From Reinier's childhood he's fascinated by the controversy of nature and industry, and a kid what didn't choose sides. He was active in the between zones.
At the sculpture department at the AKI art academy Enschede Reinier engaged with the poetics of nature and industrial waist. Showing partly the struggle of the earth and the power it got over humanities produce. Taking iconic materials and forms from known fields of nature and industry to assemble new forms and fantasies within the duality of nature vs man.
Next to this course he set up an art work-space in a squatted building with friends, where they could develop their own exhibitions, side events and parties. This evoked more people to squat for work and art space and it led to a vivid climate in the town and around.
They maintained the project-space, the OffMess, for almost seven years with a program and several work-spaces for a wide range of people but was evicted in 2009.
In the meantime his works where getting a more functional form, he started dealing with the problems around with almost-solutions. The works had to fit in a world he imagined was more durable and sustainable for us as beings in the world around. Pinpointing the hypocrisy of many “green” projects and the widening gap between people and nature or climate itself. Showing an actual ability of making it yourself when being more focused to signs from outside.
With the master Dirty Art Department at the Sandberg Institute he started a new project space, PostNorma.
The PostNorma project was a space beginning without water, electricity and gas. Next to the organisation of the space for events and workshops, there had to be solutions made for gathering water and making electricity for the people who worked and lived there. In this year he could design all these necessities and made them into one project, Todopia. A semi-mobile ability for living in urban ruins and spaces. Breathing simple living and reinventing commodities.
Where this project stopped, the making of semi mobile abilities is now still in place with installations made for semi-public spaces and (Temporary) Autonomous Zones (TAZ, Hakim Bey) where the do it yourself mentality is felt by the objects and uses. Like Studio Complex in Enschede what is building on years of experience of several participants and created an artistic sub-culture in the city.