Playing with Time
2018 | Das Spectrum, Utrecht
Interactive performance | 120 minutes
'Hourglass is a metaphor for life itself, which is constantly changing'
Within the exhibition An Architecture of Encounters - Home for Lazy Action, organized by Mitchel Breed and Pim Tieland and made possible by the Mondriaan Fund, artists Clarinde Wesselink, Fiona Mackey and Eva Spieringen were asked to do a series of experimental drawing sessions during which the drawing action blurs the boundary between audience and artist. At the exhibition the drawing audience, including the invited artists, could take a seat at large drawing tables in the exhibition space.
Clarinde Wesselink created a performance for the drawing session in which the passing time was made tangible and she herself became an hourglass. From some twenty heavy cloth balls attached to her body, sand slowly ran away, spreading on the ground and gradually changing the space. Her body grew lighter by the second so that she could playfully show how time manifests itself in space. The artists recorded Wesselink's changing body in space from moment to moment and each in their own unique way.
Wesselink sees drawing as an accelerated documentation of time and an opportunity for everyone to capture space in their own way. The drawings made during the performance show how diverse the audience perceived Wesselink’s Hourglass. The drawings later became part of the exhibition.
Documentation: Clementine van der Bent
Performer: Clarinde Wesselink