On Saturday, July 20,
between 14:00 and 15:00,
I will call you.
We will not speak.
Our telephones will be connected for 60 seconds, the loudspeakers on full volume.
The sounds of our surroundings will blend together, somewhere between us.
If you want to join this project send me your number (including country code) by email*.
I will schedule my call to you, and email you to notify you of the time.
Two minutes before my call, I will send a text to remind you.
I will record the sound of our call and the recording might be used in the online documentation of the project.
*Update July 10: Because of the amount of responses, it is no longer possible to register.
On Sunday 25 May I will, together with Elia Torrecilla, perform at Art D', Cicle d'Art Acció.
Art D 'Cicle d'Art Accio, is a bi-monthly cycle of international performance events. The program consists of live performances and lectures with room for theory, reflection and debate. Art D 'is organized by a group of performance artists and researchers, in collaboration with the Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporánea.
Centro del Carme Cultura Contemporania, Museu 2, 46003 Valencia, SpainRead more
A Scene #16
On Saturday May 18, 2019 at 14:00 (WEST) for 20 minutes I will be reading a newspaper in a queue at Ponto Inicial Trem 28, Rua Senhora Saúde 6B, Lisbon, Portugal (N38°42'54.1116'' W9°8'12.048''). After 20 minutes I will fold the newspaper, leave the queue, and walk away in the direction of Rua da Graça.
About A Scene #15/16 and the work daqui até o rio and also about the project Het Binnenhuis (o Interio), a performative installation I presented in the Netherlands just before I left for Lisbon. Finally, I will show the short film of this project.Read more
A Scene #15
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).
On Saturday April 13, 2018 at 14:20 (WEST) I will be present at Jardim Augusto Gil, Largo da Graça, Lisbon, Portugal (GMS N 38°42'57.96" W 9°7'50.519"), in order to perform a short collage of casual movements I perceived there in the days before. The carrying out will take about 10 minutes.Read more
Open Studio Route Dordrecht
March 16/17, 2019
Singel 222, Dordrecht , Netherlands
My studio at Singel 222 will be open to visitors
from 11:00 to 12:45 and from 14:15 to17:00 h.
On both days I will initiate a performative group walk,
starting at 13:00 h. at Hof, 3311 ES Dordrecht.
Please, feel free to join!
Centro de Investigação Artística
April 1 - June 30, 2019
Rua Damasceno Monteiro, 12
1170-112 Lisboa, Portugal
HANGAR is an Artistic Research Center located in Graça, Lisbon. HANGAR includes a center of exhibitions, artistic residencies, and artistic studies. It is also a center of education, talks, and conversations that unify geographic locations, cultures and identities and stimulate the development of artistic and theoretical practices.
HANGAR also seeks to organize and produce the development of artistic inter-disciplinary projects and visual arts projects that focus on Lisbon as a central backdrop for contemporary culture.
HANGAR is an independent space managed by artists and curators. It is a place for experimentation, research, and reflection artistic practices. This space is a point of convergence of various areas of contemporary artistic processes.
From April 1st to June 30, 2019, I will be working as a residence-artist in a Hangar studio in Lisbon, Portugal.
A Scene #14: Over and Under
On Saturday December 15, 2018 at 14:20 CET I waited for a tram in southern direction, at tram stop Leuvehaven (51°54’55.625″N, 4°28’56.857″E), Rotterdam. I stepped into the first arriving tram. The tram crossed the river Maas over the Erasmus bridge. I got off the tram at the first stop on the other side of the river: Wilhelminaplein (51°54’26.72″N, 4°29’34.756″E).
I then entered the Metro station and waited at the platform for a metro train in Northern direction. I took the first arriving train, and crossed the river Maas through the tunnel. I left the train at the first stop: Leuvehaven.
Open Performance Academy | Art Science Hunger
7 December 2018
Boomgaardsstraat 71, Rotterdam
20:00: First try-out of the participatory performance A Myopic Street ViewRead more
A Scene #13
On Saturday 8 December 2018, at exactly 14:20 CET, I will publicly announce a new event with the name: 'A Scene # 14', on the website
fransvanlent.nl and on Facebook. Unlike all previous events, you can be part of this occurrence at any chosen location, if you are online on that specific moment.
