I invited twenty artists to make a ten minutes long audio recording of Silence.
Each one of them decided where, how and in what conditions they wanted to do this.
I superimposed all submitted recordings as layers into one combined file.
Some time ago I published an open invitation to call me on Friday, May 1, between 1 PM and 2 PM (CEST).
That first day in May I walked in a rural area in the southwest of the Netherlands.
When the phone rang I did not answer the call. Instead I took a picture of what I was looking at on that moment.
I then sent that picture to the number that appeared on my phone. I sent 48 photos.
Two 30 minute digital audio recordings of the North Sea,
made simultaneously (16:00 UTC, 23.04.2020)
on the East coast of Scotland, (56° N.);
and on the West coast of the Netherlands (52° N.).
Synchronised and mixed together into one stereo file.
A Chair as Any Other
performed at the
WHAT REMAINS festival
February 22, 2020
DfbrL8r, ARC Gallery,
For nine years the red folding chair was a defining object in the DfbrL8r-archives.
In those years the chair was used in at least five performances of different artists.
I decided to find it a new home, to take it away from the spotlights
and to bring it to a place where it could lose its artistic background
and become the mundane object it was meant to be.
In the performance I read a text explaining the process and results.
At the start of the performance, the attendees are asked not to take any photos or videos.
A square of 200 cm by 200 cm is plotted on the wall with masking tape. The enclosed space is then painted with the same whitewash the walls were previously painted with. When the painting is finished, the masking tape is removed and the floor is cleaned of any spilled paint.
It is still possible to distinguish the square, but as the paint dries, the square will fade and merge with its surroundings.
The attendees leave when all traces have disappeared.
Two sides of a door
On either side of a closed door, two people hold the handle. They do not move the handle, just hold.
After a certain time one of the two pushes down the handle and opens the door.
The second steps aside and makes way.
Pain location (exercise)
Momon, July 2019
Thirty days in a row I walk the same route through the village.
Every time I approach one specific location, I try to imagine a headache.
After passing that location, the headache should fade away.
A Scene #22 - #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 #22
On Saturday 23 May 2020 at 2:20 PM (CEST), I stood in the middle of the food market at Statenplein, Dordrecht, the Netherlands (5148.8870 N, 00440.1692 E).
I looked around until I recognised someone, and while I was looking at this person I grabbed my phone and called him to ask how things are. After a while, I made clear that I was within visual distance, stopped the conversation and raised my arm to say goodbye. I left the market.
A Scene #21
On Saturday, April 11 2020, from 2:00 till 2:30 PM (CEST) I was pacing up and down between the iron gate and the front door of the studio building Singel 222, Dordrecht (51.8085854, 4.6706976).
Please, keep your distance!
A Scene #20
On Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 2:20 PM (CET) I was standing in the aisle of a flying Boeing 767-300 between the Netherlands and Iceland. With my eyes closed, my arms beside my body, I was for 15 minutes contemplating the enormity of the ocean below.
In memory of Antoinette Reuten.
A Scene #19: Doubts
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 2:20 PM (CEST) I was in the middle of a field at Ons Park, Feijenoordstraat, 3071 LN Rotterdam, (51 ° 54'53.5 "N 4 ° 29'50.4" E).
I considered the direction where I came from and I considered and reconsidered where to go from there.
When I made a decision, I left in the chosen direction.
A Scene #18
On Thursday October 24, 2019 at 10:00 (CEST) I was standing on the jetty at Fondamenta de le Zattere ai Gesuati, Venice, Italy (N45.42914814482034 W12.326794266700745), waiting for the first boat to bring me to the other side of the water: Giudecca Palanca (N45.42678386442304 W12.325501441955568). While waiting I was facing the jetty at the opposite side.
Once on the boat I was standing at starboard and I looked out over the waters in north-western direction.
When the boat moored at Giudecca Palanca I left the boat but I stayed on the jetty, waiting for the first boat to bring me back to Zattere. While waiting I was facing the jetty at the opposite side.
