After rainfall, an earthy smell known as petrichor permeates the air. The smell comes from a yellowish oil trapped in the rocks and soil. As rain soaks the dry earth, botanical molecules are freed, volatile essential oils rise to the surface and are carried by the wind across the ground.

This earth perfume is created by a symphony of bacteria, chemical compounds and natural phenomena. These elements, responsible for the odor, exist on every continent and our human noses have evolved to be extremely sensitive to this particular smell.

The perfume, locked in a gold coloured ampoule, will serve as a memory of life on our planet. A reminder of home. It can be snapped open once, to transport you back to earth in a second.

PETRICHOR is part of Moon Gallery. A pilot platform within the framework of the Moon Village, EuroMoonMars & ILEWG. The Moon Gallery aims to serve as a focal point for inspirational ideas and visions for the Moon Village community. Art scene will play a humanistic and cultural role for the Moon Village instigating intrigue, imagination and inspiration for the global space explora- tion.

Concept: – An international collaborative art work and Moon village promotion structure – A crowd sourced online gallery of art- works & artifacts created by an international group of participants – A 10 by 10 cm patch of Lunar Lander exterior paneling is one intended venue for this Gallery (There are 100 cells available of 1cm x 1cm x 1cm for art submissions)

Moon Gallery outreach campaigns & think tank sessions have been conducted in ESA – ESTEC, Pulchri The Hague, Royal Academy of Art the Hague, ISU International Space University Delft.

Research Archive


Meaning Seeking Animals explores the possibility of a publication as a world, it is a personal collection of digested knowledge that keeps on growing as the artist proceeds to make new work. It is a world, or an aura, a field where the artist’s internal experience of knowledge building has been deposited, for a long while privately and now made public. The diverse collection of excerpts and fragments combines sources from biology, philosophy, art and psychology grows and forms as a terra under the thoughtful care of Lisa van Casand. The publication could be thought along the more traditional or familiar notions of a captain’s diary, notebook, or log — but as a collection of knowledge it is much closer to how Walter Benjamin envisioned the dream world “an autonomous world of dreams circling the earth at night”. Upon arrival the publication gives no specific reading direction, no middle and no end. But like a topographical map it offers a guide for locating positions, or intersections, in the form of audio-walks provided by artist Marit Mihklepp, theorist Aleid de Jong and geographer Jacob Knegtel.

Meaning Seeking Animals was published by is an experimental publishing & distribution project that utilises an online platform to seed unprintable text-based works by emerging artists. The project explores the possibilities of hyper-publishing in a series of four commissioned publications.

Thematically first four commissioned publications by all female art practitioners, place themselves in the online world of constant updates and refresh buttons that, as theorist Wendy Chun observes, “exist at the bleeding edge of obsolescence. We thus forever try to catch up, updating to remain the same”. The publications use the omnidirectional online terrain and actions that are native to it — such as refreshing, instantly available to edit, easily erasable, highlighting, copy-pasting and non linear navigation — to explore and critically evaluate visions and versions of power systems by tracing the politics of technological infrastructures. Hidden in places as traditional as archives, as often used as smart phone applications, omnipresent and inescapable as the financial market and as quiet and evasive as the transfer of information in narrative structures.

For the production of Meaning Seeking Animals I would like to thank: Stef Kors, Titus Knegtel, Victoria Douka Doukopoulou, Lucas van der Velden & Sonic Acts, Aleid de Jong, Jacob Knegtel, Marit Mihklepp, Neon & Landa and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam.

The Border of Seeing



This project is a study into the limit of the visible spectrum – where violet becomes ultraviolet, red becomes infrared and visible becomes invisible. This border-wavelength is a little different for everyone. Some might see a little further into the spectrum than others. For this project I am exploring our individual responses to colour on the border of our visible spectrum to see if it is possible to create a work “that everyone will see differently”. The viewing objects determine our differences in perception. With the information collected by the viewing objects, I am able to finish the final work.

The Border of Seeing, Het Nutshuis, The Hague

The Border of Seeing, Stroom, The Hague

This project is made in collaboration with astronomer Frans Snik connected to The Observatory, Leiden.