Chiel Lubbers

A visual artist based in the Netherlands, motivated by resonance with rippled structures in the natural and agricultural landscape, currently developing the project 'Musculo-vegetal' which embodies analogous research that explores the similarities between fibers in plants and human muscles tissues.

Works & Projects

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Hybrid Realms, Trixie, The Hague

Tissues consisting of plant fibers, human and non/more-than-human hybrids forming to sustain life and plants overtaking environments, the works in Hybrid Realms are reacting to ecological shifts, mirrors common sci-fi motifs. Due to environmental changes these futures are closer than we often realize.The exhibition delves into the thematic exploration of biomorphic forms and an inward contemplation of materiality, uniting the practices of diverse artists. In the exhibition space their different methods of approaching the subject of human and non human life forms relationships and how they could intertwine are in dialogue with each other. The artists invite the viewer to perceive the interconnectivity of structure and identity of the human form in relation to its ecosystem in an open ended manner. Hybrid Realms prompts us to ponder the ambiguous space in which we, along with all other life forms, exist—a realm between rigid categories. 

Musculo-vegetal,, Haarlem

Musculo-vegetal is a herbarium series embodying analogous research, delving into the parallels between fibers in plants and human muscle tissues. Through the intricate processes of dissecting, fermenting, and positioning fibers, Chiel’s artworks reveal the microscopic and macroscopic anatomical tissues of the abstracted aspects of our intimate anatomy. The essence of Musculo-vegetal lies in its aim to induce a meditative state, encouraging viewers to reflect on the life forms that constitute our bodies. It conveys the fundamental concept that we are resonant beings intricately intertwined with cosmic currents.

Gardening, Creative Coding Utrecht, Museum Oud Amelisweerd, Bunnik

Together with citizens, digital creators and activists equipped with technology, we’re going to ‘garden’ and play the game of the elements. We’ll enter into a playful and curious conversation with nature and we investigate the connection between man and nature through technology and spirituality. What does nature mean when we view it from the perspective of technology? What if we don’t put humans first and give rights and voices to non-humans, like a river, robin or roma tomato? Through art and design, GARDENING makes our changing relationship with nature tangible and makes you aware of your and others' role in our ecosystem.