Miriam Sentler

   

UPCOMING AND CURRENT

video still of 'Everything becomes, nothing is'

   

Invitation: Film screening 'Everything becomes, nothing is'

03.09.2017 - 20.00h - 22.00h

tennis court ENCI (EPV) Schutterijweg 1, Maastricht

   

NL: Tijdens mijn onderzoek raakte ik gefascineerd door de brede geschiedenis van deze plek, en de manier waarop de Sint Pietersberg duizenden jaren lang gebruikt werd door de mens. Zo wordt het Enci gebied geassocieerd met de mosasaurussen die hier gevonden werden, met de steentijd, met de Romeinen en met de zware industrie. Mijn partner in dit project, historicus Martin Poesen, heeft de kronieken van de Enci fabriek geschreven en de circa 100-jarige geschiedenis samengevat in een reeks boeken. Martins standpunt is dat de berg altijd al mensen heeft aangetrokken en dat dit een van de natuurlijke functies van de berg is. Zelfs wanneer de mergelwinning stopt en de fabriek langzaam aan verdwijnt, zal de berg nog invloed blijven uitstralen op de mensen rondom deze plek.

Tijdens mijn gesprekken met Martin hadden we het over de moeilijkheid om binnen geschiedenis fictie van realiteit te onderscheiden. Ook als een historicus claimt de geschiedenis van een plek te kennen, is geschiedenis een veelzijdig iets dat nooit compleet gevangen kan worden. De confrontatie met associatie en fictie die ik tijdens het onderzoek tegen kwam, vormt nu het uitgangspunt van ‘Everything becomes, nothing is’, een nieuw videowerk waarin Martin en ik een poging wagen de complete, reële en fictieve geschiedenis te vertellen. Het ketsen van de vuursteen, het ritmische oplichten van een zaklamp op de Lichtenberg en een stille storm boven Rome vormen hierin een mysterieuze verbinding tussen meerdere plekken, het heden en verleden. Het videowerk zal s’avonds na zonsondergang gescreend worden op het tennisveld van den ENCI, dat in een oude groeve ligt.

 

EN: During my research, I got intrigued by the broad history of this space and the way the St. Pietersberg was used by mankind for thousands of years. For example, the Enci area is associated with the mosasaur found here, the stone age, the Romans and with the heavy lignite industry which exploited the ground for almost a century. My partner in this project, historian Martin Poesen, wrote the chapters of the Enci factory and summarised the 100-year history in a series of books. Martin's view is that the mountain has always attracted people and that this is one of its natural features. Even when the marl winning stops and the plant slowly disappears, the mountain will continue to affect the people around this place.

During my conversations with Martin, we also talked about the difficulty of distinguishing fiction of reality within history. Even if a historian claims to know the history of a place, history is a versatile thing that can never be completely captured. The confrontation with association and fiction which I encountered during the research now forms the starting point of Everything becomes, nothing is, a new video work in which Martin and I attempt to tell the complete, real and fictional history. The sparks coming from catching flint, the rhythmic flashing of a light on the Lichtenberg and a quiet storm over Rome form a mysterious connection between several places, the present and the past. The video will be screened in the evening after sunset on the tennis court of the ENCI, which lies in an old quarry.

 

  - Read more about OVERGANGSZONE by clicking this link

- Click here to download the full program

   

Invitation: New commissioned work on show during group exhibition 'Solastalgia'

01.09.2017 - 03.09.2017

AINSI, Lage Kanaaldijk 112-113 Maastricht

   

EN: Solastalgia is a group show taking place in two locations in Maastricht from 1–3 September. Over the course of three days, the group exhibition in the AINSI presents commissioned and recent works by six artists, including Merel Dames & Akke Houben, Paul Devens, Lynne Kouassi, Steve Roggenbuck and Miriam Sentler, who are addressing the relationship between psychological wellbeing and environmental degradation. The exhibition brings together a collection of works that unravel and reveal the historical and social stories of a place, in a simultaneously universal and personal way. The second location, the Schark cave, will be open exclusively on Sunday the 3rd of September. Jasper Coppes will present a commissioned site-specific work, following the footsteps of land-artist Robert Smithson. This work is only accessible at set hours (1pm and 3pm) under guidance of a tour guide.

