The world is a verb is an ongoing project by visual artist and writer Vibeke Mascini in which pieces of used clothing are re-imagined by turning them inside out and sewing additional labels within their seams. A series of t-shirts are this way made to be a walking publication.

The labels hold micro essays, stories, poems and recipes regarding the transference and metamorphoses between matter, energy, language and memory.

Besides texts from a forthcoming publication each edition of shirts holds writings by different invited artists and writers who each have their own relation and response to the thematics. So far contributors to the project include: Chaveli Sifre, Daisy Hildyard, Laurie Anderson, Mihnea Mircan, Robin Wall Kimmerer and Zazie Stevens.

The labels are designed by Dongyoung Lee.

The shirts had a previous life and were selected from second hand markets and stores in Amsterdam, Budapest, Guatemala City and Brussels.

The title embroidered on
its chest is set in Dove’s type, which was recovered from river Thames after nearly a century underwater.


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Vibeke Mascini

Dongyoung Lee

edition 1
No.1 - No.20

Laurie Anderson

Mihnea Mircan

Robin Wall Kimmerer


edition 2
No.21 - No.43

Chaveli Sifre

Daisy Hildyard

Zazie Stevens

edition 3 (forthcoming Spanish edition):

Daniel de Paula

Diana Cantarey

...others still to be confirmed