Alternative attachments

Ongoing project-In collaboration with Marius Maurer

Flooding is a recurring menace in a country such as the Netherlands, which possesses an extensive coast. In order to thrive, several species, including mussels, form regular structures along the seaside, using strong attachment mechanisms. The installation harnesses these structural skills to craft an alternative story of the Watersnoodramp, major North Sea floods that happened in 1953 in the Netherlands. Taking its roots in the re-reading of the floods, our project “Alternative attachment” documents the floods from the specific point of view of the mussels. By studying how they attach within a reconstructed landscape print, the interconnectivity between the coast, its organisms, coastal defenses, the past and the future of the coast are explored.