A Scene #14 – #1
On this website and on Facebook I announce small events that will take place at a certain location and at a certain moment in the near future.
Everybody is invited to be at the exact spot at the exact time to contribute to the scene with his/her own simultaneous activity (or inactivity).
A Scene #14: Over and Under
On Saturday December 15, 2018 at 14:20 CET I will be waiting for a tram in southern direction, at tram stop Leuvehaven (51°54’55.625″N, 4°28’56.857″E), Rotterdam. I step into the first arriving tram.
The tram crosses the river Maas over the Erasmus bridge. I get off the tram at the first stop on the other side of the river: Wilhelminaplein (51°54’26.72″N, 4°29’34.756″E).
I then enter the Metro station and wait at the platform for a metro train in Northern direction. I take the first arriving train, and cross the river Maas through the tunnel. I leave the train at the first stop: Leuvehaven.
A Scene #13: The Announcement
On Saturday 8 December 2018, at exactly 14:20 CET, I will publicly announce a new event with the name: ‘A Scene # 14’, on the website
fransvanlent.nl and on Facebook. Unlike all previous events, you can be part of this occurrence at any chosen location,
if you are online on that specific moment.
A Scene #12
On Saturday October 13, 2018 I walked on the Bergweg, Rotterdam (on the right site) in the direction of the Gordelweg, carrying a plastic bag with oranges. At exactly 14:20 CEST, I passed the corner of the Zaagmolenstraat (51°56’08.6″N, 4°28’35.2″E), in front of Bergweg 184 A, and at that exact moment the bag teared open and the oranges spread over the pavement. I then gathered the oranges, put them in another plastic bag and walked on in the same direction.
(this scene was a repetition of A Scene #1 of October 11, 2014).
A Scene #11
On Saturday May 12 2018, I walked on the left pavement of the Schiekade, Rotterdam, in a north-westerly direction (Schieweg). At exactly 14.20 (CEST) I arrived at the corner of the Provenierssingel (51.928456, 4.473318). From there I turned to the right and crossed the Schiekade, towards the Roo Valkstraat. As soon as I arrived at the Roo Valkstraat, I turned around and crossed the street again, back to the Provenierssingel. I continued to do this, forward and backward, until 14.40 (CEST). From that moment I continued my walk in a north-westerly direction.
A Scene #10
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, at exactly 14:20 CET, three persons (Jane Martin in London, Frans van Lent in Rotterdam and Josh Schwebel in Berlin) started calling each other incessantly. The ringing went on but every call was pushed away, no connection was made. The calling stopped at 14:35 CET.
A Scene #9
On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at exactly 14:20 CET, I entered a department store at Hoogstraat 185 , Rotterdam (5155.2323,N,00428.9270,E)
I walked straight on to the menswear department and selected three jackets. I went to a fittingroom and tried on the three jackets.
The first jacket did not fit my size, the second jacket did not fit my taste, the third one did not fit my budget.
I returned the jackets to the clothes racks and left the store without spending any money.
A Scene #8A
On Friday June 16, 2017 I travelled from Dordrecht to Breda by train. At exactly 14:20 CET I entered the T-Huis, John F. Kennedylaan 15, Breda, (51.59127340000001 4.78122350000001). I took a seat and ordered a mint tea and a piece of applepie. I read my newspaper, drank my tea, ate my pie. At 15:00 I asked for the bill and paid the waiter. I then folded my newspaper and walked into the park.
A Scene #8B (by Johanna van Overmeir)
On Friday June 16, 2017 I travelled from Antwerp to Breda by train. At exactly 14:20 CET I entered the T-Huis, John F. Kennedylaan 15, Breda, (51.59127340000001 4.78122350000001). I took a seat, ordered a coffee, a glass of tap water and a piece of cake. I drew in my sketchbook, looked at the park, drank my coffee, ate my pie and drank my water. At 3PM I asked the bill and paid the waiter. I closed my sketchbook, went to the restroom and walked into the park.
A Scene #7: One hour in sixty minutes
On Saturday, April 15th, 2017, at exactly 14:20 CET, I was standing on Stationsplein, Rotterdam
(51 ° 55’24 “N 4 ° 28’13” E), facing Central Station.
One minute later I started to move very slowly in an arc to the right, to walk a circle with a diameter of about six meters.
One hour later, at exactly 15:21, I was back at the starting point and closed the circle.
I then entered the railway station and left.
A Scene #6: The London Stone
On December 18, at 15:00 GMT we, Alisa Oleva, Irina Danilova and Andrew McNiven and Frans van Lent, met at 111 Cannon Street, London, UK .
We established that the building, that protected the London Stone for so long, was now in a process of demolition.
The London Stone was temporarily displaced to the Museum of London.
Each of us looked for a small piece of stone or a pebble on the pavement. When we found a stone, we put it in our pocket and we left for a walk to the museum of our personal choice:
-Alisa walked to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (exhibition: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016).
-Andrew walked to the British Museum (exhibition: Museum Collection, Egyptian section).
-Irina walked to the Museum of London (exhibition: ‘Pleasure Gardens’, media installation).
-Frans walked to the Tate Britain (exhibition: Turner Prize 2016).
When we arrived, each of us entered and unnoticeably added the stone to the chosen exhibition.
A Scene #5a (in cooperation with Ienke Kastelein)
On Saturday April 23, 2016 I will be standing in front of a butcher’s shopwindow at Meent 67a (51.923001N 4.4839874E). In my left hand I have the dog leash, my dog sits next to me. In my right hand I carry a red shopping bag, full of groceries. At exactly 14:20 CET I see a woman leaving a shoe store at the opposite side of the street. I recognise her and call her name (Ienke). She looks in my direction, smiles, waves her left hand. I put down my bag and wave back. I watch her walking hastily in the direction of the Binnerotte. She turns right and gets out of sight.
Scene #5a is related to A Scene #5b
A Scene #5b (by Ienke Kastelein)
On Saturday April 23, 2016 I will be at Pim Sneakers Store at Meent 50 (51.922859N 4.484160E) looking for a pair of red sneakers size 39 or 40. I will be wearing a red coat and walk with a black cane. At exactly 14:20 CET I am leaving the store. Someone is calling my name. When I look around I see a man with a dog standing in front of a butcher’s shop on the opposite side of the street. I recognize the man (Frans). I smile and wave at him with my left hand. I continue walking hastily in the direction of the Binnerotte. I don’t look back; then I turn right to the Binnerotte and walk on.
A Scene #4
On Saturday October 17 2015, at exactly 14:20 CET, I will enter a department store (51°92’04.02″N, 4°47’86.3789999996751″E) De Bijenkorf, Coolsingel 105, Rotterdam, and I will buy a small black umbrella. With this umbrella I walk to the exit Van Oldenbarneveltplaats and leave the building.
A. When it rains I open the umbrella and walk away.
B. When it does not rain I go back into the shop, return the umbrella, get a pay back and leave through the exit Coolsingel 105 (where I entered the building).
A Scene #3
On Saturday June 6 2015, I will walk in the Kipstraat Rotterdam in the direction of the Hoogstraat (corner Hampshire Hotel) carrying a small coffee table wrapped in plastic. At the same time a person will approach the same corner (Hoogstraat, direction Kipstraat) carrying a kitchen chair wrapped in plastic. At exactly 14:20 CET we pass each other at the corner (51°92’24.09″N, 4°49’21.17″E) . After some possible unclearness in how to do this with these big objects, we continue our walks in opposite directions.
A Scene #2
On Saturday November 15 2014, at exactly 14:20 CET, I will walk into the city library (51°55’15.9″N, 4°29’18.8″E), Centrale Bibliotheek, Hoogstraat 110, Rotterdam), carrying a black cotton bag.
At the center of the hall I will stop walking and check the bag and all the pockets of my cloths. Whatever I am looking for, I will not find it.
I will wait a few seconds. Then once more I thoroughly check the bag and my pockets. I will turn around, walk back to the door (hastily) and leave the building.
A Scene #1
On Saturday October 11 2014, I will walk on the Bergweg (on the right site) in the direction of the Gordelweg, carrying a plastic bag with oranges. At exactly 14:20 CET, I will pass the corner of the Zaagmolenstraat (51°56’08.6″N, 4°28’35.2″E), in front of nr 184 A, and at that exact moment the bag will tear and the oranges will spread over the pavement.
I will then gather the oranges, put them in another plastic bag and walk on in the same direction.