Femke de Vries


Image on the right: Sanne van den Elzen.







Dictionary Dressings
Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives

At: NP3 | bur0 Gr0ningen

From February 17 until April 21, 2017

Feel free to join us on the 17th of February for the opening:
17.00: Presentation of workshop results (workshop 04), a collaboration with Minerva Art Academy students
17.45: Talk by artist, researcher and photographer Joke Robaard.
Joke Robaard, who has a keen focus on production networks in her own practice, will discuss the ambivalence between the generalised basic vestimentary words defined by the dictionary and the more saturated words seen in fashion rethoric or personal narratives.
At: NP3 | bur0 Gr0ningen, Hofstraat 21, Groningen (NL)

With the generous support by Kunstraad Groningen and Creative Industries Funds NL. Thank you Mamamini and Zijlstra Naaimachines.
Thank you: Agnes Scholte, Ben de Vries, Corine van der Wal, Delany Boutkan, Floriane Misslin, Joke Robaard, Jose de Lange, Marinus Augustijn, Minerva.

Dictionary Dressings
Re-reading clothing definitions towards alternative fashion perspectives

Dictionary Dressings is an ongoing research project by Femke de Vries that uses the nature of the dictionary definition as a "zero condition" of a piece of clothing to decode clothes and explore an alternative fashion vocabulary. 
The exhibition features a selection from the Dictionary Dressings archive and works by BLESS, Conny Groenwegen, Elisa van Joolen, Ruby Hoette, and Sanne van den Elzen.
The underlying research, comprising an image archive and theoretical reflection by Barbara Brownie and Joke Robaard, is brought together in the book Dictionary Dressings designed by Hans Gremmen and Corine van der Wal, published by Onomatopee.
The exhibition is curated by Femke de Vries, Corine van der Wal and Ruud Akse.
The 24/7/365 exhibition DISPLAY is turned into a Dictionary Dressings workspace where the project is activated by workshop participants

Dictionary definitions are constructed to be factual and rational and as a consequence the entries for items of clothing show no reference to the ephemeral or immaterial character of fashion. They describe the characteristics of the items, their use and their relation to the body but never mention fashion or style. Take the Dutch definition of a glove for example: "Handschoen: bekleding van de hand" (literally translated to English as Glove: covering of the hand). 
This new perspective opens up an inclusive playfield in fashion where hybrid, fluid ways of reading, seeing, defining and making are facilitated. Overlapping and interlinking theory with practice, it pushes beyond trends and accepted social and design codes offering an approach that contributes to the broader cultural discourse of fashion.

NP3 | bur0 Gr0ningen, Hofstraat 21, 9712 JA Groningen, +31(0)503138260, hier@np3.nu, www.np3.nu

Opening hours Dictionary Dressings:
Wednesday – Saturday 12.00 – 17.00 hrs
and by appointment +31(0)503138260
Dictionary Dressings Workspace @ the 24/7/365 DISPLAY

bur0 Gr0ningen is closed during school holidays