Author Archives: Frans

Merging spaces
in collaboration with Elia Torrecilla

Two simultaneous improvised sound walks in the streets of Valencia (Spain) and Badefols d’Ans (France).
Sounds were created through the improvised use of anything the walkers encountered during the stroll.
The continuous exchange of the live sounds via telephone allowed for immediate feedback and response.

Both recordings were superimposed in the editing process,
maintaining their stereo structure,
and making them part of the same sound space.

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I am standing in a field in the southwest of France.
My phone is in front of me in the grass.
A is standing in a field in the southeast of Scotland,
holding his phone to his ear.
Our phones are connected.

A is speaking. My phone is on speaker. His voice comes from the grass.
He articulates every detail he perceives around him. He describes what is very close and then what is farther away, until the horizon.

As A starts talking, I slowly walk backwards, away from my phone,
until I can no longer distinguish his voice.

Thanks to Andrew McNiven.

Open Call: the 2nd Festival of the Smallest
Deadline: 1 April 2022, 23:59 (CET).
A cropped and edited still from the film Powers of Ten (1977) by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM.
We are looking for the smallest, the quietest, the least, the narrowest, the slowest, the lightest,
the shortest and the thinnest. We show work, barely perceptible by eye, by ear, by mind, yet
unmistakably present. This festival will only be presented online.

Please send your proposal, before April 2, to:

The 1st festival (2020) is still open to visits at:

Spill (2021)

At the Río Segura I filled a glass with water, and  I walked up the mountain.
I stopped at a spot from where I had a clear view at the valley and the river below.
With the glass in my hand, I bent down slowly and repeatedly,
synchronised with the rhythm of my breathing.
With each bending movement, water spilled from the glass onto the ground.
The work was finished when the glass was empty.
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Both sides of the river
HD-video loop, no sound

In the shade the water flows towards the bridge, and
in the sunshine the water flows away from the bridge.

November, 2021
AADK, Blanca, Spain.

Empathic exercise
I walked beside the river,
adjusting constantly my steps to the speed of the current.

By following the slowing down and speeding up of the water,
I was guided equally by the shape of the bed of the stream,
its width and its depth.

11 November, 2021

Río Segura, Blanca, Murcia (SP)

Stone and ball
From the street the artist throws a stone into the gallery,
from the gallery the curator throws a ball into the street.

Performed on 6 November, 2021 
at FantastikLab, Valencia, Spain.
Curator: E.Torrecilla.

untitled (2021)
One-screen installation.
4K-video loop, with sound
Please keep sound-volume low!

In the fast-flowing Río Segura,
I have placed a bucket weighted with stones,
to create a place of solidity, rest and stillness.

The work was made at AADK, Blanca, Spain, during a residency in October/November, 2021.

Chair Festival
October 20, 2021
Artez University,
MA performance practices
Location: Theatrium 2,
Onderlangs 9,
6812 CE Arnhem, Netherlands

Performance at the DfbrL8r, ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL
photo © Vela Oma

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