over the sea
two men walking and discussing authenticity, islands and the other side
May 12, 2018
A Scene #11
On Saturday May 12 2018, I walked on the left pavement of the Schiekade, Rotterdam, in a north-westerly direction (Schieweg). At exactly 14.20 (CEST) I arrived at the corner of the Provenierssingel (51.928456, 4.473318). From there I turned to the right and crossed the Schiekade, towards the Roo Valkstraat. As soon as I arrived at the Roo Valkstraat, I turned around and crossed the street again, back to the Provenierssingel. I continued to do this, forward and backward, until 14.40 (CEST). From that moment I continued my walk in a north-westerly direction.
A Performative Walk 2
A performative walk as the base, as the method and as the outcome of a process of leading and following.
The work is a series of five successive daily group walks.
Every walk starts at the same place and at the same time of the day.
Initially we repeat the route of the day before and then any participant can, at any moment, speed up to the front position and guide the group into another chosen direction. During the walk there is no discussion, nobody speaks, all decisions are made by moving faster or slower.
The walk ends when the group returns at the starting point.
A Performative Walk 2 took place from December 2 to December 6, every day 18:00 at Municipal Market, Nicosia (CY).
A Performative Walk 2 was part of Urban Emptiness Nicosia 2017.
Pictura, Dordrecht (NL)
April 8-May 14, 2017
The Swap was an installation based on the measurements and layout of the exhibition rooms of Pictura. This work was realised by plotting the rooms’ floor plans in identical sizes and compass points in natural reserve De Biesbosch.
A series of photographs was taken inside the projected floor plans and life-size prints were placed in the corresponding rooms in Pictura. This provided a tangible and physical connection between the Pictura rooms and the site in De Biesbosch.
On Friday 21 July 2017 I was walking near Ste. Orse in the Dordogne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine, southwestern France.
I published an invitation to call me on that day between 13:00 and 14:00 (CEST).
When the telephone rang I did not answer the call but instead I made a photo of what I was looking at on that moment. I then sent the photo to the number that showed up on my phone.
I got 42 calls and sent 42 photos.
A Separated Song for Separated Lovers (2016)
The quality of physical separation is blurred by contemporary media.
This experience of separation can also celebrate your love,
can make you feel more intensely bonded.
Restore the harmony to be separated not only in space but also in time.
Make a small poem, a song or a gesture.
Write this in a letter to your lover.
Then both of you recite, sing or perform this
at the same hour, but in your local time zone.
(concept #078 in the Collection TheConceptBank.org)
The Fabric, stretched-out
A group of people leaves for a walk. One person takes the lead and decides in which direction the group should walk.
During the walk the participants gradually distance themselves from each other as far as possible, but without losing the sight of at least one of the others. At a pre-agreed point in time, everybody records his or her exact geographic location.
From that point the distance between the participants should be reduced slowly until the group is back in its original position at the starting point.
The recorded locations will be collected and marked on a collective map.
The London Stone
We established that the building, that protected the London Stone for so long, is now in a process of demolition.
The London Stone is temporarily displaced to the Museum of London.
Each of us looked for a small piece of stone or a pebble on the pavement.
When we found a stone, we put it in our pocket and we left for a walk to the museum of our personal choice:
-Alisa walked to the Institute of Contemporary Arts (exhibition: Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016).
-Andrew walked to the British Museum (exhibition: Museum Collection, Egyptian section).
-Irina walked to the Museum of London (exhibition: ‘Pleasure Gardens’, media installation).
-Frans walked to the Tate Britain (exhibition: Turner Prize 2016).
When we arrived, each of us entered the museum and unnoticeably added the stone to the chosen exhibition.
A Parallel Walk
On October 12, at 15:00 CEST I left my home in Dordrecht, the Netherlands, and walked in a western direction. At exactly that same moment Elia Torrecilla left her home in Valencia, Spain, and walked in a western direction.
When Elia changed direction (left or right) she texted me and I followed that direction as soon as possible. When I changed direction, I texted her and she followed me. We synchronised our walks as precise as possible.
Our Parallel Walk ended around 16:00 CEST, very close to the points of departure.