Frances-Marie Uitti, Marinus Boezem, Oudekerk, Amsterdam

Frances-Marie Uitti and Marinus Boezem were recently at Amsterdam’s Oudekerk for “The Weather”, a performance of music and weather map projections. I photographed the dress rehearsal. It was a long day, very cold but completely, totally mesmerising.

Frances-Marie Uitti

As Stephen Brookes wrote in the Washington Post, “The spectacularly gifted cellist Frances-Marie Uitti has made a career out of demolishing musical boundaries. She has developed new techniques (most famously, playing with two bows simultaneously), collaborated with a who’s who of contemporary composers, and pushed the cello into realms of unexpected beauty and expression…Uitti showed why she might be the most interesting cellist on the planet.”

Frances-Marie Uitti has used over 75 different tunings in her compositions using her two bow technique, each producing new harmonic possibilities and exotic timbres plus a polyphony and independence of voices that her previous work with a single curved bow couldn’t obtain. She also founded the Bhutan Music Foundation which supports traditional music from Bhutan, music education inside of Bhutan, and various outreach programs.

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Marinus Boezem

Marinus Boezem is known for his radical view of art and his works in public space. Together with Wim T. Schippers, Ger van Elk and Jan Dibbets, Boezem is seen as one of the main representatives of conceptual art and arte povera in the Netherlands in the late 1960s.

In the 1980s he worked on several major projects in which the landscape plays an important role. His greatest and most important project in this period is The Green Cathedral (1978–1987). For this artwork, 174 Italian poplars were planted in a polder landscape in Flevoland. The trees reproduce the floorplan of the Gothic Cathedral of Reims. Many of Boezem’s spatial works can be placed in the tradition of Land Art. Motifs such as landscapes, space, climate, light, air and cartography play a central role in Boezem’s oeuvre. In the 1990s, he made several video works and also many public space sculptures.

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