As part of the Vormfrakken project the artist Kristof Van Gestel and MANOEUVRE Kunstenplek (Ghent) have developed together since 2014, a great many co-artists have created Vormfrakken in a variety of settings. They started out from Van Gestel’s form-generating method, the Idiosyncratic Machine. They then turned this method to their own purposes by themselves helping to determine the choices, the design and the techniques, etc., for their own interpretation and scale. In this way, about forty relational objects in textile on a 1:1 scale with the human body were created in the course of two years. These Vormfrakken were made in the textile workshop at MANOEUVRE Kunstenplek, in the departments of fashion and creation at the Sint-Jozefinstituut in Kontich (4th year technical education) and the Sint-Ursula-Instituut in Lier (5th year vocational education), in the Textile Design studio at the KASK/School of Arts in Ghent and by Lia Geens. These Vormfrakken are not an end in themselves; they can be explored and extended by others. For this purpose, presentations are being organised in the course of 2017 at Performatik (Kaaitheater, Brussels), the Design Museum in Ghent (as part of the ‘Plain-Purl’ exhibition) and elsewhere. In this book you will find an extended report on the course of the creative process, supplemented by splendid portraits that Sanne Delcroix took of all the Vormfrakken and their makers.


Publisher: Manoeuvre Kunstenplek, Kristof Van Gestel, KASK/School of Arts

Edition of 400

Photography: Sanne Delcroix, Ernst Marechal, Chris Rotsaert, Kristof Van Gestel,…

Text: Chris Rotsaert & Ernst Marechal, Isabelle De Baets, Kristof Van Gestel, Lise Godschalks & Kristien Bultheel

Graphic Design: Raf Vancampenhoudt & Joris Van Aken