Gijs van Bon


Skryf the sand writer moves forward,
leaving a stream of letters behind him.
Skryf refers to the fact that everything is transitory.
An almost irrelevant pile of sand creates the magic of the word.

Human beings, nature and the passage of time are responsible for the disintegration of the word again. Sometimes very quickly, sometimes very slow. Like sand through your fingers ....

Skryf writes with sand text on the ground. Out of a small manipulated opening the sand is flowing. Very slowly it puts the text letter by letter on the ground. As long as the machine is writing a letter, the machine protects that part of the text. When the machine has finished the letter, it continues with the next part of the text and reveals the text just written to the elements and the passers-by. Slowly the written text will get affected by the weather and audience and will disappear, slowly.

Skryf can write a long text on a street or on a path. The text can include one word or a whole story and it varies from big to small letters. Skryf can write outdoors, and this provides a slightly rawer and faster transient text, or indoors, where the text is quite tight, subtle and just can persist long.

Facts & Figures

  • outdoor | indoor
  • walk act
  • language no problem
  • suitable for all ages
  • 240 minutes
  • 1 x per day
  • Eindhoven (NL)
  • Website

Gijs van Bon is widely known for his abstract kinetic artworks, light art, and time-specific art installations. In his highly conceptual yet decidedly physical works, elements of technology, art and theatrical performance seamlessly intersect. Van Bon makes use of an ever-growing repertoire of technical inventions and materials to design his slowly moving and carefully choreographed objects. These multidisciplinary objects and installations often ‘come to life’, becoming autonomous, theatrical events in and of themselves. Both his smaller and larger-scale pieces invite viewers to look closer while simultaneously expanding their notions of time, language and space.

Van Bon (1975) attended Design Academy Eindhoven and received his advanced training at HKU at the Department of theatre Design. From 2001 onward, his work has been shown in galleries, art centres and at events and festivals all over the world. Van Bon lives in Nuenen and works in his dynamic studio ‘La Citta Mobile’ in the city of Eindhoven among other artists and designers.

Artistic creation   Gijs van Bon
Performers   Gijs van Bon, Benno Hartjes, Bram Duijf, Friso Modderman, Parker Hertzberger

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