Binckie the paper ferry

Den Haag FM devoted an article on Binckie.
Read the whole article (in Dutch) here:

http://denhaagfm.nl/2014/10/10/den-haag-krijgt-unieke-pontdienst-tussen-laak-en-binckhorst/

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The making of Binckie

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!

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Paperboat 4 : Our first bio-degradable boat

 

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!

 

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The launch of the Paperboat race at the North Sea Regatta

On the 8th of June we launched the ‘Paperboat Race’ together with Duurzaam Den Haag at the North Sea Regatta in Scheveningen. Caspar Bouman kindly agreed to be our test pilot, because it was the first time our little Paperboat was launched in salt water.
But it withstood the sea remarkably well!

You can read the interview here:
http://nsr.nl/2014/casper-bouman-doopt-paperboat/

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Or watch the reportage here:

Waterwheel: The World Waterday Symposium

Today we participated in the online symposium ‘Waterwheel’ with a presentation of our Paperboat project. We were delighted see all the other projects and to meet the other participants. Our session ‘Activism, Art & Science’ contained presentations of Paula Vélez Bravo, Jean Noël Montagné and Rob van Kranenbrug about the Ark0 and the OSWASH (open source washing machine), Mari Keski-Korsu about energy resources and activism and Lila Moore with a presentation about Water e-motion.

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International Streaming Festival 2013

We’re proud to announce that Disconnected from Reality has been selected for the International Streaming Festival 2013!
On the 30th of November the 8th edition of the Streaming Festival will start off the at two offline locations, Het Nutshuis in The Hague and Boonika in Zagreb, Croatia.
Both events start at 20.00hrs. The selected movies will be screened on the Streaming Festival website from 1 till 15 December 2013.

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Visit the festival’s site:
Streaming Festival: Disconnected from reality

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Border Sessions 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.

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Maidenvoyage of the Paperboat 3

On September 7th we participated in the ‘Blijf weg van het Malieveld‘ happening, an ongoing experimental exhibition/workspace between 11 and 12 at the Malieveld in Den Haag. Other participating artist were: Leontine Lieffering, Topp&Dubio, Laura van EedenKees Koomen, Ellen Rodenberg and Maarten Schepers.

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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.
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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!

Watch the movie

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Title: The Maidenvoyage of the Paperboat 3, Paperboat project 130907
Description: Performance at the Malieveld Den Haag, the Netherlands on September 7th 2013
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Date: 2013

Disconnected From Reality

Sunshine, blue skies, 35ºC, a perfect day to be out on the water and test our Paperboat 2.1!

Disconnected from reality’ is the registration of one of our attempts to stay afloat with a paper boat. In this short movie we take our Paperboat 2.1 for a grand day out at a recreation site in a typical Dutch suburb, called Zoetermeer.
A big part of Zoetermeer is actually a landfill, covered up with parks and houses.
So the people there actually live and spend their leisure time on top of the trash they have created in the first place.

 

This movie was also shown at the Streamingfestival 2013, and is now a part of their online archive.
http://www.streamingfestival.com/archive/2013/artists.php?id=1462&f=Mrmrs&l=Gray

 

From Mr. Gray’s ship log:

I’m sitting in my little boat, peacefully reading my newspaper, when I see two lifeguards approaching. I’m preparing myself to give them a friendly smile, because them being respectful and helpful gentlemen, they would probably want to rescue me from a life-threatening situation.
But quite the opposite from the feared Arabic guy who wished me ‘Good luck!’, one of the life guards shouted ‘And now we should throw a big stone at him!’ his buddy laughing out loud when he said this. Of course, I should assume this was supposed to be a joke, but they are supposed to be responsible people who watch our safety.
So, again, we tend to think that immigrants are no-good, but I have to conclude that poor neighbourhoods can be far more tolerant than neat suburbs!

Thanks for watching!

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Title: Disconnected From Reality, Paper boat project 130803
Description: Movie
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Date: 2013