Landing Sites is a research trajectory in which body and space are set into relation of each other.

In this site-specific work Eek explored and developed wearable interfaces to create new sensory relationships in which our inner landscape converges with the landscape that surrounds us. The interfaces will stage us in our contemporary perception in which we are part of and separate from our environment.

Landing Sites took place at two dynamic inter-tidal sites in the Netherlands. She started her research as an artist in residence of the Satellietgroep on the ephemeral landscape of the Zandmotor. Based on the concept of “building with nature”, the Zandmotor was created in 2011 as a defense against coastal erosion. This experimental solution uses the natural movement of the tides, wind, waves and currents to replenish the beaches of South Holland. Almost as an vanishing land art intervention, the Zandmotor is expected to disappear within 15 years. Landing Sites has continued her second stage at the dynamic so called “walking dunes” located at pole 18 during the Oerol festival at Terschelling Island. At this specific coastal area, the research was accessible for a broader audience who were gently lifted by her gustily winds.

concept Cocky Eek | research Cocky Eek, Matthijs Munnik, Geartsje van der Zee | dramaturge advice Boukje Schweigman | production Linda Witpaard | crew Rachel Schuit, Hannegijs Jonker, Ben Terwell, Florencia Resnik, Anne van Rij, Eefje Aerts, Theun Karelse | Landing Sites is a co-production of Schweigman&, Oerol and Satellietgroep, financially supported by Stroom Den Haag.

the whole research can be followed at the Landing Sites blog

Landing Sites was presented at:
- 9-18 june 2017, Oerol Festival - Terschelling Island, NL
- 17 September, De Zandmotor, Ter Heijde, NL , 2017

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audience reactions:

- Uit tijd en ruimte. Daardoor alle tijd. En ruimte.

- Helemaal in het hier en nu. Dat lukt me niet zo vaak.

- Ben ik alleen?

- Het duurde even voor ik weer wist waar mijn voeten zaten.

- Zie de natuur eens naar ons kijken!!

- Hoe rechtdoor zo mooi rond kan zijn.

- Heerlijk, gehoor en voelen veel intenser dan normaal. Was bijna mediatief. Niks vaags, gewoon lekker en ook nog lachen, bij het op de schelpen lopen. 

- Heel bijzonder, hangen, wind, water, heuvels en verder niets. Iedereen die dit ervaart kijkt nu anders tegen het strand. Top! Veel dank.

- The sea is blue, did you ever notice? Blue through sound. 

- "... I did experience moving through space in a very peculiar way. Like in ‘Chinese Baseball’. When the ball is in the air you can move the bases. And then at one point I completely coincided with ‘space’, like it collapsed on and in me. Implosion and tranquility. Something like resetting the senses...." Frank Heckman - 20 may 2017

Landing Sites is a research trajectory in which body and space are set into relation of each other.

In this site-specific work Eek explored and developed wearable interfaces to create new sensory relationships in which our inner landscape converges with the landscape that surrounds us. The interfaces will stage us in our contemporary perception in which we are part of and separate from our environment.

Landing Sites took place at two dynamic inter-tidal sites in the Netherlands. She started her research as an artist in residence of the Satellietgroep on the ephemeral landscape of the Zandmotor. Based on the concept of “building with nature”, the Zandmotor was created in 2011 as a defense against coastal erosion. This experimental solution uses the natural movement of the tides, wind, waves and currents to replenish the beaches of South Holland. Almost as an vanishing land art intervention, the Zandmotor is expected to disappear within 15 years. Landing Sites has continued her second stage at the dynamic so called “walking dunes” located at pole 18 during the Oerol festival at Terschelling Island. At this specific coastal area, the research was accessible for a broader audience who were gently lifted by her gustily winds.

concept Cocky Eek | research Cocky Eek, Matthijs Munnik, Geartsje van der Zee | dramaturge advice Boukje Schweigman | production Linda Witpaard | crew Rachel Schuit, Hannegijs Jonker, Ben Terwell, Florencia Resnik, Anne van Rij, Eefje Aerts, Theun Karelse | Landing Sites is a co-production of Schweigman&, Oerol and Satellietgroep, financially supported by Stroom Den Haag.

the whole research can be followed at the Landing Sites blog

Landing Sites was presented at:
- 9-18 june 2017, Oerol Festival - Terschelling Island, NL
- 17 September, De Zandmotor, Ter Heijde, NL , 2017

.
audience reactions:

- Uit tijd en ruimte. Daardoor alle tijd. En ruimte.

- Helemaal in het hier en nu. Dat lukt me niet zo vaak.

- Ben ik alleen?

- Het duurde even voor ik weer wist waar mijn voeten zaten.

- Zie de natuur eens naar ons kijken!!

- Hoe rechtdoor zo mooi rond kan zijn.

- Heerlijk, gehoor en voelen veel intenser dan normaal. Was bijna mediatief. Niks vaags, gewoon lekker en ook nog lachen, bij het op de schelpen lopen. 

- Heel bijzonder, hangen, wind, water, heuvels en verder niets. Iedereen die dit ervaart kijkt nu anders tegen het strand. Top! Veel dank.

- The sea is blue, did you ever notice? Blue through sound. 

- "... I did experience moving through space in a very peculiar way. Like in ‘Chinese Baseball’. When the ball is in the air you can move the bases. And then at one point I completely coincided with ‘space’, like it collapsed on and in me. Implosion and tranquility. Something like resetting the senses...." Frank Heckman - 20 may 2017