Back on the boat I was standing at starboard, looking out over the waters in south-eastern direction.
At Zattere I left the boat and walk away.
Voorstraat 190, Dordrecht (NL)
September 14 - October 20, 2019
The performance De Nacht (The Night) is not an imagination of the night, it is the night itself. The group exhibition De Salon in Pictura was visited at midnight, in darkness. The exhibited art lost its stories, turned into silent dark objects, into silhouettes.
The front door was opened every Sunday night at exactly 24:00. Whoever was waiting outside was invited to come in. The door then closed again.
The exhibition was visited in silence.
The walk I did not walk.
After every ten steps I turned around and took a picture.
Please don’t touch! I’ll come and fix it as soon as possible
Quartair Contemporary Art Initiatives
Toussaintkade 55, Den Haag (NL)
20 September-11 October, 2019
A Myopic Street View
a collective visual research project for 3 to 15 participants.
Hof (start), Dordrecht, Netherlands
1 September, 2019 ~
The work Synchronize consists of a walking route and an mp3 file.
While walking the route you need to wear headphones or earphones to listen to the mp3. Follow the walk as carried out earlier, and synchronize with the sound of the walking feet.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
14:00 - 17:30,
I called you. We did not speak.
Our telephones were connected for 60 seconds, the loudspeakers on full volume.
The sounds of our surroundings blended together, somewhere between us.
Witold Van Ratingen, Tuulikki Raatikainen, Antoinette Reuten, Trudy Kunkeler, Almudena Millán, Greig Burgoyne, Han Hoogerbrugge, Theun Okkerse, Susana Mendes Silva, Ove Lucas, Johanna Van Overmeir, Axel Themmen, Jello Reumer, Eduarda Estrella, Paz Ezcurra, Andrew McNiven, Manuela Porceddu, Per Bos, Saskia Meesters, Henrik Vestergaard, Peter Van Lent, Lisa Skuret, Bruno Leitão, Jan Barel, Steef Van Lent, Ienke Kastelein, Maarten Janssen, Geerten Ten Bosch, Nico Parlevliet, Jan Zobel, Jan Okkerse, Jany Twigt, Pepe Romero, Petra Laaper, Anja De Jong.Read more
Hangar, center for artistic research
Rua Damasceno Monteiro, Lisbon (P)
The project Mnemonics started with a suggestion of curator Filipa Oliveira to the artists to meet each other, since their activities and points of view seemed to have many overlaps.
After a first meeting, they decided to work together and the cooperation started with an exercise:
Two car journeys on two consecutive days. The two events had to be as much alike as possible. They had to take place at the same time, on the same route and with the same conversations as accurately as possible.
This exercise led them to the subject of the construction and deconstruction of personal memory. How can memories lead to a journey and how can a journey lead to memories?
The human mind as a fluidly changing field of encounters.
The performative presentation of the project took place at Hangar on June 28, 2019
photo © Mnemonics
(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.
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.
…ism project space, The Hague (NL)
March 14/15, 2019
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.Read more
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.
A Performative Walk #5
27 November, 2018
A performative walk as the base, as the method and as the outcome of a process of leading and following.Read more
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.
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 shared experience.
The walks lasted about 1 hour and 24 photos were sent.Read more
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
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.Read more
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)Read more
The Fabric, stretched
A group of people leaves for a walk. One person (familiair with the area) takes the lead and decides which direction the group should goes. 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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
Today at 02:20 PM a bucket of water was poured out in a sink in Rotterdam, Netherlands (51.918613, 4.488538).
At exactly that time in Oranienburg, Germany (52.684269, 13.266830), a bucket was filled with water from a tap.
On Saturday 23 July 2016 I was walking in Forêt Barade, near Rouffignac in the South of 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.
At the end of a conversation,
repeat that same conversation backwards.
stop at the beginning.
a performative installation
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.
