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Credits Image: VVV Tilburg.






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









Credits image: KNOCKvologan Studies






Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne - First Research Period at KNOCKvologan, Isle of Mull, Scotland (July 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. 






United Sardine Factories, 1929. 





Fossil Fuel Mnemosyne - Second Research Period at USF Verftet Bergen , Norway (Autumn 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.








Miriam Sentler - Janus Walk series, 2019





Exploded View - Janus Faced , Commissioned Artistic Research Project in Rome, Italy (2018 - 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.






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


Descent into the Future, Collaborative Project in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany (2019 - ongoing)


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).