KASBOEK IX uti possidetis

The work of art is not put in a place, it is that place.

— Michael Heizer

KASBOEK IX  (Septembre 2011) was located on the border, the border between two provinces, Drenthe and Overijssel. The art route “Grensloos Kunst Verkennen”  is positioned on both sides of the river Reest. The organisation asked us in the framework of ‘young and promising talent’ to develop a project specifically for this route.

Right on this border-forming river, we realised our ninth project, Uti possidetis. The title refers to a Roman legal principle, whereby a new State is defined by the pre-existing borders. The Reest is an important part of the border between the provinces Overijssel and Drenthe and this is tied up in the Uti possidetis. This was a great opportunity for us to seek and experience the border, and start a debate about the meaning of borders. Because the artwork was situated in a pristine piece of nature, any intervention on this specific landscape had an enormous impact.

In this project we offered the viewers a new experience of this natural environment. We opted for a prominent place where Overijssel and Drenthe begins and ends to reflect a connection between these two areas.
It is the point where you are able to cross the bridge that goes to the other province and the other municipality. Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis have caused unimgainable changes in the borders of countries such as Iceland and Japan, political discord over borders causes confrontation in the Middle East and North Africa. However, borders can also bring good luck, create opportunities and space. The project’s goal is to emphasize how changeable limits are. The boundaries are able to connect or to disconnect. We divert our boundaries: a fountain spouts 18 feet water in the air. The water ripples continue in a flow of words in the landscape. Water from the fountain becomes circles, circles of words in the landscape. The words go in concentric circles on the land. A new space is marked with words. This poem is formed by experiences during the process and created on the spot. KASBOEK IX is an imagination of the dialogue between location, locality and KASBOEK.

The fountain was located along a busy transit route, a very accessible location for both the daily passer-by and those who want to explore the route. The awareness of this natural border and the crossing of it will certainly not escape anyone’s attention. With a sense of alienation, wonderment or surprise the new visitor will experience things anew. In our creations we seek the differences and the similarities. With this interdisciplinary work the balancing on the border is visually highlighted by the fountain passing into a flow of words making poetry. The hard clatter of water form letters that cross the boundaries in huge water ripples. It is movement and connection at the same time.

We also share good luck in the form of coins. These appear in a Limited Edition in the catalogue of Grensloos Kunst Verkennen. By using coins the fountain shares its good luck. The exchange rate of the coins (the value of a unit of luck) can fluctuate during the project. The whole project is about experiencing, sharing, and receiving.

POEM uti possidetis

From the fountain meanders cognitive dissonance and happiness. with power balancing on the edge of standing still, words flow overland. dynamic mixed with controlled coincidence boundlessly collects the rhythm of life. rebuttable limits to hand out, received and experienced. KASBOEK IX uti possidetis in concentric circles

KASBOEK IX, Uti possidetis, De Wijk / IJhorst


I first met the ladies of KASBOEKcollective in 2010 at the festive ending of their exposition on location at the Sanders family farm in Dalen.
Their individual input was then still recognizable in paintings, drawings, and jewelry. In addition to the pleasing ambiance, they had created glued cups and saucers, bowls, plates and other porcelain objects to make huge whatnots. My wife and I bought a stack of porcelain, filled with nuts, it is not only a good centerpiece but also a conversation piece, ”how does it stick together?” And did you make it yourself”?

For me they were immediately in the picture for the next edition of our art route in which” Grensloos Kunst Verkennen” in the Reest valley a few sponsored commissions are given to young artists, I showed them some of the most picturesque
Locations, which we deem a “Dutch Watou”. At the bridge on the Reest, which is the border between two provinces, Drenthe and Overijssel, I remarked that last year there had been an artwork. “Stop!”. They stepped out of the car and photographed this location. I was surprised that this was going to be their choice. A lot of questions arose at their first sketches. It would be nice if it worked but I have yet to see the first effects. The combination of a fountain and a poem made it at once suitable as figurehead for our cover of the route booklet. The Construction of the installation was a different story; toiling in the swampy Reest valley, pouring rain, and short-circuit in the cable of the fountain. But the result was smashing. For every passerby, art lover, layman, villager or art route visitor here stood an exclamation mark that you could not neglect. A beautiful signboard for the route, That was also praised in the press. Three times one is three. But in the arts logic can sometimes be upside down; then suddenly something originates that surprises, moves or lets you look at the reality in a different way.
With Debbie, Jojanneke, and Cathalijne three times can suddenly be four.

— Evert Schoorl