Author Archives: Frans

The same darkness
In collaboration with Manuela Macco

For 15 minutes
we were standing
at two locations,
sharing the darkness.

1 December, 2020,
00:00 – 00:15
Biella, IT. – Dordrecht, NL.


A Scene #27: Private, dark mode

This is an invitation to join a scene! Be at the exact spot at the exact time and contribute to the scene with your own simultaneous activity (or inactivity).

On Saturday 12 December at 02:00 (UTC+1), for 15 minutes I stand motionless at the window of my living room (51.8137612 N, 4.671336 E), and look into the nocturnal street. My face to the South, my arms beside my body.

Open Call: The 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival
Dordrecht, Netherlands.

The 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival will take place, between sunrise and sunset on an undisclosed day in May, 2021.
The performances will be carried out by volunteers, unannounced and without explanation.
The performances take place in the everyday environment and hide the unusual within the usual. Passers-by will observe the actions, but may not recognise them as performance art.

We are open to performative concepts.
Please describe your concept in a clear and accessible language, more or less as a manual. The performances will be carried out by (often unexperienced) volunteers.
Don’t forget to mention the preferred time of the day (in relation to the opening and closing of shops, outdoor cafes, the fruit/vegetable-market).
We can only accept your submission if you include links to a website or page with some information about your practice.

Please send your submission to
Deadline: Monday, 1 February 2021, 23:59 (CET).

All works in the program of the first Nieuwstraat Festival (June 2020):

The Nieuwstraat Festival is an initiative of

Studio Seine
Mathenesserdijk 323A
3026 GC Rotterdam
+316 208 53 190

March 7 – April 18, 2021
Frans van Lent – alles gaat door

222lodge presents
The Festival of the Smallest
21 October 2020 ~

A month before we published this Open Call:
We are looking for the smallest, the quietest, the least, the narrowest, the slowest, the lightest, the shortest and the thinnest. If your work is barely perceptible by eye, by ear, by mind, yet unmistakably present, then we want to show it somehow.
We don’t want to predefine a format. It can be part of an exhibition, an evening or a magazine. It depends what you come up with …
Due to the revival of the pandemic, we present this festival online only.

Participating artists:
Trevor Byrne, Clare Charnly, Maud Faassen, Tamara Jungnickel, Ienke Kastelein, Joshua Legallienne, Frans van Lent, Manuela Macco, MishMash, Nico Parlevliet, Patrick Quinn, ronnie s, Patrick Stefanak, Society of Smallness, Adriana Valls, Frans Verschoor, Wilma Vissers, Christine Wassermann, Ed Woodham.

Singel 222
3311 KV Dordrecht

The photo in this post is a cropped and edited still from the film
Powers of Ten (1977) by the office of Charles and Ray Eames for IBM.


What is left

Walk a straight line of 100 steps,
walk 90 steps in the opposite direction,
reflect on what is left.

Body (not) Urban in Action

My video work Nieuwstraat is part of the 2nd edition of the
Festival Internacional de Performances Mínimas Urbanas (Confinadas) en Vídeo
curated by Elia Torrecilla

Dates and places will follow!

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. Continue reading

La Biennale de Momon
January – June 2021

Cooperative project with: Sarah Boulton (GB), Marc Buchy (FR/BE), Joan Heemskerk (NL), Frans van Lent (NL), Susana Mendes Silva (PT), Josh Schwebel (DE/CA), Lisa Skuret (US/GB), Elia Torrecilla (ES), Martine Viale (CA/FR).

Maumont is a small village in the Perigord in France. It consists of 15 houses, around 30 inhabitants and there is no church, shop, café or other public facility. Only a few original residents are still living in the village; most of them died over the years, others left to live elsewhere. Today many inhabitants are pensioners coming from other (Western European) countries. Twenty years ago you could still smell the farms everywhere. Herds of cows and sheep were led through the village every day. Nowadays you mainly see quads, mountain bikes and parents, leading their children on donkeys.
The village has changed from a place where everything was related to soil, work, growth and the seasons, to a place where the inhabitants mainly stroll, relax and dream. Continue reading