THIS SPACE NEEDS CARE & CLEANING
After designing the meditation floor for 84 Steps at Kunstinstituut Melly I looked for a way to stay present and to connect the floor with Daily Practice at de Volmarijnstraat. In Daily Practice I clean a lot. I clean for the visitors and for the artwork. It means: You, who will visit, are important, I clean the floor for you. It means also: Artist, the work you show here is important to take care of. I decided to regularly clean the floor at 84 Steps. To clean the floor for others to sit on is a deed of hospitality. It also seemed something I could fulfill: I live and work in Rotterdam, in walking -or cycling – distance to Kunstinstituut Melly.
What becomes visible if you give space and attention to life itself: Meditation. You do not only sweep the floor for something to take place on it, the sweeping itself is of equal matter, an event itself. Cleaning the meditation floor at Melly means, apart from welcoming the visitor, that there is ongoing contact with the floor and the space. That it isn’t ‘done’ after the opening. It is about taking care and about connecting again and again. Each time after cleaning I take a photo with my smartphone of a detail of the dust and then of the dust pan as a whole. Together with the date it becomes a collection of time passing. Find at ‘images’ a selection.
Luuk Smits -Joshua Leon