Nicolás Jaar and the Shock Forest Group

‘These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead.’

 

About Chapter 2WO

Chapter 2WO offers you an insight in the world of Chilean artist and composer Nicolás Jaar.
The exhibition is on view until December 21 (Thursday - Sunday, noon - midnight)

By Elfie Tromp

A conversation with Nicolás Jaar

Musician and artist Nicolas Jaar spends fourteen weeks at Het HEM in Zaandam creating musical scores, concerts, interventions and (meditative) sound impressions, alone or with his Shock Forest Group. Writer Elfie Tromp had a conversation with Jaar about Chapter 2WO.

Shock Forest Group

Shock Forest Group (2019) is an international research team consisting of architects, cartographers, linguists, coders, urban planners, sound makers, biologists, designers and engineers.

 

Installation in the exhibition

Incomprehensible Sun

Incomprehensible Sun (2019) is a sound and light installation by Nicolás Jaar for the former 200-meter-long underground shooting range in Het HEM.

Installation in the exhibition

Angelus Exul

The White Cube is our mini-museum. This climatised room enables us to present museum pieces from important collections that can function as a historical counterpart to the ideas articulated in the Chapter. In Chapter 2WO the film Angelus Exul (2019) is on view in the White Cube.

Installation in the exhibition

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image

Retaining the Energy, but Losing the Image (2019) is an installation by Vincent de Belleval and Nicolás Jaar consisting of ten rotating parabolas, reflectors that capture and emit sound and light. From October 17 until December 20, Nicolás Jaar will give several live concerts with the Parabolas.

 

Shock Forest Log

  • The Shock Forest Group began collecting observations, sounds, images, and references around the Hembrug site on September 11 and started documenting this open research in a log on September 16.

    

The Shock Forest Group now invites the public to explore the log and to consider their role in this ever-growing body of knowledge around the history of the site, the shock forest, and the .50 munition factory.

  • #eurometaal #newspaper #gemeentearchief

    #eurometaal #newspaper #gemeentearchief

  • just a little diagram i had sketched when we were discussing #time in the different spaces #cycles

  • Worlds colliding in Angola: Cuban revolutionaries fought to support a leftist populist movement for independence from Portugal in Angola against a US & South Africa-backed right-wing bid for control of the country. The Portuguese army was using AR-10s bought from EuroMetaal and later in the 80s the Dutch military was present for peacekeeping via the UN. #movement #colonialism #highlight http://www.pathfinderpress.com/Cuba_and_Angola_The_War_for_Freedom_2.jpg

  • This was a #highlight from our review of archival materials to show in the found items space in the mezzanine

  • #labor #photo #weapons

    #labor #photo #weapons

  • #highlight ceremonially removing a layer of the tree’s rings for a lab that will tell us more about the #tree’s internal #maps

  • Inspiration for #tree ring maps #highlight

  • Inspiration for #tree ring maps #highlight

  • #highlight from conversations last week with Erik Schaap, one of the activists who protested EuroMetaal’s weapons production in the '80s. Illegal trade of weapons and ammunition around the world.

  • on #scores #maps #oneness

    on #scores #maps #oneness

  • illegal #movement #maps

    illegal #movement #maps

  • This is a section on the shock forest and other plants in the heritage monument nomination document. It’s a direct google translation, but I think you can still understand the point. Look at what counts as “valuable” for historic purposes! "Planting The Military Territory is characterized by its green character. For example, Kleibos located on the site is the only forest in the Zaanse peat meadow area. The original planting on the site is not the result of a lack of site maintenance, but was made with a view to the work in the ammunition and weapons factory: it had to mitigate the pressure wave of (possible) explosions and possibly catch flying material. It is therefore also referred to as shock forest. The original planting of 1902 was based on a planting scheme that can still be recognized in some places: the forest near the B cluster and the avenue to the east of the former M buildings. The greenery that spontaneously developed further afterwards is not valuable from a cultural-historical point of view because there is no concept behind it. In the system of this designation it has been decided to designate that planting that is not only specially laid out, but that is also located in or near a cluster of buildings to be designated. Buildings and plants reinforce each other in those places. That is why only the planting at cluster B and the Zaandam Sector Park has been designated as a national monument."

  • After the war, the AI ​​supplied almost everything and everyone who needed weapons and ammunition, except perhaps the communist states. A rifle developed by the Artillery Establishments was widely used by the Americans in Vietnam. At the beginning of the 1970s, the state-owned company transferred 30% to the arms group of the Nazi war industrialist Friedrich Flick. It was given a new name: Eurometaal. However, the old regions were retained. It sold like never before to controversial countries (Indonesia, Pakistan, Israel, Argentina, to name but a few) and bypassed the export bans. In the 1970s, for example, ammunition and military know-how ended up in South Africa and explosive charges, grenade shells and grenades went to countries such as Iraq, Iran and Saudi Arabia. The illegal transports, insofar as the period of punishment had not expired, resulted in a Eurometaal conviction of the United Nations and a substantial fine of the judge. Stubborn as the management was, she nevertheless continued to deliver to questionable countries. Just before Eurometaal finally gave up its ghost at the start of the 21st century, Turkey benefited from a large stock of Eurometaal grenades. The anti-personal mines made by the company deserve a separate mention. They were so unreliable that at least eight Dutch people were killed by it, completely out of their fault. Just before Eurometaal finally gave up its ghost at the start of the 21st century, Turkey benefited from a large stock of Eurometaal grenades. The anti-personal mines made by the company deserve a separate mention. They were so unreliable that at least eight Dutch people were killed by it, completely out of their fault. Just before Eurometaal finally gave up its ghost at the start of the 21st century, Turkey benefited from a large stock of Eurometaal grenades. The anti-personal mines made by the company deserve a separate mention. They were so unreliable that at least eight Dutch people were killed by it, completely out of their fault. The Artillery Establishments / Eurometaal may rightly be called the deadliest employer ever in Zaan history. #movement

  • Look what I’ve just been given! Bullets retrieved from one of the unauthorized tunnels. #ai #bullets #tunnel

    Look what I’ve just been given! Bullets retrieved from one of the unauthorized tunnels. #ai #bullets #tunnel

  • Workers fired for striking in 1918 #power #industrialization #labor

    Workers fired for striking in 1918 #power #industrialization #labor

  • Photo from Katya

    Photo from Katya

These livelihoods make worlds too – and they show us how to look around rather than ahead
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