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.
© Lisette Ros
© Photography by Rik Dijkhuizen