…Elk rondje is anders during Quarantine
Live-performance + live stream video + residue installation
Duration: 1 – 2 hours (72:02 minutes)
…Elk rondje is anders is about the convention of ‘rondjes lopen’ – ‘walking around in circles’ and originates from 2015.
During these times of the COVID-outbreak, surviving mostly in our homes, Dutchies are allowed to get some fresh air outside, the so-called intelligent lockdown. This results in a lot of walking around in the neighborhood, as well as a lot of walking in circles inside our (small) apartments – rondjes lopen. This action works very therapeutic, though you actually never walk in exact circles. It is more of a saying, but the act itself has become a recognizable action of daily life in different – mostly isolated – spaces (f.e. at a gabber party, in prison, animals in the zoo, at the nursing home).
This work …Elk rondje is anders during Quarantine was revised, renewed and relaunched during the pandemic. Same relevance, different context. The artist created the gymnastics lining, deriving of the original gabber culture. While crossing this, I started to be followed by my own old Nike Air Max 90 footsteps traces. The Nike Air Max 90 footsteps traces are created during the live performance: a circular track and trace landscape. It is important to only feature specific, certain characteristics, and to take away whatever is disturbing, like pieces of clothing, sound, and sight. Eyes are being kept closed to put the focus on the repetitive movement, feelings of- and adjustments in- the body.
Watch the entire video of the live performance stream (22-05-2020) below:
The work is based on a video of a gabber in the early 90s who is partying at a hardcore event. 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, I only walk in circles, meet a lot of people, walk in circles and every circle is different.”]. Hence the convention of ‘rondjes lopen’.
© Video by Joao mb Costa
© Lisette Ros