IT, or the Something in the Lake

01-09 to 31-10 2011

HMK (HotelMariaKapel) Artist in Residence



A Collaboration between Erik Alkema, Avi Krispin and Gregg Louis

This project was made possible by support from: SNS Reaal Fonds, VSB Fonds, Mondriaan Foundation, Gemeente Hoorn, Westfries Museum, Museum van de 20ste Eeuw
photos by Cassander Eeftinck Schattenkerk and Gregg Louis

Invited to do an artist in residence project in HMK (HotelMariaKapel), an old church in the centre of Hoorn, NL, Erik alkema, Avi Krispin and Gregg Louis made up a possible urban myth for that old Dutch harbour town, which is located next to the IJsselmeer (The former Zuiderzee). Being there they investigated and researched their own story and in collaboration with local museums, a choir and amateur actors they made a reconstruction which resulted in the Exhibition "IT, or the Something in the Lake'. For the exhibition the Maria Kapel was transformed into an anthropological-like museum in which the results of that research and their recreations were presented.

When the former Zuiderzee was closed of by de Afsluitdijk in 1932 and Het IJsselmeer came into existence, people were not told the whole reason for why this dam had to be built. The official reason was to get the unpredictable sea under control. What was never made public was that the dam was also put there in order to keep 'something' out. Records of unexplained events, rare sightings, rumors and fears of this’ something’ have existed in local folklore from all along the coastline of the sea dating back to 716. Evidence has been found linking two prominent families that resided in Hoorn in the 17th century to a secret society dedicated to taming IT. Though some people deny that this society ever existed, and some claim IT is only a myth, recent findings have shed light on the secrets behind the rumors…



  Koor Ooker Performance on Lake IJsselmeer. Hoorn, 2011, HD, 3'55"
Music written and arranged by Feiko de Leeuw
Interviews, HD, 7'48"

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