DE EINDER PROJECT – HORIZON PROJECT // THE NETHERLANDS – 2005
SECOND PERIOD: The Dordtse Biesbosch ( near Dordrecht, the Netherlands.)
De Einder is concerned with the experience of open space and seclusion, of finiteness and infinitude in space and time.
PART 2 – THE CUTTING OUT KIT / CUTTING OUT HORIZONS AT THE STOOP BANK. CUTOUTS – THINKING AND FEELING THE HORIZON – DE-EINDER – JULY 2005
THE STOOP BANK – BIESBOSCH, DORDRECHT. NETHERLANDS.
CUTTING OUT HORIZONS KIT: little trailer, photographic camera, tripod, 2 chairs, stand, colour felt pens, book to collect horizons, 2 framed pictures 30 x 42 cm, 2 photograph albums 10 x 15 cm, umbrella.
CUTTING OUT HORIZONS AT THE STOOP BANK: In the action/setting-up “Cutouts” which happens from July 16th to July 31st, I cut the horizons of visitors that walk past the Stoop Bank. I propose to the spectator to contemplate the horizon to express directly afterwards what it suggests to him from his/her senses or emotion. The reaction of the spectator results in words or drawings collected in a book called “The cutouts book”, opened on a stand and the only sign on the pages is a dotted line at the same height than the horizon line. The proposal is completed with photographs of persons that result in the series “The cutted-out”.
THE CUTOUTS BOOK is a compendium of horizons where participants write their way of thinking or feeling the horizon, while playing with the discontinuous line of the horizon that cuts horizontally all the pages of the book in two halves. Here are the indications that we find on the first pages:
Write or draw your way of thinking the horizon with your BRAIN.
Write or draw your way of feeling the horizon with your HEART.Of these compendium results a video untitled “The cutouts book” where the same discontinuous line simultaneously cuts the different horizons of various persons.
THE CUTTED-OUT is a series of photographs of anonymous contributors, photographed at the same place with the same background landscape and all of them looking at a common horizon. Each portrait is subsequently retouched giving them a rather artificial touch, without loosing completely the identity of the faces, and I add a schematic heart and brain connected to each other on the real ones. The discontinuous line appears at the same place on all the pictures cutting the landscape’s horizon line as well as the figures’ thoughts and feelings.
From this series of photographs also follows a video called “The cutted-out” figuring all the cutout persons. The same discontinuous line cuts at the same time the background landscape’s horizon line as well as all the persons.Postcards with images from “The cutouts book” and “The cutted-out” are circulating.
The project, De Einder is to take place in the summer of 2004 and the summer of 2005 on two very different locations.
Twelve artists will be working in the neighbourhood of Montsegúr in the French Pyrenees and a year later the same artists will be working in the Biesbosch near Dordrecht in the Netherlands. Not only will the differences in the project locations play an important role but also the social surroundings of the participating artists will be crucial. Whereas the horizon in the North is a fixed point of orientation a view of the horizon is a rarity in the mountains of the South. This will presumably affect the work done in both locations. These differences and variations will be the starting point of this project.Locations:
Fougax and Barrineuf (near Montsegúr, France.)
The Dordtse Biesbosch ( near Dordrecht, the Netherlands.)In the first working period (17-31 July 2004 ) the artists will stay in the art centre Cat’ Art in St. Columbe sur l’Hers. They will be able to lodge in various apartments and use a big communal studio in the grounds. The project will come to fruition in the neighbourhood of Fougax, a village 20 km from the art centre. While the project is in progress the work of the participating artists will be on show in the gallery of the Art Centre Cat’ Art.During the second period of work the artists will be living in the Internationaal Gastatelier Toos Neger and in private homes. The project will be completed in the polderland and reed banks to the Southwest of the Kop van het Land, roughly 10 km from the centre of Dordrecht. The Noordkaap Foundation will allow the Watertoren to be used to house an exhibition and as a communal studio.