A Scene #32 – #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 #32: back and forth
30 October, 2021.
I am standing on a bridge over the Río Segura in Ojos (38° 08′ 58″ N 1° 20′ 22″ W), Spain.
At the same time, G. is standing on another bridge over the Río Segura, in Blanca (38° 10′ 46″ N 1° 22′ 41″ W), 7 km upstream. Our phones are on speakerphone and the volume is on maximum.
At 2.20 pm (CEST) I call G.
She picks up. We don’t speak a word, but keep the line open.
We point our phones down at the fast-flowing water under the bridges.
Ten minutes later, at 2.30 pm, we disconnect.
In collaboration with Giuli Grippo.
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.
No artificial light was used in the exhibition rooms.
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.
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)
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.