One Minute of Silence
In various public occasions I asked people around to join me
in One Minute of Silence.
I did not mention any reason or special occasion.
If somebody asked, I pretended not to hear it.
We were silent for silence itself.Read more
Breakfast with Heekyung
I invited Heekyung Ryu to have breakfast together on Friday November 27, 2015.
I asked her to choose the time and the menu.
Breakfast with Jonathon
I invited Jonathon Keats to have breakfast together on Wednesday November 18, 2015.
I asked him to choose the time and the menu.
Breakfast with Steve
I invited Steve Giasson to have breakfast together on Saturday November 14, 2015.
I asked him to choose the time and the menu.
Breakfast with Hiroomi
I invited Hiroomi Horiuchi to have breakfast together on Friday November 6, 2015.
I asked him to choose the time and the menu.
Hiroomi had breakfast in Shizuoka, Japan at 08:00 AM, local time (23:00 UTC/GMT),
I had breakfast in Dordrecht, Netherlands at 00:00 AM, local time (23:00 UTC/GMT).
The menu was:
-lettuce, cucumber and tomato
Before the start of the performance, the attendees were kindly asked not to shoot any pictures or videos. Nothing but the memory should remain.
A square of 200 cm by 200 cm was marked out with masking tape on the wall. The section created was painted with the same masonry paint as the rest of the wall. When the entire square was painted, the marking tape was removed and the floor was cleaned from any spilled paint.
After this was completed, you could still discern the square, but as the paint was drying the square slowly vanished, and blended in with the wall.
The attendees left when every trace had disappeared.
Vierkant was part of the Performance Festival With Traces,
(Pictura, Dordrecht, June 13 - June 28, 2015)
June 13, 2015.
Figures with mountainous landscape (2014)
including Willem de Klerk: ‘Mountainous landscape with figures’ (1836)
200 years of painting, Pictura, Dordrecht
September 13 - November 9, 2014
Heute Morgen is a performative work, carried out on July 1st 2014, in the Kutscherhaus in Recklinghausen, Germany. During the process all visual decisions were made and then again undone. Nothing of the work is left to be shown in the exhibition, except the video documentation of the process.
Heute Morgen was part of the Via Via show,
July 4 - August 17, 2014.
Performance (3 men):
In an old uninhabited vergers house in Dordrecht:
25 jerrycans are stored on the attic, each filled with 10 litres of water.
One by one, they are carried down. Halfway the top stairs they are poured into other, empty jerrycans. The then filled jerrycans are carried one floor lower. Halfway the second stairs they are again poured into empty jerrycans. The now filled jerrycans are carried to the groundfloor.
When all 25 jerrycans arrived at the groundfloor they are one by one emptied on the pavement in front of the house.
Cascade was part of By the sweat of your brow,
an exhibition within the framework of the Urban Explorers Festival 2014
Photo: Jaap Dambruin
An Improvised Route
In the morning I walk an improvised route through the city,
in the afternoon I walk exactly the same route again.
-Unnoticed Art Festival
May 17/18, 2014
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
I am standing in front of a white wall.
I get a small round mirror out of my pocket, I put some glue on the back and press the mirror against the wall.
I come very close to the mirror and, by in- and exhaling a few times, I cover it with damp.
I stand back again and wait till all the damp is gone.
I take away the mirror and put it back in my pocket.
January 26, 2014
-Reuten & Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
May 17, 2015
In the morning I am standing for 30 minutes in front of a Dutch painting, Het Gein, by Willem Roelofs (1883),
imagining myself part of that landscape.
In the afternoon I am standing for 30 minutes in a field in the polder De Biesbosch,
with my eyes closed, imagining the space around me.
-Dordrechts Museum and Biesbosch, Dordrecht, Netherlands.
December 18, 2013
I am standing barefoot, a glass of water in my right hand.
I wait for silence around me.
I then bow forward very slowly and spill some water. After a few drops I move back a bit.
