Mirte van Duppen
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VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE
three-channel video installation
16:9 full HD 50p, 21:22 min, loop
Kindly supported by Mondriaanfonds

In her research-based art Mirte van Duppen probes the structures and formal elements of cities and their architectures. Issues concerning urban organization, artistic design of the environment, and their impact on the environment’s reception are no less central than the regulation and directing of people within public space.
     The urban district of ‘t Eilandje in Antwerp, once part of the port of Antwerp, is the setting for Mirte van Duppen’s three channel film installation “VIEW of the / from the WATERSIDE”, which reflects on developments and views of the water in the context of the current gentrification of the area. While in the port context water was ascribed primarily functional properties, it now becomes an aesthetic factor in promoting the newly created former port landscape and condominiums that are an integral part of it. As the location develops from an industrial to a postindustrial area, the view onto water becomes an exclusive experience: water’s calmative and relaxing powers, but also expansive, romantic views of water, become marketing strategies. Different aquatic perspectives shape and inform the film to create a comprehensive conspectus of the element with views from the land, from a traveling boat, and from inhabited and uninhabited apartments. In calm images almost devoid of human action, with a narrative voice-over that describes developments and the significance of water, Van Duppen not only questions the new properties ascribed to water but also their appropriation and use in the context of urban planning and business interests.

— Christin Müller, curator Basis

(video) Some Minutes of 'VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE'

(exhibition views) Piazza dell’Arte, Antwerpen (BE), 2018

(exhibition view) Basis, Frankfurt (DE), 2016 [photo by: Katrin Binner]

(exhibition views) Basis, Frankfurt (DE), 2016 [photos by: Günther Dächert]

(exhibition view) Basis, Frankfurt (DE), 2016

In a voice-over poetic narrative divided up into chapters, the film combines excerpts from interviews, case studies, and real estate agents’ websites.


Text quoted from

Mulvihill, D. A. (1991). Urban waterfront development. Urban Land50(12).
Smith, H., & Ferrari, M. S. G. (2012). Negotiating city-building in waterfront communities around the North Sea: An analytical framework. Waterfront regeneration. Experiences in city-building, 17-32.
Smolski, C. E. (1990). Waterfronts as a Key to City-Center Redevelopment. Rhode Island History48(3), 86-94.
Tanguy Ottomer Resident ’t Eilandje & Owner Buro BeroepsBelg - City guide, walks and tours

Text, based on interviews with

Anne-Christin Bielig & Jonas Nicolaï  Former residents ’t Eilandje
Daan Gielis & Lotte Residents ’t Eilandje
Dirk Lenaerts & girlfriend Former residents ’t Eilandje
Dirk van den Berghe Owner of travel books shop ‘Alta Via Travel Books’ at ’t Eilandje
Els and Frank Residents ’t Eilandje
Fons Resident ’t Eilandje
Hanne van Dyck & Bert Jacobs Residents at Schelde
Jasper Leonard Former resident ’t Eilandje
Johan Hamaker Real-estate agent at ‘t Eilandje – Belga Vastgoed
Lander Casteleyn Former resident ’t Eilandje
Magda Voorhoof  Resident ’t Eilandje
Nick Hullegie Resident ’t Eilandje
Rosy Resident and owner of bar ‘la Campina’ at ’t Eilandje
Tanguy Ottomer Resident ’t Eilandje & Owner Buro BeroepsBelg - City guide, walks and tours
Yves and girlfriend Residents ’t Eilandje

Text, based on real estate agents websites

De Boer & Partners, www.deboerenpartners.be
De Meester, www.demeester.eu
Engel & Völkers, www.engelvoelkers.com
Hebbes, www.hebbes.be
Logic Immo, www.logic-immo.com
Zimmo, www.zimmo.be

The Dutch Mountain
two-channel video installation
16:9 full HD 50p, 40 min
graduation Sandberg Instituut

Imagine a mountain in the midst of a polder in the Netherlands. The horizontal interjected with the vertical. Flatness disrupted by height. It is an amalgam of landscapes, plants and animals. This fantasy is not as delirious as it may seem, given how the Dutch are continuously designing and shaping their environment, working with and against the ever-present water. The Dutch Mountain is a realistic science fiction, that plays with the fine line between fiction and reality. It is assembled out of fragments of inhabited landscapes* and conversations with experts in the field**. Their detailed descriptions of how the mountain will look, how it will be maintained, and the influence it will have on the surrounding environment in fact materialize the mountain in the mind of the viewer. 

