Conversation: On-Trade-Off; The Weight of Wonders - Group Exhibition

12 December
LUNÄ TALK (during Full Moon!) With Marjolijn Dijkman, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Patricia Fara, Esther de Haan, Dries Bols, Raf Custers

On Thursday 12 December, from 4 - 8 PM, Cargo in Context will host a LUNÄ TALK, a public program within the frame of the exhibition On-Trade-Off; The Weight of Wonders, in collaboration with Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond. 

About the LUNÄ Talk

The LUNÄ Talk refers to the legacy of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, UK. Dutch artist Marjolijn Dijkman developed the concept of the LUNÄ TALK in 2011 and since then a facsimile of the table has been used in different locations. LUNÄ Talks always take place during or around full moon, and consist of critical discussions on topics that occupied the Lunar Men, such as new scientific and industrial developments, but also art, education and social rights.

In this - also moonlit - Amsterdam edition, experts with different scholarly backgrounds will focus on the ecological, societal and economic consequences of the extraction and processing of lithium and cobalt. They will look both at the history of electricity and the current use of raw materials from the DRC for electronics and energy storage.


  • Patricia Fara, historian of science University of Cambridge, UK 
  • Esther de Haan, Programme Manager & Senior Researcher at The Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO), Amsterdam, NL
  • Dries Bols, Ceo Lifepwr, Antwerp, BE
  • Raf Custers, historian, journalist and author of Grondstoffenjagers, Brussels, BE
  • Hosts: Marjolijn Dijkman and Maarten Vanden Eynde

Where: Cargo in Context, Haparandadam 7, Houthaven, Amsterdam
When: Thursday 12 December 4 - 8 pm (during Full Moon!)
Language: English
Admission: Free
Reservations: highly recommended via!

About the project On-Trade-Off

On-Trade-Off is a long-term artistic research project by an international group of artists, filmmakers and researchers, that want to bring attention to the ecological, social and economic implications of the extraction and processing of lithium, the most important natural resource for the worldwide production of green energy. In the West, lithium is presented as a major step in the production of ‘green’ energy, while the burdens for the local population, where lithium is extracted, are neglected. On-Trade-Off follows the trace of lithium from its origin, namely the mining town Manono in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where the largest lithium ore supply in the world has been discovered. Lithium has been named ‘the new black gold’. A diverse group of artists follows the international trade route via Australia and China to Europe. 

With On-Trade-Off; The Weight of Wonders, Cargo and de Brakke Grond have combined their strengths for a first presentation in the Netherlands of this extensive project. The exhibition in Cargo mainly hosts new works, developed during the most recent stage of the project.

Participating Artists:
Sammy Baloji, Marjolijn Dijkman, Jean Katambaji, Georges Senga, Daddy Tshikaya and Maarten Vanden Eynde

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