Building Conversation at Ter Apel

Starting From the beginning of 2020, Building Conversation has a workspace in Ter Apel. Abandoned forty years ago, the potato starch factory is overrun by trees, mosses and creepers. Roofs are falling in. Walls are collapsing. Here, we go to work by not-doing and not-acting. We leave the transformation process that begun decades ago undisturbed. We enter into an ongoing dialogue with this site-in-flux. We create simple, minimal frameworks that allow us to observe this gradual transformation and to focus on our own human position.

The steady, unfailing transformation of the site is a unique source of inspiration for reflecting on the communication and thought patterns we use, on the control we hope we can maintain and the insurmountable changes that await us. We are very curious which new projects will emerge from this wonderfully inspiring place.

Update: During the artistic research that we were able to do in Ter Apel in 2020, plans arose for a nomadic art project entitled RHIZOME. You can find more about RIZHOME here.