Category Archives: New

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.

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.

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.

A Scene #27: Private, dark mode

On Sunday13 December at 02:00 (UTC+1), for 15 minutes I stood motionless at the window of my living room (51.8137612 N, 4.671336 E), and looked into the nocturnal street. My face to the South, my arms beside my body.

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

March 20 – May 02, 2021
Frans van Lent – alles gaat door

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!

La Biennale de Momon
January – June 2021
www.labiennaledemomon.org

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 Scene #24: Leave the place

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 July 4 2020 at 2 p.m. (CEST) I will be standing in front of the bronze doors of Blaak 10, Rotterdam (5155.1223,N, 00429.3217,E).
At exactly 2.20 pm I walk towards the train station (Blaak), descend the stairs, go to platform 3 and take the first train in southern direction.