By Way of Detour
Borgerstraat 24, Rotterdam
May 20-22, 11:00-19:00.
Frans van Lent
Performance on the border of visibility
A practice-based public performance workshop in four sessions
Ebb & Flow Registration
The 2nd Festival of the Smallest
starting May 1, 11:00 am (CEST)
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.
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.
2nd Nieuwstraat Festival
The Nieuwstraat is an average street in the center of Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
The Nieuwstraat Festival took place on June 19, 2021, between sunrise and midnight. The performances were performed by volunteers, unannounced and without explanation.
The performances involved took place in everyday environments and hid the unusual within the usual. Passers-by will have observed the actions, but may not have recognized them as performance art.
The Nieuwstraat Festival fits in a series of Unnoticed Art Festivals. It balances on the line between public and private. It shows artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fits in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, remained unnoticed to bystanders.
Creating the concepts and executing the works are split. Artists send their concepts more or less as manuals. The chosen works are carried out by a group of (both experienced and unexperienced) volunteers. These volunteers have a double roll. They are participants as well as audience. They are responsible for realising the performances in the best possible way and, doing that, they fully experience the works. In fact they become part of it. This way the audience is not excluded but it is actually embedded.
La Biennale de Momon
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A new blog:
free zone for real people
I invite artists to show one work that was not shown before.
So far the blog shows works of Martine Viale and Annie Abrahams.
The Nieuwstraat is an average street in the city center of Dordrecht, the Netherlands.
The Nieuwstraat Festival took place on an undisclosed day in 2020 (June 20), between sunrise and midnight. The performances were carried out by volunteers, unannounced and with no explanation.
Taking place in everyday settings, the performances involve hiding the unusual within the usual. Passersby perceived the actions, but might not have recognised them as performance art.
The program consisted of works by:
Jessica van Deursen
Guillaume Dufour Morin
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Frans van Lent
Maria Martens Serrano
Albert van der Weide