Art in the Cool district. August 2017 to May 2018
TENT presents Blok Beton (Block Concrete), a performance by Maurice Meewisse. It is the fourth event in the series of COOLSTOF projects realised by Kunstblock: five art institutions in the Cool district around the Witte de Withstraat.
Physical work is the source of inspiration for Meewisse’s projects. Through performances and actions, such as cutting a tree or smelting metal, he creates an ode to physical work, the value of which sometimes seems to be disappearing from our increasingly automated and digitised society. More than the result, it is about the action of the work itself, which becomes a social and symbolic event.
Blok Beton addresses people’s need to invest their labour in something that has utility or meaning. Meewisse’s project starts on 9 February with a performance that concentrates on the mixing and pouring of concrete. A winter party with soup and bread and a contribution by sound artist Jordy Walker will concurrently celebrate this strenuous work. A few days later, Meewisse will remove the concrete from its mould. In the last act, an ambassador gives the neighbourhood control over the object via a verbal agreement, thus determining its future.
Performance and installation artist Maurice Meewisse lives in Rotterdam. He often works outdoors, and previous projects include at the Oerolfestival, Terschelling (2013); Fest i Nova, Georgia (2015); Lucy/Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht (2015); Sculpture by the Sea, Aarhus (2015); The Sand Motor, The Hague (2017); and Arte Concordia, Rotterdam (2017).
Fri 9 February, Art Evening XL (Kunstavond XL, 6-11 pm) during Art Rotterdam Week, free entrance, 6-9 pm, website TENT Rotterdam