On Friday evening 15 March 2024 at 8PM, the literary venue Perdu presents the ecological system. During this evening, poet/composer Rozalie Hirs and writer/artist Miek Zwamborn unite topics that keep recurring in their poetry, music, and visual work.

Immerse yourself in this dialogue of lyrical, playful language experiments and odes to birds, butterflies, shrublands, bogs, marshes, and water plants, and marvel with these two impressionists at the interaction between organisms and ecological systems, which they adventurously study and translate into different media.

Topics include the books Onderling (Van Oorschot, 2023) by Miek Zwamborn and ecologica (Vleugels, 2023) by Rozalie Hirs. In addition, visual work by Miek Zwamborn and music by Rozalie Hirs are presented, alongside sound recordings made in different landscapes. Also shown is the short animation film the throwaway coincidence that determined everything (2004), which Paul Leyton made based on ‘o little thistle’ (from: ecologica, 2023) by Rozalie Hirs. All this is be followed by the world premiere of Ways In (2024), a film by Rutger Emmelkamp and Miek Zwamborn, set to music by Michael Finissy. The evening concludes with drinks and a round-table discussion led by Anneke Brassinga.

The above photo, taken by Miek Zwamborn, shows different ecological systems at KNOCKvologan, Fionnphort, Isle of Mull, Scotland, UK. The photograph below of Rozalie Hirs and Miek Zwamborn was taken during a hike in the Engadin, Graubünden, Switzerland.

Date: 2024-03-15
Doortime: 20:00 CET
Location: Perdu, Kloverniersburgwal 86, Amsterdam
Performers: Rozalie Hirs, Miek Zwamborn, Anneke Brassinga (interview)