We’ve started to build our 5th paper boat Binckie at shipyard ‘De Haas’. Binckie will be a part of the I’M BINCK festival, which will be held at the Binkhorst, a remarkable industrial terrain in Den Haag.
The festival celebrates the diversity of the Binckhorst and the possibilities this area has to offer. One of the main topics of the festival is circular economy. Therefor we’re using scrap paper and cardboard boxes from the enterprises and companies established in the Binckhorst for our new boat.
Binckie is going to be a fully bio-degradable boat, just like Paperboat 4, the paper canoe.
The frame is made from cardboard boxes, the hull from old newspapers. Cardboard and magazines can be used as a substitute for brown matter in compost. The glue will be an organic and actually edible glue. So the whole boat will be compostable.
We don’t know how long it will float, the festival will continue for a month. But we hope that it will not be a problem for Binckie!
This year our Paperboat project is going to be a part of the I’M BINCK festival coming October. The festival features the ‘Binckhorst’, a remarkable industrial area in The Hague. Circular economy is one of the main topics of the festival, so we’re going to use paper waste like cardboard boxes and newspapers from the Binckhorst for the build of our new boat.
Our new boat will be launched in the beginning of October and will operate as a ferry during the festival.
So join us for a boat trip in October!
Today we’ve tested Paperboat 4, the first bio-degradable boat. The boat is constructed with used cardboard and old newspapers, and the glue is solely made of organic materials. So you can throw it on the compost heap after use! And next year it could become a beautiful flower.
Since we made a canoe we thought we might as well test it in the waves on the beach in Scheveningen.
And it survived the forces of nature!
On May 17th and 18th 2014 the first edition of the Unnoticed Art Festival took place in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The festival is a concept of Frans van Lent, a Dutch performance artist, and was about artistic interventions and performances taking place in public space without framing it as art, thus by all probability being ‘unnoticed’. An interesting experiment: how would the public react to art performances and interventions they might not recognise as such? We we’re in for an exiting weekend, that was certain. All the artists invited didn’t knew until the very last moment which city we were heading for. It turned out to be Haarlem, a small city north of Amsterdam.
Our intervention was to leave tiny paper boats amongst the fall-out of our consumer society and other garbage which people tend to leave carelessly behind in cities.
Of course we were amidst a group of inspired and remarkable fellow artists, amongst other Malou van Doormaal who started the festival by shouting once and not uttering another word for the remainder of the festival, only to conclude the festival with another shout.
Marnik Neven pasted blanc paper on a wall in a tunnel underneath the train station.
And Jeroen Jongeleen marked an image with small poles in the grass and started to trace the image by running the alongside the poles to emboss the pattern in the grass, like an elephant trail. Mind you, he needed to run the same distance as a marathon to leave an imprint.
On March 4th 2014 the award ceremony of te ‘Haagse Lift‘, an annual Dutch prize for sustainanble and innovative projects took place at theatre ‘de Appel’ in The Hague. Our Paperboat project was nominated as one of the last 10 participants this year to make an elevator pitch movie in the ‘Haagse Toren’. Watch movie
The movies of the nominated projects were presented during the Haagse Communicatiedag from which a professional jury selected 3 projects. Together with BLOOMILY and iTwyc our Paperboat project was one of the last 3. The audience could then vote for their favourite project, and we came in second!
Coincidentally theatre ‘de Appel’ was presenting the play ‘Cassanova’ at the time, and because the play is set in a watery scenery, the whole stage was replaced by a large pool.
The ideal environment to demonstrate our Paperboat!
Here’s an impression of the Haagse Communicatiedag 2014: Watch movie
This day we went for a little walk on the Malieveld in Den Haag. During that 10 minute walk we collected a shopping bag full of plastic waste, we found on the field.
We tipped the gathered debris on top of the parts of a dress.
Title: 10 minutes of Plastic Debris, Part 1
Description: Intervention at the Malieveld in Den Haag, the Netherlands
Date: November 23rd 2013
On the 14th of November we were invited to give a short presentation of our Paperboat project at the Bordersessions Festival in Den Haag, the Netherlands. This years edition was held in the Theater aan het Spui and in addition to our presentation our Paperboat was also on display in the lobby of the theatre.
Border Sessions 2013 sets the stage for thinkers researchers and entrepreneurs with compelling and critical stories that help us understand our new challenges and possibilities. Border Sessions is affiliated with the Crossing Border Festival that takes place in the same week.
A good day to launch our Paperboat 3.
The weatherforecast promised a rain-free afternoon, so hopefully our Ghostmoney project worked!
This version paperboat has a cardboard frame and a paper maché coating.
Hopefully it will last longer than our previous attempts, because this time we’ve planned to start at the Malieveld and row home, a 2,5 km journey through the canals of Den Haag!
Title: The Maidenvoyage of the Paperboat 3, Paperboat project 130907
Description: Performance at the Malieveld Den Haag, the Netherlands on September 7th 2013