De Eerste Maandag Van de Maand, 2015

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© Thomas Kuijpers

Ever since the Cold War, every first Monday of the month ("eerste maandag van de maand") an air alarm sounds in the Netherlands for testing purposes. A sound that is supposed to warn us for approaching danger, takes over the environment for 1 minute and 26 seconds. In 2020 the siren will ring for the last time. Thomas Kuijpers started filming the sound and it’s environment in 2014, and noticed the act of recording these moments gives quite an absurdist look at the connection between this sound and the environment it manifests itself in.

Location: Le Grenier


Thomas Kuijpers, born in 1985, grew up in Aarle-Rixtel (NL) and lives now in Ghent (BE). He studied photography at AKV St.Joost in Breda (NL), where he graduated from MFA in 2011. In 2018 he received the second prize at the Somfy Photography Award, and was the winner of the Unseen Grolsch Residency.