Archive for the ‘Terrarium’ Category


Coming soon: Reclamation’s first book!


page TPS2 of Reclamation’s forthcoming publication Ritual/Music + Tea Party Socials





PRESS: Reclamation makes culture and televison headlines








Elsevier October 13, 2010


Prosperity for Posterity + Primary Processes


ben benieuwd… (i’m curious)





Reclamation is currently located in Hoorn for a residency at Hotel MariaKapel, an art organization housed inside a Medieval chapel at Korte Achterstraat 2A.  Hotel MariaKapel seeks to foster art projects that are ‘experimental’ and ‘context-based’. So, Reclamation wants to know if you would like to participate in art. Either way, you already have!  Thank you very much.




Prosperity for Posterity + Primary Processes


Come to Hotel MariaKapel this Thursday September 30 for the last Tea Party Social and Ritual/Music events of Terrarium! Get with the program:

Prosperity for Posterity
John Heard presents a brief and anecdotal history of the Zetas and other intergalactic aliens who bred with earthlings to form mankind as it exists today. His son John Matthew Heard presents historical instances of crude advances Pagans made towards the earth which bore them.

Primary Processes
Video Installation: Reclamation carries out Julia Holter’s instructions for In The Day, a series of rituals combining actions from Dutch still life paintings with modern field recording techniques scripted for Terrarium at HMK as Julia imagined it to be.
Screening: Los Angeles non-profit radio collective dublab presents Parallel, an audio-visual collaboration between filmmaker Huckleberry Lain and electronic music artists Languis which seeks to entrance mammalian spectators with hypnotic repetitions of visuals, atmospheric audio, and rhythmic interlocking of frequency and spectrum.
Performance: Drew Denny performs a sonic interpretation of the origin of singing, incorporating sounds from each climate represented in Terrarium and from Hoorn as well as projections shot and edited in Hoorn by John Matthew Heard. Audience members will be asked to control the ‘nature’ sounds as Drew performs a series of orphan songs developed in HMK.

doors open
18:15 – 18:45 screening of Parallel
19:00 – 20:30 Prosperity for Posterity video and presentation
20:30 – 21:30 Primary Processes performance

Tea, snacks, and drinks served. Everything is free.




Madam Hazel Hill McCarthy III created a mini-site to archive the spectacle that was the Sonic Horticulture tour: Hoorn, Amsterdam, Berlin. Visit the Sonic Horticulture mini-site to see photos, watch videos, and read about all the participating artists.


Organic Soundscapes for Meet Your Maker


Organic Soundscapes 1 and 2
A fieldrecording project by Peter Mayer

The Mayer-Farm:
11 cows, 11 male or female calfs, one bull (who takes care for the offspring)
2 traktors and lots of other little machinery
1 farm bulding, 1 little barm on the field, 10 ha of grassland, 1,5 ha of forest

Part 1 – Daily:
Soundrecording of the daily barn work in the evening.

Sounds appearing:
…. getting new hey bales, feeding the cows, taking the manure out to the manure
pile, putting straw to the sleeping spaces of the cows, ….

Part 2 – Monthly:
Soundrecording from the monthly act of butchering an animal. The recording
includes an interview with the butcher while he is talking about his work and
life. The sound was editet into a video, presenting subtitles that transalate from
upperaustrian dialect into english.

Sounds appearing:
….. catching the cow inside the trailer to be able to shoot it from close up, blood
running into the drain (bleeding out), sharpening the knifes, skinning, taking out
the guts, cutting the cow in two halfs with an electrical saw, comments of the

The story:
Smallscale organic farming is a ritualistic process full of responsibilities in many
different dimensions.
Let´s start from the very basics: Helping a pregnant cow giving birth to a young
calf, raising the offspring, growing grass on fields, harvesting, feeding the animals
on a daily bases, maintaining hygene, taking care for sick animals, taking care for
all the machinery necessary for farming, deciding the right point of time when
an animal is going to die. Helping to kill it. Selling the meat or produce other
products that can serve human kind.

All these acts provide an immense amount of sounds. I wanted to capture some
of them and give respect to their everyday existence by presenting them in other
contexts. It turned out that it is nearly impossible to present these recordings
without triggering judgements in the listeners. We all have different attitudes
concerning the production of food. Whatever thoughts you might have: We are
all part of the cycle.


Edging The Swarm (trailer)


Lewis and Richard put together a trailer of their performance documentation from Sonic Horticulture at Terrarium in Hoorn:

Edging the Swarm.
Lewis Wright & Richard Houguez
Hoorn, Netherlands 9/11/2010

As part of Sonic Horticulture, an audial territory was created around the gallery on an occupied radio frequency. In a similar way to how bees scout out a radius from their hive, a survey of sonic ecologies was carried out in the surrounding area of the building, mapping the transmissions through a customised receiver.

The sound is composed of synthesised and distorted music with vocal chantings, drawing on the ritualised practices of keeping bees across different cultures.