The Bamboo Shiver Forest. A room in the museum is filled with a few thousand bamboo sticks, criss-crossed together. There is a labyrinth through this stick forest that you can wander through. There are vibrating sticks in the forest. These will vibrate as soon as you touch them. Light and shadow, vibrating sound and silence alternate and visitors can experience the beauty of chaos. If you come into a strange, unusual environment you can be surprised. Your senses are stimulated and you are challenged to interact, to participate. You have to discover and explore by going deeper into the forest. With the shivering forest, visitors can decide for themselves, while playing, how far they let the chaos go.
The Groninger Museum is the first museum in the Netherlands to organise a Children’s Biennale: a major biennial interactive art exhibition by children. What is special is that children are actively involved in everything that comes with an exhibition in a museum. During this first Dutch edition, eleven works of art by national and regional artists will be on display, with Groningen artists in particular. There is work by international artists Andreas Schlegel & Hazel Lim-Schlegel, Donna Ong and Eko Nugroho. The Dutch artists are Chantalla Pleiter, Harry Arling; Lambert Kamps, Nou & Herkauw, Sandra de Groot; Studio Maky, Werc Collective, Wies Noest and Bert Schoeren.