Category Archives: Exercises

An exercise in symmetry

We were both walking in unspecified areas.
We called each other and we kept our phones close to our ears.
We did not speak but listen for 30 minutes, synchronise our rhythms.

With Elia Torrecilla,
12:00-12:30 PM (CET), December 5, 2019

Staan
an ongoing series of exercises


On a balcony in Recklinghausen (photo Ton Kraayeveld)

-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.
-For 15 minutes I stood on a rocking jetty on the river Beneden Merwede, Dordrecht, the Netherlands. My face toward the North-East, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood next to a tree. My face toward the South, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in a public toilet in Tilburg, the Netherlands. My face toward the wall, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in front of an art venue. My face toward the door, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in the aisle of a train, driving from Rotterdam to Amsterdam. My face toward the North-East, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in front of the painting
of Piet Mondrian. My face toward the painting, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in a forest, listening to the sound of hunting guns. My eyes closed, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in the aisle of a Boeing 767-300, flying between the Netherlands and Iceland, contemplated the enormity of the ocean below. My eyes closed, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood in front of a window of the apartment, looking into the nocturnal city. My face toward the East, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood at the shore of a lake, watching a ship approaching slowly. My face toward the East, my arms beside my body.
-For 15 minutes I stood silent in the middle of an empty square, my face in a random direction, my arms beside my body.

Pain location
Momon, July 2019

Every day I stroll around the village.
Approaching one specific location, I try to develop a headache.
When I pass the location and walk on, the pain will disappear.

I continue these daily walks, till the headache is fully conditioned and clearly connected to this specific location. Then I will start to unlearn it.

Objects
Mercado de Santa Clara, Lisbon (P)
June 18, 2019

Today I went to the flea market. I took the main street and strolled through it in a straight line. On my right side I picked up objects, turned them around, inspected them thoroughly, and put them back on the tables.

When I reached the end of the street, I turned around, emptied the pockets of my trousers and my jacket.
Then I put the things from my right pockets into my left pockets and from the left pockets into the right pockets.

I then strolled back the same way.  Now on the other side, I picked up objects, turned them around, thoroughly inspected them and put them back on the tables.
When I arrived back at the starting point, I walked away.