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“ To compose (v.)”
Wednesday, October 24, 14:00 - 17:00

Collage workshop: can we re-invest public space by conjuring imaginaries of play, through totemic elements inspired by Martiniquan creole culture?

Participants: 15 students of the Art & Design Practice program, University College Roosevelt, Middelburg (

In-situ risography production of Field Essays 55.3 zine
Thursday, October 25, 13:00 - Friday, October 26, 17:00

with graphic designer Inedition/Eva van der Schans

Lecture by dach&zephir, zine launch & round table talk
Friday, October 26, 17:00 - 19:00

Lecture by dach&zephir, zine launch & round table talk moderated by Sophie Krier. 

With invited guest speakers (tbc)

Drinks sponsored by Rhum HSE (tbc)


French poet and philosopher Édouart Glissant (Martinique, 1928 – 2011) theorised the term tout-monde (all-world) in “Traité du tout-monde / Poétique iV” (Gallimard, 1997) as the continuous interaction and interpenetration of cultures and imaginaries, and the co-presence of diverse beliefs, beings and things in converging worlds, producing unforeseen encounters. Creolisation, defined as the act of transforming continuously without losing oneself, can be seen as both the condition and the consequence of the tout-monde. During the two months field research Éloge Créole (Creole Praise), in Martinique in early spring 2018, dach&zephir investigated the island by mapping its materials, traditions, and local personalities. The residency included an educative program, Nasyon A Ti Kreyol (NATK, Nation of Little People), in which they worked with primary school children on transmitting the island’s richnesses. In this lecture they will share their research findings and elaborate on the philosophical references that nourish their work. Which new attitudes do creolisation principles such as ecologies of interdependence, archipelagic thinking, hybridization, improvisation and bricolage, applied to contemporary design practice, ask for?


Onomatopee 55.3 / Cabinet project
Field Essays - “Éloge Créole” (Creole Praise) by dach&zephir

October 22-28 2018
Curated by Sophie Krier
Daily Open Editorial Studio with guest interventions by Eddy Tarki, Inedition/Eva van der Schans (graphic designers), Lucy Cotter (cultural historian), and others (t.b.c.)


In Field Essays artistic production, design research, contextualisation and reflection as well as public release are conceived simultaneously. Field Essays is led by Atelier Sophie Krier and channelled through public gallery and publisher Onomatopee Projects.

Field Essays #3 consists in a residency by Paris based design duo dach&zephir developing their the on-going work-in-process and long term research Éloge Créole, Chapitre  2, Escale 1(Creole Praise, Chapter 2, Stopover 1) materializing the creole identity that is interwoven from leftovers of various source. The residency, during which there will be conversations with invited experts, will lead up to an exhibition that will take on the form of an “expo-valise”, an exhibition in a suitcase. We expect matters of caring concerns and objects rich in both meaningful as joyful stories. 


Since 2016, Florian Dach and Dimitri Zéphir form a duo, dach&zephir, in which they combine their respective approaches: speculative fiction, scenario driven (Dach) versus craft-based, relational and poetic (Zephir). Building on Dimitri’s thesis “Les mailles fertiles d’un créole”* (The fertile mesh of a Creole), they initiated the field research Creole Praise in 2017 in an effort to unveil and activate the mechanisms that have nourished and continue to nourish creolisation processes in the French Antilles. One of the interlocutors of the project Creole Praise, poet and writer Ernest Pépin, understands Creole culture as built “à partir de restes”, from leftovers.

‘While trained in industrial product design, we position ourselves as researcher-authors in the vast design field. To us an object is a medium, a thing, independent of its dissemination scope or of its function. We are convinced of the symbolic dimension of transmission and appreciation that objects carry. In essence our intention is to question “what makes history and identity”. We approach history and cultural heritage as a rich raw material, a form of storytelling capable of producing a language of matter, forms, and uses unique to each artefact. By making objects we propose to reveal and transmit, the historical and cultural specificities of the territories, which we explore. The objects we wish to design should act as mediation and comprehension tools for the world, thus contributing to a plural world history, woven together from stories.’ 
Florian Dach and Dimitri Zéphir


*ZÉPHIR Dimitri, « Les mailles fertiles d’un créole », mémoire de fin d’études, École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2015.


Sophie Krier founded Field Essays (2008 – ongoing) in order to investigate which forms of knowing are embedded in artistic processes, and how can these be shared and published. Field Essaysexplores peripheral practices that probe unknown territories and methods and works from specificity, momentum and dialogue; the editorial research functions as a conversation platform that experiments with ways to articulate the motives and sources of invited practitioners. The ensuing conversation can take the form of books, debates, workshops, short residencies, interviews or exhibitions. In essence, Field Essaysis both fieldwork and reflection: for each issue Krier orchestrates an encounter between a chosen practitioner and someone with another perspective in an effort to start a shared reflection on the alternative forms of knowledge that the artifacts and gestures in the work at hand engender.


Made posisble thanks to the generous support of the province of Noord-Brabant and Onomatopee




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