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Credits Image: VVV Tilburg.

Production New Work at the TextielLab / TextielMuseum Tilburg (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 TextileLab 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.

Credits image: Tim Allen/ The Sun.

Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne (2020 - 2022) 

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 Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne, an artistic project about two aquatic fossil fuel landscapes located in Norway and Scotland. The artistic project 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. By traveling to the working places of the industry, their working methods and branding techniques are put into contrast with the landscape’s natural ecosystems and own local culture and myths.

For this new project, I will stay from July until August 2021 at the Knockvologan Studies Residency on the Isle of Mull in Scotland and from September until December 2021 at the USF Residency in Bergen, Norway. The installation resulting from this research will be presented during the Mondriaan Fund exhibition ‘Prospects’ at Art Rotterdam 2022.

Miriam Sentler - Janus Walk series.

Exploded View - Janus Faced (2018 - 2021)

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.

Drone screenshot, credits: C. Rütten.

Descent into the Future  (2019 - 2022)

Together with artist Wouter Osterholt, I’m working on the second part of Descent into the Future (2020), wherein we are concerned with the replacement of archaeological objects in industrially disrupted fossil (fuel) landscapes. The first chapter of this larger project focuses on the lignite industry in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. Starting from the concept of archaeological activism, we are treating the resurfacing of archaeological objects at industrial sites as an activistic response of the matter itself to the environmental change, functioning as beacons of belonging in an otherwise erased landscape. 

The collaboration builts on the ongoing project Building an Archive of a Disappearing Landscape (2018-present), which resulted in the works Morphing Matter (2019) and The Chase (2020) and the thesis Shifting Earth Archivers (2020). Previous outcomes have been presented at Neverneverland Gallery and Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (NL).