Debbie Schoone


Close encounters (working title)︎︎︎ visual research (2019, ongoing)

Although mammals are generally regarded as the smartest beings on earth, there is an animal that is also higher intelligent: the octopus.

Their brains do not look like our at all, but they are incredibly intelligent. There are scientists who even argue that they come from outer space, and that we are no closer to alien life than this.

By researching the occurence of the octopus in stories from the past, our visual culture and science, I try to find out what they can tell us about the world where we live in right now.





How to Farm a Fish ︎︎︎ research, essay, installation, 2018

At this moment, we live with seven billion people on this planet. This number continues to grow, and so does the demand for food. Current agriculture can not meet this demand. Is there an other wa in which we can continue to provide the world with food? And can this be done in a sustainable way, so that the Earth will not endure more?

Since this year, people have been eating more farmed fish than wild fish. Aquaculture includes the artificial cultivation of fish, shellfish and various species of algae, intended for consumption. This is the most efficient way to disconnect our fish consumption from the fish caught in the wild. The systems on land use little water and energy, but can deliver a high yield.
The project consists of an installation and a publication (64 pages), with a written essay by science journalist Joost van Kasteren. 

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How to Farm a Fish ︎︎︎ publication (edition of 25, design by Carel Fransen, essay by Joost van Kasteren)

video coming soon

How to Farm a Fish ︎︎︎ installation (each roll: approx. 90 x 1600 cm, overall: 820 x 195 x 200 cm)



The flat surface ︎︎︎ installation, approximately 80 A3 photocopies, 3x3m, 2017

This work is about the disapperance of traces from history and about breaking through fear and prejudice. Is it important to fill in an abandoned space as soon as possible, or should this area be left in it’s value? It would be unfortunate if the history of a place will be completely forgotten.

‘De platte vlakte zal - tot het plezier van velen - tot het verleden gaan behoren.’


Commissioned by the Province of Noord-Brabant





Bruce ︎︎︎ photodocumentary, 2014-2016

For exactly two years, I documented the life of Bruce. Bruce is a bull who is bred for his meat. During the years I followed him, I've seen how the animal that I’m going to eat grows up and therefore where the meat on my plate comes from. With this series I want to show where our meat comes from.

The relationship between man and nature is changing, but the relationship between man and the food that one consumes too. A lot of environmental issues are the result of our food production and therefore sustainable food is nowadays getting more attention. Are we going to eat cultured meat which comes from a laboratory in order to save our nature? Or will there ever be a day when we all become vegan?
On April 28, 2016, Bruce has been slaughtered. The moment of the slaughter was a turning point for me. It took place in a small slaughterhouse, and happened quick and hygienic. Because I didn't experience this moment as something negative, I want to show my story in a different way.



© Debbie Schoone/2021