The bowing and moving back is repeated until the glass is empty.
I return in an upright position.
-Kapitaal Utrecht (A night at the Gym), Netherlands
June 27, 2013
-Gezipark (photo © Hiroomi Horiuchi), Istanbul, Turkey
September 13, 2013
-Kunstrand, Dordrecht, Netherlands
October 5, 2013
Please don't touch! I'll come and fix it as soon as possible..
I walk into the gallery. On the floor are three big canvases leaning against the wall (frontside turned to the wall), each one about 130 x 140 cms. They are covered with plastic to protect them. You can’t really look clearly through the plastic. Taped on the works is a piece of paper with the written text: ‘Please don’t touch! I’ll come and fix it as soon as possible’.
I measure exactly where to hang the paintings, then drill holes for each of them, put screws in the holes and hang the works carefully on the wall. After I hanged the last one, I clean the floor in front of the works. Then I take off the works in the same order, put them against the wall, take out the screws, the plugs, fill the holes with plaster, paint the spots white again, clean the floor, take my equipment and leave the gallery.
This performance is repeated a number of times at unannounced moments during the exhibition
Let's Get Physical,
presentation of MaHKU at Kapitaal, Utrecht, Netherlands.
Looking at Things
Participants: Hiroomi Horiuchi (6), Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari (5), Eduarda Estrella (4), Sobia Zaidi (3), Liza May Post (2), Frans van Lent (1).
A. Starting in the hall of the train-station we slowly walked in a line to a department store in the shopping mall. Everyone was following the person in front of him/her at a distance and as discreet as possible. Nr.1 was first in line, nr.6 was last in line.
B. When we walked into the shop we went up two floors by escalator.
C. We walked around, still in line, picked up some things from the tables (randomly), studied these objects at all sides and then put them back on the table.
Everyone was imitating the person in front of him/her as precisely as possible. Doing this we related as a (widely spread) group by synchronising our movements.
D. After five minutes nr. 1 slowly walked back to the elevators and returned to the ground floor. One by one the others followed. Nr 1 walked out of the door and waited there for the others.
E. When everybody was outside the performance was over.
April 25 2013
1.went to a department store, bought a stopwatch,
2.made a photo of the stopwatch (00.00.00) and of the receipt,
3.started the stopwatch on my way out of the shop,
4.walked around, exploring the shopping mall,
5.returned to the department store,
6.stopped the stopwatch, made a photo of the stopwatch (01.00.42),
7.reset the stopwatch and entered the shop,
8.handed the stopwatch and the receipt over to the shop employee,
9.received the money back and left the shop.
April 25 2013
In a train
Participants: Adriana Ramirez, Hiroomi Horiuchi, Sebastian Gonzalez de Gortari, Eduarda Estrella, Sobia Zaidi, Frans van Lent.
Instruction for participants: This performance is meant to be unnoticed by the public. Please do not act unnatural, be as inconspicious as possible!
All participants go to the last corridor of the train (startingpoint).
It starts with a (first) person walking slowly into the first coach, as if looking around for a convenient place to sit. He finds a place somewhere in the first coach (when it is not possible to sit just stand and wait in front of the toilets). After the first person started, the second one counts to 60 and then follows him, walking in the same direction. He passes the first one and finds a place in the second coach (or at least out of site of the first one). When the second one leaves the third one starts counting and then starts walking. He passes the first and the second one, finds a place out of sight of the second one and so on. When the sixth one walks he goes on till the end of the train, but will not find the right place to sit. Then he walks back, still in the same slow and searching way. When the sixth one again passed the fifth one, the fifth one waits another 60 seconds and then follows him walking back slowly, again looking around. When the fith person passed the fourth waits another 60 seconds and starts also walking back and so on. Finally everybody returned to the starting point. End of performance.
When finished all participants write a short note about what he/she noticed doing this performance.
In a train (driving full speed towards Berlin)
March 15 2013