WOMBTOMBS by Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot

WOMBTOMBS by Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot

Palliative care for a dystopian world

Cocoons like bandaged shelters suspended in an undulating landscape with hidden small pools. The landscape is an in-between space, a bardo, of dust that becomes dust again, just as everything that lives becomes dust again. Or becomes liquid. 

Floating, bearing, lifting, carrying – intricate life, retreating into a 'carrier bag'. Seemingly dead on the outside, but bubbling, transforming, incubating inside. We move past it, mourning the soup of life, working our way through the compost heap, where we digest the old and make space for ... 

Vanessa Machado de Oliveira calls this guiding of the irreversible dying process of our toxic society 'Hospicing modernity'. Inspired by her thinking Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot asks visitors to come together in the organic and technological cracks of our disintegrating world in order to caringly help it to its end. They are supported by Bolivian artist and shaman Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti, who colours the landscape with polyphonic sound sculptures and regularly presides over mourning rituals in which the audience can participate.

On view till Sunday June 16th


During the exhibition WOMBTOMBS, visitors can participate in mourning and bandage rituals. As part of this exhibition, Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot and Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti developed several hybrid rituals, inspired by ancient mourning technologies, where the visitor is not only a spectator but also a co-creator of the WOMBTOMBS temple. 

Hidden in the landscape of WOMBTOMBS, you will find shelters where you can practice changing form. Under these shelters, you can listen to various shapeshift meditations. On Sundays, you can participate in a communal mourning ritual led by Ibelisse. Bandage rituals are also organised at MU for children from local schools. You will find their mourning reports and bandages in the bandage room.

The ceremonies will take place on 7, 14, 21, 28 April and 5, 12, 19 and 26 May. 

Start time is 3pm. 

Tickets can be reserved here.


Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot in samenwerking met
Ibelisse Guardia Ferragutti
Rodrik Biersteker         
Lotte Goos             
Marloes en Wikke             
Julian Maiwald   

Boogaerdt/VanderSchoot is supported by
Fonds Podiumkunsten 

MU is supported by
Ministerie OCW
Provincie Noord-Brabant 
Cultuur Eindhoven