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Performance @ 2nd Nieuwstraat Festival, 2021
Finding the right spot to stand with the umbrella was the first thing to solve. The corner was quickly chosen, but where to stay exactly? When a couple approached me and splitted up to pass me: one left and one right of me, I decided this was the right spot. It was cloudy and for a few minutes some raindrops fell. Using an umbrella is not to weird then. So most people did not notice me at all and only a few looked suprised at me. The moment the sun started to shine, the last fifteen minutes, the change was remarkable. Now my behavior became weird in the full sun. A got al lot more eyes and remarks.
On the corner of Hofstraat-Nieuwstraat I stood with my back to the terrace of a cafe. I held the umbrella folded in my hand, with the point on the ground. I looked at the end of Hofstraat, my gaze as close to infinity as possible. Concentrating on my breathing, standing took on a meditative character. A supervisor from the municipality stood near me, sometimes I felt that he was standing right next to me. I observed passers-by from the corner of my eye. What is striking is that every person has a different face, even though everyone looks alike. It is humbling.