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Ieke Trinks: act 1 (2007)

The performance takes place during a party.  The performer is dressed somewhat clown-like and is a member of the audience.  The performer sits, walks around, makes small-talk, observes, drinks, attempts to snatch peanuts and smokes.  Afterwards a report of the performer’s experience has been made.  This report, combined with pictures of the particular evening and a discreet male voice-over, are put together into a video.


Cornelius Gijsbrechts: Trompe l’oeil (1670)

Cornelius Norbertus Gijsbrechts:
Trompe l’oeil. The Reverse of a Framed Painting
(c. 1610 – after 1675)


With the absence of the frame that traditionally serves as the architectural transition between the spectator’s reality and the picture’s painted universe, this work by the Flemish painter Gijsbrechts is moving beyond the usual realms of art and into the illusionistic domains of the stage…

Statens Museum for Kunst

Tomáš Kajánek: Self-timer Photographs










Self-timer Photographs, Where I Had Ten Seconds to Hide Myself in the Picture
‘In this project I challenged myself. I set the self-timer on 10 sec and during that time I had to hide somewhere in the photographed scene. Then I discarded all the pictures in which there were clues of my presence. Hiding places are chosen to be more and more difficult so the photographing act becomes physically demanding. I use this narration for sequencing the chosen pictures’.


Britt Hatzius: Blind Cinema

In the darkness of a cinema space, the audience sits blindfolded. Behind each row of audience members is a row of children who in hushed voices describe a film only they can see. Accompanied by the soundtrack (which has no dialogue), the whispered descriptions are a fragile, fragmentary and at times struggling but courageous attempt by the children to make sense of what they see projected on the screen.

The Project Blind Cinema

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.

Published on August 24, 2016.

Tamar Banai: Heart Listening

Heart Listening

“How do we speak about sound? Last winter I was wondering what vocabulary I use to describe it. Besides, I was thinking about how what we say or tell is often a misinterpretation, even when it comes to recognizing one’s own feelings.

I wondered if listening to my heart beat, regularly, over a period of time, keeping notes of what I hear, might bring up something I wouldn’t have been able to admit or recognize myself.

Using a stethoscope, I listened to my heart over seven days, three times a day, for five minutes each time. I was surprised to find out that a relationship had developed with this internal organ. Later it became clear that a book is also a body – it has a spine, a paper-skin surface to come in contact with, and it reveals its content gradually”.
Tamar Banai

The book Heart Listening

The Girl Chewing Gum

“Like many other film works made by British artists in the 1970’s, ‘The Girl Chewing Gum’ was made in ideological opposition to mainstream cinema. A primary aim of the film was to undermine its inherent illusionism, drawing attention to its own artifice (rather than the conventional practice of attempting to disguise it). The film draws attention to the cinematic apparatus by denying its existence, treating representation as an absolute reality in its own right. It achieves this by using a voice-over to subvert the reading of the image, marking the beginnings of my ongoing love/hate relationship with the power of the word.”
John Smith, 2007

The film is published with permission of the artist.


2 works of Josh Schwebel

pen and ink
I found a letter to the editor of Art in America written by Carl Andre denouncing an unauthorized reproduction of his (mechanically produced) work. I reproduced this letter by hand, and inserted my hand-written copy in the place of the printed letter. I left the magazine in the archives of a library (location undisclosed).


A private action. Paris, 2011.
A cross-contamination in commemoration of Algerians drowned in the Seine.Over successive visits I surreptitiously collected water from the public swimming pool.
I collected a similar amount of river-water from the Seine.
I subsequently deposited the water from the river into the swimming pool (over successive visits), and then poured the swimming pool water into the Seine