Tag Archives: 2019


Hautefort, France
Saturday, 20  July, 2019
14:00 – 17:30,

I called you. We didn’t speak.
Our phones were connected for 60 seconds, the speakers at full volume.
The sounds of our surroundings mingled, 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.

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Mercado de Santa Clara, Lisbon (P)
June 18, 2019

Today I went to the flea market. I took the main street and strolled through it in a straight line. On my right side I picked up objects, turned them around, inspected them thoroughly, and put them back on the tables. Continue reading


a project in collaboration with Susana Mendes Silva

Hangar, center for artistic research
Rua Damasceno Monteiro, Lisbon (P)
June 28, 2019

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 collaboration 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

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(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.

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Hortus Botanicus

the feet are tied to the ground, thoughts travel freely

On Tuesday, May 21 2019, 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.

Het Binnenhuis

…ism project space, The Hague (NL)
March 14/15, 2019
19:00-23:00 h.

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.
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Short-term memory

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.

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