In this session artist Michèle Matyn focused on the primal origins of the wind. Matyn’s contribution built on her exhibition Breathing holes at Muhka in 2017 in which she explored analogies of respiratory systems of humans and animals in natural forms, whilst considering objects and spaces as living entities. During her workshop we studied local ‘breathing holes’ both inside and outside Rib and discussed their role and function within Rib’s particular ecosystem—in particular Karel de Stouteplein. A relatively small park which received its name in 1901 after Charles the Bold. Nickname of the duke of Burgundy who lived between 1433 and 1477 and got ownership over Charlois in 1456. There, we used dowsing rods we made earlier in Rib from clothes hangers that Matyn had provided.
Here you can listen to some conversations during the outdoor dowsing session with Matyn:
Modeling Tyrannies and Turbulences a workshop by artist Michiel Huijben. During this online workshop participants constructed spatial models of a concept chosen by the participants to investigate the approximation of the world of thought by way of analogies and examples and exemplary forms. Models require and facilitate abstract thinking and this brings them close to ideals, thus one of the central questions was if ideals can ever be fulfilled? How does the promise of perfection inherent in models, regulate our relationship to our gritty realities—from the scale of our bodies to our cities?
The Wind log is a specific category connected to the program Taming the Horror Vacui. Its purpose is to document the process and to more broadly reflect on its structure and to further extends its possibilities. The sessions document the workshops, lectures and excursions with guests invited by Rib and artist Haseeb Ahmed.