(video) First 5 Minutes of 'The Dutch Mountain'

(exhibition views) Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam (NL), 2015 [photos made by: Klemen Ilovar]

(exhibition views) S.M.A.K., Gent (BE), 2019 [right photo made by: Zaza Bertrand]

(exhibition views) Marres Currents #3: sightseeing at Marres aan de Maas, Maastricht (NL), 2016 [photos made by: PH. GP. van Rooij]

Amsterdam (Amsterdamse bos & Decathlon & NS station)
Andijk (Maatschap Kreuk)
Delft (TU Delft)
Groningen (Bjoeks)
Leiden (de Bult)
Lelystad (Landschapsberheer Flevoland & Lelystad Airport)
Mierlo (Gulbergen Golf)
Rotterdam (Blauw & ZOO Blijdorp)
Tilburg (Tivoli Garage)
Wassenaar (Meijendel)

**Experts in the field
Ernst van Alphen : Professor of Literary Studies – Department of Film and Literary Studies – Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
Johan Greve : Technical Government official & Head official housing corporation Almere
Niels Kreuk : Vertically cultivating farmer, Maatschap Kreuk
Els Molenaar : Leisure specialist, Blauw Research B.V.
Jan Nagel : Birdwatcher, Landschapsbeheer Flevoland
Jeroen Reinhold : Biologist/ ecologist, Landschapsbeheer Flevoland
Dr. Stephan de Roode : Climatologist – Assistant professor – Research themes: Clouds, Atmosphere, TU Delft University of Technology
Jan Willem : Farmer, NoordOostpolder

Dutch Mountain - Landscape of
Fictions, Memories and Desires
essay Sandberg Instituut

click here to download pdf
'Dutch Mountain: Landscape of Fictions, Memories and Desires'


Measuring inequality
Disarming Design
in collaboration with Helen Underhill
2014, Palestine

“Palestinian consumption in the OPT (West Bank) is about 70 liters a day per person - well below the 100 liters […] recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) - whereas Israeli daily per capita consumption, at about 300 liters […] In some rural communities Palestinians survive on […] barely 20 litres per day” (Amnesty International, October 2009).

This measuring cup demonstrates the unequal division of water. Filled to the top line, it represents the 300 liters that Israelis (including settlers) consume per day. If you fill the cup to the middle line, it represents the amount of water that is recommended by the WHO. Filled only to the bottom line, you see the average amount of water for Palestinians in the West Bank.

The cup’s lack of traditional measurement values reflects the fact that many Palestinians must guess the amount of water they have remaining (because rooftop water tanks are re-filled irregularly); if I take a shower now, and do the dishes, can I wash my clothes as well?

[117 ml represents the 70 liters of water for Palestinians in the West Bank]
[167 ml represents the 100 liters that is recommended by the WHO]
[500 ml represents the 300 liters that Israelis (including settlers) consume per day]

(exhibition view) 'Change the system' Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) 2018

Relax hardly pillow
Disarming Design
in collaboration with Diala Isid
2014, Palestine

Many Palestinians can’t travel easily, and when they travel they
experience a lot of stress; will they pick me out, ask me questions, check my bag…

This seemingly comfortable and relaxing neck pillow, is in fact uncomfortably heavy on your shoulders. It embodies the saying: ‘To carry the weight of the world on your shoulders.’

On the pillow you will find a label that says: تروح وترجع بالسلامة / Trouh o terja' bel salameh which means: Go and come back safely. On European products you will find slogans like: Bon Voyage. Have a good trip. Goede reis. But this arabic saying also reminds you to take care of your return.

(exhibition view) 'Design Column #9 Conflicted' Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) 2015