During Prospects & Concepts at Art Rotterdam 2017 I made a site for an ongoing performance with recurring objects, material motifs and unfolding materialities. People wearing marble suits carried around various objects. The objects were taken all over the fair, to other corners of the building, appearing in the bathroom or at the bar, seeing other works, eventually returning to base, constantly finding different formations.
Repetitive movements and actions were carried out quietly, at a contemplative pace. The objects were picked up, held, carried, put next to the body or onto it, exploring all the different ways in which the body could relate to the objects, led by the question of what these objects called or asked for with their quiet voices.
In the context of Art Rotterdam I wanted to make a work that was movable, not fixed to the location of a booth. I wanted to put a spin on the idea of display by addressing the objects themselves, asking them what they wanted; how and where they wanted to be carried. I wanted to treat the things, which could be understood as the art commodities in the context of the fair, as non-static, animate objects that demand things in themselves.
Special thanks to
all the performers for your time, dedication and expertise:
Johanna Lisa Kotlaris, Collette Rayner, Pleun Gremmen, Kolijn Jagersma, Nick Thomas, Katherina Heil, Jonathan Gaarthuis, Tijl Orlando Frijns, Marlies Kolbe, Eothen Stearn, Shradda Borawake, Sophie Bates, Marjet Zwaans and Marta Hryniuk.
For helping me with the execution I am very thankful to: Tijl Orlando Frijns, Yanni Azami, Margre Steensma, Emiel Gilijamse, John Coenen and Christa van der Meer. Photo’s taken by me and Tijl Orlando Frijns. The work has been executed with the support of the Mondriaan Fund.