For at least five days in a row, seven 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 any 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 rocks.
Steur: “First I was interested in just experiencing what it means physically to move a boulder without electricity. We’re used to making things as easy as possible for ourselves, inventing and buying stuff that safe time and effort. But I am interested in effort. I like things that are difficult so for this project it meant stripping as much ‘hidden’ technique as possible. Minimum help/maximum effort. Performing this piece connects me again with my body that in turn connects with the elements around it. Now it’s a continuous game trying to find that flow between myself, stone, steel, people… So for me it’s not about moving big boulders, making the impossible possible or about the balance, if such a thing exists. It’s about how I get there.” Watch 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
Nick Steur 2016 © All Rights Reserved