Jubilee co-produced Drifting Studio Practice, a publication in which artist duo Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan elaborate on their collaborative film works The Episode of the Sea and Stones Have Laws.
During slavery, some enslaved people fled into the forest in Surinam to build lives for themselves in freedom. They became known as Maroons. Surinamese theatre-maker Tolin Erwin Alexander, himself an Okanisi Maroon, responded to an invitation by Dutch artists Lonnie van Brummelen and Siebren de Haan to develop a script in collaboration for a film experiment, Stones Have Laws (Dee Sitonu a Weti).
The makers used an experimental narrative form combining stories of ancestral African traditions and escape from slavery with enacted contemporary rituals. The film also explores how the community’s powerful ties to the land have become endangered as industries threaten to devastate the Maroons’ culture through deforestation and mining. The three makers closely involved the Maroon community in the development of the script, which was written using an experimental process of collective scripting. The result is a unique cinematic form that bridges filmmaking, poetry and theatre.
Stones Have Laws is part of Lonnie van Brummelen’s PhD Artistic Research; she defends her thesis on 27 October in the University of Amsterdam’s Agnietenkapel.
Lonnie Van Brummelen and Siebren De Haan’s research will be published as the book Drifting Studio Practice by Hatje Cantz. It is co-produced by Jubilee.
The book will be presented at Eye Film Museum (Amsterdam) in a programme where artists will show Stones Have Laws. The screening is followed by a conversation with Maroon ambassador and project collaborator Tolin Erwin Alexander, moderated by curator and researcher Astrid Korporaal of the University of Groningen.