Curated by Eline Kersten

 > AINSI

Lage Kanaaldijk 112-113

6212 NA Maastricht

Opening 1 September from 7pm

2 September: 12 – 6pm

3 September: 12 – 6pm

> The Schark cave

Situated in the ENCI-quarry, only accessible with a tour guide as part of the ‘TRANSITION ZONE’ public moment.

 3 September: tours start at 1 and 3pm, collecting at Chalet d’n Observant

 

For the visitors of the EAA-conference, on September 1st a van will drive between RHCL / the ‘Archive’ in the city centre of Maastricht and the AINSI.

Solastalgia is kindly supported by Brand Cultuurfonds, Stichting Kanunnik Salden, OVERGANGSZONE and Goldsmiths MFA Curating

   

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screenshot of D!NG magazine, 2017

   

Current features

summer 2017

   

Recently, the Horrific History of Erik Thorvaldsson (2017) has been published by Tique Art Paper and D!ng Magazine, both papers based in The Netherlands and Belgium. Take a look at their websites to see the full feature! 

   

- Click here for D!ng magazine, four-year anniversary (print and online) 

- Click here for Tique art papers feature (print and online)

   

location of upcoming event 'Flintstone fields', abandoned ENCI tennisfields, Maastricht (NL)

 

   

Flintstone Fields (2017)

performance/gathering at old tennis-fields of the ENCI-fabric

in collaboration with historian Martin Poesen and artist Krista Smulders

16.07.2017

   

On the old tennis court in the pit, a game has been organised for the first time since the closing of the cement factory. One of the ways in which the factory was able to attract employees in the past, was the wide range of social and sporting activities they were able to offer. The Enci's tennis courts were unique, since tennis used to be a sport only played by the rich one hundred years ago, and they pioneered in building own tennis courts for their employees. The tennis court in the pit still exists up to this day but is very little used and also partly grown.

 

During an afternoon, visitors got the unique opportunity to play on these tennis courts in team tricots designed and made by artist Krista Smulders. To bring a humorous ode to history, the team tricots refer to dinosaurs, Neanderthals, Romans, and factory workers: all different groups who have been known to have lived here and which dominate the history of this place. The court is sprinkled with a fine layer of gravel that refers to the sea that has been here millions of years ago. During the game, the footsteps and traces of the visitors became visible.

   

 

Click here to see documentation of this performance.

   

 photo was taken from website www.overgangszone.nl

 

   

ONGOING Research project OVERGANGSZONE at ENCI Maastricht 

2016 / 2017

 

EN: I was invited to participate in research project OVERGANGSZONE at ENCI Maastricht. During one year I will research this area together with 12 other artists, curators and various partners of SOME (http://www.enci-gebied.nl/) The outcome of this research will be presented in an exhibition late 2017. 

NL: In samenwerking met 12 andere kunstenaars, curatoren en Stichting Ontwikkelingsmaatschappij ENCI-gebied (SOME) zal ik een jaar lang het ENCI gebied in Maastricht onderzoeken en mijn resultaten presenteren in een expositie.

"Het ENCI-gebied is een experiment in ‘het verenigen van het onverenigbare’. Maar wat is eigenlijk de onverenigbare kwaliteit van het gebied? En voor wie, waar en op welke manieren speelt deze onverenigbaarheid een rol? Deze vragen staan centraal in het kunst- en onderzoeksproject ‘OVERGANGSZONE’, waarin kunstenaars op zoek gaan naar de kwaliteit van een complexe, oude plaats, die zich niet zomaar prijs geeft. Kunstenaars onderzoeken de verschillende verborgen noties van plaats, die een rol spelen in het transformatieproces van de ENCI. In het werk dat zij doen, maken zij de onverenigbaarheid van het ENCI-gebied aanwezig, ervaarbaar en bespreekbaar. Daarmee geven zij mede vorm aan deze plaats in verandering: de ENCI, overgangszone naar de toekomst."

