Castle walls are a stark contrast to the hidden forest clearing that awaits you in the grounds. These paradoxes inherently fascinate Heleen Blanken, whose work probes humanity’s relationship to nature; the Amsterdam-based visual artist will work alongside multifaceted electronic producer Daniel Avery to execute a stage in Kingdom’s forest clearing.
Heleen is a prolific and well-respected artist who has been intertwined with club culture ever since her long-standing residency as a visual artist at Trouw club in Amsterdam. Deeply influenced by humanity’s digital obsessions and growing separation from the natural world, Heleen’s work invites us to absorb and question alternative visions through multimedia.
Over the years, Heleen has collaborated with electronic pioneers such as Jeff Mills and Ben Klock – to name a few – and has curated sculptural structures for festivals like Draaimolen in Holland.
Her collaboration with Daniel Avery might just be a perfect set-up. Avery is an acclaimed and much-loved electronic artist, whose sound has the potential to bring life, energy, and a freeing weightlessness to any dancefloor… Over the weekend, the forest will become home to the sounds of Midland, Moomin, Lauren Hansom, Dan Beaumont, Peach, Prosumer, Yu Su, and of course Avery himself.
Dancers, we’ll meet you by a lake in the forest – in a space where the modern and the natural collide through striking sonic and spatial design.