A Performative Walk #5
A performative walk as the base, as the method and as the outcome of a process of leading and following.
A group of people walks in a random direction. The person at the front is leading. When somebody wants to change the direction, he/she walks up to the front and takes over. The group always follows. Finally the group returns to the starting point (if somebody decides so).
During the walk nobody talks and telephones are switched off!
A Performative Walk #5 takes place on Monday 26 November at exactly 8:00 pm. If you want to join, please be at Hof, 3311 XG Dordrecht at 7:50 PM. Participation is free.
A Performative Walk #5 is part of De Grootste Tentoonstelling van Dordrecht in the framework of 400 years Synode.
Printing Plant Art Book Fair
My books Unnoticed Art and TheParallelShow
will be on show at the table of Jap Sam Books.
On Sunday 25 November, 19:00 - 19:30
I will read from the book TheParallelShow.
Looiersgracht 60, 1016 VT Amsterdam (NL).
You are very welcome at the occasion.
Chai with Guillaume
14 November, 2018
Part of the project
When Words Become Situations
curator : Guillaume Dufour Morin.
Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale II,
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.
He then invited me to have tea with him first. I used the same recipe.
Morni Hills Performance Art Biennale II
November 19 - November 24, 2018
Hosted by Healing Hill Art Space (HHAS)
Badisher, Morni Hills,
Group D, curated by Guillaume Dufour Morin
November 19 - November 24
Alejandro Chêllet, Mexico
Ernesta Dir Banauskaite, Lithuania
Frans van Lent, Netherlands
Hector Canonge, USA
Janani Cooray, Sri Lanka
Jihyoung Park, South Korea
Karolina Kubik, Poland
Kristiane Nerdrum Bøgwald, Norway
Lola Lostusa, Brazil/Germany
Okty Budiati, Indonesia
Renu Bariwal, India
Satadru Sovan, India
Open Performance Academy | Art Science Hunger
Open Performance Academy (OPA) is a knowledge and practice platform for artists and theoreticians working with and from performance. OPA offers a platform for research, experiment and reflection. Artists and theorists are given the opportunity to show work in progress and to receive feedback from the audience. Conversely, the audience gets an insight into state of the art research within and to performance art. By focusing on both the artist and theoretician and the audience, OPA contributes to the development within art and the transfer of art and knowledge.
My presentations will take place on November 8 and November 22, 2018.
Performance: December 7, 2018.
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).
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.
Nucleo, Ghent (B)
The object doesn't exist
August 25 - 26, 2018
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.Read more
August 25-26 August, 2018
Rules to Play By
July 27–29, 2018 @ St. Louis, MO, USA
Rules to Play By is a playful weekend exhibition of rules, instructions, recipes, scripts, programs, and scores exploring the theme.
Selected pieces will be displayed in two locations for the weekend of July 27–29, 2018.
One location is Snapdragon Studio, a florist studio converted into a gallery during the summer. The other is within Pixelpop Festival. Both locations are in St. Louis, MO.
The score of the work A separated Song for Separated Lovers will be in show in Snapdragon Studio.
The work A Performative Walk 4 will be executed two times in the streets of St. Louis.
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.
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
30 June - 1 July, 10.00 - 17.00:
NP3, Hofstraat 21, Groningen (NL),
Greylight Projects, Rue de Brialmont 11, Saint-Josse-Ten-Noode, Brussels (BE),
1 july, 20.00: public diner at Pictura, Voorstraat 190, Dordrecht (NL).
TheParallelShow GrandeFinale is a project for improvised performance. It will take place on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July at two different locations: bur0 Gr0ningen, the white cube of NP3 in Groningen (NL) and the chapel of Greylight Projects in Brussels (BE).
The weekend will finally end with a performative public dinner at Pictura, Dordrecht (NL).
On Saturday 30 June at 10.00 two groups of performers will start working simultaneously in Groningen and in Brussels. The doors will be opened for visitors from 10.00 till 17.00.
