While studying at the LUCA School of Arts, Vervloessem produced a book entitled Where does one begin to draw the world? in which cartography prompted her to start exploring organization and classification systems. As Luke Howard said: “To be able to classify something, you first need to know how it originated.” That statement underlies Vervloessem’s many experiments and performances, the first of which were given tantalizing titles like How to make your own clouds (2004), How the west was won (2005), How to make your own Dead Sea (2005) and The Volcano Project (2007). From the outset, Vervloessem associated ‘making’ with DIY, cooking and experimenting.
In that same period Vervloessem also contributed to the work of others. For example, she appeared as a performer in Alexandra Bachzetsis’ Best Of (2004), Showdance (2004) and Musical (2006) and she collaborated on the workshops Eetbaar Brussel (Edible Brussels) and Eetbaar Amsterdam (Edible Amsterdam) (2005-2006) organized by the vzw Irma Firma.
In 2009 she created Maïzena with Einat Tuchman and four years later Neo-Maïzena. The latter paved the way for a symposium and the State of the Arts, an open platform for artists which champions the diversity of art practices and sustained support for artistic environments.
In 2010 Vervloessem began working under the name Domestic Science Club, touring alone or with others and putting together lectures, performances, workshops, recipes and installations. She regularly experiments with the laws of physics for domestic purposes, which are in fact the basic recipe for all the presentations. “Everything seems so logical, but what is the logic behind things?” Vervloessem observes and questions natural phenomena in a bid to understand their underlying function and eventually reconstruct them on a miniature scale. The projects include Recipes for Disaster: The Market Stand (2012) and The Motherland (2012). For Big Fat Failed Beginnings (2013) she worked with Naomi Kerkhove and Wendy Van Wynsberghe.
In 2014 the focus of Vervloessem’s work shifted to eating, digestion and indigestion. It resulted in the lecture cum performance The Post Pasteurian World about fermentation, bacteria, slow processes and invisible friends and foes, and in Kiek in de Kök, a talk cum demonstration about safety and control in the kitchen. In 2015 Vervloessem is creating Recipes for Disaster: The Magazine & Tupperware Party, which again revolves around the question of classification. Can everything be classified? How should we relate to a non-classifiable world, a world which is chaotic, unhygienic and messy?
Vervloessem’s work has been shown at Recyclart (Brussels), Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), STUK (Leuven), De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Belluard Festival (Fribourg), PPPBern, Dock 11 (Berlin) and elsewhere.
- The Horror Garden (2018)
- Hush Hush of the Bush (2018)
- Recipes for Disaster: Greetings from Nagasaki (2016)
- Recipes for Disaster: The Magazine & Tupperware Party (2015)
- Big Fat Failed Beginnings (2013)
- Recipes for Disaster: The Market Stand (2012)