Archive for the ‘Nigeria Nov 2009’ Category

Image of the installation

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

We’re already finished setting up for next Wednesday’s opening in Den Haag.
Lots of thanks to Ivar, Hanno and Manon

Second attempt to download the GPS collar data

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

After some phone calls with the manufacturer “Followit” in Sweden, they advised us to separate the collar from the battery, and leave both components in a warm spot to dry. Since the display notification was still on, it was likely that the data in the collar was safe… But it would have been to time-consuming to send the collar to Sweden, to have it downloaded in the factory. So we had to try to get the data out here. After using some force, we managed to separate the two and leave them to dry.


At least I could do now something and hope!


Present 02

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009


We brought a real Dutch herding stick that Ivar made as a present for Mr. Idiris.

It is to be expected that Mr. Idiris will always use it head down, as that is the best way to have the stick ready for killing snakes and the like. But for us he posed with the wood sculpture as it was designed.

Showing our video materials of last year

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009


After returning to the homestead, we showed Mr. Idiris and other members of the community the materials from last year on my computer. I was very happy to find that they all liked the material a lot. Mr. Idiris and the other community members expressed that they found their “way of living” represented in a honest and true manner. I felt kind of proud.

Catch up

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009


My first meeting with Mister Idiris, near his current pasture. Mr. Idiris invites us to his home, so we can catch up, but explains that he first needs to help the boys leading the herd along a specific, nearby building site, because a cow might otherwise fall into the newly built water wells. At that very moment one of the boys called for help:  one of the cows already fell in. With the help of the whole community, cow is soon on her feet again.