Deep Histories Fragile Memories

The Three Motions of Loom
DHFM EVENT / Opening exhibition The Three Motions of Loom / December 15, 15:00h / Antwerp Art Pavilion / Alexandra Crouwers ______________________ Primary motions of loom are the fundamental Mechanics: shedding, picking, beat up. Without these movements, it is impossible to produce a fabric. Secondary motions of loom are the unwinding and winding movements, determining the yarn’s tension. When a yarn breaks, it violently comes to a halt /bæŋ(ɡ)/. This is the third motion of loom: brake. Based on two fragments of Jeroen Olyslaegers' novel-in-progress 'Wildevrouw', set in 16th century Antwerp, Alexandra Crouwers designed three monumental tapestries. At the opening, Olyslaegers reads parts of 'Wildevrouw' - which is expected to be published in December 2020. Publisher Demian presents a bibliophile edition with a prepublication of the first chapter of the novel and a woven work by Crouwers. _______________________ Thanks to Base-Alpha Gallery. Weaving by Textiellab, Textielmuseum Tilburg. Edition by Demian. With support of deBuren, Kunstloc, Mondriaanfonds, and the Flemish Government. _______________________ PRACTICAL Sunday, 15.12.2019, 15:00 Language: Dutch The exhibition runs until 15.02.2020

Deep histories fragile memories is a fluid research constellation that centers around a core group: Wendy Morris, Hilde Van Gelder, Pieternel Vermoortel, Alexandra Crouwers, Mariske Broeckmeyer, Hoda Siahtiri, Joeri Verbesselt, Laurens Dhaenens, Hannah Van Hove. Located at Luca School of Arts, Brussel, dhfm is connected through its membership to the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre (KU Leuven-UC Louvain) and the art institute Netwerk Aalst. Dhfm is one of the new Intermedia research clusters replacing the older research group Narrative Arts.

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Dhfm encircles four research fields. The Forest of Things is concerned with lost herbals, matriarchal trees, digital landscapes and ecological imaginations. Anecdotal Evidence explores writing and expanded language based practices. Glitches & Gibberish encompasses investigations of the loss of language and the mechanical mistake. Omissions & Additions includes projects that touch on multiple research fields or refuse precise categorization. 

The first aim of dhfm is to seek points of convergence between our projects, to share research and artistic methodologies, to be each other’s most engaged audience and to collectively seek to expand each other’s research practices. The second aim of dhfm is to make this research visible, communicable and traceable. 



Crouwers Olyslaegers Wildevrouw Wildeman
Detail of The Three Motions of Loom III: Auxiliary Stop Motions. Brake.

vent / Botanical Bodies, on the political and ritual meaning of plants

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