by Ada Van Hoorebeke

Fake Calligraphy
Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet & manoeuvre
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Fake Calligraphy is a mobile sculpture consisting of a simple set of metal frames, batik, and tools that are used in repeated collective performances. The sculpture serves as a workshop where patterns based on pseudo-writing are collectively produced. The publication documents a joint making process along with some of the techniques that are applied here, such as dyeing with natural dyes and wax batik.

Fake Calligraphy is an ongoing work made by many participants, developed and facilitated by Ada Van Hoorebeke, Maartje Fliervoet, and the artistic platform manoeuvre. Amongst other places Fake Calligraphy was performed and shown at WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels, Kunsthal Gent, (Ghent) and at homes and studio’s of contributors in Ghent, Serekunda, Brussels, The Netherlands, and Berlin.

Pattern Nor Painting
Ada Van Hoorebeke
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The motifs produced during time-intensive dyeing processes – which uses indigo, urine, and extracts of natural waste materials – are neither conventional fabric nor lace patterns, and they have only a distant relationship to batik painting. Yet, they are simulations and portraits of both.

Pattern Nor Painting starts in a batik Workshop in Bantul, Indonesia where an artist reconnects with her blank canvas and the batik techniques she learned from an artist in Serekunda, the Gambia many years ago. As documented in this publication Van Hoorebeke’s installations and performances deftly combine unique textiles and ceramics with production-chain goods, ranging from car parts to strawberry jam. Engaging with ages-old traditions of batik production for present-day communities and settings, her work embodies ancient craft, story-telling, time, female thinking, and above all, a connection to the natural world.

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