Author Archives: Frans

Chair Festival
October 20, 2021
17:30-20:00
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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Memory Allocation
In the Parque De Las Cuevas (38° 10′ 36″ N 1° 22′ 06″ W) in Blanca, Spain, there is an empty semi-circle of sand measuring about 60 by 30 metres. At the outer edge of the semicircle are ten benches, arranged in groups of four, two, three and one. The benches face the centre of the space. Between and beside these groups of benches, there are five straight walkways, which are directed towards the centre like radials. The Rio Segura runs along the flat side of the semicircle.

What struck me when I first entered this empty space was the character of the design. No one I spoke to remembered a theatrical event that had ever taken place there; the only thing I can imagine the design was originally conceived for. Despite its spatial structure, the large empty space seems to have no real function.
Late in the afternoon, occasional passers-by take a seat on the benches. During the day it is just too hot there, facing south in the full sun.

I decided to give the location more substance by loading it with personal memories.
On ten consecutive days, late in the afternoon, I invited ten acquaintances for a conversation on one of the ten benches. These conversations were unstructured, enjoyable and of unplanned duration.
The memories will stay with me, but more importantly, they will hopefully also stay with my interlocutors, and through them, with that place in Blanca.

Thanks to:
Kris Limbach, Sarah Rose Guitian, Maga Esberg, Giuli Grippo, Elena Azzedín, Hanna Szabó,

A Scene #31 – #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 #31: both sides
October 9, 2021. 5 pm (CEST) 
Calle Nueva de Blanca 23, Blanca, Murcia.
38° 10.7269′ N, 01° 22.5945′ W

I am sitting on a chair on a terrace. On the table in front is a glass of beer. Opposite me, at the other side of the street, is a wall to which a galvanised drainpipe is attached. The wall is plastered in a dark brown colour to about 1.20 metres high. Above that, the wall is pink. The pavement in front of the wall consists of grey tiles, stained and dirty.

Yesterday I was standing there, in front of that pipe, from 5:00 pm until at least 5:05 pm.
I was wearing sunglasses, a black short-sleeved shirt, grey shorts and black sandals. In my left hand I had a notebook. I was looking at a plastic chair, behind a rattan table. I imagined myself sitting there today. I had no idea what I would be wearing and what drink I would have in front of me.
That is what I remember.

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AADK / SPAIN
Residency at AADK, Blanca, Murcia, Spain
October – November 2021

The working title of my research project will be:
Subjective topography, space as a diary.
It will be developed as part of the AADK-project: Body, Territory and Spatiality.

Watching waters flow,
while travelling in a southerly direction:

seven times ten minutes
standing in a frozen position
arms beside my body,
watching waters flow.


Blanca, Rio Segura

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La Biennale de Momon Symposium
Auditorium Dordrechts Museum
September 19 2021


photos © Nico Parlevliet

To conclude the La Biennale de Momon project,
a symposium took place at September 19 2021,
in the auditorium of the Dordrecht Museum, Dordrecht (NL)
All participating artists  presented their works and approached to the project
and a collective performance ‘Visual Works by Verbal Means’.

Added to the symposium programme was a lecture of Ruud Akse,
founder and artistic director of NP3 and core lecturer at Frank Mohr Institute,
about the meaning of the project theme within his professional environment.

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Out of Site Chicago
artist focus

On Saturday September 18 Martine Viale is in conversation with Frans van Lent in our weekly Artist Focus program. Frans van Lent is a curator and performance artist and is the organizer of La Biennale de Momon and convener of the upcoming Symposium of La Biennale de Momon on September 19 at the Dordecht Museum in The Netherlands.

Out of Site Chicago

La Biennale de Momon Symposium
Auditorium Dordrechts Museum
Museumstraat 38, Dordrecht (NL)
19 September 2021, 13:30 – 17:30

Op 19 september vindt In het auditorium van het Dordrechts Museum een symposium plaats waarmee het project La Biennale de Momon wordt voltooid.
Alle kunstenaars die aan het project hebben deelgenomen, zullen bij deze gelegenheid aanwezig zijn:
Lisa Skuret (US/GB), Sarah Boulton (GB), Martine Viale (CA/FR), Joshua Schwebel, (CA/DE), Elia Torrecilla (ES), Marc Buchy (FR/BE), Susana Mendes Silva (PT), Joan Heemskerk (NL) en Frans van Lent (NL).
Zij zullen spreken over hun werk en aanpak van het project en er zal een collectieve performance plaatsvinden, getiteld ‘Visual Images by Verbal Means’.
De voertaal van het symposium is Engels.

Daarnaast zal er een voordracht worden gegeven door Ruud Akse, kunstenaar, oprichter en artistiek directeur van NP3 en kerndocent van het Frank Mohr Institute, afdeling MADtech ( Media, Art, Design and Technology). Hij zal spreken over de betekenis van de beschreven thematiek binnen zijn professionele omgeving

deuren van het auditorium zijn geopend vanaf 13:00 uur (Museumstraat 38, ingang Art & Dining). Toegang tot het symposium is vrij, maar reserveren is gewenst. Vanwege Covid regelgeving zijn er beperkt plaatsen beschikbaar.
Stuur een mail naar Reservering@momon.fr.
U kunt ook een berichtje sturen naar +316 285 999 38 (Frans van Lent).
U wordt vriendelijk verzocht op tijd aanwezig te zijn.


On 19 September, to conclude the La Biennale de Momon project, a symposium will be held in the auditorium of the Dordrecht Museum.
Artists:
Lisa Skuret (US/GB), Sarah Boulton (GB), Martine Viale (CA/FR), Joshua Schwebel (CA/DE), Elia Torrecilla (ES), Marc Buchy (FR/BE), Susana Mendes Silva (PT), Joan Heemskerk (NL) and Frans Van Lent (NL)
The artists will present their work and approach to the project and there will be a collective performance ‘Visual Works by Verbal Means’.

As part of the symposium programme, Ruud Akse founder and artistic director of NP3 and core lecturer at Frank Mohr Institute, department MADtech (Media, Art, Design and Technology) will give a lecture about the meaning of the project theme within his professional environment.
The doors of the auditorium will open at 13:00 (Museumstraat 38, entrance Art & Dining). Entrance to the symposium is free, but reservations are recommended. Due to Covid regulations there are limited places available.
Please send an e-mail to Reservering@momon.fr.
You can also send a message to +316 285 999 38 (Frans van Lent).

You are kindly requested to be on time.

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.

A Scene #30: a street where no one speaks

A Scene #30: a street where nobody speaks
On Friday, August 20,  between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., users of the Neißstraße (between Weberstraße and Uferstraße) in Görlitz (D), will be personally addressed, and asked not to speak or to make any other noise. Small cards are handed out with the following texts:.

“Liebe FuBgängerin, lieber FuBgänger,
Heute, am 20. August, ist diese StraBe ein Ort der Stille. Bitte tragen Sie dazu bei, indem Sie während
lhren Spaziergang nicht sprechen oder Lärm machen. Wir danken lhnen herzlich für 1hr Engagement.”

“Drogi przechodniu,
Dziś, 20 sierpnia, ulica ta jest miejscem ciszy. Prosimy o nie rozmawianie i nie halasowanie podczas spaceru. Dziękujemy za Państwa zaangażowanie.”

A Scene #30 is part of STRE!FEN performance festival

The Scenes are small events that 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).