Performance & Text
Being Here for You is an ongoing work and collaboration between Rita Hoofwijk and South African (based) artist Hannah Loewenthal. It began as a response to the situation of lockdowns and the impossibility of relocating. They asked: Do you have to see something with your own eyes, hold it with your own hands in order for an experience to be considered ‘real’? Would it be possible to ask someone else to be your eyes, ears, hands?
These questions resulted in an exchange consisting of (im)possible requests. They executed these requests – impossibilities for the one and everyday experiences for the other – for one another and described each other’s experiences afterwards.
The project continued by connecting two new artists with each other and two distant places. The artists worked (for each other) on location, without relocating physically. Being Here for You thereby raised further questions about distance (& proximity), travel and making site-specific work. The exchange took place consecutively in both participating places, in the Netherlands and Norway.
Hannah Loewenthal, Felix Schellekens, Ehud Neuhaus, Yvonne van Versendaal, Emke Idema, Naja Lee Jensen, SoAP Maastricht, IN SITU, Østfold Internasjonale Teater, Oerol, C-TAKT, Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, MU Hybrid Art House, Expeditie Cement