I walked through the forest,
I picked up some small stones from the path.
I studied each of them carefully, turned it around, over and over,
I determined the size, the shape, felt its weight in my hand. Continue reading
A day gone
Last night I went out in the dark.
I picked up a stone,
wrapped it in black paper,
and put it down on the ground. Continue reading
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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64 pages – 2 illustrations
Texts ©: Sjoerd Westbroek, Michiel Huijben and Frans van Lent
Editing and translation: Johanna Monk
Graphic advice: Theun Okkerse
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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)
A selection of video works
best seen with sound and full screen
over the sea (2018)
walkers: Andrew McNiven, Frans van Lent
camera: Joseph Flower
filmed at St Abb’s Head, Scotland
Biesbosch, Dordrecht (NL)
Pictura, Dordrecht (NL)
In the forest, one hour before sunset:
On the ground, within a square of 4 to 4 meters, four persons take away leaves, branches and layers of soil.
All material is put into numbered white bags and then carried away, out of the forest.
At sunset (21:23 hrs) the forest is deserted.
An empty dark square between the trees.
At sunrise (05:48 hrs) the four persons return, carrying white bags.
They start filling the empty square with material from the bags, but in reversed order.
The last bags contain the top layer: the leaves and branches.
Using photographic prints as a reference, the square is restored to its original shape.
The work Nachtplaats was carried out on 12 and 13 May 2016 at Buitenplaats Koningsweg, Arnhem, the Netherlands.
The performers were Yvo van der Vat, Anke Van Den Brink, Jeroen Glas, Sibylle Eimermacher, Marcel Daelmans and Frans van Lent.
Buitenplaats Koningsweg, Arnhem (NL)