TOUWFIGUREN, 16mm, 14’, 2016

Katrien Vermeire drew inspiration for the audiovisual piece Touwfiguren (2016) from the encyclopedic film Fadenspiele (1969), part of the German film series Encyclopaedia Cinematographica by H.R. Haefelinger. Touwfiguren shows two children making a succession of string figures. It focuses on the practice as a game, with relatively simple figures that are recognizable to us (in Europe). In Touwfiguren (2016), Vermeire plays with the frame rate (slow-motion, high-speed), so as to focus attention on the course of movement and the action. Her film shows string figures being made in Brussels, almost fifty years later than the German work.

Directed by Katrien Vermeire
Camera Michel Houssiau
Editing France Duez
Production management Christian Châtel
Production Mount Vision Pictures

  • Touwfiguren will be screened at Atelier Cinemakina

    Katrien Vermeire invites James Murphy for an interactive afternoon on String Figures.

    Sunday March 12, 2017, from 2pm till 4pm

    16mm screenings : 2pm - 3:15pm - 15:45pm
    2:30pm : workshop JAMES INOLI MURPHY (US)

    Atelier Cinemakina
    Gustave Schildknechtstraat 33 - 6
    1020 Laken

  • Touwfiguren will be screened at Beursschouwburg Brussel

    Wednesday March 8, 2017, 20:30

    Katrien Vermeire invites James Murphy for an interactive evening on String Figures.

    James Inoli Murphy is a retired mathematics teacher from Cherokee descent. While teaching at a high school in New York, he used string figures in an intuitive way, to challenge his disaffected students to learn how to make and create figures of their own, under the motto: ‘the hands are the teachers of the brain to learn how to think, to learn how to learn’. Daily practice proved hugely beneficial, in terms of both self-confidence and mathematical understanding, such as the ability to visualise complex three-dimensional patterns.


This project is funded by M Museum Leuven, Beursschouwburg Brussel, VGC, Provincie West-Vlaanderen, Kunsten en Erfgoed and Culture Culture