Syzygy collective | Artist in residence
Body Tide, Syzygy Collective, 2023
Original text by Cas-co / Off the Grid
This collaboration is part
of SEA Foundations’ longer-term
research of art and sustainability
fold #07 on Solidarity
Expanding on the collaboration with the Off the Grid / Cas-co, in Leuven, as a part of our joined program Acts of Care: Solidarity and Empowerment, SEA Foundation will host a residency of an artistic duo SYZYGY, a collective of two Dutch artists Mireille Tap and Brieke Drost.
During the week of their residency, Syzygy will adapt their project Body Tide which they are currently researching and developing in Leuven. For the SEA Foundation, SYZYGY will translate the installation in conjunction with the solidarity screening event VAEFE edition II.
The theme “Body Tide” refers to the rhythmic and cyclic nature of the natural processes to which we instinctively surrender ourselves as human beings. Our breathing, heartbeat, sleeping and waking all move along with the world around us. Recognizing these repetitions makes us realize that our body is an organism that moves along with its environment.
Awareness of our recurring tides is related to our ability to feel. The sensation of soft touches makes us aware of our physicality in which the cyclic processes take place. Ageing and menopause are natural processes in a body that are often suppressed or left unspoken. By approaching natural cycles with openness and understanding, we can reduce shame and judgment and experience a more inclusive and supportive environment.
Syzygy collective bio
Syzygy is the artist collective of Mireille Tap and Brieke Drost. They represent two generations joining forces to claim their position as female art professionals. Syzygy advocates for intuitive, gentle, vulnerable strength and embraces solidarity. For each project, they invite one or more artists to collaborate with them. This means that the composition of the collective varies per project. Brieke and Mireille share a focus on the tactility of materials that entices the viewer to come closer. The inviting gesture is an essential part of their approach.