In this new initiative, a talented photographer is presented every two months on the Talent Wall at Pennings Foundation.
29.03.2020 - 30.05.2020
Mirte van Duppen
The Netherlands is the Silicon Valley of agriculture
Mirte van Duppen is working on a video installation about the automatization of agriculture in the Netherlands. About how capitalist production processes and technological innovation in the Netherlands make us rethink notions of nature and culture, the relations between technology and farmers, and the traditional distinctions between the urban and the rural. We tend to see technological change as frightening, while it also offers opportunities.
Farming is in transition to becoming highly automatized as machines are increasingly involved in every stage of production. Optimisation, super-efficiency, more control through automatic and continuous monitoring, to ensure the welfare of the individual animal for example, leads to greater productivity.
How will the environment of most agricultural activity – the countryside – change? How does it differ from our current, perhaps romantic, view of farming and farmers? How is the interaction between humans and the machine designed? How will farmers themselves change alongside these developments?
Mirte van Duppen (1990, Tilburg) is a (video)-artist. In 2015 she graduated from the master Graphic Design of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, after following a bachelor’s degree in Design at ArtEZ in Arnhem. Van Duppen’s work analyses the function, interrelations and transformative powers of (urban) landscapes and the human interaction with these landscapes. She uses registration (what we see) and fictional elements (what we imagine) as tools for analysis and composition.
‘AgriValley' is a self initiated project that is kindly supported by Stimuleringsfonds Talentontwikkeling, Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant en KunstLoc Brabant.