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EEN PLEIDOOI VOOR MEER RUIMTE ZONDER BESTEMMING
(A PLEA FOR MORE SPACE WITHOUT PURPOSE)
2015

By means of this performance I question empty space, or perhaps the lack thereof, in the Netherlands and the city of Rotterdam. In the Netherlands every square metre has an owner and purpose. ‘Kissing Earth’ by Olafur Eliason, that is to be placed in from of Rotterdam central station, is a good example of this. Why is this space not simply left unfilled?

In September 2015, a piece of no man’s land on the border with Germany and the Netherlands caught my attention. It seemed to be the only piece in the Netherlands that belonged to no one, where there were no plans. An idealistic notion, but meanwhile, this no man’s land has been declared an independent state by a group of people. Now there are many new plans for what used to be empty. There seems to be an unstoppable urge to give substance to nothingness; fill in the void.

During my performance I built an endless circle of blocks for four hours, as a metaphor for the ideal space: a place where there is always the possibility of change and new interpretation.

One block is 60 x 20 x 10 centimetres and weighs 9 kilograms.

News item of OPEN Rotterdam.

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Fotografie: Naomi Modde, Anke Zwinkels, Kelly Fober, Lieke van Kalken, Anna Steijger