Staan
an ongoing series of exercises


On a balcony in Recklinghausen (photo Ton Kraayeveld)

1.  For 15 minutes I stood on a balcony at the first floor of a hotel in Recklinghausen, Germany. My face toward the East, my arms beside my body.
2.  For 15 minutes I stood on a rocking jetty on the river Beneden Merwede, Dordrecht, the Netherlands. My face toward the North-East, my arms beside my body.
3.  For 15 minutes I stood next to a tree. My face toward the South, my arms beside my body.
4.  For 15 minutes I stood in a public toilet in Tilburg, the Netherlands. My face toward the wall, my arms beside my body.
5.  For 15 minutes I stood at the closed front door of an art venue. My face towards the door, my arms beside my body.
6.  For 15 minutes I stood in the aisle of a train, driving from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. My face toward the North-East, my arms beside my body.
7.  For 15 minutes I stood in front of the painting
of Piet Mondrian. My face toward the painting, my arms beside my body.
8.  For 15 minutes I stood in a forest, listening to the sound of hunting guns. My eyes closed, my arms beside my body.
9.  For 15 minutes I stood in the aisle of a flying Boeing 767, and contemplated the enormity of the ocean below; my eyes closed, my arms beside my body (dedicated to Antoinette Reuten).
10.  For 15 minutes I stood in front of a window of the apartment, looking into the nocturnal city. My face toward the East, my arms beside my body.
11.  For 15 minutes I stood at the shore of a lake, watching a ship approaching slowly. My face toward the East, my arms beside my body.
12.  For 15 minutes I stood silent in the middle of an empty square, my face in a randomly chosen direction, my arms beside my body.
13.  For 15 minutes I stood in a dry riverbed, my back to the well, my arms beside my body.
14.  For 15 minutes I stood at a place I remembered I had been standing many years ago, with my eyes closed and my arms beside my body.