SIGHTLINE – “where is the frontier of LIKE and LOVE”*
What or who determines the borders of relationships, which are often defined by a thin line? Bax explores this question in the site-specific work, “Sightline”, an interpretation of the situation on the 3rd floor of Castrum Peregrini during World War II. Six men and women lived together in a small apartment at de Herengracht 401 in Amsterdam, two of them “free” and the others Jewish. Tension surrounded them, not only from the outside but also from the inside. Poetry and friendship were both their weapons and their defence.
The three walls with the low windows of the triangle shaped building are the framework in which Bax defines the lines of vision - from the street into the apartment and of the six people living in this apartment. The work exists of a 3d site-specific installation on the 3rd floor and of a 6,21 min. movie. In collaboration with an improvisational viola (Oene van Geel), an improvisational dancer (Kenzo Kusuda) and a poet (Lars Ebert), Bax refers to the physical, emotional and mental representation of the human being, set in a situation like this.
* Quote by Gisele Waterschoot van der Gracht – personal note
A work by Marijn Bax
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