While the performers are working a video will be recorded and streamed in real-time to the other location where it is projected on a wall. These projected video images ensure that there is a mixing of physically and virtually present performers and visitors.
After the doors closed, the two groups of performers will travel to the other locations to work there the second day during the same hours.
On Sunday at 17.00 all performers will leave for Dordrecht (about half way between Groningen and Brussels), where they are invited to a public dinner in Pictura at 20.00. Visitors are welcome to join the meal. During the dinner a performative conversation might take place.
Participating artists: Alexia Karavela (GR), Steef van Lent (DE), Mr & Mrs Gray (NL), ieke Trinks (NL), Emma Waltraud Howes (CA / DE), Andrew McNiven (UK), Marnik Neven (BE), Jolanda Jansen (NL), Elia Torrecilla (SP), Malou van Doormaal (NL) and Frans van Lent (NL).
The entire project will be documented in descriptive and / or contemplative texts by Sjoerd Westbroek (NL) and Michiel Huijben (NL). The dinner will be composed, prepared and presented by Marielle Verdijk (NL).
The project is kindly supported by the Municipality of Dordrecht and by the participating organisations.
All parts of the project are accessible free of charge.
TheParallelShow GrandeFinale is part of Unnoticed Art.Read more
You are cordially invited
to the presentation of the book
on Sunday 22 April at 15:00
in the auditorium of the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.
January 20, 2018
A Scene #10
On Saturday, January 20, 2018, at exactly 14:20 CET, three persons (Jane Martin in London, Frans van Lent in Rotterdam and Josh Schwebel in Berlin) will start calling each other incessantly. The ringing will go on but every call will be pushed away, no connection will be made. The calling will stop at 14:35 CET.Read more
December 9, 2017
music and performance in the Trinitatiskapel
with DOOXS, Ieke Trinks, Boys, wbdjdyatmvezdmnekzawvb,
Crying Boys Cafe, Maask and Frans van Lent.
Vriesestraat 20-22, Dordrecht (NL)
free entrance, doors open: 19:00,
Churches No1 is a cooperation between Bibelot and Dordrechts Museum.
December 1-December 16, 2017
Urban Emptiness Nicosia
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 takes place from December 2 to December 6, every day 18:00 at Municipal Market, Nicosia (CY).
A Performative Walk 2 is part of Urban Emptiness Nicosia 2017.
November 18, 2017
A Scene #9
On Saturday, November 18th, 2017, at exactly 14:20 CET, I will enter a department store at Hoogstraat 185 , Rotterdam (5155.2323,N,00428.9270,E)
I will walk straight on to the menswear department and will select three jackets. I will go to a fittingroom and try on the three jackets.
The first jacket will not fit my size, the second jacket will not fit my taste, the third one will not fit my budget.
I will then return the jackets to the clothes racks and leave the store without spending any money.
November 5 - December 17, 2017
Salon der Leden
Opening: November 4, 17.00
Open: Wed - Sun: 13.00-17.00
October 29 - November 26, 2017
Opening: October 28, 18.00
B O O K P R E S E N T A T I O N A N D P E R F O R M A N C E
You are cordially invited at the presentation
of the book The Swap in Pictura, Dordrecht (NL)
on Sunday October 22 at 15.00.
The book The Swap documents the installation
that was shown in Pictura earlier this year.
The book will be published
in a numbered edition of 100 copies.
You are welcome to choose your own number.
If appreciated the artist will provide your book
with a black inked thumbprint.
Simultaneously the work Aandacht
will be executed from 15.00 till 16.00.
Aandacht (Attention) is a performance carried out by three persons
in the surroundings of the Pictura building.
It is best watched from the Foyer and through the window.
October 22 - November 26, 2017
Views on Landscapes
with Lynne Leegte, Lon Robbé, Frans van Lent, Bas Ketelaars.
Opening: October 21, 16.00
October 6 2017, 20.00
Denial as the Leading Principle
July 21, 2017
On Friday 21 July 2017 I will be walking somewhere in the South of France. Call me between 13.00 and 14.00 (CEST). I will not answer your call but instead I will make a photo of what I am looking at on that specific moment. I will then send this photo to the number that showed up on my phone. To you.
