Category Archives: Performances

A Scene #17 – #1

On this website and on Facebook I announce small events that will take place at a certain location and at a certain moment in the near future.
Everybody is invited to be at the exact spot at the exact time to contribute to the scene with his/her own simultaneous activity (or inactivity).

A Scene #17: A Walking Lunch
On Saturday Juni 15, 2019 at 14:00 (WEST) I left my studio at Rua Damasceno de Monteiro (N 38 43 5.8 W 9 7 55.5) for a walking lunch towards Cais do Sodré (N 38 42 20.16 W 9 8 36.958).
I started with a glass of Moscatel do Douro, then, walking through the Jardim da Cerca da Graça, I had an Oeuf Mayonnaise. Going down the streets towards the river, I had a mixed salat with tomatoes, bacon, walnuts and grapes, a slice of bread and a glass of red Douro wine. As a desert I ate Flan de Ovo. When I finally approached Cais do Sodré I finished the lunch with a double espresso with sugar.
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Palimpsest
(with Elia Torrecilla)
Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporania, Valencia (E)
May 25, 2019

The Centre del Carme consists of two architectural constructions from very different eras. It concerns a Gothic passage and garden and a Renaissance passage and garden, connected by a single transfer room. In this performance, Elia Torrecilla and Frans van Lent looked for the numerical relationship between themselves as moving individuals and the architectural construction.
Within the passage in the Gothic part, the walk was guided by a series of loudly spoken numbers with the fixed proportions of the Golden Ratio. It was set up by a predefined formula and realized according to its logical consequences.
Within the Renaissance monastery the walk was improvised on the basis of simple geometric compositions, with the architectural structure as the leading framework. In this part the audience was asked to participate, resulting in a spacial cacophony of loudly spoken numbers.

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Hortus Botanicus
the feet are tied to the ground, thoughts travel freely

   

On Tuesday, May 21, from 12:00 noon to 12:15 PM, I stood motionless and silent
in a field in the Jardim Botânico (N 38° 43′ 4.8” W 9° 8′ 52.9”) in Lisbon.
I faced North, my eyes closed.

At the same time Daniel Pinheiro stood motionless and silent
in a field in the Jardim Botânico (N 41° 9′ 6.905″ W 8° 38′ 36.193″) in Porto,
facing South, his eyes closed.

Het Binnenhuis
…ism project space, The Hague (NL)
March 14/15, 2019
19:00-23:00 h.

Het Binnenhuis (The Interior) is a transition zone between the public and the private,
a territory in which some spaces are closed and others are temporarily opened. 

In the performative installation Het Binnenhuis the spatial structure of a house is inhabited for two nights by 16 performers. The performers are not aiming at a theatrical spectacle but they are staying in an atmosphere of domestic reality, according to common rules for specific rooms. Their movements are by and large predefined, and worked out in improvisations.

During the two nights everybody was welcome. The visitors were asked not to behave as an audience, but as guests in a private home. They were part of the work and as such free to stay, within the limitations of the social context.
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Short-term memory
February 19, 2019

This morning we drove out to the fields.
We stepped out of the car and started to walk.
My camera was charged, and in it was an empty memory card.
I took photos of the scenery we walked through.
We walked for about an hour, then we sat down.

After a few minutes we walked back on the same route.
At every spot where I had earlier taken a photo,
I now deleted that specific photo.
When we arrived at the car park, the card was empty again.
We got in the car and drove away.

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A Performative Walk #5
performance project
27 November, 2018
Dordrecht, Netherlands

A performative walk as the base, as the method and as the outcome of a process of leading and following. Continue reading

A Dinner with Guillaume
23 November, 2018
Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale II
Healing Hill Art Space
Morni Hills (Badisher), Haryana, India.

I was invited to create a work for the curatorial program When Words Become Situations
In the framework of the Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale II. 
I invited the responsible curator Guillaume Dufour Morin to join me for dinner.
I asked him to choose the menu and then I prepared the same dishes.

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Record

In my hands I hold two camcorders.
I set both cameras to record. I hand one camera to a person (A). I ask him to film me, while following me.
I walk to a second person (B), hand him the second camera and again ask him to film me, while following me.
I turn to person A, ask the camera back and then hand it to another person (C) while giving her the same instruction. I walk to person B, ask back the camera and hand it to another person (D) while giving him the same instruction.
This process of swapping, walking and filming goes on for about 15 minutes.

I then take both cameras and set them to playback.
I position the cameras on a table, next to each other.

P/PROPS
Nucleo, Ghent (B)

The object doesn’t exist
August 25 – 26, 2018

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Two Walks in the Same Direction

On Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at 2 pm (CEST), Elia Torrecilla and Frans van Lent started walking in north-westerly direction. Elia Torrecilla walked in the area of Altea, Spain (38°36’19.7″N 0°02’28.3″W) and Frans van Lent walked in the area of the Biesbosch, the Netherlands (51°48’34.8″N 4°46’38.0″E). Alternately they sent each other photos of their locations and by doing so they turned these two separate walks into one common experience.

The walks lasted about 1 hour and 24 photos were sent.
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 The places where we are (or would like to be)
July 24, 2018

For this work I proposed to colleagues and friends that we held a (private) telephone conversation about The places where we were (or would like to be). We arranged for each call to take place on specific time slots on July 24th.  During a daylong walk in the Perigord, I called each of the participants at the agreed time and we talked a few minutes about the places where we were at that moment. During this conversation we sent each other photos of our surroundings (WhatsApp), creating an instant mix of both visual worlds.

Participants were:
Janet Meaney (at a guesthouse, Adelaide, Australia)
Lucien den Arend (in a hammock, Kangasniemi, Finland)
Maureen Bachaus (at the Airport in Köln, Germany)
Ienke Kastelein (in a garden, Roden, Groningen, Netherlands)
Steef van Lent (at the waterside, Rummelsburg, Berlin, Germany)
Witold van Ratingen (in a street, Utrecht, Netherlands)
Elia Torrecilla (near the village of Puebla de Sanabria, Zamora, Spain)
Daniel Pinheiro (at his home, Porto, Portugal)
Nico Parlevliet (in a hotel, Flores, Indonesia)
Andrew McNiven (at the seaside near Dunbar, Scotland, UK)
Kees Koomen (in a hospice, Cloitre St. Paul, St. Rémy de Provence, France)
Jacqui Orly (in her kitchen, Hayle, Cornwall, UK)
Joyce Overheul (in her apartment, Nieuwegein, Netherlands)
Sarah Boulton (in the streets of Glasbury, Wales, UK)
Juan Pablo Plazas Sáenz (in the streets of Sint Gilles, Brussels, Belgium)
Sophie Hadjipapa (at a carpark, Plati, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Maya Felixbrodt (in the street, Vienna, Austria)
Zoe Balasch (in the streets of Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)
Johanna van Overmeir (near the Schelde, Antwerp, Belgium)
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