4th year students Photography present results of collab with Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

Three fourth-year students of the Bachelor’s programme Photography collaborated with the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) on Closed Cycles. The NWO Closed Cycles programme contributes to the transition to a circular economy. From 28 June to 28 July the results can be viewed in Paradise.

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) and KABK have initiated a project that invited three Bachelor's Photography students of year 4 into NWO’s research programme Closed Cycles.

Anna Andrejew, Mayte Breed & Nesie Junyi Wang embarked on an eight-month collaborative journey with academic researchers, gaining deep insights into the scientific interplay between water management and waste recycling. They explored connections between scientific and artistic research which resulted in innovative visual ways for communicating knowledge & complex ideas to a wider audience.

In May the results were presented in the form of exhibition, including a performance and workshop, during NWO Life 2024 scientific conference in Egmond aan Zee.

NWO project investigated the reuse of residual water for agricultural purposes. Corn crops were irrigated with wastewater, while the level of contamination of water and the movement of water in the soil were studied. Anna made paper out of corn leaves, and used photosensitive liquids to show the movement of water over time.

The project is centred on soil purification, subsurface water, groundwater levels, and water regulations. Egmond is Mayte’s hometown, so she focused on its community and the current floods in the dune lands. Mayte used the stagnated water emulsion lifts to print images of Egmond communal activities, collected from the National Archive, on recycled plexiglas.

Kaumera is a biopolymer recycled from wastewater. Inspired by research into its fire retardant properties, with support from researchers at TU Delft and KABK workshops, Nesie printed Kaumera on steel and ceramics, then processed the prints under flame.

Also check out the booklet that has been designed by the students with more info about the collaboration and the projects:



Thu 27 June 2024 00.00 - Sun 28 July 2024 00.00


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