A single mother is faced with a difficult choice when she finds out she has a mysterious illness.
Turbine is a slighty absurdist story about making choices for yourself and for others, and the frustrations of seeing loved ones' wrong decisions slowly getting out of hand.
Turbine started as a reflection on discussions about sustainable energy, specifically wind farms. As a climate-conscious person, it is always difficult for me to understand how people can consider something like having no wind turbines on a skyline to be more important than caring for the earth. I wanted to visualize and research this misunderstanding on the basis of a metaphorical story. Along the way a character emerged, Merel, a single mother of two young children living in the year 2034.
When Merel goes shopping, at a grocery store where a kilo bag of onions costs 15 euros, juicy fillet steaks have made way for
shiny blocks of tofu and a handful of green beans and a shredded carrot fill the fresh produce department, she comes across an old acquaintance... "I'm doing great!" Merel lies, when she is asked
how she's doing.
But Merel is not doing well at all. Two days ago she was seeing a doctor who told her that she has a mysterious disease, of which it is unclear how quickly it will spread. She was advised to use an expensive, experimental treatment.
Merel has lived in a haze ever since, she does not know what to do. She pushes the choice ahead while she is driven insane by
everyone who now wants to meddle with her life.
Merel's mother Miranda is sceptical, she thinks it is nonsense to treat a disease, of which you have no idea how it will progress. She thinks Merel can't just sell the beautiful house in the dunes, where her family has been living in for three generations, to pay for that expensive treatment. Her children need a roof over their heads!
But her best friend Niels and sister Sanne don't believe how Merel can be so stupid to just let the disease spread freely. Doesn't she have an obligation to take care of herself so that she can take care of her children? What good is it to them to have a nice house if they no longer have a mother?