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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
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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

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.

A Scene #23: Acceleration

Acceleration is the rate of change of the velocity of an object with respect to time.

On Saturday June 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM (CEST), I will be at Hofplein, Rotterdam (5155.4866 N, 00428.6858 E), facing Coolsingel.
I walk in the direction of Beurs metro station, where I earlier parked my bicycle.
I take my bike and cycle on in the same direction, Schiedamse Dijk. I pass Erasmus bridge, Wilhelmina square and stop at Kop van Zuid, where I earlier parked my car.
I put my bicycle in the boot, get in the car and continue my way in the same direction.

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Nieuwstraat Festival

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:
Annie Abrahams
Karina Beumer
Jessica van Deursen
Guillaume Dufour Morin
Ienke Kastelein
Jonathon Keats
Laura Hyunjhee Kim
Stefan Klein
Frans van Lent
Deirdre MacLeod
Javier Mansilla
Maria Martens Serrano
Andrew McNiven
Janet Meaney
Nico Parlevliet
Mikio Saito
Elia Torrecilla
Albert van der Weide
Kamila Wolszczak
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A Scene #22: Double

On Saturday 23 May 2020 at 2:20 PM (CEST), I will be standing in the middle of the food market at Statenplein, Dordrecht, the Netherlands (5148.8870 N, 00440.1692 E).
I look around until I recognise someone, and while I am looking at this person I grab my phone and call him/her to ask how things are. After a while, I will make clear that I am within visual distance, stop the conversation and raise my arm to say goodbye. I leave the market.