As we speak he’s creating 24Hourtopia; an installation at Volkshotel that questions our perception of time. Dadara: “How is it possible that sometimes an hour feels like a lifetime, or the other way around?”
People might know you from your work at Burning Man or Oerol festival. When you create a work or concept, what’s your starting point?
With every project, I try to create my own world where everything comes together. People should be able to participate, join in. Just like at Burning Man where they say: no spectators, only participants. In general, I’m really interested in the value of things. For instance, I came up with the ‘Exchanghibition’ bank that questioned the value of money and with my latest project ‘Like4Real’, I examined the value of social media.
I’ve never owned an agenda or watch in my life. Time has always been a really interesting and surprising concept to me, so that’s the starting point for my next art project. How is it possible that sometimes an hour feels like a lifetime or the other way around? We’ve turned time into something that’s measurable, but I think you have to feel time with your heart.
Can you tell us a bit more about the 24Hourtopia project?
It started out as a philosophical conversation about time with my partner in crime & time, Eileen Azad. This developed into a 24 hour installation at Volkshotel called 24Hourtopia. The idea is to build 29 life-size numbers, that will function as a clock. Every minute, the numbers have to be moved. We’ll film the clock in one 24 hour take, while life passes by in the same time and space: kids playing, people working on laptops, dancing, sleeping, eating and maybe even marrying. Basically life. I want people to experience time in a different way.
You’ve also started a Voordekunst crowdfunding campaign to finance the project. What can people do to participate?
Participation should be the core of the project. People can help out with the clock, have a drink at the bar, eat with us, dance or come over to work on their laptops. Next to that they can buy time, for example 5 minutes, to support the project. In those minutes, time is theirs and they can do whatever they want. Whether it is a creative or financial contribution; it’s all welcome. That way we can create the clock and invite artists over, and they get to be part of a timeless art piece.
24hourtopia // 22th of November // Volkshotel // More info