A Scene #14 - #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 #14: Over and Under
On Saturday December 15, 2018 at 14:20 CET I will be waiting for a tram in southern direction, at tram stop Leuvehaven (51°54’55.625″N, 4°28’56.857″E), Rotterdam. I step into the first arriving tram.
The tram crosses the river Maas over the Erasmus bridge. I get 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 enter the Metro station and wait at the platform for a metro train in Northern direction. I take the first arriving train, and cross the river Maas through the tunnel. I leave the train at the first stop: Leuvehaven.

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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.

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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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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

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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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over the sea

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

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everything goes on
(in Dutch)

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The Swap

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.

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Call Again

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.

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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

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The Fabric, stretched-out

A group of people leaves for a walk. One person takes the lead and decides in which direction the group should walk.
During the walk the participants gradually distance themselves from each other as far as possible, but without losing the sight of at least one of the others. At a pre-agreed point in time, everybody records his or her exact geographic location.
From that point the distance between the participants should be reduced slowly until the group is back in its original position at the starting point.

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

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The London Stone

On December 18, 2016, at 15:00 GMT we, Alisa Oleva, Irina Danilova and Andrew McNiven and Frans van Lent, met at 111 Cannon Street, London, UK .

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.

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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.

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Up stream

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.

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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.

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Back Words

At the end of a conversation,
repeat that same conversation backwards.
stop at the beginning.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Breakfast with Hiroomi

Franseet     Hiroomieet

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:
-scrambled eggs 
-lettuce, cucumber and tomato 
-corn soup

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Before the start of the performance, the attendees were kindly asked not to shoot any pictures or videos. Nothing but a 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. After 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.

Vierkant was part of the Performance Festival With Traces,
(Pictura, Dordrecht, June 13 - June 28, 2015)
June 13, 2015.

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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


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Heute Morgen

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.

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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

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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
Haarlem, Netherlands
May 17/18, 2014

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March 8 - March 31, 2014
R&R Reuten Galerie
Prinsengracht 510s
1017 KH Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Open: Wednesday - Saturday, 16.00 - 18.00.
Performative opening: March 8, 16.00-18.00. blog with a report of the opening (in Dutch).

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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.

(expo. EX-MÊKH).
January 26, 2014
-Reuten & Reuten Gallery, Amsterdam
May 17, 2015

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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

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(7-8 minutes)

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, Istanbul, Turkey
September 13, 2013
-Kunstrand, Dordrecht, Netherlands
October 5, 2013

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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.
June 2013

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Looking at Things
Group action
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

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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

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In a train

Group performance
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

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