WHEN: SUNDAY 17 MAY
TIME: 15.00 HRS
WHAT: YOU ARE VARIATIONS - INTRODUCTION TO THE RESEARCH PROJECT
BY: CHRISTINA DELLA GIUSTINA
WHEN: SUNDAY 31 MAY 2015
TIME: 15.00 HRS
WHAT: TREES IN MYTHOLOGY - ARTIST TALK
BY: BARBARA RINK
TIME: 16.00
WHAT: YOU ARE VARIATIONS, VERSION 01/02 REPORT WITH DOCUMENTATION
BY: CHRISTINA DELLA GIUSTINA

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    Soledad Senlle Art Foundation

    Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

Soledad Senlle Art Foundation presents the exhibition Drawing Near, with work of Barbara Rink and Christina Della Giustina.

Although both artists use different mediums, they have both been inspired by trees. Their work can be seen as bridges connecting different worlds: the domestic and the wild, the scientific and the aesthetic, the I and the tree. Both artists emphasize the connection itself, like trees building the joints between the earth and the sky.

Barbara Rink (NL, 1978) makes drawings and paintings and recently she incorporates these works on paper into installations. Her work focuses on the relationship between human beings and their surroundings, and especially nature. Mythology, rituals and dreams play an important role in her work. At Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Barbara Rink has created Forest Field, a forest with dozens of upright trunks made of rolled paper. With graphite and colored pencils, she has made full size drawings of tree branches. Very precisely and with great attention to detail, these branches are represented in a realistic manner. Each drawing stands out in its own way , but together all the paper rolls form a forest. The visitor can make a physical as well as a mental journey through this wood.

Barbara Rink was inspired by mythological stories where the forest is considered to be a sanctuary. With the installation Forest Field, she presents the forest again as a location for mythology and dreams. At the finissage of 31 may, Barbara Rink will give an artist talk about the forests and their mythological connotations, in relationship to her own art.

The artistic practice of Christina Della Giustina (IT/CH,1965) includes live- and interactive audio, video, and light-installation, performance, composition, drawing and writing. Her work entails portraying sites by gathering, structuring, and transposing monitoring data from the environment into events of sensory experience. The core of her work lies in the direct communication with the actual surrounding. In discerning and highlighting specific characteristics she works with a site without adding or extracting anything to or from it. Just by calling attention to intrinsic fluctuations, particular, dynamics and specific rhythms inherent to a site, the environment reveals itself: Christina Della Giustina's works lets it speak. The visitor's attention turns from viewing and listening to coming close, being near. We start feeling our own living co-presence. A mysterious connection and interplay between awareness, power and intimacy becomes tangible.

At Soledad Senlle Art Foundation, Christina Della Giustina will present the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina will show a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.

Frank Sterck (NL) Christina Della Giustina and biologist Frank Sterck, 2015

Artist talk,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Soledad Senlle Art Foundation invites you to a conversation between artist Christina Della Giustina and biologist Frank Sterck.

Christina Della Giustina will talk about her ongoing research project you are variations which is presented right now at Soledad Senlle Art Foundation. For this project she is listening to the inner life of trees. Long-term scientific monitoring data of tree activity are translated into a musical score. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

Frank Sterck works at Wageningen Universtity and is specialized in the field of forest ecology, and the growth of trees and underlying mechanisms in particular. He started his research in tropic rainforests and later in forests in drier areas, where he examined "trees in action": reactions of trees to environmental alterations, for example to temperature, light water and wind. The trees reacted through changes in traits, physiology, height and strived for the best form to grow and survive in their surroundings. Recently Frank Sterck researches the effects of climate change to forests in Europe and in the tropics.

On Sunday May 17 the conversation between Christina Della Giustina and Frank Sterck will be on their shared fascination for trees. Despite their different backgrounds, both Christina (artist) and Frank (biologist) aim at showing the hidden ability of trees to respond to environmental variations on diel, seasonal and life time scales.

Frank Sterck (NL) Christina Della Giustina and biologist Frank Sterck, 2015

Artist talk,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Soledad Senlle Art Foundation invites you to a conversation between artist Christina Della Giustina and biologist Frank Sterck.

