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Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen - Landfall

Marente Bloemheuvel, Zsa-Zsa Eyck [eds]


Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen - Landfall

Marente Bloemheuvel, Zsa-Zsa Eyck [eds]


Art / Landscape | Nature / Philosophy / Photography / Theory / Urbanism



Graphic designer

Mind Design - Niels Schrader

Number of pages


Book size

17 x 25.5 cm



English / Dutch

Release date: November 2011

This publication is supported by Fonds BKVB, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst and Virtueel Museum Zuidas.

Les Edition de Minuit, Paris has given permission for use and the Dutch translation of the text 'L'ile deserte (Causes et raisons des iles deserte, Gilles Deleuze (1953). For the English translation we used the existing translation of Mike Taormina, Semiotext(e), Foreign Agents, 2004, with the approval of the publisher Semiotext(e), Los Angeles.

Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen - Landfall is a publication based on the temporary art project Landfall in the public space of Amsterdam Zuidas by artist duo Elodie Hiryczuk and Sjoerd van Oevelen, commissioned by the Virtueel Museum Zuidas (VMZ) and supported by the Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst. With contributions by the editors Marente Bloemheuvel and Zsa-Zsa Eyck, the artists (works and texts), Mark Kremer, Helga Fassbinder, Gilles Deleuze, 'L'île déserte' (1953) and an introduction by Tom Conley.

The artitst conceived the idea of bringing the youngest island in the world – Surtsey off the coast of Iceland – to Zuidas Amsterdam by means of large panoramic photographs. The two land masses are comparable in size, but apart from that, totally different. Surtsey is a spontaneous impulse of nature, accessible only for research. Zuidas is a former marshland changed by human intervention into a business district on the most expensive dirt in the Netherlands. The question is, where can one find real nature? On Surtsey, where the ordinary human presence is taboo? Or in Zuidas, where the city drives out nature?

About the artists

dElodie Hiryczuk (b. 1977 Avignon, FR) and Sjoerd van Oevelen (b. 1974 in Steenbergen, NL) studied respectively Audio Visual Arts (VAV) and Architectural Design at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Art and Design in Amsterdam. During their educational years both attended courses on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze at the University of Amsterdam (NL). After graduating Elodie Hiryczuk undertook a Master in Fine Arts programme at the Sanberg Institute, Amsterdam while Sjoerd van Oevelen set out studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London.

Since 2001 they work together as the artist duo Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen. They have had exhibitions in the Netherlands among others at Museum De Paviljoens in Almere, Museum Van Bommel Van Dam in Venlo, Kunstfort Vijfhuizen and the Hedge House in Wijlre with artists like Suchan Kinoshita, Marijke van Warmerdam, Michel François, Stan Douglas, Yael Davids, Jean-Marc Bustamante, Berend Strik, Harmen Brethouwer, Luc Tuymans, Olaf Nicolaï, Ger van Elk, Richard Wentworth and Sarah Jones. Their work has been exhibited regulary at national and international art fairs such as Art Rotterdam, FIAC in Paris and Artissima in Turin. Hiryczuk/Van Oevelen live and work in Amsterdam. They were nominated for the 13th Van Bommel Van Dam Prize. have received a Red Dot Award together with graphic designer Niels Schrader for the website