Het grote gebeuren (the big happening) is a collaboration with Frans van Tartwijk.
On the so called Zuidas, which is the Amsterdam banking district, there is an iconic shoe-shaped office building. A figure with a scale model of this building as a head, dressed in a costume made from a merry African-style fabric, appeared on the Zuidas. The figure walked around and stood still in different places, displaying a sign saying “ Will work for food” . After being told to move on by several security guards, the sculpture /figure disappeared.
Location: Zuidas, Amsterdam, we performed for one hour on three different days.
“Het grote gebeuren” (The big happening) consists of 4 performances by Guda Koster and Frans van Tartwijk in public space in Amsterdam by five living sculptures. Each sculpture has a distinct character and meaning. The performances are not announced as events but are more like appearances that may be noticed by people passing by. The performers are wrapped up in the textiles of the sculptures and physical contact with others is impossible. The sculptures may be seen as a metaphor for how people are supposed to behave in public space right now. The sculptures stand still, now and again music can be heard and dance steps or unexpected movements are made. The carefully selected locations in different parts of Amsterdam- and the humor- are important.
The performances and sculptures are photographed and filmed and 400 posters (70 x 100 cm) in four different versions appeared in many spots in Amsterdam.
This project was made possible thanks to a contribution from the AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst).