PhD candidate @ Deep Histories Fragile Memories Intermedia Research Unit

In my garden, colonial legacies reside in the hydrangeas and japonicas. They were originally brought back from Japan by Philipp Franz von Siebold who worked for the Dutch East India Company. An Acanthus mollis, whose leaves characterise Corinthian columns, continues to spread through a network of subterranean rhizomes. Abortifacients, such as Bishop’s weed, artemisia, and woodruff, are present too.

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Fellowship at V2: Lab for the Unstable Media

As of 2021, I am a Fellow at V2: Lab for Unstable Media. In the V2_Fellowships artists, curators and theorists work together with V2_, pursuing mutual knowledge and practices. The V2_fellowship program aims at advancing the work of mid-career artists, curators and theorists. Fellows are invited to launch a project or deepen their research in association with V2_ Lab, based on their expertise and their specific views on relevant discourses in the field of art, technology and society.

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Corona Chronicles: when life became a (gif)t

This series of short diaristic reflections and animated gifs, The Corona Chronicles captures glimpses of our family in a loop during the Covid-19 lockdown. The project is a meditation on routines and peculiarities of our previously known dailies interrupted. With animations done by Cesare Davolio, script by Renée Turner, and music by Eliot Davolio; in other words, a family endeavor, we reflect on a moment when life was no longer taken for granted, but instead became a (gif)t never to be taken for granted.

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Folding

One of the challenges of making The Warp and Weft of Memory was bringing a sense of materiality to the digital. After all, clothing and textiles are tactile. Taffetas are crisp and rustle when moved, wool is rough or soft depending on how it has been treated, and silk is smooth and light to the touch.

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The Warp and Weft of Memory online

Combining writing, photographs of her clothes, videos, and illustrations, Renée Turner reflects on her direct encounter with Gisèle’s belongings, the intimacy of the closet, and how its content reflects her life, the history of the Netherlands before, during, and after the war, women and their clothing, the privileges of class, and the persona of the female artist. While each garment has its own story, it can be woven into a larger tapestry of other narratives, past and present.

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