09.02.2018 - 18.00U

Blok Beton – Maurice Meewisse

TENT presents Blok Beton (Concrete Block), a  performance by Maurice Meewisse taking place on Friday 9th February outside, near Schiedamsesingel 80. 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. Physical work is the source of inspiration for Meewisse’s projects. During the performance Meewisse concentrates on the mixing and pouring of concrete in a mould. Sounds made in this process, such as the noise of the cement machine, the wheelbarrow and the dumping of cement, will be sampled on the spot by sound artist Jordy Walker. The strenuous work will be celebrated with a winter party with winter refreshments.

On February 11 at 14:00, Meewisse will remove the concrete from its mould. The say over what should happen to the object will be given to a neighbourhood representative.

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).

About Coolstof

The Kunstblock institutions – MAMA, WORM, V2_, TENT Rotterdam, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art – have invited different artists and collectives to realise special projects. Monthly from September 2017 to May 2018, there is a surprising action, performance, intervention or installation in the Cool district. The COOLSTOF projects take place on Friday evenings during De Kunstavond. The first edition of COOLSTOF was a performance by Geo Wyeth for Showroom MAMA in September 2017. COOLSTOF is made possible by the Municipality of Rotterdam.