TRAVELLER is a black cube-shaped object with a built-in mechanism that launches crumpled paper balls. The work, sometimes placed in the landscape and sometimes in a gallery, catapults crumpled paper balls that the viewer can catch and unfold. The props contain instructions for a brief action that activates the senses and sets body and mind in motion. Words are literally thrown into the air, just as sentences are spoken. Examples of instructions are: “WALK BACKWARDS UNTIL THE PLACE YOU ARE NOW IS OUT OF SIGHT.”; “MAKE A THROATY SOUND FOR TEN SECONDS. THEN LISTEN TO THE SPACE.”. The simple prompts act as poetic proposals for alternative scenarios that are brought to fruition in the moment, after a press of a red button. They invite the participant to act: activate, anticipate, catch, relocate.
With special thanks: Jos Scholtes