Please write me for my telephone number.Read more
June 16, 2017
A Scene #8 A/B
A Scene #8A
On Friday June 16, 2017 I will travel from Dordrecht to Breda by train. At exactly 14:20 CET I will enter the T-Huis, John F. Kennedylaan 15, Breda, (51.59127340000001 4.78122350000001). I will take a seat and order a mint tea and a piece of applepie. I will read my newspaper, drink my tea, eat my pie. At 15:00 I will ask for the bill and pay the waiter. I will then fold my newspaper and walk into the park.
A Scene #8B (by Johanna van Overmeir)
On Friday June 16, 2017 I'll travel from Antwerp to Breda by train. At exactly 14:20 CET I'll enter the T-Huis, John F. Kennedylaan 15, Breda, (51.59127340000001 4.78122350000001). I'll take a seat, order a coffee, a glass of tap water and a piece of cake. I'll draw in my sketchbook, look at the park, drink my coffee, eat my pie and drink my water. At 3PM I'll ask the bill and pay the waiter. I'll close my sketchbook, go to the restroom and walk into the park.
May 26-June 9, 2017
Apprentice Master exhibition #19:
In closeness of matter
When we approached ground level
we ran out of energy
matter became matter
found it's final destiny
from: tales of Ecafrus
Opening: May 26, 19:00
Vonderweg 1, Eindhoven (NL)
May 20 - May 25, 2017
Unnoticed Art at Platforms Project 2017
Unnoticed Art is presented at Platforms Project 2017
Keep in touch through our website UnnoticedArt.com:
Every day one hour of Realtime Radio!
Charilaou Trikoupi 121,
May 11, 2017
Artist talk at St. Joost Academy, Breda (NL).
Zaterdag 6 mei, 20:30 uur
Voorstraat 190-192, 3311 ES Dordrecht
Het Bos en de Zalen
een avond met voordrachten, performances en gesprekken
rondom het thema presentatie en representatie.
Deze avond wordt georganiseerd in het kader van de tentoonstelling
The Swap van Frans van Lent.
U bent bij deze gelegenheid van harte uitgenodigd!
KleineZaalZuid, deel van de installatie The Swap © Frans van Lent 2017
The Swap (de verwisseling) is een fotografisch project dat is gebaseerd op de maat en vorm van de tentoonstellingszalen van Pictura. De plattegrond van de zalen werd (1 op 1) overgebracht naar de Brabantse Biesbosch. Op basis van die, in de juiste kompasrichtingen, uitgezette plattegrond, heb ik ter plaatse een serie foto's gemaakt, die als een installatie in de zalen worden geëxposeerd. De plaatsing van elk van de fotografische prints komt overeen met de locatie van de opnamen. Op deze manier ontstond er een directe fysieke verbinding tussen het oorspronkelijke uitgangspunt en de tentoonstelling.
The Swap is nog te bezoeken tot en met 14 mei.
NB: De tentoonstelling wordt alleen verlicht door middel van het binnenvallend daglicht. Wilt u voor aanvang van Het Bos en de Zalen eerst nog de tentoonstelling bekijken, dan is het raadzaam vroeg te komen.
De zaal is al geopend vanaf 13:00 uur.
April 30 - May 28, 2017
Final presentation of a two month working period of Bas Ketelaars at IK Foundation.
Bas invited me to show three of my video works as part of his exhibition.
Opening: Sunday April 30, 12:00 AM by Antoinette Reuten (Reuten gallery Amsterdam).
Vlissingsestraat 239 a
4388HC Vlissingen (NL)
May 26 - June 11, 2017
Apprentice Master #19: In Closeness of Matter
5611 BK Eindhoven (NL).
Frans Van Lent with:
Lidyann van der Wolf
Opening: Friday 26 May 2017 19h30
Apprentice Master is a project by Kunstpodium-T, Tilburg (NL).
