Scientists describe the sixth extinction wave in the history of the world. A phenomenon which seems abstract, but is in fact very concrete. How can we make these statistics tangible, in order to feel connected to them?
With Een soort van stilte (A Kind Of Silence), Pim Cornelussen starts a research on how to deal with the mass extinction of other species. In order to develop an understanding of these facts, he creates and audiotour in which you get to know species which no longer exist in a personal way. They are species that once lived in the area you are walking in, but are now extinct. Species like the grouse, the ortolan, the red deer, the lesser horsehoe bat and the tree frog.
You start your journey in the city. An environment which seems to reduce all animal species except humans to background noise. When you look around you, you see office buildings, overcrowded streets, a tram passing by. Slowly but surely you walk out of the city centre. You see the human impact shrinking around you until you start the see some vegetation. A tree. A shrub. A dandelion. You end up in the middle of nature, far away from where you started. You went from the dense, busy life into the quiet landscape, while you yourself are charged with another kind of existence.