MOK, International Center for Storytelling Texel
Texel has a beautiful variation of (cultural) landscapes. The dunes, sea, mudflats, grassland, historical villages and schapenboeten (a sort of sheep sheds which are characteristic for Texel): a multidimensional whole all intertwined on the island. The extensiveness of Texel ensures a sense of freedom and the space to experience this. By day, de variation of nature with beautiful views and sightlines. At night, the darkness swallows everything that is seen after which only sound and sense matter. The sound of the animals still awake, the sound of the sea, the rustle of the leaves… Texel is all-round, gives peace and inspires.
Wind and water are the elements which gave the landscape and architecture of Texel their form. The emergence of clay loam ensured a dry spot in the by sea surrounded landscape. De characteristic shape of the schapenboeten made sure that the building could still be entered in heavy storms. Wind, water, height and orientation are guiding in this task. Enriched with sight, comfort and fitting material use, an extraordinary form of architecture arises: modest in the existing landscape, dynamic in experience.
MOK – international center for storytelling texel
MOK – International Center for Storytelling Texel (working title: MOK) organizes exhibitions, workshops, lectures and (guest) residences by leading story makers in film, photography, documentary, journalism and literature. MOK is going to be led by two cultural entrepreneurs: writer, film maker and former Texelaar (inhabitant of Texel) Arnold van Bruggen, and photographer and teacher Anoek Steketee. With their extensive network and experience they want to connect makers, students, and other enthusiasts of the Netherlands and the world and give them an opportunity to reflect on their existing and new work within these surroundings of peace, focus and collected knowledge. Something like MOK doesn’t exist yet in the Netherlands. Therefore, we have the ambition to not only add something unique and innovative to Texel, but also to the Dutch cultural landscape.
The former farming business situated at the Mokweg, which contains a chaotic collection of buildings, will be cleared. De house will be modernized, the characteristic shade and barn will be restored and four guest residences for the (international) lecturers and guests will be added. The artist-in-residence will be situated at the back of the plot and will be, just like the other new buildings, placed within the landscape with great care.