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Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne | Exhibition at Prospects - Art Rotterdam 2022
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0-13 February 2022)


The tapestry Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne, which I am producing with the TextileLab in Tilburg, will be on show for the first time during the annual Prospects exhibition of the Mondrian Fund during Art Rotterdam. 

The Mondriaan Fund organizes the annual Prospects exhibition to give an extra impulse to the visibility of starting artists. Having them all together at Art Rotterdam gives art professionals and collectors, as well as a broad group of interested visitors, the opportunity to become acquainted with the work of these promising artists. The exhibition is also an excellent opportunity to show what can be and is being achieved thanks to grants from the Mondriaan Fund. Artist Start grants are for artists who have been working professionally for between one to four years. The grants can be used for anything related to the development of the work and the artistic practice, such as research, materials, equipment and projects in the Netherlands or abroad.






Janus Walk | Exhibition at Exploded View - Arti et Amicitiae
(
21. Jan - 27 Feb. 2022)



In 2018 and 2019, I made a commissioned work about the Via Appia Antica in Rome. The project took place within the artistic research project Exploded View, organized by curator Dr. Krien Clevis, Prof. dr. Gert-Jan Burgers (VU-Chair in Mediterranean archaeology and heritage/director CLUE+)  and Alice Smits (artistic director Zone2Source Amsterdam). The work will be on show at Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam in April 2021 and has previously been exhibited and presented at Ex Cartiera Latina and MACRO, Museum for Contemporary Art, Rome.

Janus Walk - A Lament for Lost Rites (2019) emphasizes the immaterial and performative rituals of the Via Appia Antica, and how these have been threatened by the over-trafficking of the ancient pilgrimage route. By reintroducing the Roman god Janus and by redeploying him within a performance over the first few miles of the Via Appia Antica, a rare gesture of slowness, performativity and spirituality was made. During the travel, the Roman god of travel and transition guarded the traveler, again fulfilling his role as a protecting spirit.



Image CAIRBAN, Hebridean Sea, July 2021. Credits image: Miriam Sentler











CAIRBAN: A Contemporary Shark Hunt | Performance at Prøverommet - Bergen Kulturhuset (26 Oct. 2021)


Reading performance with Robert Carter, presentation ‘The Cairban Gazette’, artist publication realised together with Sadie Hale (PT/UK 1992). During METEOR 2021.

Prøverommet is BIT Teatergarasjen's autonomous sidekick, which moves between arenas, galleries and other places around Bergen. This concept provides the opportunity for new voices, new material, thoughts and ideas to be tested in an informal and dynamic alternative to the permanent institutions in Bergen. It has existed together with BIT Teatergarasjen's season program since 1998, and has always searched for the latest developments in the underground of Bergen's art scene. 

The performance CAIRBAN – A Contemporary Shark Hunt is rooted within a three-day sea journey on the Atlantic Ocean, searching for the elusive Basking Shark. The project is initiated by artist Miriam Sentler (1994, DE/NL) and environmental humanities researcher Sadie Hale (1992, UK/PT) and formed their first collaboration. The performance is accompanied by the launch of a new artist publication: ‘The Cairban Gazette’, a newspaper which gathers different historical gazes on the Basking shark, spanning from the 18th century until the present day. The front page features the news about the crew's own non-encounter, letting the shark ‘off the hook’ after centuries of being captured in newspaper headlines.

Credits image: Sadie Hale.






The Chase: An Artist Talk and Auditive Performance | Solo presentation at CIAP/ FLACC Genk (14 Aug. 2021)


Guest speakers: composer Drake Stoughton (USA) & ornithologist Johan Schoonaert (BE)

CIAP invites Miriam to be the next guest to animate a piece of public furniture — the heated daybed, realised on the C-mine site by Ciel Grommen and Maximiliaan Royakkers. Departing from the question of how to inhabit the ‘disturbed landscape’of Winterslag, their project Le Paysage Ménagé provided both a physical and theoretical framework for future interventions on site. Miriam Sentler’s talk and auditory performance is the second episode in the series of events planned on and around the heated daybed, and bringing together its different users.

The event marks the beginning of a longer project at CIAP Genk, researching the post-industrial landscape of Genk in Belgium. 




Credits Image: VVV Tilburg.





Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne | Production at the TextielLab / TextielMuseum Tilburg (Aug. - Dec. 2021)


Thanks to the amazing support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds, Stichting Stokroos and the Mondriaan Fund, I will develop a new, large-scale textile work at the Textielmuseum in the upcoming months. 

The TextielLab is the professional working place of the Textielmuseum. It distinguishes itself as a one-of-a-kind knowledge centre for textile development where professionals are explicitly involved in carrying out extraordinary, customised projects. The TextielLab focuses on manual and industrial techniques: weaving, knitting, embroidery, tufting, passementerie and laser cutting. For visitors, the TextielLab offers a unique glimpse at textile manufacturing techniques both old and new. Here you can watch professionals at work.

 In collaboration with the TextielLab, the professional working place of the Textielmuseum.






United Sardine Factories, 1929.







Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne | Second Research Period at USF Verftet Residency, Bergen Norway
(16 Sept. -16 Nov. 2021)
   

       
In the upcoming year and with the generous financial support of the Stipendium for Emerging Artists of the Mondriaan Fund and the Gerbrandy Culture Fund, I will start a period of site-specific research into aquatic fossil fuel landscapes. The artistic project Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne discusses the triangle of the natural, the industrial and the mythical in industrially deployed seascapes, questioning the use of mythical symbols and natural matter by the fossil fuel industry.

For this new project, I will stay from September until December 2021 at the United Sardine Factory residency in Bergen, Norway. USF Verftet and the council of Bergen offers a residency to professional artists of all fields. The aim is to strengthen, promote and develop collaborations between contemporary artists in Bergen and foreign artists. Yearly, an average of eight international artists and writers are selected for the residency program.




Documentation of residency on Isle of Coll, Scotland





Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne | First Research Period at KNOCKvologan Residency, Mull, Scotland (02 Jul. -01 Aug. 2021)  

         
In the upcoming year and with the generous financial support of the Stipendium for Emerging Artists of the Mondriaan Fund and the Gerbrandy Culture Fund, I will start a period of site-specific research into aquatic fossil fuel landscapes. The artistic project Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne discusses the triangle of the natural, the industrial and the mythical in industrially deployed seascapes, questioning the use of mythical symbols and natural matter by the fossil fuel industry.

For this new project, I will stay in July 2021 at the KNOCKvologan Residency on the Isle of Mull in Scotland, together with writer Sadie Hale. The residency offers a remote refuge for art, literature, research and nature preservation and strengthens collaborations between artists, writers, researchers and the local community. During our residency, we will research natural origins of oil production, focussing on the plankton-feeding Basking Shark inhabiting the waters around the Isle of Mull.




Miriam Sentler & Wouter Osterholt - Descent into the Future II, 2021





Deep Time Agency | ongoing collaboration with Wouter Osterholt (2019 - ongoing)


In 2019, artist Wouter Osterholt and I set up Deep Time Agency. DTA is designed as a multi-year research project that recontextualizes archaeological objects in industrially changed landscapes in collaboration with local residents, stakeholders and institutions. The initiative merges different historical time layers of places to form a material voice for the present and future of the disrupted landscapes, working in an activist and poetic way with the symbolics of the historical objects. By highlighting cultural and natural objects unearthed by industry, we seek to develop a sense of belonging in the disrupted landscapes themselves and on a larger scale in the Anthropocene era. DTA will consist of several cases, which will highlight a series of changing landscapes and bring them together in an overarching artistic project. A website of the initiative will be launched soon.