Christina Vantzou, Jan Matthé, Christophe Piette, Lieven Martens -  Serrisme

Christina Vantzou, Jan Matthé, Christophe Piette, Lieven Martens - Serrisme

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CD & Booklet
Label: Edições CN

Invited by the town of Hoeilaart and with the support of the Flemish Heritage Fund we create this special document: a CD and a 32 pages booklet. Through photography, text, music, and sound we log a unique and peculiar culture: the grape cultivation under glass in Hoeilaart, a small village just below Brussels. Step with us inside the greenhouse, inside the confined world of the greenhouse workers.

Serrisme is:
a musical illustration - by Christina Vantzou,
sound registrations - by Lieven Martens,
a long poetic text - by Jan Matthé,
analogue photographs - by Christophe Piette,
and the usual perfect design - by Jeroen Wille.

we get imaginative with the real, before we get real with the imaginative.


The cultivation of grapes under glass in Hoeilaart. A culture that has been growing for 150 years, give or take. Its fruit: table grapes, once feasted on in faraway places such as Russia, the British isles and America. This cultured architecture, wealth, beauty contests, fame, a coded row of values per parameter, a people. And silence!

Serrism happens under glass. Lots of it. In Hoeilaart – the glass village – were once more than 13,000 greenhouses. 13,000 enclosed worlds for the table grape to live, leave and die. Ostinato. Today, only a fraction of these greenhouses are still erect. Under the sympathetic rule of a unique variety: the serrist, world-builder under a glass bell.

This publication is about what it means to listen like glass. To listen to glass. To live as a grape. A matter of selection.