists: Ian Kirkpatrick (ENG), Early Mast (FR), El Cumbone (FR), JAWGEM (NL), The Pet Luijtgaarden (NL) and Brent (NL)

            The new exhibition Hard Candy is already on it’s way, but do not worry! The works of Studio Raw Data and Iwan Smit also be admired in the huge ABABA shopping window in the Bijenkorf Rotterdam!