Jasper Griepink (they/he) creates participatory performances, immersive and sensuous installations, music and stories, all to forward ontological entanglements that provides space for (queer) embodiment and new stories of kinship and belonging with the natural world. In general, their projects activate the somatic intersections between ‘nature’, spirituality, magic, activism, queerness, and community. In their recent projects, Griepink often operates as a hybrid between a nature priest and a sassy musician, immersing audiences in stories and multi-sensorial installations that connect the folkloric world of the druids and nature spirits with the glamour of music concerts and modern ritual get-togethers. Their latest show, EARTHRHRINE, presented itself as a speculative and contemporary sacred space for soils, exhibited at MU Hybrid Arthouse, Eindhoven. Weaving together audio-visual installation art, sculptures, scents, videoart, storytelling, song and ritual, the show questioned how soil could be experienced as sacred, and how a reverence for the world(s) below our feet can be rekindled in critical and exciting ways.
Based in the Netherlands, Griepink obtained an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, in 2013. They made certified explorations of Somatic Psychotherapy, Reiki Healing, Permaculture Design, Natural Building, and Speculative Writing. Currently, they work as a practice tutor at the MA Ecology Futures and are a curator for the manifestation RE_NATURE. They exhibited internationally at MuHKA(BE), Tidens Krav (NO), The Manse (USA), Te Whare Toi (NZ) and nationally at MU Hybrid Arthouse, Goethe Instituut Rotterdam, Garage Rotterdam, Lustwarande, TENT, MELLY (FKA Witte de With), Onomatopee, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Mediamatic, IMPAKT, W139, 1646 The Hague, and Kunsthuis SYB, amongst others.
Image: Hanneke Wetzer