Current and Upcoming
Manon de Boer
Mario Garcia Torres
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