NOTHING OF IMPORTANCE OCCURRED

WENDY MORRIS

Author: Wendy Morris

  • Bitter Walk Wind Sing

    Bitter Walk Wind Sing

    A PROCESSIONAL WORK THAT HONOURS BITTER PLANTS, FORGOTTEN MIDWIVES AND UNLICENSED FEMALE PRACTITIONERS In BITTER WALK WIND SING the Midwife’s Herball becomes an Ambulatory Library that journeys to lands-edge in Ostend to sing itself into the winds of the North Sea. There, carried on windstream, it will blow across the ocean and into the Bay of Luanda, into the…

  • ! Call for participation !

    ! Call for participation !

    BITTER WALK WIND SING A Performative Procession DE LANGSTE DAG / OOSTENDE / KAAP & MUZEE Saturday 29 June / 18h This year I have been working on a new iteration of a processional work that was previously performed in the park of the Middelheim Museum. This iteration comes to Oostende (as part of De Langste…

  • A Certain Herb

    A Certain Herb

    WHAT SHALL I DO IF I AM MADE PREGNANT BY YOU? I SHALL BE DISHONOURED AND LOST. Béatrice de Planissoles was being questioned by the Inquisitor in 1320 about her affair, twenty years previously, with a priest. She speaks quite openly about the contraceptive pessary that he would bring to their bed, though she could…

  • An Ear to Ethnobiologists

    An Ear to Ethnobiologists

    SETTING UP A SERIES OF DIALOGUES WITH ETHNOBIOLOGISTS FOR THE PROJECT ‘A CERTAIN HERB’. Last week the project ‘A Certain Herb’ travelled to Marrakech, Morocco, to the Congress of the International Society of Ethnobiologists: Biodiversity and Cultural Landscapes: Scientific, Indigenous and Local Perspectives. Held at the Cadi Ayyad University in Marrakech, the Congress brought together…

  • Midwife’s Herball Middelheim / Diagram

    Midwife’s Herball Middelheim / Diagram

    TABLING THE VIRTUES, SOMEWHAT ABBREVIATED, OF TWELVE PLANTS ONCE KNOWN TO BE VERY USEFUL TO WOMEN-IN-NEED, GROWING WILD, CULTIVATED, GATHERED OR TRADED – THEN, NOW, OR AT ONE TIME – IN AND AROUND THE PARK OF THE MIDDELHEIM MUSEUM

  • Mary Lowndes and Suffragette banners

    Mary Lowndes and Suffragette banners

    The form of the banners made for Procession at Middelheim Museum is influenced by the work of Suffragette artist Mary Lowndes. In 1909 she published her manifesto On Banners and Banner-making in the form of a pamphlet A banner  is not a literary affair, it is not a placard; leave such to boards and sandwichmen.…

  • A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed / lyrics

    A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed / lyrics

  • Procession of Contraceptive Plants and Forgotten Midwives / video

    Procession of Contraceptive Plants and Forgotten Midwives / video

    The Procession is a part of Nothing of Importance Occurred, a project of recuperation of a Herball for a 17th century Angolan midwife at the Cape, South Africa. This project explores the knowledge that midwives and women of the 17th century had of plants that controlled fertility. At the heart of the story is the…

  • Conversation between Wendy Morris and curator Pieter Boons

    Conversation between Wendy Morris and curator Pieter Boons

    Conversation between Pieter Boons, curator of the Artistic Research Project, and Wendy Morris, in the studio at the Braem Pavilion, Middelheim Museum, May 10th, 2023. On Radio Hush Hush, the emergence of the Company and preparations for the Procession. P: You don’t work alone. You are working in or as a Company. Who is the…

  • Installation / Radio Hush Hush / Middelheim Museum

    Installation / Radio Hush Hush / Middelheim Museum

    Summer installation Middelheim Museum Radio Hush Hush was accompanied to het huis pavilion at Middelheim Museum by the Procession on June 24th. The form of this sound installation of female voices whispering contraceptive and abortive recipes references clandestine radio broadcasts. Comprising six finch cages each fitted with a speaker the work features the voices of…

  • Belly Full of Blind Highways

    Belly Full of Blind Highways

    A Letter by Wendy Morris / commissioned by KAAP and artist collective Dear, The third tape letter in the series of Belly full of blind highways is by Wendy Morris, written from the perspective of a Wandering Womb and addressed to the wild wort Savin. The letter is a call to resume a relationship with…

