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The Fabric, stretched
Teatro do Silêncio
Rua Maria Brown, nº 7, 6G, Lisbon
June 19, 18:00 PM

A group of people leaves for a walk. One person (familiair with the area) takes the lead and decides which direction the group should go.
During the walk nobody speaks.
The participants gradually slow down and distance themselves more and more, but without losing sight at (at least) one of the others.
Eventually the group comes to a halt, the front person chooses when exactly that is. At that moment everyone records his or her exact geographical location.

After one or two minutes the group slowly starts moving again and returns to the starting point. but through a different route. The walking speed increases gradually and the distance between the participants becomes smaller and smaller, until, at the starting point, the group is back in its original position.

The recorded locations will be collected and marked on a collective map.

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TheParallelShow GrandeFinale
64 pages – 2 illustrations
Texts ©: Sjoerd Westbroek, Michiel Huijben and Frans van Lent
Editing and translation: Johanna Monk
Graphic advice: Theun Okkerse
ISBN/EAN 978-90-808675-5-0

TPSGF is a project of:
Frans van Lent / Unnoticed Art

A Myopic Street View
a collective visual research project for 3 to 15 participants.

A participant needs: a smartphone with camera and with WhatsApp installed.
Start a WhatsApp-group called: A Myopic Street View;
all participants first become active members of that group.
Then they all go to the chosen starting point and each one chooses a direction to walk.

The performance:
Start walking in a straight  line and start making photos.
The photos should only be made of objects or situations closer than 1 meter away, no overall views! During the walk every photo must be send immediately to the WhatsApp-group, to make sure the right order is maintained. No texts should be sent, only photos.
Walk on and continue making and sending your photos, until the starting point disappears from view. Then turn around and choose (another) way back. During the walk back you continue shooting and sending (and receiving) photos till you arrived at the starting point. The performance ends when everybody arrived.

The actual work is not in the visual results but in the experiences of the participants exploring, shooting, sending and receiving photos.

A Scene #12 – #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 #12
On Saturday October 13, 2018 I walked on the Bergweg, Rotterdam (on the right site) in the direction of the Gordelweg, carrying a plastic bag with oranges. At exactly 14:20 CEST, I passed the corner of the Zaagmolenstraat (51°56’08.6″N, 4°28’35.2″E), in front of Bergweg 184 A, and at that exact moment the bag teared open and the oranges spread over the pavement. I then gathered the oranges, put them in another plastic bag and walked on in the same direction.
(this scene was a repetition of A Scene #1 of October 11, 2014).

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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 these 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, creating a 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)

over the sea

two men walking and discussing authenticity, islands and the other side

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Afgelopen zondag werd in het auditorium van De Kunsthal in Rotterdam
met een performance van ieke Trinks, Ienke Kastelein, Peter Baren en
Frans van Lent het boek TheParallelShow gepresenteerd.

TheParallelShow was een serie incidentele samenwerkingen van performance kunstenaars.
TheParallelShow vond tien maal onaangekondigd plaats, tussen juli 2015 en januari 2017,
in en rond publieke tentoonstellingen in de Kunsthal, Rotterdam (NL), Naturalis Leiden (NL),
M-museum Leuven (B), Tate Britain London (UK), Art-Rotterdam kunstbeurs Rotterdam (NL), het Apollo heiligdom Delphi (GR), Huis van Gijn Dordrecht (NL), IVAM Valencia (SP), Stasi Museum Berlijn (D) en Met-Cloisters NewYork (US).

Het boek TheParallelShow bevat, naast een voorwoord van Frans van Lent,
persoonlijke verslagen van de deelnemende kunstenaars,
een tweetal briefwisselingen (Andrew McNiven / Lisa Skuret, Ieke Trinks / Frans van Lent)
en een korte beschouwing van de hand van Henk Overdevest.
Toegevoegd is een appendix van 12 pagina’s met foto’s,
door deelnemers gemaakt tijdens de diverse gelegenheden.

Aan de  ParallelShows hebben deelgenomen: Peter Baren, Karina Beumer, Jeroen Bouweriks, Irina Danilova, Daniela Degen, iwbdjdyatmvezdmnekzawvb, Mr. & Mrs. Gray, Timo van Grinsven, Alexia Karavela, Erin Helsen, Emma Waltraud Howes, Jolanda Jansen, Ienke Kastelein, Frans van Lent, Steef van Lent, Andrew McNiven, Joana Mollà, Marnik Neven, Henk Overdevest, Nico Parlevliet, Jello Reumer, Ellen Rodenberg, Pepe Romero, Rafael Sanchez, Maarten Schepers, Ursula Scherrer, Joshua Schwebel, Lisa Skuret, Elia Torrecilla, ieke Trinks, Gijs Velsink, Ventiko.

Project en boek werden geïnitieerd en samengesteld
door Frans van Lent in het kader van Unnoticed Art.
Het boek is uitgegeven door Jap Sam


alles gaat door
(in English)

deze video vertelt geen verhaal,
heeft geen richting,
ontstond zonder schema, plan of doel.

er is niet gedacht over een einde,
over wat er zou kunnen gebeuren.

en als er al iets gebeurt:
niets is georganiseerd, niets is gepland,
ik had niets voor ogen.

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