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A larger space
by Oscar van den Boogaard, 2001

Imagine this: a woman who doesn't walk, but floats, an ethereal being, if you blow at

her or a car passes by, for a moment she billows out, but a few seconds later she

retrieves her own shape, a woman who is as an icon, an image into which you can

project all your desires, a metaphor for desire itself, I am thinking of Sylvia Kristel.

'Desire is something that is made to occupy a larger space than that which is afforded

by the individual being,' Tennessee Williams writes in one of his stories, to watch or to

listen to her is to enter this larger space, she swallows you up into a larger whole, a

weightless space in which past and future appear to be dissolved in the present, a

dreamt reality, no stories but experiences.

 

Imagine another woman, not a filmstar, just as ethereal, transparent, a woman who

lives in her desire, Annemiek de Haan.

 

Imagine these two women meeting, taking place beside each other on a bench, and

exchanging memories of Los Angeles, a city that is a metaphor in itself for the larger

space: the void, floating, life in fiction.

 

In the work that Manon de Boer made about them, it is as if both women are moving

forward together into the larger space, but they each remain within themselves.

 

Annemiek: The Griffith Observatory. Sylvia: Stars, Planets. A: Comets. S: The Saint

Andreas Vault. A: The Northridge Earthquake. S: I think I must have felt a lot of

earthquakes, but small ones. Like every day you could feel some trembling and finally

you got used to it. But one time it was in Oakdale I guess in an apartment building, one

woke up by the sound of what I thought was an approaching train. And later all alarms

went off from the cars and the sound was deafening. A: One time I was having lunch in

the cafetaria of Cal Arts and there for the first time I felt a big shock. And it was just a

single sharp shock and the windows of this modern building they boom boom boom

just completely bent. And it was just this one thing and people weren't even paying

attention. This was just before the big Northridge Earthquake. S: Burbank Studio's. A:

Sun Valley. A: Burbank Airport. S: Las Vegas, I'm thinking of my first wedding. I think

we took off from Burbank Airport and then went to Las Vegas and then got married.

 

You cannot possibly call this a dialogue, they are two monologues that become

intertwined. For me it has everything to do with life in the big city, the questions its

inhabitants ask themselves, who they are to themselves and to the other, it is about

emptiness and fullness, living in possibilities, fluidity but no evaporation, temporariness

but no need for solidity, trust but no belief, and much, much I wanna love more.

 

Translation: Kate Mayne

 

 

Source: Gallery Newspaper 25, January-February 2001