  • Strain Against the Archives / Fieldguide Gathering / Cape Town

    Strain Against the Archives / Fieldguide Gathering / Cape Town

    A gathering around Fieldguide #1, UNPICK, RESTITCH – Doilies, Medorahs, Labouring Plants by Nadia Kamies. Read more here

  • There, Listening / Fieldguides Gathering / Kamiesberg

    There, Listening / Fieldguides Gathering / Kamiesberg

    A three-day gathering in Kamiesberg/Namaqualand. Read more here

  • Fieldguide Gathering / Strain Against the Archives

    Fieldguide Gathering / Strain Against the Archives

    Deep Histories Fragile Memories,in collaboration with Cape Town Museum,invite you to Strain Against the Archives A Fieldguide Gathering& Polyvocal Reading with Ten Voicesfeaturing the essay of Nadia KamiesUnpick, Restitch: Doilies, Medorahs and Labouring Plants In this essay from the chapbook series Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist, author and researcher Nadia Kamies narrates an archive-of-the-ordinary that includes…

  • Rooted Encounters Symposium and Fieldguide Gathering

    Rooted Encounters Symposium and Fieldguide Gathering

    Rooted Encounters: Fields, Forests and Other Imaginings + Ecologies of Artistic Research. 8-9 November, 2022 Deep Histories Fragile Memories research group organizes a symposium on pluralist entanglements of artistic thinking with other research ecologies and considers art’s potential for making a stand within current challenges. Thinking along with philosophies of plant biology, with feminist critiques…

  • The Return

    The Return

    We are picking a path northwards, along sandy tracks and mountain passes. This is an expedition to be sure. It ghosts an earlier, weightier, expedition that marched out of the Fort of Good Hope with flocks of sheep, herds of oxen, riding horses and donkeys, with wagons, light carts that carried one boat and two…

  • Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist

    Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist

    An ambulatory library of ten chapbooks that mark a return from Cape Town to Angola. Volumes 1-3 (2022) mark the first leg, from a shrine on Signal Hill to a village in the Kamiesberg, Namaqualand. The guides are Nadia Kamies, Rachel O’Donnell, Joshua Cohen and Johanna Lot. Fieldguides for a Preternaturalist is designed to bring collaborators, audiences, and readers together…

  • Exhibition / Ninguém teria acreditado / Pinacoteca Sao Paulo

    Exhibition / Ninguém teria acreditado / Pinacoteca Sao Paulo

    The audio installation, A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed, is a part of the exhibition Ninguém teria acreditado at Pinacoteca, Sao Paulo. Curators Fernanda Pitta and Laurens Dhaenens. The exhibition is a second, larger, iteration of No One Would Have Believed, that ran at Netwerk Aalst a year ago. The exhibition recuperates the historical…

  • A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed

    A Hysterie of Guiné Weed and Sorrow Seed

    A duet across the Atlantic of two esteemed weedworts with long histories of use as anti-fertility plants in West Africa and Latin America / in production

  • Lost Volumes

    Lost Volumes

    Sixty stories will make up a set of Volumes, twelve in all. Lost Volumes, scattered pages, loosely bound, never having had any prior wholeness

  • Travelogue of the Wandering Womb, Her Fantastic Encounters and Curious Utterings

    Travelogue of the Wandering Womb, Her Fantastic Encounters and Curious Utterings

    As a Thread Winding Backwards, an Audio Eerie + Prologue + A Tale of Eleven Births + The Ghosts of my Friends  Wendy Morris & Mariske Broeckmeyer / 2020 / Exhibition ‘No One Would Have Believed’ / Netwerk Aalst An audio-eerie in two parts: First, a dissolving into a constellation of organs and entities, human plant…

  • Exhibition

    Exhibition

    NO ONE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED – NIEMAND ZOU HEBBEN GELOOFD – PERSONNE N’AURAIT CRU HENRIQUE ALVIM CORRÊA, H. G. WELLS, RUNO LAGOMARSINO, WENDY MORRIS & MARISKE BROECKMEYER 12.12.2020 14.03.2021 No one would have believed is an exhibition that brings art, popular culture and politics together. It focuses on the work by two contemporary artists,  Wendy Morris – working…

  • Emissary to the Past

    Emissary to the Past

    The suitcase stands empty in the studio. The thousand letters once crammed into it have been sorted by date, logged, read, some typed up and others photographed. Muriel Leysen, the owner of the case and its contents, died in Johannesburg in the 1970s. The father of the artist has been guardian of the suitcase for…