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An essay in the form of a song, in which artist Klaske Oenema describes her experience with the unique approach of Makkink & Bey to projects in the field of design and art. Central are her experiences during the GastGastGeber project for Studio Makkink&Bey in 2010 RUHR.
In the tower at the station at the end of the stairs
There’s a chair and a table, a bed folds from the wall
The wood was light like Sunday morning on the soul
Bright woollen blankets forever signs of home
A waiting invitation to a conference call
A link to a presentation and network to take form
They dropped a mike down the well to record my song
I felt lighter than before
when I walked outside, I was lighter than before
Men were drinking on the benches in the dark
The station clock was ticking, the bakery had closed
It was Google translations that told me to get lost
In inclination with an unknown cause
No, I was not on online
Don’t discuss the progress in terms of success
Don’t talk about the goal in terms of what you expect
Go with what is coming, move away from what is not
Everything is given, nothing on demand
Can’t you see she is standing still
When you talk like that things come to a standstill
Sweep the farmyard into the designer’s room
Come carry in your boots, carry in the cat, carry in the basket
Carrying your tools, carry the cupboard, come carrying the land
Call from the airport carrying your bag
Walk through the crowd to an unknown song
Walking lighter than before
Lighter than before
Klaske Oenema is a multimedia artist and writer. She studied Dutch language and literature in Groningen and graduated in 2006 from the Rietveld Academy, department of Beeld en Taal. Her work consists mainly of performances and short films made out of shadow play and sound. The voice and singing in general play a central role in her work. She lives and works in Amsterdam.
FOCUS • noun: focus; plural noun: foci; plural noun: focuses.
1. An act of concentrating interest or activity on something. “our focus on the customer’s requirements”. 2. The centre of interest or activity. “this generation has made the environment a focus of attention”.
Synonyms: centre, focal point, central point, centre of attention, hub, pivot, nucleus, heart, cornerstone, linchpin, kingpin, bedrock, basis, anchor, backbone, cynosure, emphasis, accent, priority, attention,
Origin: Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin horizon, from Greek horizōn (kuklos) ‘limiting (circle)’.
The masterplan &Route presents a leading and innovative vision on recreation and tourism in the Gelderse River landscape.
The &Route is an art piece under construction with a length of app. 100 km in which landscape & cultural history & farmers & fortresses & nature & land owners & horses & organic fruit jam & water works & people & the weather & art projects & orchards & a lot more are being connected.
The & in &Route symbolizes the network of intersections that extend themselves like circles in the area and connect to existing routes and new initiatives.
MOBILE • adjective: mobile
1. Able or willing to move easily or freely between occupations, places of residence, or social classes. “an increasingly mobile society”. 2. (of a shop, library, or other service) Accommodated in a vehicle so as to travel around and serve various places. “a mobile library visits once a fortnight”. 3. A mobile phone. “we telephoned from our mobile to theirs”.
Synonyms: able to move, able to move around, moving, walking, ambulant, ambulatory, travelling, transportable, transferable, portable, movable, locomotive, manoeuvrable; itinerant, peripatetic, nomadic, peregrine, wandering, roving, rangy; airborne, mechanized, motorized, waterborne, seaborne.
Origin: Late 15th century: via French from Latin mobilis, from movere ‘to move’. The noun dates from the 1940s.