Als je ons wilt volgen in dit bijzondere proces kun je naar een van onze publieksmomenten komen. 

Upcoming dates: 16th of July, 2017 and 3rd of September, 2017

 

Get to know more about this project and see the other participants by clicking this link. 

 

   

 

   

Arctic Island residency in Sápmi, northern Norway / curated by La wayaka Current London (UK)

March / April 2017

   

NL: In maart 2017 zal ik drie weken lang naar een eiland boven Noorwegen reizen om deel te nemen aan een residency programma samengesteld door La Wayaka current (London, UK). Binnen deze residency zal ik onderzoek doen, nieuw werk maken en samenwerken met the Sami center for contemporary art. 

 

EN: In march 2017 I will travel to an island above Norway to participate in a residency program by La Wayaka Current (London, UK). Here I will do research, develop new work and collaborate with the Sami center for contemporary art

 

LA WAYAKA CURRENT is an artist-led organization working on art and cultural projects around the world. We design artist residencies and exhibitions and work predominantly with indigenous communities in wild and rural locations.

This project seeks to explore both Contemporary and Traditional Culture that exists in the Arctic, working with themes of Anthropology and Ecology. The base of this Project will be situated on a sparsely populated island off Finnmarks wild Northern coast. Sitting on a latitude of around N 70 degrees and only a few hours from Northcape the most northern point on mainland Europe. La Wayaka Current, Artist Led Organisation will create a place in Arctic for research, discovery, collaboration, experimentation whilst focussing on the crucial and pressing issues of our time. The aim is for artists to join the first year of our project beginning in February 2017 and create diverse works based around these themes that will later be exhibited and shown through an online platform. 

One of the focal points of this project will be the Sami, Europes indigenous group. For centuries Sami life was based around hunting and fishing, then around the 16th century, the Sami began the nomadic tradition of herding reindeer. These days there are a handful of Sami families that continue to practice this truly nomadic lifestyle, living in close proximity to nature. Another identifying element of Sami culture is the yoik, a rhythmic poem way of singing or chanting that evokes a place in nature or person. The Sami traditional elements also include their own language, the use of folk medicine, artistic pursuits, clothes making, woodcarving, silversmithing and striving for ecological harmony. There is also a rich history of mythologies, religion, and shamanism that is still practiced today.

See the documentation of this project by clicking this link

   

exhibition view at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam 

 

Start up: Slow Accident at Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam (NL) 

26.02.2017 - 26.03.2017

   

   

EN: I was invited to take part in group exhibition 'slow accident', curated by Paul Devens and taking place at Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam. During this exhibition, I'm showing new work, made especially for this project. 

NL: Nieuw Dakota biedt met de programmalijn Start Up aan een nieuwe lichting jonge, ambitieuze en innovatieve kunstenaars een kans om hun debuut te maken. De tweede editie toont werk van kunstenaars van de afdeling Fine Arts van de Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design (MaFAD). Beeldend kunstenaar en MaFAD-docent Paul Devens stelt de tentoonstelling samen, met werk van  Simon Weins (D), Eline Kersten (NL), Joep Hinssen (NL), Sara Bachour (IT), Gladys Zeevaarders (NL), Thomas Hütten (D), Maarten Davidse (NL), Dennis Muñoz (NL), Miriam Sentler (D, NL). De presentatie is te zien van 26 februari tot en met 26 maart 2017. De opening is op 26 februari van 16:00 tot 18:00 uur.

 

See the documentation of this exhibition by clicking this link

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