performance, notebook, video, folding paper, cranes

Above: a video of me folding three cranes

I wanted to experience what it felt like to commit myself to an action that would cost a lot of time and effort, but would not (necessarily) generate any profit in any form from it. Being asked to come up with a new work or idea for the exhibition Diep Gaan (Going Deep), I came up with the plan to have my very own senbazuru; the Japanese tradition of folding a 1000 origami cranes for luck or good health. I personally don't believe you can force luck or health upon yourself by doing something relatively irrelevant to your cause. But I did think this was going to be a good way to test my patience and perseverance. Senbazuru is also done amongst couples who are about to get married. If you can fold a 1000 cranes together, you would be able to withstand the difficulties of marriage. I decided to find out if I could withstand the difficulties of being stuck with just me and a lot of folding paper.

It took 16 days to fold all cranes. I kept track of my progress using a notebook; all cranes were numbered and the date and time of their completion was written down. Also, all cranes were documented in pictures through >this account on Instagram<. The performance was done as part of the exhibition Diep Gaan (Going Deep) at Galerie Sanaa, Utrecht, as part of the cultural program of the Tour de France, 2015.


This project is supported by the Mondriaan Fund.