Photo: Maartje Blijdenstein




Walk with Incense

project and performance, Paradiso and SKOR, Amsterdam
duration performance 2 hours

Walk with Incense is a project developed on the invitation of Paradiso and SKOR for the festival Love in the City. Mariëlle Videler explored the area of the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. This popular square is always very crowded but there are almost no people living in the buildings around the square anymore. What happens with the ‘hart’ of the city when local residents move away? At first Videler developed a plan where she would live as resident number 10 on the square in a police container. This plan stayed unrealised and she decided to use invisible means, smell, to stimulate the senses in order to activate associations and feelings of love. She found the priest of a church, Vredeskerk, willing to cooperate on the project and she was allowed to use the churches incense holders. Before departure from the church the incense was laid on the censers and consecrated by the priest. After that Videler made a walk together with a group of women - ex-prostitutes - to and around the Leidseplein. While walking these women spread the incense and ended the consecration with distributing and lighting of incense-sticks on the square.

Photo: Maartje Blijdenstein
Photo: Maartje Blijdenstein