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Cathérine Lommée

Circumambulation (from the Latin circum around + ambulātus to walk): the act of moving around something.
The practice of artist Cathérine Lommée (b. 1983, BE) is primarily an act of connecting. In the work Circumambulation past and present time is unraveled and re-woven inside the room. An outline of a historical narrative serves as a guide, turning our gaze towards a shifting plane of semiotic facets.
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In 1356 the Ommegang of Brussels was inaugurated; a religious cortège that passed around the city’s centre, organized by the Crossbow Guild of the city. Over a period of almost seven centuries the procession had been conceived in many guises, reflecting the shifting lines of political and religious narrative and cultural biases of the time. As a precursor to the moving image that emerged half a millennia later, spectacle and narrative - culture was passed before a captive audience as the past was synthesized.
Nearly 600 years after it began, historian Albert Marinus created a proposal for the Ommegang of 1930. In a single 24 hour period inspired by the Ommegang of 1549 depicted by Denijs van Alsloot and recorded by Calvete de Estrella, he sketched his vision upon several reams of paper that once joined totalled 15 meters. The script, a schematic draft of rapidly sketched symbols and text, represented his choreography for the Ommegang. Marinus’ intention was to present a psychological model in which the historical and fantastical merged, including civil and folkloric characters next to traditional Catholic ones. The differences between the folkloric, religious and political characters cast the procession into an anachronistic assemblage of archetypes.
In Circumambulation, by a process of translation and interpretation - from paper to celluloid, from outline to perforation, the script is multiplied into two mechanisms: a film projection and 6 folding shutters within the space. In this site-specific installation these mechanisms are paralleled by the dream cycle, where linear threads are assembled and reassembled into different shapes of time. Here the day-night cycle and the biorhythm of the human body become integral to a greater procession. From an interplay between various timespans a slow composition can unfurl.

Room characteristics:  private bathroom with rainshower , hardwood floor, antique marble chimney, ceiling moulding
Bed type:  FYLDS’ Belgian boxspring bed, hand-made, 160x200
Night rate:  110 € for 1 person, 140 € for 2 persons (breakfast included)
1+ person:  20 €
General infos: 

free WiFi Internet, hairdryer, high-quality Belgian linen, pillows and towels, breakfast with belgian ‘gourmandises’, homemade granola, the best callas confiture (www.callasconfiture.com) and VELVET coffee, private parking on request (15€ per 24 hours), services: taxi and restaurant booking