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In this artistic and educative research project, Karin developed an imaginative process by means of a growing (handmade) set of materials that allow young children to create and experience art. Important are creating a space for wonder, discovery, play and imagination. This results in an installation, a kind of theatrical (play) space.
Karin works from the singular space and “free time” created by her chronic illness. There runs a parallel between taking refuge in infinite inner worlds through literature and the temporal nature and the infinite possibilities for the spatial projections within this art educational project.

Schmilblique derived from Schmilblick

The Schmilblick is an imaginary object created by the French humorist Pierre Dac during the 1950s. It is absolutely useless, and can therefore be used for anything, being rigorously entire. Pierre Dac himself credits the brothers Jules and Raphaël Fauderche with its invention.


The word quickly became very popular in French language and was sometimes used as a synonym for thing or stuff, or something designating a strange or unknown object. Nowadays, this word is frequently used to refer to some limited help provided by someone to solve a difficult problem. The idiom is actually 'Faire avancer le schmilblick' (To make the schmilblick move/get ahead, literally). Also, advancing a subject.

Nominee Henriette Hustinx prize

Ouvroir | Faire Avancer Le Schmilblique, artistic research • education project • installation, The Beginning exhibition, Maastricht Institute of Arts, Maastricht (NL)

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