Author Archives: Frans

The Fabric, stretched
Teatro do Silêncio
Rua Maria Brown, nº 7, 6G, Lisbon
June 19, 18:00 PM

A group of people leaves for a walk. One person (familiair with the area) takes the lead and decides which direction the group should go.
During the walk nobody speaks.
The participants gradually slow down and distance themselves more and more, but without losing sight at (at least) one of the others.
Eventually the group comes to a halt, the front person chooses when exactly that is. At that moment everyone records his or her exact geographical location.

After one or two minutes the group slowly starts moving again and returns to the starting point. but through a different route. The walking speed increases gradually and the distance between the participants becomes smaller and smaller, until, at the starting point, the group is back in its original position.

The recorded locations will be collected and marked on a collective map.

Mnemónicas Mnemonics
Hangar, center for artistic research
Rua Damasceno Monteiro, Lisbon (P)
June 28, 2019

Mnemónicas | Mnemonics

Mnemonics is a cooperative research project by Susana Mendes Silva and Frans van Lent.
The project started with the suggestion of a curator, to contact each other, because of their related points of view. After their first meeting the artists decided to cooperate and that collaboration started with a repetition exercise:
They shared two identical car drives on two successive days. These two drives, as much alike as possible, led the artists to the subject of the construction and deconstruction of personal memories. How do memories lead to a journey and how does a journey lead to memories. The human mind as a fluidly changing field of encounters.

The performative presentation of their project will take place at Hangar on Friday June 28, 19:00 PM.

Mnemónicas é um projecto cooperativo de pesquisa dos artistas Susana Mendes Silva e Frans van Lent.
O projecto começou com a sugestão de uma curadora para os artistas se conhecerem devido a uma série de pontos de vista partilhados. Desde o dia em que se conheceram decidiram fazer algo juntos e começaram por um exercício de repetição: 
Duas viagens de carro idênticas em dois dias sucessivos. Estes encontros, tão semelhantes quanto possível, levaram os artistas à questão da construção e desconstrução de memórias pessoais. 
Como é que as memórias levam a uma viagem e como é que uma viagem leva a memórias. A mente humana enquanto um campo de encontros fluído e mutante. 

A dupla de artistas irá fazer uma apresentação performativa do seu projecto no Hangar no dia 28 de Junho às 19:00 h.


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A Scene #17 – #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 #17: A Walking Lunch
On Saturday Juni 15, 2019 at 14:00 (WEST) I left my studio at Rua Damasceno de Monteiro (N 38 43 5.8 W 9 7 55.5) for a walking lunch towards Cais do Sodré (N 38 42 20.16 W 9 8 36.958).
I started with a glass of Moscatel do Douro, then, walking through the Jardim da Cerca da Graça, I had an Oeuf Mayonnaise. Going down the streets towards the river, I had a mixed salat with tomatoes, bacon, walnuts and grapes, a slice of bread and a glass of red Douro wine. As a desert I ate Flan de Ovo. When I finally approached Cais do Sodré I finished the lunch with a double espresso with sugar.
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(with Elia Torrecilla)
Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporania, Valencia (E)
May 25, 2019

The Centre del Carme consists of two architectural constructions from very different eras. It concerns a Gothic passage and garden and a Renaissance passage and garden, connected by a single transfer room. In this performance, Elia Torrecilla and Frans van Lent looked for the numerical relationship between themselves as moving individuals and the architectural construction.
Within the passage in the Gothic part, the walk was guided by a series of loudly spoken numbers with the fixed proportions of the Golden Ratio. It was set up by a predefined formula and realized according to its logical consequences.
Within the Renaissance monastery the walk was improvised on the basis of simple geometric compositions, with the architectural structure as the leading framework. In this part the audience was asked to participate, resulting in a spacial cacophony of loudly spoken numbers.

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Hortus Botanicus
the feet are tied to the ground, thoughts travel freely


On Tuesday, May 21, from 12:00 noon to 12:15 PM, I stood motionless and silent
in a field in the Jardim Botânico (N 38° 43′ 4.8” W 9° 8′ 52.9”) in Lisbon.
I faced North, my eyes closed.

At the same time Daniel Pinheiro stood motionless and silent
in a field in the Jardim Botânico (N 41° 9′ 6.905″ W 8° 38′ 36.193″) in Porto,
facing South, his eyes closed.

On Sunday 25 May I will, together with Elia Torrecilla,  perform at Art D’, Cicle d’Art Acció.

Art D ‘Cicle d’Art Accio, is a bi-monthly cycle of international performance events. The program consists of live performances and lectures with room for theory, reflection and debate. Art D ‘is organized by a group of performance artists and researchers, in collaboration with the Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporánea.

Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporania, Museu 2, 46003 Valencia, Spain

A Scene #16
On Saturday May 18, 2019 at 14:00 (WEST) for 20 minutes I will be reading a newspaper in a queue at Ponto Inicial Trem 28, Rua Senhora Saúde 6B, Lisbon, Portugal (N38°42’54.1116” W9°8’12.048”). After 20 minutes I will fold the newspaper, leave the queue, and walk away in the direction of Rua da Graça.

About A Scene #15/16 and the work daqui até o rio and also about the project Het Binnenhuis (o Interio), a performative installation I presented in the Netherlands just before I left for Lisbon. Finally, I will show the short film of this project.

Download your free copy:

TheParallelShow GrandeFinale
64 pages – 2 illustrations
Texts ©: Sjoerd Westbroek, Michiel Huijben and Frans van Lent
Editing and translation: Johanna Monk
Graphic advice: Theun Okkerse
ISBN/EAN 978-90-808675-5-0

TPSGF is a project of:
Frans van Lent / Unnoticed Art

A Scene #15

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).

On Saturday April 13, 2018 at 14:20 (WEST) I will be present at Jardim Augusto Gil, Largo da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal (GMS N 38°42’57.96″ W 9°7’50.519″), in order to perform a short collage of casual movements I perceived there in the days before. The carrying out will take about 10 minutes.