The Low Countries - 2015, № 23
3 maart 2015
Turning Tides is the theme of The Low Countries yearbook's 23rd volume
Everything is water, claimed Thales of Miletus around 600 BC. Some assert that this statement was the beginning of philosophy. Water is life. All life comes from the water. The land is what is left behind by the sea. The Low Countries, and the Netherlands in particular, know all about that. They have been won from the sea. But that victory is never definitive.
In this book we take a closer look at water in all its forms, and at that specific sea of ours. You can travel the length of the Belgian coast by tram, from De Panne to Knokke. You can sail from Vlissingen to Texel. We wonder whether the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp could coordinate their activities, but perhaps, as far as China is concerned, Zeebruges, Ghent-Terneuzen and Vlissingen are just hubs of one and the same megaport offering access to Europe. There is a portfolio of pictures, too, showing what people do on the wide sandy beaches of the Low Countries in their summer hours of idleness. The great pirates of the past are also honoured. Today, Somali pirates raise the problem of the law(lessness) of the sea. Today we still need an international law of the sea, especially where pollution and overfishing are concerned. With regard to the latter, however, what food can we still obtain from our North Sea? And finally, there’s no sea without seascapes and poems, of course, a flood of words to conjure up the roar of the surf, the eternal lapping of the waves.
And the tides? They keep on turning.
This yearbook aims to present to the world the culture and society of the Dutch-speaking area which encompasses both the Netherlands and Flanders, the northern part of Belgium. The articles survey the living, contemporary culture of the Low Countries, as well as their cultural heritage.
In these pages you will find everything you always wanted to know about ‘this undigested vomit of the sea’ as a British metaphysical poet once called the Low Countries. They are at the very heart of Europe, the intersection of North and South, of the Latin and Germanic worlds.
Artikelen in dit nummer
- Framing the Sea. Turning Tides
- Sleeping with the Enemy. The Netherlands and its Waters
- Along the Belgian Coast in a Streetcar named Desire
- Sailing along the Dutch Coast
- One Port for the Delta?
- Life is a Beach
- Seafood. Of Sprat, Herring, Cod and Mussel
- Dutch Pirates
- The Law(lessness) of the Sea
- There is no Such Thing as ‘Dutchness’ or ‘Flemishness’ in Seascape Painting
- Pounding on in Endless Wild Commotion. Ten Poems about the Sea
- Anecdotes Evoke Poetry. On the Work of Jan De Maesschalck
- With a View of the Landscape. The Poetic World of Miriam Van hee
- On Sheep and Plants. The ‘Felt’ Oeuvre of Claudy Jongstra
- Community Arts: the Theatre of the Future?
- Quatre-Bras and Waterloo Revisited. A Belgian and Dutch History without Glory
- It’s the Journey, Not the Destination. On the Work of Frank Westerman
- Representing the Netherlands. The Rijksmuseum and the History of the Fatherland
- The ‘Laugh-or-I’ll Shoot’ Architecture of Zaandam
- High Stakes. The Photographs of Erwin Olaf
- Deeper and Deeper into the Forest. On the Work of Oek de Jong
- More of the Same? The Changing of the Guard in the Monarchy
- Wonderful Mechelen. From Burgundian Grandeur to Media Lab and Malt Whisky
- More an Inventor than a Designer. Iris van Herpen’ s Needle, Thread and Three-Dimensional Techniques
- Oddball Amazement and Restless Waywardness. The Polymorphous Work of Joke van Leeuwen
- Mystical White Images of Man. On the Work of Johan Tahon
- Learning the Lessons of History? Scientific Fraud in the Low Countries
- A Poor, Inspired and Melancholy Poet. Willem Bilderdijk, a Calvinist Celebrity
- Alors on Danse. Twenty-five Years of Dance Music in the Low Countries
- Foreign Language Learning in the Low Countries
- The Rediscovery of the Public Library. Birmingham Library by Mecanoo Architects
- Flanders’ Films Go Hollywood
- Arts and Culture in Times of Conflict
- Dutch Brazil (1624-1654) and Its Legacy
- A Failed Political Experiment. The United Kingdom of the Netherlands 1815-1830
- ‘A Thankless and Vexatious Work’. One Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the ‘Fat Van Dale’
- The Emperor Has No Clothes. Sinologist and Essayist Simon Leys (1935-2014)
- Guest of Honour 2.0. The Low Countries at Frankfurt Book Fair 2016
- ‘There Is Infinite Enrichment in Perishing’. Leo Vroman (1915-2014)
- ‘Too good to be Dutch’. Blaudzun
- Between Darkness and Light. Ghent-New York Rock Singer Trixie Whitley
- A Senate with Indirect Power. The First Chamber in the Netherlands
- Between Myth and Reality. Andreas Vesalius
- The Gang of Nivelles. Thirty Years on
- Look Up and Plug In. Daan Roosegaarde
- ‘The most hated man in America’. The Frick Collection Exposed in The Hague
- Shades of Grey and Steely Blue. Two Photo Books about Two Seas
- Batman in Mons. Saint George and the European Capital of Culture 2015
- Subdued Beauty. A Retrospective of Berlinde De Bruyckere’s Work