For at least four days in a row, six hours a day one man both fights and follows the forces of nature. Steur attempts to balance boulders of a few thousand kilos on top of one another with painstaking patience and precision. He forces a fragile balance by ‘following’ the weight of the stone and how it ‘moves’ without the use of electrical machinery. No two sculptures are the same or live a long life: once balance occurs he disturbs it, picks a different boulder and finds a new way to connect two human-sized stones.
Steur: “At first, I was interested in what it means to move a boulder without electricity; how much time and energy it actually takes. We are used to making things as easy as possible for ourselves, inventing and buying stuff to save time and effort. But I am interested in effort. I like things that are difficult, so it was necessary to strip as much ‘hidden’ technique as possible. In addition, I realised that moving those boulders connects me again with my body, which then connects with the elements around it. It’s a continuous search for that flow between myself, stone, steel, people… Balancing boulders is not about making the impossible possible or about the balance itself, if such a thing even exists. It’s about how to get there.” Watch the MAKING OF.
credits: Marc van Vliet, SoAP, Workspace Brussels, C-Takt, Via Zuid, Van Eyck Academie, Performing Arts Fund NL
photos: Mirjana Vrbaski, Livia Smith, Gregoire Edouard, Nikola Milatovic, Nick Steur
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