Lotte Geeven | Mondriaanfonds Binnenland Gastatelier

Are you living in the desert?
Help collect acoustic sand from the few remote areas on this planet where the sand sings, whistles, booms and roars. This rare sand from all over the world will be sounding together in a public artwork.

For the art project in progress, artist Lotte Geeven is collecting acoustic sands from the few remote places in the world where this rare phenomenon occurs and the deserts roar and sing. Also on the Zandmotor, traces of ‘singing sand’ can be found with which Geeven started her first experiments.
Through Facebook, Twitter, phonebooks, wild leads and Google maps she is tracing people that live in the extremely remote areas and persuades them to send acoustic sand. At this very moment a limousine driver in Oman named Rizwan; Luca, from Kazakhstan and Melanie, who is living on the loneliest highway in the world in Nevada, are all about to drive into the desert to collect these sand grains that will sound together in the artwork. For the last batch of this special sand the artist herself will travel to the Namib, the world’s oldest desert.
If you feel like helping out and happen to live in Mongolia, Chile, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, China, Qatar, Oman, Chad, Western Sahara, Morocco, California or Nevada or know someone who lives there: please send an email to Lotte Geeven ( and she will get back to you a.s.a.p.
Thank you!
More information about the artwork, where to find acoustic sand and what it sounds like:

Maurice Meewisse | Mondriaanfonds Binnenland Gastatelier

Maurice Meewisse researches the fringes and side effects of the Zandmotor. He looks for materials that aren't expected on the beach – preferably obscure objects – like coal and low quality iron ore. With a mixture of natural and human-made materials he will start a small scale industry: he will make iron. The Zandmotor is in a way also the accomplishment of industry, the result of human endeavour, even though it is experienced as nature. To this he will introduce a very important daily ritual: the coffee break. 
For a four week period he opens a cantine where people are invited to come and enjoy a cup of coffee – open every working day between 10:45 and 11:00.

Suraya Hilal | CLOUD/Danslab

Suraya Hilal is a leading international dancer, teacher and choreographer. With years of creative work, research and teaching, Hilal has created and established a contemporary dance form, called Hilal Dance: a grounded, energetic, expansive form, expressing fluidity, line and rhythm. The dance is based on strong holistic training, as system of bodywork that focusses on breath and works to achieve a centered, dynamic flow of energy. This kind of training is essential for exploring many powerful forms of expression through geometric line and musicality. Hilal Dance embodies a modern, progressive language that goes beyond geographic boundaries.

Dmitry Morozov for iii

::vtol:: is the alias of Moscow-based media artist and musician Dmitry Morozov who implements his ideas in technological art: robotics, sound art, science art. He also develops and creates experimental musical instruments and modular synthesizers. He regularly holds workshops and lectures dedicated to technological practices in art.
::vtol:: took part in 4th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, festivals Archstoyanie and CTM (Germany), exhibitions at such prominent venues as: NCCA (Moscow), MMOMA (Moscow), Central Exhibition Hall Manege (Moscow), Laboratoria Art&Science Space (Moscow), Electromuseum (Moscow), Garage museum of contemporary art (Moscow), ZKM (Germany), and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (USA). He is a laureate of the Sergei Kuryokhin Prize (2013), Prix Cube (France, 2014), and has honorary mentions in the VIDA 16.0 (Spain, 2014) andArs Electronica (Austria, 2015).

Teoma Naccarato and John MacCallum

Residency at Cloud/Danslab | Relational Listening, with the Heart

In this long-term artistic research and creation project, we employ biosensors as a means to intervene in our collaborative practice, with regards to understandings of bodies and time in performance. We are developing installations, performances, and workshops, each of which acts as micro-event in which to actualize and examine our approach to interaction design, based on relational awareness and contextual exchange between performers, media, and audience. During our residency at Cloud/Danslab our focus will be dual: firstly, we will elaborate our techniques for relational listening between dancers and musicians; secondly, we will work on the choreography and composition of III, a live performance to premiere at Tangente Danse in Montreal, Canada in April 2017. We will share aspects of our project with through a public workshop for dancers and musicians on Sunday February 26 from 2-5pm .

Teoma J. Naccarato (Montréal, Canada / London, UK) is a choreographer and interdisciplinary arts researcher. Through her collaborative creations for stage and installation, she explores the appropriation of surveillance and biomedical technologies in contemporary dance and performance. Her work proposes promiscuous encounters between participants, human and nonhuman, to provoke intimacy, vulnerability, and uncertainty. She has shared choreography internationally, with recent presentations of Experience #1167Synchronism, and X.  Naccarato has an MFA in Dance from the Ohio State University, and is presently pursuing a practice-based PhD at the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University.

John MacCallum (Oakland, USA / Paris, France) is a composer based, since 2004, in Oakland, California. His work is heavily reliant on technology both as a compositional tool and as an integral aspect of performance. His works often employ carefully constrained algorithms that are allowed to evolve differently and yet predictably each time they are performed. MacCallum studied at the University of the Pacific (B.M.), McGill University (M.M.), and UC Berkeley (Ph.D., Music Composition), following which he was awarded a postdoc for several years at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT). Currently, MacCallum is a postdoctoral researcher with the Extreme Interaction (EX-SITU) research team at Inria Saclay/Université Paris-Sud/CNRS.