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Tinder Touch
2007- 2010

Project with installation; drawings, textile, screen print, video and performance.

Entering the dark space via a nightingale floor, torches illuminate the path of white stones, you see plant drawings on a large scale. Video projections in which people perform a minimalistic movement following a light that is projected on their clothes. A sewing machine with unraveled clothes and an archive of personal stories connected to these items. Inspired on the book Walden (1854) written by Thoreau about his residence in a cottage in distant nature, I developed this detachable installation. It was presented in five different art spaces, where I worked each time for a month following a conscientious schedule.

Fascinated by the way a Tinder fungus grows; a frayed underground network, which produces fruit bodies, I wanted to create a work that infiltrates in peoples lives. In a letter to different people I asked for their wasted yet favorite piece of clothing. After unstitching it I sew an exact copy of the cloth in a special pencil grey fabric. The fabric was developed during the research period, I had screen-printed hundred meters of textile with minuscule small glass pearls forming a reflecting pattern; a network. By copying the personal items I created a collection of uniform grey cloths, with very diverse forms. A new growing group: to be recognized via its reflection at night and with flashlight.

 

 

 

 

Installation view, Tinder Touch, De Veemvloer, Amsterdam, 2008

 

     
Video still, Tinder Touch, 2008
 
   
     
   
 
Installation view, Tinder Touch, De Overslag, Eindhoven, 2007
Video still, Tinder Touch, 2008
     
 
 
     
 
Photo: Maarten van Loosbroek
 
     
 
Installation detail, Tinder Touch, De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, 2008
 

Tinder Touch, Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania, 2009

Tinder Touch, De Veemvloer, Amsterdam, 2008

Tinder Touch, De Cacaofabriek, Helmond, 2008

Tinder Touch, De Overslag, Eindhoven, 2007 (Part of Dutch Design Week)

Tinder Touch, De Verschijning, Tilburg, 2007

Supported by : Fonds BKVB, 3M and Textileworkshop Rietveld Academie.