Miek Zwamborn is a Dutch artist, novellist, bookmaker and translator. Her work focuses on history and landscape. Whilst carrying out field research, she travels through time and space. By sifting fragments out of historical archives and studying travelogues and scientific reports, she creates frame tales in which drawings, sculptures, raw material and books play a crucial role. Within these installations a photo pops up within a poem; a performance turns into a book. Each work claims its own place within the story, becoming an indispensable branch of the greater rhizome. Zwamborn has published the novels Oploper (2000, Meulenhoff),Vallend Hout (2004, Meulenhoff), De duimsprong (2013, Van Oorschot), the poetry book Het krieken van sepia (2008, Slibreeks) the fieldguide Wieren and many artists books. Her visual works have been exhibited in solo and group shows in the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and Ireland.
Rutger Emmelkamp is a Dutch artist, teacher and program maker. He studied at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the mid 90s and finished his BA in fine arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 2001. He has had solo and group exhibitions in The Netherlands and abroad and has initiated several group exhibitions. Alongside his studio practice, Rutger has been teaching in various art disciplines for more than ten years and was appointed head of the Jewellery Department in 2013. In 2017 he decided to resign in order to fully dedicate his time and energy to Knockvologan Studies.
In the Summer of 2016, at the southern tip of the Ross of Mull on the west- coast of Scotland, we, Rutger Emmelkamp and Miek Zwamborn, set up Knockvologan Studies, a study place without walls. The area where we work is called Tireragan, a Gaelic word for “land of angry waves”.
Knockvologan Studies is a place for collaborations. We intend to work with a wide range of people in close contact with the land. We invite specialists and generalists, locals and faraway colleagues to work with us and build a multi-facetted vision of the land that accommodates us.
Harnessing locally found and excavated materials and ideas, influenced by tidal movements, storms, eagles and seaweed, we will explore the interactions between the rugged coastal landscape and the creativity of people: the fisherman, the farmer, the poet, the scientist, the philosopher and the artist.
Through an interdisciplinary approach we are working towards a holistic and layered understanding of the elements that make up this land. We hope to contribute to a future which proves to be resilient, sustainable and enriching for both nature and culture.