…elk rondje is anders SBK-Dordrecht (2015)

INTERVENING SPACE: …elk rondje is anders is about my conceptual and visual research into the gabber and gabber* culture for the exhibition ‘Hoe Rottur Ut Wordt’ at SBK-Dordrecht. During the opening of the exhibition I did a two-hour live performance, in my installation of fixed artworks as expression of my research.

The works are based on the [in Holland] well-known video of a gabber in the early 90s who is partying at one of the main hardcore events. He answers the question “So, what do you do all of these hours at a party like this?” with: “Ik loop rondjes en ik loop rondjes, ik loop alleen maar rondjes. Kom iedereen tegen, blijf rondjes lopen, elk rondje is anders. Ik loop uren lang rondjes.” [Meaning: “I am walking in circles constantly, for hours I walk in circles, and every circle – walk – is different.”]. A typical Dutch phenomenon including  the convention of ‘rondjes lopen’.

I researched the convention of ‘rondjes lopen’ [walking circles] by using my own body and myself. In daily life this act works very therapeutic for me, I do it a lot, and the interesting thing is that you actually never walk in exact circles. It’s more of a saying. Within the works of ‘INTERVENING SPACE: …elk rondje is anders’ I registered my ‘circle’ landscape by using specific materials that traced my footsteps.

What I find interesting about this act is the moment the compulsiveness turns into vulnerability. I really wanted to put focus on the act of ‘rondjes lopen’, and so I erased all the aspects that could be disturbing: my clothing, the music and my sight. The moment I cross the line, is the moment that my compulsiveness decreases and when my destruction and vulnerability slowly start taking over.

Read the interview with curator Nada van Dalen on Glamcult here.
Read the article on i-D here.

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© Lisette Ros
© Photography by Rik Dijkhuizen