Netty van de Kamp is an art historian and senior advisor art and space at Kunstloc Brabant in Tilburg, the provincial knowledge and implementation organization for the arts. As an intermediary between artists, clients and public, she develops initiatives and projects in which creative thinking and design power for spatial plans and social issues are developed. By connecting art to our physical as well as our social environment, to the
space that we share, art in the broad sense of the word can play an important role in improving the quality of our environment. We also see that artists want to play an active role in society and that there is a demand for imagination and seduction from all social sectors.
Unlimited Power and Plastic: A rural Paradise Paradox
The rural landscape is changing faster than ever before, with a strong focus on efficiency and sustainability. With optimal infrastructure, cultivation, agriculture and nature, we utilize every square meter available. At the same time, we aim to preserve what should be enough space for nature experience, recreation, beauty and tranquility.
Due to climate change, strict regulations and high consumer demands, horticulturists see themselves forced to protect their crops by means of large surfaces of plastic films. Farmers seek additional income – by making land available for renewable energy generation. Huge wind farms and solar meadows are important, but have a big impact. With brightly lit greenhouses, megafarms and logistics halls, they dominate the landscape.
Do we want to make a change there, or is that just sticking to old values? Is the new landscape ugly, or do we need to create a new identity for our rural landscapes? CLTV, Fruitport West-Brabant, ZLTO, ECCO and Kunstloc Brabant want to explore how the power of creativity can be a game changer in the way we see and make use of the landscape.