Deep Histories Fragile Memories

Wendy Morris
Wendy Morris
Botanical Bodies, on the political and ritual meaning of plants
DHFM EVENT / Botanical Bodies, on the political and ritual meaning of plants / October 12 / Netwerk Aalst / During the event Botanical bodies, we will illuminate some social and political aspects of the history of plants and their co-option throughout colonial history, as well as their feminist and folkloristic contexts. The invited speakers are interested in the history and science of plants and how botanical treatments were historically associated with women’s social roles as healers and herbalists as well as various types of rituals. We will refer to the meaning of plants in different struggles – against colonialism and slavery, and for feminism and women’s rights in Europe. Join us for an extended afternoon of talks, encounters and discussions! With Wendy Morris, Tinde Van Andel, Mariske Broeckmeyer, Bart Backaert, Georgiana Cojocaru, Casper Fitzhue and Bart Van Dijck. Convened by Louise Osieka (CIAP), Aneta Rostkowska (Academy of the Arts of the World), Wendy Morris (dhfm), Piet Mertens and Pieternel Vermoortel (Netwerk Aalst). PRACTICAL Saturday, 12.10.2019 Language: English

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.

deep histories fragile memories BLOG

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. 



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