The Intimate Earthquake Archive - Sissel Marie Tonn in Het Oog

Sissel Marie Tonn during installation of The Intimate Earthquake Archive, 2016. Photo Marcel de Buck
Construction of The Intimate Earthquake Archive, November 2016. Photo Peter Cox
Sissel Marie Tonn, winner Theodora Niemeijer prize 2016. Photo Ilse van Loon

The Intimate Earthquake Archive Sissel Marie Tonn in Het Oog

10/11/2016 - 30/04/2017

winner Theodora Niemeijer prize 2016

Sissel Marie Tonn is the winner of the Theodora Niemeijer prize 2016. She will develop her project The Intimate Earthquake Archive in Het Oog (The Eye) in the Van Abbemuseum for half a year. 

The Intimate Earthquake Archive

The Intimate Earthquake Archive is an interactive installation by Sissel Marie Tonn that allows visitors to access and experience earthquakes recorded in Groningen, which are related to gas drilling. Tonn has created an archive of the man-made earthquakes from seismic data registered by the KNMI. The archive translates this data into a composition of vibrations, enabling visitors to experience these man-made earthquakes through sensation. In her artistic practice Tonn explores the relationship between human experience and an environment undergoing change.

Explanation and demonstration

Every Sunday from 11.000 until 17.00 Sissel Marie Tonn is in the museum to explain more about her project in 'Het Oog'. You can also experience the effect of the installation (based on earthquake data) on your own body.

The Intimate Earthquake Archive consists of a radio transmitter system that transforms the core samples in the installation into interactive stations. When visitors wear the 'tactile earthquake vest' they will be able to receive the data transmitted from each of the core sample capsules as they move around the space. The vest has embedded transducers which compose an 'earthquake' of vibrations on the body via electromagnetic currents.

Visitors may enter at their own risk, since people with pacemakers or other conditions may be triggered by electromagnetic vibration on the body. 

Are you a member of We Are Public? Then this event is free for you! Show your We Are Public card at our cash register and recieve your ticket.

Sissel Marie Tonn

Sissel Marie Tonn (1986) is a Danish artist living in The Hague. She works with multi-media installation, drawing and writing, and her processual approach is driven by a great deal of curiosity and the possibilities of building relationships across fields. Her work builds upon an interest in ‘presence’ within ecologies undergoing subtle or profound changes. Within this discourse the work explores these environmental (often humanly induced) changes, extending the public debates towards epistemological issues connecting these events to the body and its sensing of presence.  She completed a master in Artistic Research at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague in 2015. She is the co-founder of the artist initiative Platform for Thought in Motion together with artist Jonathan Reus.

Electronics and sound composition:

Marije Baalman, Jonathan Reus-Brodsky, Carsten Tonn-Petersen.

With special thanks to:

TNO, Geological Survey of the Netherlands; Das Leben Am Haverkamp; Monser Naturstein; and Augmented Instruments Laboratory at Queen Mary's University London.

Sissel Marie Tonn about her project Intimte Earthquake Archives

Finissage The Intimate Earthquake Archive

We cordially invite you to the finissage of the exhibition The Intimate Earthquake Archive by Sissel Marie Tonn on Sunday 30 April 2017.

Time: 14:00 - 16:00. Location: classroom.

- Welcome;
- Lecture performance Circling the Mountain by Sissel Marie Tonn in Het Oog;
- Round table discussion, with talk by Bea Blokhuis, Christoph Brunner, Sissel Marie Tonn and visitors;
- Opportunity to visit The Intimate Earthquake Archive (last chance!);
- Drinks and celebration.

RSVP: please register online if you would like to join the finissage.

Theodora Niemeijer prize

The Theodora Niemeijer prize was introduced in 2012 by the Stichting Niemeijer Fonds and the Van Abbemuseum because women are still a minority in exhibitions and museum collections. The prize is awarded once every two years to an artist living and working in the Netherlands who graduated at most five years ago. It is the only Dutch prize for visual arts dedicated specifically to women artists.

The  prize is a tribute to Theodora Niemeijer (1912 -2004), the daughter of the well-known tobacco producer Niemeijer in Groningen. She was a very special character with a passion for the visual arts. In 1996 she established her own foundation with the aim of encouraging upcoming artists. She died in 2004, but the Stichting Niemeijer Fonds still exists.

The jury of the Theodora Niemeijer prize 2016 believed that Tonn's proposal many different fields of knowledge – technology, nature, science, data and visual culture – come together in a very consistent and surprisingly intimate way. Her intrinsic engagement in this project feels very substantial and therefore very sincere.

The Intimate Earthquake Archive consists of :


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