Miriam Sentler      




Tapestry Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne, 2022





Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne | Exhibition at Prospects - Art Rotterdam 2022
(19 - 22 May
2022)


The tapestry Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne (2021-2022), produced together 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. Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne researches the historical, present and future connections between oil and myth in aquatic fossil fuel landscapes. By undertaking residencies close to the oil industry’s working places, ecological facts, personal stories and local myths encountered in the landscapes are used to explore the commercial use of both oil and myth.

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.





Audio recordings at Winterslag and Waterschei, Genk, BE





The Chase | Residency at Jester (formerly CIAP/FLACC) & Emile Van Dorenmuseum Genk, BE (April/ June 2022)


In April and June 2022 I am staying at Jester (formerly: CIAP/FLACC) and the Emile van Dorenmuseum to record the sounds of the post-industrial forests of Genk, growing on the terrils of Waterschei and Winterslag (artificial hills made out of ‘waste’ soil resulting from the excavation for coal). The recordings will form the bases for the Chase II, developed together with Jester Genk (formerly CIAP/FLACC).

The new work will form the second part of The Chase (2020), researching the post-industrial forest which developed after the closing of the coal mines and contrasting the sound recordings in the endangered Hambacher Forst in North-Rhine Westphalia, DE.


Filming day Ancestors Rising, Garzweiler, North-Rhine Westphalia, DE






Ancestors Rising | Presentation at LVR Kulturkonferenz & Monrepos Museum
Brauweiler & Neuwied, DE (1/ 11 June 2022)


On the 1st and 11th of June, Deep Time Agency presents Ancestors Rising (2022) for the first time at the LVR Kulturkonferenz in Brauweiler (DE) and the Monrepos Museum in Neuwied (DE). Ancestors Rising is a new work in the context of the Garzweiler lignite pit in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany. With the help of KIWI aerial shots and camera man Casper Brink, we flew a replica of the Antler Headdress of Bedburg-Königshoven back to its exact finding location in the pit. Since all surrounding earth was excavated, the antler headdress was relocated in the air.

For the presentation at Monrepos, we will be joined by archaeologist Marcus Wild, who studied the archaeological objects. The antler headdress was used by shamans 10.000 years ago, who placed them on their heads during ceremonies to ask the nature gods for good crops and hunting conditions. Ancestors Rising is the second work and case study of Deep Time Agency and will form a diptych with our first work Descent into the Future (2020).




Field Work Concrete Reef, Teylers Museum Haarlem, december 2021







Concrete Reef | New Commissioned Work for Still Waters Run Deep Exhibition - Nieuw Dakota Amsterdam (26 june - 27 aug. 2022)


Nieuw Dakota presents the exhibition Still Waters Run Deep, an exhibition in which 12 artists respond to today's climate issues. The exhibition links climate issues and social justice. The exhibition Still Waters Run Deep is curated by Marlies Augustijn. Three artists, Hannah Rowan, Deep Time Agency (Miriam Sentler & Wouter Osterholt) and Kasia Molga, will present new work in the exhibition. The production of the new work is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fonds and the Stichting Niemeijer Fonds.

In 2019, artists Miriam Sentler and Wouter Osterholt set up an interdisciplinary research initiative: 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. 





Workshop Concrete Reef with students from the Institute of Fine Arts Maastricht, 2022



Concrete Reef | Workshop at Minor Artistic Research in Situ -Institute of Fine Arts Maastricht (16 - 19 March 2022)


In march 2022 we gave a site-specific workshop to the students of the Institute of Fine Arts in the ENCI quarry in Maastricht. During the workshop, we opened up the process of Concrete Reef, further developing the project within an educational framework. The production of the new work is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fonds and the Stichting Niemeijer Fonds.

In 2019, artists Miriam Sentler and Wouter Osterholt set up an interdisciplinary research initiative: 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 objects. 











Exploded View, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam








Janus Walk | Exhibition at Exploded View - Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam
(
25 Feb. - 27 March 2022)



In 2018 and 2019, 13 international artists went on an extended research period to the Parco Regionalle Dell´Appia Antica in Rome (IT). 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 final works will be on show at Arti et Amicitiae Amsterdam in February 2022 and has previously been exhibited and presented at Ex Cartiera Latina and MACRO, Museum for Contemporary Art, Rome.

Sentler´s project 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.




Lake originating from a former clay pit in the assigned region of Tegelen





Nieuwe Uitzichten | New Commissioned Work in Public Space in Tegelen - Museum Bommel van Dam & Odapark (sept. 2021 - sept 2022)


Museum van Bommel van Dam and Odapark in Venray have jointly started Nieuwe Uitzichten. Supported by the North Limburg Culture Region, nine artists and designers from the Euregion around North Limburg are developing a project within this exhibition that contributes to the greening of our living environment. Each artist focuses on a specific location. In these nine places, efforts are being made towards a green intervention in the public space.

In 2019, artists Miriam Sentler and Wouter Osterholt set up an interdisciplinary research initiative: 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. 








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








CAIRBAN: A Contemporary Shark Hunt | Performance at Prøverommet - Bergen Kulturhuset, METEOR
(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.







Textiellab Tilburg, 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 Fonds, 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.








Recording birdsongs, 2021






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 Jester Genk, researching the post-industrial landscape of Genk in Belgium.








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, july 2021



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.