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Monique Besten

http://www.moniquebesten.nl

, Netherlands
I am an artist/writer researching notions of home by moving through the world in search of big & small stories, making connections between the past and future, people, different fields of life & media, building virtual bridges in a time where there is a need to develop a collective idea of how we have to shape our future in order to survive. I believe that stories can lead the way. My focus has been on long performative walking projects. I write for The Dark Mountain Project and teach at HKU/NL

The Wanderer


A story about becoming

The Wanderer


A story about becoming
an entity travels the world of ideas and takes shape, changes appearance according to the places “it” spends time in
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Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The traveller was born out of words. When they* came into being they didn’t have clear features yet. The traveller wasn’t male or female, old or young. They seemed to be human. They tried to find out what that means. The traveller was born in a time when more people than ever are on the move, for pleasure, for safety, for work. Looking for a place to live, spend time, be. The traveller didn’t know why they were travelling. It is how they found out what the world is like, can be like, should be like. The traveller was born out of urgency. That was the first word. Before they headed off, they packed some other words. Airplane. Feet. Time machine. Horse. Road. Internet. River. Temple. Forest. Shelter. Exterior. City. In the beginning there were ideas. They were dwelling places. The traveller spent time in all of them, slowly growing, changing, becoming. Moving from one to the other, mirroring them, absorbing them. They became a map. A map for the future.
* they = gender neutral



A Soft Armour: https://dark-mountain.net/a-soft-armour/

The One Million Star Hotel: https://asoftarmour6.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-one-million-star-hotel.html

Remember: https://themiddleofnothing.blogspot.com/

Room: https://exercisesinbeinghere.blogspot.com/2015/06/room.html

The heart of a city: http://exercisesinbeinghere.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-heart-of-city.html

The Wanderer


A story about becoming

The Wanderer


A story about becoming
an entity travels the world of ideas and takes shape, changes appearance according to the places “it” spends time in
File under
Type of project
  • Systemic changes

The traveller was born out of words. When they* came into being they didn’t have clear features yet. The traveller wasn’t male or female, old or young. They seemed to be human. They tried to find out what that means. The traveller was born in a time when more people than ever are on the move, for pleasure, for safety, for work. Looking for a place to live, spend time, be. The traveller didn’t know why they were travelling. It is how they found out what the world is like, can be like, should be like. The traveller was born out of urgency. That was the first word. Before they headed off, they packed some other words. Airplane. Feet. Time machine. Horse. Road. Internet. River. Temple. Forest. Shelter. Exterior. City. In the beginning there were ideas. They were dwelling places. The traveller spent time in all of them, slowly growing, changing, becoming. Moving from one to the other, mirroring them, absorbing them. They became a map. A map for the future.
* they = gender neutral



A Soft Armour: https://dark-mountain.net/a-soft-armour/

The One Million Star Hotel: https://asoftarmour6.blogspot.com/2015/11/the-one-million-star-hotel.html

Remember: https://themiddleofnothing.blogspot.com/

Room: https://exercisesinbeinghere.blogspot.com/2015/06/room.html

The heart of a city: http://exercisesinbeinghere.blogspot.com/2018/02/the-heart-of-city.html


Idea by

Monique Besten
Netherlands
I am an artist/writer researching notions of home by moving through the world in search of big & small stories, making connections between the past and future, people, different fields of life & media, building virtual bridges in a time where there is a need to develop a collective idea of how we have to shape our future in order to survive. I believe that stories can lead the way. My focus has been on long performative walking projects. I write for The Dark Mountain Project and teach at HKU/NL