2018 - In PerformancesSignposts
Nickel van Duijvenboden & Marie Nerland
Saturday 23 of June 2018 at 14.00
Small signposts, knee-high and easy to miss, were the only indication of a long-distance trail intersecting the main road. The trail, slightly sunken and just wide enough to place one foot in front of the other, cut across private land in both directions … When the fence stopped, his last point of reference fell away. There was no way of telling if he would start the ascent within minutes or after an hour. Each step prolonged the distance lying ahead. That sense of deferral was intoxicating. Time was condensed, as if a single frame of film had become stuck in the projector without breaking the illusion of motion. This sensation went beyond one’s exact whereabouts and the act of lifting one’s feet. It was as though all walks one had ever made were compressed into one walk, this walk. And it happened every time.*
Marie Nerland invited Nickel van Duijvenboden to mutually reflect on the topic of walking. This labour of reflection and correspondence has resulted in a project for Archipelago at Hordaland kunstsenter, which invites an audience to participate in a reflective walk, a quiet drift, a playful pedestrian exploration of urban space, using certain markers to read portions of text that were drawn into their exchange on the topic of walking.
Nickel van Duijvenboden is an artist preoccupied with the writerly. His work has
taken the form of printed matter, spatial installations, sound pieces, musical
performances and readings. Written correspondences occupy a pivotal role, both as a writing mode and as a productive metaphor, summoning matters of intimacy, animosity, improvisation, rhythm, handwriting, postal systems, hiatuses, and ghosts. Recent activities include exhibitions at P/////AKT, Amsterdam and A Tale of a Tub, Rotterdam; as well as performances during Dark Ecology in Kirkenes and DNK Days in Amsterdam. Nickel lives in Amsterdam.
The walk will take approximately two hours.
The project has received funding from City of Bergen.
* Words taken from a discontinued desert novel by Nickel van Duijvenboden