Christina Della Giustina will talk about her ongoing research project you are variations which is presented right now at Soledad Senlle Art Foundation. For this project she is listening to the inner life of trees. Long-term scientific monitoring data of tree activity are translated into a musical score. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

Frank Sterck works at Wageningen Universtity and is specialized in the field of forest ecology, and the growth of trees and underlying mechanisms in particular. He started his research in tropic rainforests and later in forests in drier areas, where he examined "trees in action": reactions of trees to environmental alterations, for example to temperature, light water and wind. The trees reacted through changes in traits, physiology, height and strived for the best form to grow and survive in their surroundings. Recently Frank Sterck researches the effects of climate change to forests in Europe and in the tropics.

On Sunday May 17 the conversation between Christina Della Giustina and Frank Sterck will be on their shared fascination for trees. Despite their different backgrounds, both Christina (artist) and Frank (biologist) aim at showing the hidden ability of trees to respond to environmental variations on diel, seasonal and life time scales.

Barbara Rink (NL) Forest field, 2015

pencil on paper, wood, sawhorses,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Barbara Rink has created the installation forest field with upright trunks of rolled paper and drawings of branches. The finely drawn branches are reminiscent of old folk traditions where people would take a branch to their home in order for the tree spirit to protect them and bring well being. It is a poetic evaluation of the worth of paper and wood itself; bridging mythology with current environmental issues of deforestation.'

Barbara Rink (NL) Forest field, 2015

pencil on paper, wood, sawhorses,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Barbara Rink has created the installation forest field with upright trunks of rolled paper and drawings of branches. The finely drawn branches are reminiscent of old folk traditions where people would take a branch to their home in order for the tree spirit to protect them and bring well being. It is a poetic evaluation of the worth of paper and wood itself; bridging mythology with current environmental issues of deforestation.'

Barbara Rink (NL) Forest field, 2015

pencil on paper, wood, sawhorses,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Barbara Rink has created the installation forest field with upright trunks of rolled paper and drawings of branches. The finely drawn branches are reminiscent of old folk traditions where people would take a branch to their home in order for the tree spirit to protect them and bring well being. It is a poetic evaluation of the worth of paper and wood itself; bridging mythology with current environmental issues of deforestation.'

Barbara Rink (NL) Forest field, 2015

pencil on paper, wood, sawhorses,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Barbara Rink has created the installation forest field with upright trunks of rolled paper and drawings of branches. The finely drawn branches are reminiscent of old folk traditions where people would take a branch to their home in order for the tree spirit to protect them and bring well being. It is a poetic evaluation of the worth of paper and wood itself; bridging mythology with current environmental issues of deforestation.'

Barbara Rink (NL) Forest field, 2015

pencil on paper, wood, sawhorses,
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Barbara Rink has created the installation forest field with upright trunks of rolled paper and drawings of branches. The finely drawn branches are reminiscent of old folk traditions where people would take a branch to their home in order for the tree spirit to protect them and bring well being. It is a poetic evaluation of the worth of paper and wood itself; bridging mythology with current environmental issues of deforestation.'

Christina Della Giustina (CH/IT) You are variations, 2015

Audio-video installation [4 headphones, 4 books, live projection],
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Christina Della Giustina presents the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina shows a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.

Christina Della Giustina (CH/IT) You are variations, 2015

Audio-video installation [4 headphones, 4 books, live projection],
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Christina Della Giustina presents the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina shows a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.

Christina Della Giustina (CH/IT) You are variations, 2015

Audio-video installation [4 headphones, 4 books, live projection],
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Christina Della Giustina presents the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina shows a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.

Christina Della Giustina (CH/IT) You are variations, 2015

Audio-video installation [4 headphones, 4 books, live projection],
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Christina Della Giustina presents the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina shows a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.

Christina Della Giustina (CH/IT) You are variations, 2015

Audio-video installation [4 headphones, 4 books, live projection],
Soledad Senlle, Sloterkade 171, Amsterdam

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Christina Della Giustina presents the research project You are variations. Here she listens to the inner life of trees by translating scientific long-term monitoring data of tree activity into musical scores. As a result, actual eco-physiological processes driven by climate change become sensible.

You are variations will be presented twice, on Sunday May 17 and Sunday May 31. In the exhibition Christina Della Giustina shows a live video installation using a skype connection to communicate with a tree nearby the showroom of Soledad Senlle Art Foundation.