Tricking the Everyday

Tricking the Everyday is the title for our show in June. I’m showing the plus-or-minus video, see stills \below. 

The catalogue for the show will be made by co-curator Laura Pardo, and she was moved to ask for a portrait-size picture. Which wasn’t easy as I have done landscape only. Hit on the idea to use stills from both video’s and make a compilation – am quite pleased with the result. Took me forever to get it right, though, inbetween being on the phone and  writing mails for the Internet projects I am presently masterminding for Colours, a Den Bosch based firm I work for on a regular basis. 

And this is my text for the catalogue:

I started keeping a video diary in January 2011. The first results I published on my weblog; it is footage that I took when on my bike getting our little Emma from school. Looking at it later I became fascinated by all the markings n the road that direct traffic and make sure everyone – cars, cyclists, pedestrians  –  gets it right. We are so used to these signs that we don’t really see them anymore, even though they direct our steps or rides. This inspired me to do a small intervention, playing with the traffic signs a little.  Using chalk I changed the ‘minus signs’ on a cyclists path to ‘plus signs’, creating positive energy for the cyclists. I videoed  the ‘before’  and ‘after ‘ situation and published the result  – titled ‘plus or minus video’  – on my weblog again. Now, ‘plus or minus’ is shown as part of the Tricking the Everyday show at Academiegalerie.

What I am putting on show as well is an important piece of my Everyday: my working desk. This desk is the place where I make my living as a project manager. Also the place where I direct the activities of my family, keeping track of everything that is going on in the house. And the place where I work at my art projects.  I will come to Utrecht every day during the exhibition and work for a few hours from the Academiegalerie premises  – on both art work and project management. When I am not there, the laptop on the desk will show my blog with the plus or minus video

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