String Figures

TOUWFIGUREN (String Figures), 16mm, 14'

For her audiovisual piece Touwfiguren (String Figures), Katrien Vermeire drew inspiration 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, which we perhaps recognize from our own childhoods. In Touwfiguren, Vermeire plays with the frame rate (slow-motion, high-speed), so as to focus attention on the movements and the action. Her 16mm film shows string figures being made in Brussels, almost fifty years after the German work.


  • UPCOMING: November 20,2024 - March 9, 2025
    String Figures / Fadenspiele
    A Research Exhibition

    Museum Tinguely, Basel (CH)
  • The Ten, May 28, 2021 - March 31, 2024, Thirty works (10+20) from the collection of M, Cera and the art collection of the Flemish Community, M Leuven (BE)
  • Five movies from five generations of female Belgian audiovisual artists: Chantal Akerman, Eva Claus, Manon de Boer, Ans Mertens, Katrien Vermeire, July 17, 2021, MoMeNT and De Imagerie, Tongeren (BE)
  • De Cinema, October 27, 2020, Visite op Visite: Langweile, De Cinema Antwerpen (BE)

  • Atelier Cinemakina, March 12, 2017
  • Beursschouwburg Brussel (BE), March 8, 2017
  • PRIVATE TAG, Atlantikwall Raversyde (BE), 2016
  • TWISTED STRINGS, M - Museum Leuven (BE), 2016
  • Directed by Katrien Vermeire
    Camera Michel Houssiau
    Editing France Duez
    Production management Christian Châtel
    Production Mount Vision Pictures

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