Pieternel Vermoortel is the artistic director of Netwerk, Aalst, and director of the curatorial program FormContent, where the most recent project, “The Subject Interrupted,” looks at the drives and conditions around cultural production.
Currently she teaches exhibition and cultural production at Curatorial Studies KASK, in Ghent. She has also taught at LUCA, in Brussels, and HISK, in Ghent and critical studies at the BA fine art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Vermoortel has written for various catalogs and magazines, such as Art Agenda and Metropolis M, and has edited publications including a.o., Cave Territories (2016), It’s Moving from I to It (2014), The Responsive Subject (2011), and Out of the Studio (2008). Recent exhibitions she has curated include Practicing the Habits of the Day, at the ICA in Singapore (2016); The Play, with Tim Etchels, at Tate Modern (2015); If I Can’t Dance, in Amsterdam (2015); The Responsive Subject, Muzee, Ostend, and The Young People Visiting Our Ruins See Nothing But a Style, at the GAM, in Turin (2010).
It is a way to cut short the number of decisions and choices we are expected to make on a daily basis. We allow ourselves the freedom to carry out actions without questioning, mechanical movements that free the body of self-analysis.
Habits ground us in a reality that is comfortable and familiar, yet reality can slip into monotony or suppression like a loud sound turned into an inaudible whisper that runs in the background … This resonating utterance, within this constructed environment. Grasp the reverberations. The time is blue and we are changing. We practise and unlearn the ‘habits of the day’.
Practising habits of the day Gallery 1 Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore LASALLE College of the Arts. 13 February – 13 April 2016
Kray Chen, Latifa Echakhch, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys, Nguyễn Thủy Tiên, Gary-Ross Pastrana, Laure Prouvost, Marguerite Humeau, Edgar Schmitz
Curated by FormContent
Bianca Baroni, Anca Rujoiu, Pieternel Vermoortel