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Hendrickje Schimmel

MA work

A Just Game / How to preserve a Happening

The project A Just Game / How to Preserve a Happening investigates the process of the documentation of a 'happening', taking the sports game as the point of departure. The project centres around the question: how to represent and document something that  is based on the principle of event-hood. Something that needs to be lived or seen, something that exists by the virtue of real time existence. What happens when such a thing needs to be archived? 

The first part of the title refers to the hierarchical selection process that is inherent to the act of archiving; 'just' in this context can be understood in two ways: 'just' as 'just a game' but simultaneously understood as 'right' and 'neutral'. What is the neutral or right thing to preserve, and by who is this determined.

For the graduation show I used different kinds of materials to encapsulate and fixate different items used in sports. I, for example, casted trainers in cement and trapped cycling jerseys in silicone. Trough this material investigation of what it means to be 'stuck' as an object in an institutional archive I aim to illustrate arrested motion or the frozen momentum. 


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Textiles, 2016


    mixed media

  • Tenant of Culture is the name of my practice. It refers to the position of the artist as cultural post producer rather than self centric or autonomous creator. Via the medium of found and recognisable objects I examine the notion of the institutional ‘archive/collection’. Furthermore it’s functions and theme’s such as preservation and decay, storage, display and cultural hierarchy.

    I am interested in the transformation that takes place once an object becomes of scientific or archival interest and is taken from its natural surroundings into those of the institutional archive/collection. The moment where the object dies symbolically, in order to become a representation of itself. To visualise this frozen momentum I often make use of square or rectangular shapes to reference classical interfaces of display. I employ different methods of fixating found garments and forcing them into a rectangular shape by trapping, framing or scanning them.

    My background in womenswear design and textiles plays a big role in the way I select my materials: the garment is a central object in my practise. Depending on the context the garment represents different things. Sometimes it is used to illustrate the absence of the living, the captured motion or decay put on hold. Another time it will be an actual wearable piece.

  • Degrees

  • BA Womenswear Design, ArtEZ School of the Arts, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2012
  • Exhibitions

  • Gelderland Biennial at De Rozet, Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2016 ; Bloomberg New Contemporaries at The Institute of Contemporary Art, London, 2016 ; Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Bluecoat Liverpool as part of the Liverpool Biennial, UK, 2016 ; EX-CA-VATE-SITE-TWO, Group show, Schwartz Gallery, London, 2015 ; Born Digital, Museum of the Image, Breda, The Netherlands, 2014–2015 ; M°BA, head exhibition, Fashion Biennial Arnhem, The Netherlands, 2013