Gosie Vervloessem
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Gosie Vervloessem

1973 BE

Gosie Vervloessem lives and works in Brussels. She studied Pedagogical Sciences at the KULeuven and was later awarded a master’s degree in Audiovisual Arts by the LUCA School of Arts Brussels. Since 2013 she has been following the Advanced Performance and Scenography Studies course at a.pass.

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 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 (2015), 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?

With Greeting from Nagasaki (2016), a lecture-performance about the Japanese Knotweed, Gosie Vervloessem focuses on we-they opposition in regard to nature and its surroundings. Besides the lovely cooking of Gosie, this story also ponders the migrations issue in a poetic-absurd way. Her favourite invasive species returns in her video installation, Hush hush of the bush (2018), which tells about her encounters with interesting people and fascinating places in her search for the Japanese Knotweed around the world. Finally, in The Horror Garden (2018), all previous questions and research comes together in a investigative performance wherein the relation between plants and humans reaches a horror-like climax in three different places: the botanical garden, the nature reserve and the plantation.

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.