De Fluyt en de Hoi #5: Tide and Current Taxi Rotterdam

24 July 2019, 5.30pm
Marie Lorenz


In this delightful sailing weather, Marie Lorenz will cross the Atlantic to bring her project Tide and Current Taxi to Rotterdam. Please join us for a talk with the artist on Wednesday July 24.

The Tide and Current Taxi is a rowboat taxi operated by the artist Marie Lorenz. Each trip coincides with strong tidal currents and is documented online. The Tide and Current Taxi has operated since 2005, using small plywood boats designed and handmade by the artist, and provides an unexpected view of the New York harbor. The boat and passengers become part of the landscape, floating with the tide, disconnected from routine to create something new out of something familiar. Understanding how the tide works can unlock secret geographies; the city becomes a shifting network of passages, the interaction of manmade and planetary forces.

This July, Marie Lorenz will build a new boat in Rib, where it will be displayed until the end of 2019 as part of De Fluyt en de Hoi. In 2020 she will return to navigate the tides through the port and canals. The project’s representation online will draw parallels between ancient tidal networks and new digital pathways. It will bring the mystery of exploration into physical space, to engage participants whether they are seeing the boat in the gallery or following the web-log at their computer.

The Tide and Current Taxi Rotterdam is the response to an invitation from De Fluyt en de Hoi, a program developed and guided by Paul Elliman. For De Fluyt en de Hoi, Elliman has asked a group of artists to respond to his directive to explore the life of Rib’s building along with the Charlois neighborhood and the city surrounding it. Throughout the course of the year, the group will overlap and contribute collectively to the functioning of the building and its outer extensions as a developing social composition within and as part of its environment. Based around a specific street address and what happens within and nearby, De Fluyt en de Hoi attempts to extend a motivating interest that Elliman shares with the participating artists, “that art can appear in the functioning form of any of those parts of the world that it might claim to be reporting or establishing a connection with”.


Marie Lorenz (1973, US), who lives and works in New York City, roots her work in exploration and narrative. In her ongoing project The Tide and Current Taxi, Lorenz takes participants through New York waterways in boats that she designs and builds, using tidal current to propel the boat. Recent solo exhibitions include Marie Lorenz: Ezekia at Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, Flow Pool at Recess Activities, New York, The Valley of Dry Bones at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Wanderlust at High Line Art, and Erie Canal at the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York, an exhibition about her month-long journey down the Erie Canal. Group shows include Providence, at Musee International des Arts Modestes, Sete, France, Future Nature at Jack Hanley Gallery, New York, Public Works: Artists’ Interventions 1970s – Now at Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, CA, Arcadia: Thoughts on the Contemporary Pastoral curated by Steve Locke at Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA. Residencies include International Artist-In-Residence at Artpace, San Antonio, Texas, and John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome. Lorenz received a B.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from Yale and is represented by Jack Hanley Gallery in New York.

Paul Elliman (1961, UK) is an artist based in London. His work follows language through many of its social and technological guises, where typography, human voice and bodily gestures emerge as part of a direct correspondence with other visible forms and sounds of the city. His work has been exhibited internationally in many solo and group exhibitions, including Century City, the inaugural exhibition for Tate Modern, London, UK (2001), Unmonumental at the New Museum, New York, USA (2008); Ecstatic Alphabets at MoMA, New York, USA (2012) Objectif Antwerp (2014); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, (2017); and the Liverpool Biennial (2018). Elliman has been a Yale School of Art faculty since 1997, a long term visiting critic and advisor for Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem since 2000, and was a tutor and advisor for the (temporary) Master of Voice MFA at the Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam, 2016–18.

Supported by Gemeente Rotterdam, Mondriaan Fund, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund
Additionally Mondriaan Fund Experimenteerregeling contributed to the honorarium of the artist