Immaterial Lake is an online gallery, dedicated to/placed in a drained lake in the far North of Denmark.
The piece they are bringing to Brussels is 𝒞𝓉𝓇𝓁 + 𝓋 by Noah Holtegaard. It consists of an instagram filter made from a shell found in the dry lands of the former lake. The shell is a relic of the time when it was still connected to the ocean.
During each work day of April the initiators of Immaterial Lake - Inga Gerner Nielsen and Johannes Maria Schmit - digitally placed the shell on and in various EU-institutions. This is an intervention done to open up for a speculative research about the supranational possibilities to materialize the dream of the gallery - which is ultimately to stop the pumps that are draining the lake for over hundred years by now.
Passing through the European quarter on a daily basis when bringing their 6-year-old to school, Inga and Johannes have gotten in close touch with the material architecture of the European Union - as well as with some of the people working it.
The exhibition of 𝒞𝓉𝓇𝓁 + 𝓋 in Brussels is a way to engage these new acquaintances in conversations about ownership of land, nature rights and rewildering-policies. The ambition is to, through dialogue, carve out a tale on how the EU had their entire apparatus’ revolve around the re-establishment of a small lake in Denmark. The final story will be presented and celebrated in an IRL event by the end of April (photos above).