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Mapping a landscape called: DE STEILRAND

Every season we travel through the Steilrand area on behalf of the municipality of Rotterdam with the Steilrand Expedition Team. Together in a team of landscape architects, landscape chefs, city anthropologists and the municipality of Rotterdam, we're trying to give voice to a recently discovered area in the north of Rotterdam
'De Steilrand'. One of our intentions is to de-centralize the human role in this area and focus more on other species and their needs.

By drawing new area maps in a graphic novel way I’m trying to explore different beliefs about the human connection to earth. Modern maps are grounded in ideas of possession, and by extension, a view of the earth as a resource. The graphic novel maps are a way of giving the land a voice and seeing it more as a relational system.

Every season switch we have a team of two landscape chefs who cook with and within the landscape to connect us with the landscape in other sensory ways.

By creating podcasts with the diverse citizens of this area and by going on micro adventures in this environment, we try to tell its story from the past and possible now.

The story of the early peat cutters to the nowadays peat puddles, from the birds flying above to the plants roots in the wetlands. 
My role within the Steilrand Expedition Team is telling its stories through different perspectives, media and languages. A language that doesn't exist yet but which we're trying to create.

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