3rd WABook

The Wandering Arts Biennial is a research and production biennial that focuses on mobility, versatile production and presentation methods in the field of contemporary arts, and the nomadic practices of artists.
In 2014 nadine vzw created WAB to anticipate artists and creative thinkers using mobility, nomadism and temporality as an instrument or creative method in their artistic practice. WAB was conceived as an open platform where works can be shown, shared and communicated in an independent context.
Each edition of the WAB is followed by a publication featuring contributions from all the participating artists.

oracle contributed with a text to this WABook edition as well with an insert printed on the Risograph.

3th Wandering Arts Book is designed by Überknackig, bound by atelier sans nom and presents texts by Marialena Marouda, Loes Jacobs, Bruno De Wachter, Chloé Schuiten & Clément Thiry, Gudný Rósa Ingimarsdóttir, Isabel Burr Raty, The Oceanographies Institute, Maud Salembier, Mira Sanders, oracle, Shervin Kianersi Haghighi & Georgia Kokot and inserts by Bruno De Wachter, Buratinas/ooooo, Christian Hansen, Chloé Schuiten & Clément Thiry, Davide Tidoni, Francesca Chiacchio, Gudny Rosa Ingimarsdottir, Isabel Burr Raty, Jesse Cremers, Marialena Marouda, The Mental Masonry Lab, Kasper Demeulemeester, oracle, Shervin Kianersi Haghighi, Steven Jouwersma, TAFEL, Various Artists, Waend, Wouter Huis

WAB coordination: nadine, Loes Jacobs, An Goovaerts
WAB editorial coordination: Loes Jacobs
Translation and proofreading: Patrick Lennon
Book design and production: Grandhomme & Bennani (Überknackig)
Inserts and Interventions designed and produced by participating artists in collaboration with Überknackig and nadine

Riso print:
Duplo Seiko DP S850 on Fedrigoni papers
Woodstock Verde 80g/m2 Arcoprint Milk 100g/m2

Offset print:
Pixart Printing, CMYK on Classic Gloss and Woodstock Betulla 100g/m2, Graphius, PMS 2935u on Generic Offset White 240g/m2, Zwart Op Wit, CMYK on Invercote 250g/m2

Song Yi Han, atelier sans nom

Many thanks to An Goovaerts, Francesca Chiaccio, Ismaël Bennani, Hans Van Wambeke, Justine Maxelon, Kasper Demeulemeester, Loes Jacobs, , Lune Borloo, Marzia Dalfini, Nassia Fourtouni, Orfée Grandhomme, Song Yi Han, Various Artists all participating artists


text contribution for WABook 3

That is why I like novels: instead of heroes they have people in them.

So, when I came to write science-fiction novels, I came lugging this great heavy sack of stuff, my carrier bag full of wimps and klutzes, and tiny grains of things smaller than a mustard seed, and intricately woven nets which when laboriously unknotted are seen to contain one blue pebble, an imperturbably functioning chronometer telling the time on another world, and a mouse’s skull; full of beginnings without ends, of initiations, of losses, of transformations and translations, and far more tricks than conflicts, far fewer triumphs than snares and delusions; full of space ships that get stuck, missions that fail, and people who don’t understand. I said it was hard to make a gripping tale of how we wrested the wild oats from their husks, I didn’t say it was impossible·

The carrier bag theory of fiction proposes an alternate narrative of human evolution:

…before the tool that forces energy outward, we made the tool that brings energy home.

Prior to the preeminence of sticks, swords and the Hero’s long, hard, killing tools, our ancestors’ greatest invention was the container: the basket of wild oats, the medicine bundle, the net made of your own hair, the home, the shrine, the place that contains whatever is sacred. The recipient, the holder, the story. The bag of stars. It opens a portal to terra incognita: unknown lands where the possibilities of human experience and knowledge can be discovered anew.

Ursula K Le Guin “The carrier bag theory of fiction” and subsequent texts inspired by web trawling on Ursula.

Permeating characteristics, exchange of o’s and O’s, creating an ever changing vessel for the individual and collective desire. A vessel made out of flesh, fire – a living vessel. We are a vessel. We are the vessel. The vessel is not in between us. It’s not an organism outside of us. We are this amorphic organism. Or the carrier bag. We contain Us.



What is in the carrier bag of oracle?




Politics & ethics

Gut feeling



Infinite vocal beings (an entire population)


The non-heroic

Closing off


Languages of an ancient time

Myths & Magic


Common story?


Primordial soup


Oracle is a living book



Love of literature


Loss/ lostness

Uncomfortable moments (for a public & an oracle)

Time (less-ness)




Emotional responses


Uncensored waterfalls

Innovation of body/ voice /self-discovery


Here & now presence

Togetherness in varied ways


Listening to

–           Intuition

–           Body

–           Soul

Story telling


Writing sound waves

Where we come from


Live art

An uncontrolled archive

Pie & po

The room that I am in


–           pens

–           post-its

Inner resources

–           ideas

–           ways of working

–           skills

tolerance to self



individual interests

successful failures

a red scribble



–          of oneself

–          the other

–          the world


will – individual


publicity for the self

be – longing


food sharing


staging theatricality, performance


stealing, copying, infecting, contamination, resonances

harvesting – book making

the landscape that I am in


reading what?

Love in what we do and how we do it

Voicing an entire universe


Connect – ing


Showing an (alien) world

Space for disappearing

Collect collective



The space that I am in


Vibrations, trembles, oscillations

What is data?



Scoring what?

A live human