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The sound of Coöp. Dairy
"De Venen"

Nov.- Dec. 2014

This sound work was realized during a residency in November and December 2014 at KIK (Art in Kolderveen) and part of the temporary studio program of the Mondriaan Fund.

KiK is situated in former Coop. Dairy 'De Venen' that was closed halfway the nineties because of scaling. Today people live and work there in nine private apartments.

The aim of this sound work was to collaborate with broad (often local) expertise and reconstruct a sound plan for the factory.

The leading question was: are we able to bring back the sound of the working factory in the industrial heritage of today?

This attempt supplied us the necessary position to investigate the consequences of this try and generated meaning over the current use of industrial heritage.

As an artist I was the initiator of the project but its research and outcome was highly depending on the participation of 'shareholders'. People who liked to invest their time and knowledge for this particular cause. This project could be seen as a thought-experiment, it considers some hypothesis, theory, or principle for the purpose of thinking through its consequences.

The final stage of this research through sound was presented for approximately 30 minutes on 21st Dec. at 5 pm., a large audience experienced and witnessed the confrontation between industrial sounds of the past presented in the current situation of the building.

A blog with short reports of meetings with local experts you can find here:

As part of this project and to contextualize this experiment I constituted a group show with works by 14 artists that was shown throughout the factory over a period of two months. The theme and title of this show was: Thought-experiment.

For more information about the group show you can visit this website:

This project was mentioned in the following press:

Meppeler Courant
RTV Drenthe: tv | radio
Tubelight written by Judith Spijksma

Thought-experiment: The sound of Coöp. Dairy De Venen was a cooperative sound work and realized with the generous support of Mondriaan Fund, KiK (Kunst in Kolderveen) with special thanks to: Pim Trooster, Ingeborg Sturre, Meilof Koster, the volunteers of KiK, Annette Lubbers, Michiel de Boer (sound technician), BOEi, De Historische Vereniging Nijeveen, with special thanks to: Lourens Schipper, Arend Thissingh, former employees of dairy 'De Venen', with special thanks to: Aaltje Pals, Gerard Lutke and his wife, Frans Stoker, Dhr Jelsma, Geert Bouwknecht, Albert Manden, Ron Oosterveen, Rouveen Kaasspecialiteiten with special thanks to: Justin Koster, inhabitants of Coop. Dairy 'De Venen' with special thanks to: Aart Oostergetel, Loes Heebink, Hillie en Arend Kikkert, Oene van der Zee, Gerard Schulenberg, Steven van der Gaauw, artists in the exhibition thought-experiment: Arjan Brentjes, Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler, Erik Sep, Floris Kaayk, Giorgi Tabatadze, Hristina Tasheva, Klaas Jonkman, Krijn de Koning, Marieke Coppens, Marijn Ottenhof, Nina Glockner, Norman Beierle, Sil Krol, RTV Drenthe, Kringloopwinkel Meppel, Kringloopwinkel De Kring Meppel, Stichting Kringloop Zwolle Zuid, Kringloop Nieuwe Veerallee Zwolle, Bertus Roodhof, Stina v/d Ploeg.

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Best regards, Edwin Stolk.