Reframing Conventions for INTERBELLUM #1 (2013/2020)

‘Reframing Conventions’ (2013/2020) at the Stelling van Amsterdam.
INTERBELLUM #1, a collaborative project by Lisette Ros and Gabriel Rolt.

The work ‘Reframing Conventions’ by Lisette Ros is an 8-hour sitting performance which originates from 2013, in which she researches the convention of sitting as a part of INTERVENING SPACE. Back then, the focus was on the 8-hour workdays in the Netherlands and the act of sitting which causes a 40% increasement of premature death. The COVID-19 pandemic gave the research into the act of sitting a new layer. The empty offices could now represent the reframing of conventions. Worldwide spaces got alienated from their functions. This interbellum is about the loss of function and redefining of the space. In this live performance Ros solely sits for eight hours on the same chair which she has been using since 2013, without practicing any other human action. Same relevance, different context. 

‘De Stelling van Amsterdam’ as a location offers an interesting decor as it was officially build as a part of Amsterdams defense mechanism for war, but has never served its original purpose. 

About INTERBELLUM – Lisette Ros, Gabriel Rolt:
The word ‘Interbellum’ commonly refers to the period Between the Wars. It defines a period in-between. When alienation finds its way throughout all layers of existence, and at the same time the opportunity rises to redefine conventions. As the COVID-19 pandemic results in a political and economic crisis, the INTERBELLUM project is framing and continuously questioning the function of art and behavior in this specific period. INTERBELLUM covers 5 chapters: 5 performances on 5 different locations, that all represent a different approach on this period in-between.  

VIDEO: The streaming launch of this performance was part of New Viewings at Barbara Thumm Galerie / ‘DEFENDER’ exhibition curated by Gabriel Rolt. Click here.

Watch the entire 8-hours in the video registration (medium res) below! Don’t forget to support the artist and the arts.

Reframing conventions at De Stelling van Amsterdam by Lisette Ros. INTERBELLUM collaboration with Gabriel Rolt, 2020.

© Camera by Joao da Costa
© Image by Rob Schröder
© Text and assistance Maria Langerhorst
© INTERBELLUM by Gabriel Rolt, Lisette Ros
© Reframing Conventions by Lisette Ros