Soaked in Syrupy Sap
presentation of School for Multispecies Knowledges
Research in collaboration with Chloé Rozy Sapelkine
During a six weeks period, various typologies of branches and stems – trimmed by the Amstelpark caretakers – were collected, bundled, dried, soaked, moistened, bended, stripped, twisted, spun, woven and braided together, as physical and metaphorical baskets. The research of Bourlanges and Sapelkine looks into the ambivalence of care, when growth is interrupted by cut, and how to trigger togetherness through woven entanglements.
Marie Ilse Bourlanges demonstrates extracting fibers from common nettle. These fibers, and the twisting technique to convert them into a thread, are the oldest archeological evidences of man-made textiles.