Place of Interest / Experience of Interest
2019 | de Karavaan, Nieuw-Vennep
2018 | Raum, Utrecht Leidsche Rijn
Interactive performance with the audience | 60 minutes
'Every location contains many experiences. It is our own perception and creativity with which we can collect these experiences.'
Wind Travelling is an experience created for the public. With this performance Clarinde Wesselink wants to give people an opportunity to rediscover a place through a new experience. One that invites you to take the time and focus your attention so as to redefine the space and yourself in it together with others.
We can visit all places in the world in an imaginary way, via Instagram, Pinterest or Google Earth, but do we really experience that we are there? When we actually take a city trip we often take the same photos as everyone else and our thoughts are often elsewhere. In the future city that Utrecht is building artist Wesselink, together with the new residents, looks for sensory experiences that are unique to a place, a new piece of city.
The new part of Utrecht is literally built over the A2 highway, which ensures that there almost always are strong winds present. Precisely because of this Wesselink saw a possibility to ground Utrechtians in their new place. In a new body - wrapped in a specially designed wind suit - you experience the terrain of RAUM and the power of the wind that blows through Leidsche Rijn. One thing is certain: What you experience while Wind Travelling cannot be reproduced. Clarinde Wesselink designed 13 different wind costumes for this performance. Each costume brings with it a different experience of the wind.
In the performance Wesselink tries to reduce the boundary between maker and spectator, or even temporarily remove it. The responsibility that the spectators has during Wind Travelling, through play elements, gives them a profound feeling and the experience that they are part of the performance itself. As a visual artist Wesselink is constantly researching how people experience physical spaces and social structures constructing social spaces: ‘Everyone who is in a space is part of the space and makes it the way it is.’
Production assistance: Anne van Balen and Pernilla Philip
Public guidance: Thijs Bloothoofd, Ella Jonker, Suzanne Schaaf
Photography: Mariska Kerpel
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RAUM is kindly supported by the Municipality of Utrecht, Fonds voor Cultuurparticipatie, BPD Cultuurfonds, K.F. Hein Fondsen, Elise Mathilde Fonds.