Traces AIR Antwerpen

Jochem vanden Ecker

Dec 2005 to Feb 2006
1976 Maaseik, Belgium

Being an ongoing proces of questioning, an endless transition from one form to another that never comes to a conclusion, never practises a consensus, my garden-residence is part of the workstation of AIR Antwerpen. Transferring spaces; the transferable space both autobiographical and conceptual.

 A layer rooting in leftovers, a vestige covering the ground like a screen memory. Nomadism as an atavism... A yellow frame transferred into a fixation of time..

A residence actually implicates a stay. People could consider this as a literal translation. I don’t see it like that. It also isn’t a performance. Eventually it is, for me, the most suitable way to work.  Scanning the space, the division between art and ‘everydayness’, literally starting from living and working. Bodenpictures is comparable with Dieter Roth's Fussboden (floor, 1975-92): a wooden studio floor covered in pigment and glue created when roth removed the floor from his studio in Iceland and installed it in front of a gallery wall. The texture and color is a functional record of Dieter Roth's actions between 1975 and 1992 or utirnigiit, the traces of coming and going, as the Inuit call it.. Dieter Roth asserted that the studio floor is as much a work of art as the art produced upon its surface.. And if there is the possibility to sleep outside why would I lay myself inside. (Yamabushi (He who sleeps in the mountains)) 

Actually, the origin of my (this) practice, this transferring spaces, is (again) autobiographical. It's very related to my grandparents practice being voyageurs in a way. The (idea of the) transferable space. This transferable boden and the accumulation of layers it generates.