Ida van der Lee | Artist
A RITUAL FOR SAYING GOODBYE TO FOSSIL FUELS
On the way to Montenegro I want to design a ritual to say goodbye to fossil fuels. Saying goodbye to the old means to welcome the new, the sustainable energy sources.
Workshop Title: Ritual Art - Saying farewell to Fossil Fuels.
In 1995 Ida van der Lee graduated from the University of the Arts in Utrecht, department of Autonomous design. From 1996 to 2008 she carried out six large-scale art projects concerning demolition and change. The main theme was saying farewell. She became a leader in the field of community art.
Since 2012 her project Namen en Nummers (Names and Numbers) is a highly respected project to commemorate the 2800 Jew deported from the Oosterpark neighborhood in Amsterdam. It shows that in modern time, new forms for commemoration and rituals are needed. People are deeply moved. At the moment, Ida van der Lee carries out this project with 80 volunteers and school children. She presented it at the International Congress of Memorial Museums in Israel.
She discovered that rituals are not only suitable for commemoration and saying farewell. They are also instruments for communication and telling stories. Van der Lee wants to set sensitive or unspeakable issues in the light and make them lighter. She works under the name Studio Ritual Art with many volunteers and artists from various disciplines. Studio Ritual Art is an informal community built around her ritual practice. Rituals are developed and carried out. She is a member of the European Ritual Trainers Network.
Currently Ida is working on a Ritual to say farewell to Fossil Fuels. Together with a few others members of ‘The Turn Club’, a community of over 300 artists in The Netherlands searching to engage their artist mindset in complex social issues, she is traveling to the Green Culture Festival by train. Slow traveling gives the opportunity to develop the idea further. At the festival she will host a workshop on Ritual Art with a focus on her newest project; How to say goodbye to Fossil Fuels.
PITCH (IN DUTCH)
Tekens in het zand
Namen en Nummers
”In my art I want to give attention to those things that shouldn’t be there. The dark areas, the denials, the things that are ignored or taboo. I want to put that in the light. It is about the dead, the Jewish victims, the elderly, and school children with their silent sorrow. With the rituals that I design, existential stories come to the surface and take shape. ”
What I do: I use art to design rituals to communicate at the level of meaning
This is what I am changing in the world: I reintroduce rituals with beauty and imagination so that people can shape and share the difficult emotional moments in life.