Author Archives: Frans

The Human Landscape
3 video works by Frans van Lent
June 10 – September 30, 2021
Opening: June 10, 12:30 pm.


Over the Sea, 2018, video-still.

Universidad Miguel Hernández
Sala Gris, Rectorate Building and Social Council.
Av. de la Universidad de Elche, S/N
03202 – Elche, Alacant, Spain.

The Human Landscape is organised parallel to the exhibition
The Intermediate City by Elia Torrecilla.

alles gaat door
solo presentation

Studio Seine
May 15 – July 11, 2021
Opening: Saturday May 15, 3 pm.

A special project on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition ‘everything goes on’ of Frans van Lent in Studio Seine, Rotterdam.

Call IV:
On Saturday, May 15, 2021, I will be walking in a rural area, somewhere in the south-western part of the Netherlands.
Anyone can call me between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM. I will not answer the phone, but instead, I will take a picture of what I am looking at at the moment. I send this photo to the number (via WhatsApp or Signal) that appeared on my phone.
Note: Make sure your number is visible to the recipient (do not call ‘anonymously’). Also make sure that the phone you are using is capable of receiving image files.
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, you can, if desired, later purchase your personal photo as a signed unique print.
Studio Seine
Mathenesserdijk 323A
3026 GC Rotterdam, Netherlands.
May 15 – July 11, 2021
Open: Friday to Sunday, 1 – 5 pm
& by appointment.Reservations: https://www.eventbrite.nl/…/frans-van-lent-alles-gaat…

Umbigo Magazine

The work L’espace de vingt-quatre heures was the April cover of the Portuguese Umbigo Magazine.
For that occasion I was interviewed by Margarida Oliveira.
The text is also (online) published in Portuguese.

Click here for the interview.

A Scene #29: the real world

On Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 2:20 PM (UTC + 1) I am at the door of a house,
Grotekersbuurt 36, in Dordrecht, the Netherlands (lat: 51.813892, long: 4.66324, alt: 0).
On the door is a poster, showing the exact location, date and time.
I’ll be at the door until the time runs out.

Horizon
photographic print

Text line:
After taking this picture, I went to where the horizon touches the right-hand side of this work.
From there I walked to the left, to where the horizon touches the left-hand side.
Walking this line took 19 minutes and 24 seconds.

Route de Maumont
Participation to La Biennale de Momon.

Route de Maumont
For most of us, Maumont proved to be an impossible destination. We had to approach it by means of just our imagination. Knowing the village for so long, I created a walk to show the real Maumont from a distance in seven photo positions. As soon as we can travel again, we could walk this route to emphasize and celebrate the long unattainable heart of our project.

On mobile phone the file Route de Maumont is downloadable for offline use.

La Biennale de Momon


Momon.fr

La Biennale de Momon originated from the village of Maumont in the southwest of France. Maumont, similar to many old villages, has changed significantly over the past few decades. While the site has retained the same physical structure, very little has remained of the original atmosphere: Residents disappeared and strangers took over the vacancies. Agriculture became gardening, physical labor became relaxation.

The original plan was for the artists to each reside and work in Maumont for a time, absorbing the atmosphere, history, and stories. We agreed that after our residencies we would leave the village without a trace and that the project would be presented online only.

The pandemic has radically changed the project. Most participants only know the village from photos and video. The physical reality that had triggered the project, now plays a different role. The pandemic also changed the project conceptually, as it pushed us even more from the physical towards the virtual. Not so much experiencing this as a limitation, we accepted this as a natural event which inevitably influences our choices. Looking at what was still there, we imagined how this could lead us to something beautiful. We created a new colony in the virtual world, not based on the village of Maumont, but based on an imaginary Momon.
The domain momon.fr has became our new location, a new base, the new original.

La Biennale de Momon, initiated by Frans van Lent, was composed by nine artists: Sarah Boulton, Marc Buchy, Joan Heemskerk, Frans van Lent, Susana Mendes Silva, Josh Schwebel, Lisa Skuret, Elia Torrecilla and Martine Viale.
What these artists have in common is a focus on the processes of change rather than on its material deposits. DesignerMaya Rettelbach has gathered the artists’ work together on neutral terrain, in a place outside the village, in a virtual garden.

The website Momon.fr is created by Maya Rettelbach.

La Biennale de Momon
Free Public event:
Saturday February 13
5 p.m. (UTC+1)
Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85943152439

Momon.fr

La Biennale de Momon originated from the village of Maumont in the southwest of France. Maumont, similar to many old villages, has changed significantly over the past few decades. While the site has retained the same physical structure, very little has remained of the original atmosphere: Residents disappeared and strangers took over the vacancies. Agriculture became gardening, physical labor became relaxation.

The original plan was for the artists to each reside and work in Maumont for a time, absorbing the atmosphere, history, and stories. We agreed that after our residencies we would leave the village without a trace and that the project would be presented online only.

The pandemic has radically changed the project. Most participants only know the village from photos and video. The physical reality that had triggered the project, now plays a different role. The pandemic also changed the project conceptually, as it pushed us even more from the physical towards the virtual. Not so much experiencing this as a limitation, we accepted this as a natural event which inevitably influences our choices. Looking at what was still there, we imagined how this could lead us to something beautiful. We created a new colony in the virtual world, not based on the village of Maumont, but based on an imaginary Momon.
The domain momon.fr has became our new location, a new base, the new original.

La Biennale de Momon, initiated by Frans van Lent, was composed by nine artists: Sarah Boulton, Marc Buchy, Joan Heemskerk, Frans van Lent, Susana Mendes Silva, Josh Schwebel, Lisa Skuret, Elia Torrecilla and Martine Viale.
What these artists have in common is a focus on the processes of change rather than on its material deposits. DesignerMaya Rettelbach has gathered the artists’ work together on neutral terrain, in a place outside the village, in a virtual garden.

The website Momon.fr is created by Maya Rettelbach.

Leave

Leave was a performance, ending in a series of photographs.
During a walk, in private and public space, I focussed on leaving places.

I avoided experiencing my movements as arriving at a place.

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A Scene #28: a parallel improvisation
in collaboration with Henk Overdevest

In the afternoon of Saturday January 9, H and I will drive through the city of Rotterdam. H drives his car in the north of Rotterdam while I drive my car in the south of Rotterdam. At exactly 2:20 pm I call H on the hands-free phone. During our call, we will both say aloud the names of the streets in which we drive. The conversation lasts 15 minutes and is recorded. Later the mentioned streets on both sides of the river are connected in a drawing on the map of Rotterdam.