testing ground for art & ecology
29 November, 2020

Mind Your Step | Finissage

Finissage Mind Your Step, 1 – 5.30 PM
Finissage programme with Marlies van Hak in conversation with Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec, performances by Mariken Overdijk, an immersive umbrella installation and a walk with Chikako Watanabe
Mariken Overdijk, House Walks (Gretel said to Hansel: ‘We will find our way …’.) 1 on 1 performances 20 minutes each, sign up for a time slot on location
As a contemporary autopsychogeographer Mariken Overdijk observes the daily pace of the city and its passers-by. From her background in mime, visual arts and performance she creates non-spectacular interventions. Various ways are created to highlight the movement patterns left behind by the users of public and private space as mimographic scores. By framing a daily routine, space is created for a poetic window on everyday reality.

A 1 on 1 performance as a walk on paper, now in the Amstelpark in a COVID-19 variant on glass. Mariken Overdijk takes you along a personal daily path, from bed to front door. At one, a calm and contemplative path, at the other, a series of daily actions carried out at lightning speed. Gradually a score emerges based on a personal daily route and routine that hides behind the facades of town and country. Maybe she will be allowed to dance in your house for a while afterwards…

Take a Walk!

Two students of ArtEZ Arnhem, Fransje Noorman (theater) and Celine Terpstra (visual arts) will present an educative project which they developed at Zone2Source in the last 2 months. An immersive umbrella installation is connected to a VR set and allows you to make a walk through a nature area which is coupled to a work on view in Mind Your Step.


2.00 – 3.00 PM Walking-as-Research, Marlies van Hak in conversation with Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec

Marlies van Hak (researcher and writer) engages in a walking conversation with artist Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec (SI/NL), whose work often entails situated interventions related to sound and the step. This performative walk will be recorded and edited into an audio document, which later will be made available online.


Walking-as-Research focuses on walking as artistic and performative research practice, in relation to topical movements in contemporary society. While walking we reflect on the relationship between a moving and sensing body, its surroundings and other bodies. Topics that might pass by are: walking as (situated) research / walking as not-knowing / which or what bodies walk? / what or who sounds or listens? / walking and memory / voids, disruptions, intra-actions / walking as relational and sensorial / walking as protest / how to document walking-as-research?
We invite you to join this performative talk in the Amstelpark, in which the wind in the trees might become a conversation partner and we welcome the unexpected. The discussion will be held in English and can be attended with headphones we will make available, so that everybody can keep distance from one another.

Listen back to the audio :



Marlies van Hak’s research focuses on the relationship between art in public space, body, affect and memory. She writes for TAAK and Buro Ruimte Rondom about walking and (collective) memory.  As an artist and researcher, Tao G. Vrhovec Sambolec pays specific attention to sound, new media, real-time interaction and questions of contemporary mediation in relation to the sense of (bodily) presence. His recent work consists of spatial and sound installations, events and interventions, in which (un) mediated sonic events, through affect, question the way in which human physical presence can be felt and sensed and what kind of new poetics this can lead to.

4 – 5.30 PM Journey to Meet Star-Gazers, Amsterdam, 2020
Walk with Chikako Watanabe with music performances by Ayumi Matsuda (recorder player / composer)

As part of Mind Your Step, a group exhibition about the art of walking, Chikako Watanabe takes you on a walk through the park in which stories and traditions from Japan and Amsterdam are interwoven with music performances on location by Ayumi Matsuda (recorder) and Heiko Dijker (tabla). (see further description of the program Sunday 22 November)