Opening: Swarming Chants (3x3: Jan Adriaans I)

This evening we will open 'Swarming Chants', an installation by Jan Adriaans, as well as launch his first 3x3 experiment in our series.

May 2019
18:00 to 21:00
location: V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media

‘Swarming Chants’ is based on sound recordings of various football fans from across Europe. The work explores how their chants spontaneously erupt during football matches and become a collective singing voice. Adriaans exposes the power of this collective voice by turning its swarm dynamics and affective impact into a unique sonic experience, which also evokes the peculiar vocal power of operatic choirs. 

This installation is part of 'Post-Opera', a project initiated and curated by Kris Dittel and Jelena Novak. 


Contemporary art spaces TENT Rotterdam, V2_ Lab for the unstable media and Operadagen Rotterdam join forces for a collaboration resulting in a programme of live performances, a symposium and two exhibitions. Cross-connecting the perspectives of visual art, technology and opera, Post-Opera explores the changing relationship between the human body and the voice today.

Swarming Chants is on view until May 26. The exhibition Post-Opera at Tent is on view until June 30. For more information click here.


Experiments are an essential part of every art practice. Even more than the end results, experiments, bèta versions and try-outs offer an inside look on how an artist thinks and works. Therefore, the experiment is made central in 3x3.

V2_ offers three artists the space, time and resources to develop three experiments. Every first Friday evening of the month the public can witness one of these experiments live. A unique experience, since no one knows what experiments will lead to…

Jan Adriaans

Jan Adriaans is a visual artist who through video, sound and performance, shows the idea of a human as an independently operating entity as an illusion. By drawing a parallel with the animal, the set of constraints we are subjected to become more apparent. The human Self; a mechanism without free will, but with the capacity to form narratives as a political force.

Adriaans’ often uses the camera to capture modes of behaviour within specific power relations, in an attempt to cut through to the overlap of social and neurological patterns and abstractions in the emergence of thought. Art can make these patterns tangible and detectible through its aesthetic representations.


Every Friday the Kunstblock art venues in the Witte de Withkwartier are open in the evening. Visit MAMA, TENT, WORM, V2_, Lab for the Unstable Media, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art and CBK Rotterdam’s collection of art in the public space.

Time & Entrance

Walk in from 18:00h, opening at 19:00h. Entrance is free.

Jan Adriaan's presentation is made possibly by the Mondriaan Fund, CBK Rotterdam, TENT, Operadagen Rotterdam, CESEM – Centre for the Study of the Sociology and Aesthetics of Music, NOVA FCSH – NOVA School of Social Sciences and Humanities, Culture Ireland en FCT – Foundation for Science and Technology. Additionally Post-Opera is supported by Stichting Stokroos, Fonds Podiumkunsten and Culture Ireland.

Swarming Chants act 1 from Jan Adriaans on Vimeo.

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