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Z.T. (Duurzame Versterkingskunst)

Fort Asperen, 2001
Duration: 03.06.2001-30.09.2001
Location: Forts of the 'Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie' & the internet
Participants: 9
Visitors: 84
Number of Events: 7

The premise of the project Z.T., duurzame versterkingskunst (2001) was to bring the 'Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie' (Dutch Water Defence Line) - as a whole - into people's imagination as a unique place by creating a virtual Line. The title 'Z.T.' means 'Zonder Toekomst' ('without future') and refers not only to the history of this typical Dutch defence system (dating back to the sixteenth century), as interesting as it was tragic, but also to its future as projected by the Dutch government in order to fulfil its nomination as a World Heritage Site. In the past, flooding the land routed the enemy by making it impossible either to locate roads or to use boats, as the water released was too shallow for navigation. This ingenious system is simple and effective and was used several times. The advent of more effective explosives made the defence line's batteries highly vulnerable, and they eventually lost their function entirely during the Second World War, when the Germans used aerial attacks instead of ground troops.

During the Waterproof, Fort Asperen project, Van Heeswijk has been mapping the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie, trying to find out about daily life on the Line. She focused on its past and its present uses as well as reflections on its future. The internet site made it possible to visit the Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie as a virtual monument. While navigating over the Line, the virtual visitor can see its forts, batteries and works, and is presented with visual material from the past and present, information on its past functions, its current uses, and visiting times. Several forts no longer exist and some are no longer accessible to the public. During the Waterproof project, Van Heeswijk took small groups of visitors to seven of these inaccessible forts, and at each occasion a different speaker was invited to give a view on the 'shelf life' of a monument and the relationship between defence and imagination. The speakers were media activist Martin Lucas, activist Ine Grevers, artist Wapke Feenstra, art historian Rudi Rolf, artist Babak Afrassiabi, freelance journalist Jo van der Spek and curator Maarten van Wesemael. Their stories - both in text and image - could also be found on the website space , Financial support
Babak AfrassiabiContributing one's own artwork
Fort AsperenCreating space , Financial support
  :. Brigitte van der SandeAdvice concerning content
Fortress usersParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Ad HoekendijkParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Atelier VernissageParticipation in realising artwork
  :. BibliotheekParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Botanische tuinParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Gemeente UtrechtParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Herrinneringscentrum voor de toekomstParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Hofstede MakelaardijParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Kunsthandel Ronald JansenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. MuiderslotParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Oudheidskamer VreeswijkParticipation in realising artwork
  :. PamusgroepParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Partycentrum VoordorpParticipation in realising artwork
  :. SalwegaParticipation in realising artwork
  :. ScoutingParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Scoutinggroep Willem de ZwijgerParticipation in realising artwork
  :. SeizoenskampeerterreinParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Skylight, vuurwerk en evenementenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Slot LoevesteinParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Stichitng Werk aan de LinieParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Stichting Militair ErfgoedParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Stichting ScanParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Stichting Wandel, Fietsen en FortenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Stichting werk aan de Korte UitwegParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Tine van Dijk & Martijn SaletParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Vereniging NatuurmonumentenParticipation in realising artwork
  :. VestingsmuseumParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Wijnkooperij TrouvailleParticipation in realising artwork
  :. Willy Hems & Jan CampertgroepParticipation in realising artwork
  :. YMCAParticipation in realising artwork
Ine GeversContributing one's own artwork
Jan BrandInspiration/knowledge sharing
Jo van der SpekContributing one's own artwork , Written or oral text contribution
Maarten van WesemaelContributing one's own artwork , Written or oral text contribution
Martin LucasContributing one's own artwork
Roger TeeuwenGraphic design
Rolf EngelenProduction
Us MediaWebsite development
Wapke FeenstraContributing one's own artwork , Reporting in image
Wendel ten ArveReporting in language , Production
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