2010 let it flow

bewaerschole, Burgh Haamstede, The Netherlands

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'In the project “Let it flow”, Jeroen Doorenweerd creates a metaphor for the condition of the artist. Like the climbing of Mont Ventoux, the artist has chosen a dangerous path toward achieving his goal. There is a similarity between the artist and the explorer in that there is a risk in regards to the outcome. Like the unknown regions that the explorer has to discover, the artist’s aim is to find “new territories” in the landscape of contemporary art. This research is complicated because, according to Agamben, the contemporary is shrouded in darkness. We can feel it, but it is not visible, only with the perspective of time and distance do things become more clear and evident. Distance is a principal element in the landscape – things become a landscape at the moment that they become small and merge into one another forming a single image. The relationship between the artist and the explorer lends an important aspect to the concept of the artist – not only as someone who creates artworks, but as someone who creates new perspectives. Just as the explorer provides new possibilities of discovering things which already exist, the artist too is a producer of new visions. The risk in attempting to accomplish this task, is that nobody knows beforehand what will possibly be found. In this way, the geography of the unknown becomes the vast terrain to be discovered by the artist, who undertakes the exploration at the risk of getting lost.' (Lorenzo Benedetti in 'flow and drift and perform and sit (random but in order), Onomatopee 74) Ok, some more info: For the exhibition in the Bewaeschole the subject is the journey towards the exhibition site. I took my sloop out from Drimmelen to Burghsluis, and filmed the complete trip with two cams, one facing the front and one the back. In the show there will be two opposed projections, one showing the front footage and one showing the rear footage, in synch. So in the show the horizon will come toward you on one side and get further away on the other (impossible, I know). And when the boat tilts the movement is in synch so the horizon will go up in front and down at the rear simultateously. This was the plan, but the execution was more moving. All went quite well until we (my son and I) reached the Oosterschelde. The wind was 6 to 7 Bft instead of the 4 that was expected, and we could not cope, riding heavy wind and nasty waves, and it became very frightening, on the verge of going under. We had to phone 112 to find out where we could go. With luck we reached a small harbour, and are still alive. All this struggling is on film and in the show.. So let it flow let yourself go Slow and low that is the tempo Let it flow let yourself go Slow and low that is the tempo Let it flow let yourself go Slow and low that is the tempo Let it flow let yourself go Slow and low that is the tempo From: Slow and Low - Beastie Boys