De kaars (the candle)
17 September 2023
Posts by Frans van Lent:
Today I received an email from Sarah:
Dear friends,I spent some time in Spring and early Summer bird watching at dusk as a part of a study to account for a rare bird. I didn’t see or hear the bird, which has a distinctive call. It made me think about recording something that is absent, or recording absence. I reached out to other bird watchers around the world who were listening at the same time as I, and here attached is a recording made in Missouri of the same, absent bird.(Thanks to Valerie Heemstra for the recording)Sarah
Black envelop with printed instructions.
One-Time View is about the perception of a work.
After opening the envelope, the contents will begin to disintegrate until nothing remains.
Opening the envelope is a private, non-repeatable experience.
An optimal experience is created by strictly following the instructions.
Het Hof, Dordrecht
Sunday March 26 2023
13:00 – 14:00
Equinox – same but different is an international event for public action for freedom for all people. Every year on the Equinox (around 20 March and 21 September), the duration of day and night is roughly equal around the world. In the spirit of cosmic equality, the event is a global connection for people performing together in public space.
This sharing of time and space brings us closer together, as a temporary (global) community to encourage, through performance art, non-violent expressions for locally specific conditions.
Equinox – same but different takes place at the Hof in Dordrecht.
Everyone is welcome to participate with openness and in solidarity, embracing and embodying diversity while acknowledging each other’s individual circumstances, difficulties and conflicts.
There will be no programme of consecutive performances but everything takes place simultaneously, collaborations can arise spontaneously.
Participants: ieke Trinks, Peter Baren, Ienke Kastelein, Yvette Teeuwen, Lotte Werkema, Kirsten Heshusius, Kamila Wolszczak, Geerten Ten Bosch, Yvo van der Vat, Kathrin Wolkowicz, Gerwin Luijendijk, Anne Kolbe, Topp & Dubio, Ellen Rodenberg, Maarten Schepers, Jolanda Jansen, Liesje van den Berk, Marita Bullmann, Martine Viale, Philemon Mukarno, Nico Parlevliet and Frans van Lent.
Organized in cooperation with equinox2equinox.org
“Thick heavy layers of grass lie like a blanket over the memories of the earth.
The ground, full of memories waiting patiently to be awakened.
I cover the grass, like you cover a child after a nice day.
All the memories of the day under a warm blanket, so they are never forgotten.
A blanket, to go to sleep safely under, to be awakened later.
By covering the grass I give all the vegetation present the chance to wake up again.
When moving the metal triangles the grasses make room for the other vegetation present.
This way I offer a chance for the memories hidden in the ground, to grow.
Taking care of the earth, precisely by covering it,
closing it off for a moment and then waking it up again in its full glory”.
The artist placed five metal triangles on the field in front of the main house. These cover parts of the grass.
In the coming period these triangles will be moved three times, making a drawing in the grass.
As the metal triangles are moved, the grasses make way for the other vegetation present.
In this way the artist offers an opportunity to the memories hidden in the ground to grow.
3601 GH Maarssen
For many years Fred Vos has been recording his existence through daily self-portraits and photographs of walks with his dog.
Always presenting in series of three, he captures the passage of time and the changes of his surroundings.
He considers the title (AD/year/month/day/time/place) an emphatic part of the work.
Behind the dike in a corner of the water, next to the tawdry Rotterdam-South Maashaven subway station,
Jeroen Jongeleen discovered a drain that occasionally makes water bubble or squirt out.
He decided to appropriate this drain as a work of art and gave it the name ‘Fountain’.
An incongruous and unpredictable fountain, it attempts to be a response to the bloated urban renewal plans,
which are being implemented and planned around Rotterdam-South,
a process in which art is supposed to be a tool.
The fountain rarely works, so there is not much point in traveling especially for it.
For the art tourist, this work will prove to be a disappointment. At best, it will be discovered by accident by a local resident walking past it.
The fountain is a work of art that refuses to go along with the city marketing, in which art is eagerly used as hip and ‘street art’,
but which is usually no more than a presentation of the process of gentrification.
It is an ode to the frayed edges and crumpled zones, to the city that does not try to pretend to be better than it is.
As a stepping stone to the work, a tile has been placed on the quay with the title of the work on it.
There was plenty of time in the past year to think about the time.
How, layer after layer it turns shock into a routine, how you push it through yourself with difficulty, and how it softens sharp corners,
how every thing around counts the time from one point to another.
Since January 1, 2021, every day, I re-pack a wooden figure of number 1, building up the layers.
At the end of the year, there will be one piece, but 365 sculptures hidden inside it.
The work Inverse entropy reflects on todays climatological and sustainability dilemmas:
How to deal with our duality mindset.
In the end, can our nature be nurtured by reversing our state of entropy inward?
Den Treek, The Netherlands.
Andrew McNiven sent us the proposal The Artist Will Be Present (2021) to be programmed
in the 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival on an undisclosed Saturday in May .
Part of this proposal is the invitation to other artists to join him in being Present.
If you want to participate in this work, please send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
and a week before the festival takes place, you will be informed about the date, time and location.