Writers, poets, thinkers and designers celebrated and analysed the richness of the Dutch landscape on the occasion of the 180th anniversary edition of the literary magazine De Gids. A conversation between author and philosopher Dirk van Weelden and landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, moderated by Marten Kuijpers and interspersed with readings by the writers and poets Maria Barnas, Peer Wittenbols, Sasja Janssen and Maarten van der Graaff.
The landscape of the Netherlands is essential to writers and poets. They derive inspiration from it, use it in their work, or research it as a component in a shared identity. But this landscape is subject to massive change. It is impossible today to find a place that has not been affected by human intervention; every square centimetre has been shaped and planned by humans. Ancient borders are blurring – between inside and outside, public and private, culture and nature – and the traditional view of city and landscape as mutually exclusive phenomena is slowly receding. City and countryside are becoming increasingly interwoven.
To mark its 180th anniversary, the literary magazine De Gids has asked authors and poets to render Dutch landscapes in essays and poems. The anniversary edition of De Gids was presented at Het Nieuwe Instituut on Thursday 12 October.
This Thursday Night is part of the programme track Landscape and Interior through which Het Nieuwe Instituut will address and research the changing world and associated spaces, in order to redefine our understanding of space.