Studio Marina Hulzenga


a spatial design and art studio




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Designing spatial experiences that connect and inspire change. Specializing in exhibit and installation design, we translate narrative and knowledge into a variety of immersive spaces through storytelling; inviting others to experience the celebration of histories, listen to the land and its people, and constantly engage the philosophical, conceptual, and social dialogues of our spatial surroundings. Absorbed in collecting and research as a means to creativity, our work focuses on uncovering details and connections that challenge our spatial narratives. In both designing for clients or self-initiated projects, we value in depth research, being guided by process and activating conversations.









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ARCHIVE OF HAPPENINGS FROM PRESENT TO PAST: all  project  exhibition  residency  award

As part of an interdisciplinary working group,
I created documentation for the project Nesting-Landing by Shelley Etkin


Location: Berlin, Germany
Client: Offensive Tanz für junges Publikum Berlin
In collaboration with: Shelley Etkin, Parvathi Ramanathan, Ludger Storcks, Nicola van Straaten, Doreen Markert, Lydia Baldwin

“We invited a group of children to collectively build a temporary environment that we weave and inhabit together. How can this process of creating and inhabiting a place together make our diverse relationships with home, migration, and coexistence visible? In an interdisciplinary working group, we explored how our (adult) offerings can correspond to the imaginations and worlds of thought of children and open ourselves to their curiosity and needs. What kind of living space could we build together and how can this process playfully deconstruct claims to property and territory? What dreams do we have related to this place and the places in our life?”

https://www.offensive-tanz.de/de/events/nesting-landing

Enoch Cree Nation Book design
+ Book Holder design


Location: maskêkosihk, Canada
Client: River Cree Resort & Casino
In collaboration with: Former Chief William (Billy) Morin, Amberly Morin, Jerome (Rocky) Morin, Blair Morin, Harvey (Bingo) Morin, Terry Morin

Guiding a team of Enoch Cree Nation members, we walked through a process of creating the storyline and content for a book that speaks of Enoch’s rich history, culture, and deep connection to the land. The book is displayed in a holder that was inspired by the Enoch logo, and is found in each hotel room at the River Cree Resort & Casino, inviting their guests to discover and learn more about the First Nation they are visiting. 

maskêkosihk is the traditional name for Enoch Cree Nation, and means “land of the medicines.”

Visualization of Landing in the Intersections

Location: Berlin, Germany
Client: Theater o.N. Berlin
In collaboration with: Shelley Etkin

Beginning in a space of conversation, these visuals arose out of many inspiring exchanges between Shelley and I, in which we shared our own relationships with land while reflecting on the landing sessions offered during the FRATZ Symposium and expanding on their potential to engage with intersectionality. Experiencing a landing session, journeying into the lands of my imagination, I became enraptured by the landscapes I sojourned through and began to materialize their forms, colours and movements. Through a process of creative experimentation and listening to my imagination’s knowledge, these visuals emerged. Layers of history and memories that exist in a place, all merging together to meet us exactly where we are. These intersections of encounter have the potential to reveal wisdom and create openings for reflection and restoration. Echoing the experience of a landing session, the materialization of the visuals is created through compositions of direction and letting go; the imagery of maps with their solid, rigid lines in juxtaposition to the use of wax that flows and seeps at its own will. The visuals are an attempt at mapping the multiple landscapes and the traversing over those landscapes that our meeting here springs from.

https://www.fratz-festival.de/fileadmin/DATEN/Ver%C3%B6ffentlichungen/FRATZ_Reflections_2020.pdf

Recipient of the Creator’s Reserve Grant

Location: Edmonton, AB, Canada
Supporter: Edmonton Arts Council

To complete the creative research and exploration phases of a project on colour and its relation to space and place within a Canadian landscape. I will be working through a series of exploratory stages, which will lead to the creation of a place-based colour archive. Through the creative process of this project I will be on a quest to learn the spatial language of colour.


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The studio is based in amiskwacîwâskahikan / ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃ
/ Edmonton (Alberta, Canada) on Treaty 6 and Métis territory.