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In the Field of Players

witte de withstraat Rotterdam, 2004
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Duration: 25.01.2004 - 31.01.2004
Location: TENT.Rotterdam
Participants: 106 through casting, 260 visitors of TENT.
Number of Events: 9 (6 castings and 3 game:sets)
Additional Presentations: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; ArToll Labor, Bedburg-Hau; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Keg Expo, Schijndel, Art Amsterdam, Amsterdam; Constant vzw, Brussel.

The exhibition 'Friendly Fire' in the Rotterdam exhibition space TENT. was curated by Edwin Carels as part of the 2004 International Film Festival Rotterdam and invited the public to think about the notion of 'Power:Play'. At the time the TENT. site was still in use as a school, the central area of exhibition space functioning as a playground for the children. Together with artist Marten Winters, Van Heeswijk developed a 'game:set'. In cooperation with graphic designer Roger Teeuwen they marked out a set of lines and fields on the floor. Just like in a sporting venue, these lines had no meaning until they were used by the players. The relationship between the players is revealed by the rules of the game.

Designer Arienne Boelens created special game cards that were handed out during the festival by the performance artists Bliss. Both Bliss and the cards turned up all over the festival and could be found at every hot spot or special event. Through these game cards people where invited to fulfil the various roles in the game - like 'Round Miss' (the girl who walks around the ring holding up a numbered card at the start of each round at boxing matches), 'Man (40+) in (high) cultural position', 'Teen girl with star ambitions', 'Vital 65+'. But there was also 'Whisperer', and even 'Audience' was a specific role. During the film festival players were selected through a daily casting process at the Doelen venue. The crisis centre, where only professionals normally hang out, was also open to the general public. After the selection there were three game:sets on 25, 28 and 31 January in TENT.'s central area. The audience members who had not been cast also become participants: eventually they were the ones who defined the underlying relationships of the players, their positions and the unspoken rules of the game. This fostered a tension that said something about the complex processes of social relations. Even the cameraman filming all three events had a specific role and was only allowed to move along the line set out for him. The specific character of each of the three game:sets was captured in a video installation, displaying how the audience sets the mood of the game and gives it a meaning. The video work was shown in exhibition in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Ludwig Museum and Witte de With, among others.
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In The Field of Playersparticipants:Aldwin van KrimpenDevelopment of the artwork , Reporting in image
Ariënne BoelensGraphic design
Arno PruissenDevelopment of the artwork
Arno van RoosmalenCreating space
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Bianca SchoutenDevelopment of the artwork
Bob VasennaDevelopment of the artwork
CBK RotterdamFinancial support
Charlie ZwartDevelopment of the artwork
Dré WapenaarDevelopment of the artwork
Edwin CarelsCreating space
Enric Gili FortDevelopment of the artwork
Erik VisserDevelopment of the artwork
Erwin NederhofDevelopment of the artwork
Frank de BruijnTechnical advice
Gerrit PetersTechnical realisation
Gwen van ZaaneDevelopment of the artwork
Hans AbelmanParticipation in realising artwork
Huub MousDevelopment of the artwork
International Film Festival RotterdamFinancial support
Irma de VriesDevelopment of the artwork
Jan ZoetParticipation in realising artwork
Janinne van ErkParticipation in realising artwork
Jasper van der MadeTechnical realisation
Klaas van GorkumDevelopment of the artwork , Reporting in image
Lauren DyerDevelopment of the artwork
Lily DerksenParticipation in realising artwork
Liske RomboutsProduction
Malou Elshout,Development of the artwork
Marten WintersDevelopment of artwork concept , Development of the artwork , Image editing
Marvin BrowneDevelopment of the artwork
Michiel van IerselParticipation in realising artwork
Monya El-KharkoumiParticipation in realising artwork
Nadja van LuijkDevelopment of the artwork
Nannet SnijdersParticipation in realising artwork
Nico Janssen.Participation in realising artwork
Nynke Sarah VerdonerDevelopment of the artwork
Ramón MosterdProduction, Communication
Robert de HaasParticipation in realising artwork
Roel MeelkopTechnical advice
Roger TeeuwenSpatial design
Sandra den HamerParticipation in realising artwork
Sietse MeijerCommunication
Tent.Creating space
Thomas Meijer zu SlochterenParticipation in realising artwork
Tom van der LooTechnical realisation
Wilfried LenzParticipation in realising artwork
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