April 15, 2017
A Scene #7: One hour in sixty minutes
On Saturday, April 15th, 2017, at exactly 14:20 CET, I was standing on Stationsplein, Rotterdam (51 ° 55'24 "N 4 ° 28'13" E), facing Central Station.
One minute later I started to move very slowly in an arc to the right to walk a circle with a diameter of about six meters.
One hour later, at exactly 15:21, I was back at the starting point and closed the circle.
I then entered the railway station and left.
April 8 - May 14, 2017
Project The Swap
Pictura, Dordrecht (NL)
Opening: Saturday April 8, 05:00 PM
At the opening a performance with Steef van Lent.
March 17, 2017 - ...
group show with Jan Barel, NIGHTSHOP, Ton van Dalen, Bas Damme, Tabe Hemmes, Michiel van der Zanden, Frans van Lent, Florine van Rees, Niek Westendorp, Ton Kraayeveld, Remty Elenga, Erik Sep, Johan van Oord & Nico Parlevliet.
Voorstraat 180, Dordrecht (NL)
March 7, 2017
The fabric, stretched-out
Presentation and group performance within the program:
Where do we meet: How (not) to be seen?
peer group Class of 17
Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art,
February 5 - April 9, 2017
Group show with: Han Hoogerbrugge, Anouk Griffioen, Abner Preis, Marie Civikov, Willem Besselink , Niels Post,Kim Hospers and Justin Wijers.
October 5, 2016
Belgium Performance Festival, VUB, Brussels (B)
August 27 - August 28, 2016
MOVING IMAGES/Comrades, let’s learn to shoot!
Buitenplaats Koningsweg 23A,
June 24 - June 25, 2016
Unnoticed Art Festival #2
Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
Performance 'Attitude' by Kees Koomen (2014) photo: Nico Parlevliet
The Unnoticed Art Festival is a festival for unnoticed live art and took place in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. The Unnoticed Art Festival balances on the line between public and private. It shows artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fits in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, remains unnoticed to bystanders.
Creating the concepts and executing the works are split. The artists sent their concepts more or less as manuals. In the festival the chosen works will be carried out by a group of volunteers.
Pictura Award 2015 for the work 30/9-16.35
Pictura April 8 till May 14, 2017: Swap, solo show Frans van Lent.
May 17, 15.00
Performance Damp at the opening of
an exhibition of Andrea Radai
R&R Reuten Galerie
1017 KH Amsterdam
Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 16.00 – 18.00.
The Conceptbank Festival Package
In the spring and summer of 2015 TheConceptBank will be present at various festivals. Sometimes it will show up as officially invited participant, but most of the time it will be unnoticed as every other paying guest. At strategic spots on the terrain we will create a mobile office to share our performance concepts freely with the interested public. We have the aspiration to get as many works performed as possible.
April 2, 2015
Jacket: A Juried Video Art Showcase
Crisp-Ellert Art Museum
St. Augustine, Florida.
May 17 - May 18, 2014
Unnoticed Art Festival
© Theun Okkerse
The Unnoticed Art Festival is a festival for unnoticed live art and took place in an undisclosed Dutch city. The Unnoticed Art Festival balanced on the line between public and private. It showed artworks hiding in normality. The language, used to express the works, fit in the average social behaviour in public space and, because of that, remained unnoticed to bystanders.Read more
March 8 - March 31, 2014
R&R Reuten Galerie
1017 KH Amsterdam
Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 16.00 - 18.00.
Performative opening: March 8, 16.00-18.00.
Trendbeheer.com blog with a report of the opening (in Dutch).Read more
March 15 - March 16, 2014
The work 'Cours' (2013) will be on show at
Open Atelierroute 2014
February 27 - March 29, 2014
Yoko Ono Fan Club
UB Art Gallery
Center for the Arts
November 22, 2013
3012 XA Rotterdam
November 16 - December 15, 2013
Salon der Leden
Voorstraat 190 - 192
3311 ES Dordrecht
Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 13.00 - 17.00.
Video: Talk / EraseRead more
November 10 - December 16, 2013
1017 KH Amsterdam
Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 13.00 - 18.00.
3071 JV Rotterdam
Open: Wednesday - Sunday, 12.00 - 17.00.