This is Now – a tour and a long-term project

What type of meeting is typical for The Netherlands today? Who or what is invisible? Where does reality change faster than the fences we put around it?

These and other questions I posed to people I met in June this year, when I traveled the Netherlands for a month in a mobile artist-in-residence – the T.A.I.R. I worked and lived in the parking lots of hospitals, the Dutch National Archives, and many other places. My goal: to get a sense of how The Netherlands are feeling today for those who are in it.

The suggestions I’ve received during the tour, and the themes that kept on resurfacing, will result in a number of new researches and publications in the coming years under the shared header ‘This is Now.’ With as a guiding principle: taking a closer look is all that is necessary to remove any self-evidence from the world around us.


One thing is certain: each research episode I undertake as a result of this tour will result in a book, a digital intervention and a performance. Partners of This is Now are Literary Production house Wintertuin and Landscape Labs, platform for artistic research on the relation between persons and their landscape. The publications will be designed by Catalogtree. During the tour I will regularly post updates on facebook and on the website www.ditisnu.nl. Please note that for now both are in Dutch.

This is Now is made possible with the kind support of the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch Foundation for Literature and the AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst).fondsen