Sinopale’s Relational Atlas 7


In this last session of Sinopale’s Relational Atlas, Rana Öztürk invites Jacqueline Heerema to introduce the project Now Wakes the Sea.


Jacqueline Heerema will give a talk on Satellietgroep programs, reflecting on the concept of Anthropogenic Coastal Atlas, which she explored through 16 years of artistic-curatorial experience of interconnecting coastal communities, arts and science with the aim to share local knowledge on global level.

Artists collective Satellietgroep (founded in The Hague, Netherlands in 2006) explores the reciprocal relations of humanity and nature, with a focus on the sea, (coastal) landscape transitions, climate and the impact of humanity on the environment in the Netherlands and abroad.

Satellietgroep is initiated in 2006 by Dutch conceptual artist, mediator, writer, tutor and independent (sub)urban curator Jacqueline Heerema, to collectively explore versatile and inclusive perspectives, while interconnecting the arts and design with humanities/social sciences and natural/technological sciences, natural and cultural heritage and with society. She invented the concept of Innovatory Heritage and the Anthropogenic Coastal Atlas.

Now Wakes The Sea is an international bilateral exchange artist-in-residency program, initiated by Satellietgroep and developed in collaboration with international cultural partners, in Croatia, Malta, Japan, Scotland, Lithuania, New York City, Russia, Moldova, Georgia, Turkey. Satellietgroep interconnects coastal communities by contextualizing contemporary research and new art works to historic and future coastal developments and art works that transcend local and national issues.

The first iteration of Now Wakes The Sea was during Sinopale 4 in 2012 and performed in Sinop and Istanbul (Turkey) and The Hague (Netherlands).
Artist-curator: Jacqueline Heerema.
Artists, co-curators: Eline Esther Bots, Ronald Boer.

Publication Now Wakes The Sea (2013).

Artist-in-residence: Maurice Bogaert, Bahanur Nasya, Yilmaz Vurucu.

Satellietgroeps’ artist-in-residency programs:
Badgast (2009-2015), Now Wakes The Sea (since 2012), DCR Gueststudios (2013-2018), Zandgast (since 2014). The programs function as an alternative source for collecting the intangible local knowledge derived from the artistic and scientific projects. New concepts and art works are developed, to collect, connect and contextualize with existing works for public events like traveling film festivals, exhibitions, workshops and artist talks at international art venues and coastal conferences.

The international network consists of artists, designers, filmmakers, architects, landscape architects, citizen scientists, local practitioners and scientists in the fields of ecology, climate, paleontology, geology, archeology, oceanography, coastal morphology, philosophy, zoology, botany, cultural and natural heritage, spatial planning and policymakers, pupils, students and tutors of art academies and universities, and more.


This project will look at Sinopale as a site of relational encounters through each edition of the biennial and explore what kind of previously non-existing or invisible links between Sinop and other places occurred through the artworks produced and exhibited in Sinop.  By being situated in a specific place, a biennial raises the question of what it means for artists, artworks, and audiences to be at that specific place at that specific time, when it is no longer possible to think of places and times as disparate entities in a global world.