Toine Horvers: statement/history

"As an artist I observe, register, copy, imitate or translate situations, movements and processes of reality.
This representing of reality exists as a fully autonomous energy, at safe distance from my subjective thought and will.

In 1979, after graduating from art school - and inspired by the classical ballet lessons of Frank Polak, theater classes by Jan Ritsema and developments in performance, conceptual and minimal art - my artistic activities took on concrete form in a series of greatly slowed-down and taken to the extreme, movements of my body; movements that forced me to focus on the relationship between the changes in body shape and tension on the one hand, and space, time and gravity on the other.
After initial presentations in the artificial space and time of the theater, the challenge arose to confront my movements with the actual space of architecture and landscape, and the actual time of History and the natural movement of light and dark.
This gave rise to 'movement sculptures' which would sometimes extend across large distances of both space and time and for which I also invited other people to be part of a large communal gesture.
From the beginning, the movements assumed strict forms and patterns; forms which can also be found in ritual ceremonies or in children's games; lines, circles and patterns, repetitions, symmetries, contradictions, reversals and simultaneities.
Besides physical movements, also physical sound, such as voices and the rolling on drums,
became an important element in the expression of energy.

Energy, and its registration, was also the starting point and subject matter of drawings; firstly as the direct representation of movements of the body, and later as written deposits of linguistic and numeric data of movements in the actual world around me: reports on weather and water levels, history books and geographical and anatomical atlases.
These representations of space and time - based on published data - were followed by my own observations of situations and processes, described in words and sentences: language - as a part of reality and at the same time the ultimate abstraction of it - became the source and the subject matter of my work in both written and spoken form; text and voice are the tools I use to render my perception of space and time into space and time."

Toine Horvers' work includes voice performances (solo or many-voiced), hand-written drawings and books, and printed books in editions.
Recently published: 'Chartres, one hour of sound in a Gothic cathedral' published by Onomatopee and 'Mei, the sounds of birds in a dune valley at the head of the isle of Schouwen', number 143 in Zeeland's Slib-reeks.
Toine Horvers is the curator of performance events such as Words Live and Music and Film, and from 2004 to 2014 has organized the program of Sub Urban Video Lounge in Rotterdam.
Besides his own artistic practice Toine Horvers also participated in the performance of text-voice based works of other artists a.o. Marcus Bergner (Arf Arf), Rosie Heinrich, Hans Stevens, André Castro and the artists couple Doris Denekamp/Geert van Mil.