Tinder Touch
2007- 2010

project and installation, De Verschijning Tilburg (2007), Dutch Design Week De Overslag Eindhoven (2007), De Cacaofabriek Helmond (2008), De Veemvloer Amsterdam (2008) and Kaunas Biennial Lithuania (2009)

The installation consists of drawings, textile and video and performance.

Fascinated by the way a fungus grows; a big frayed underground network, that is only noticeable when fruiting, Mariëlle Videler created a work that infiltrates in peoples lives. In a letter to different people she asked for their wasted yet favorite piece of clothing. After unstitching it she sew an exact copy of the cloth in a special pencil grey fabric. The fabric was developed during the research period, she had screen-printed hundred meters of textile with minuscule small glass pearls forming a reflecting pattern; a network. By copying the personal items she created a collection of uniform grey garments, with very diverse shapes. A new growing group: visible only via its reflection at night and with flashlight.

A detachable installation was developped especially for this project. 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. The installation was presented in five different art spaces, where she worked each time for a month following a conscientious schedule.





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


Video fragment, Tinder Touch, 2008. Duration video 1:08 min, no sound.
Installation view, Tinder Touch, De Overslag, Eindhoven, 2007
Video still, Tinder Touch, 2008
Photo: Maarten van Loosbroek