“Art is the lie that reveals reality.” Jeroen Brouwers - “Culture, considered as a process, means acquiring a vast deal of useless knowledge, and then forgetting it.” Albert Jay Nock - “The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more.” Douglas Huebler - “In life and in art one has to begin each day anew.” Louis Couperus

Title: Radboudumc Mean Time
2016 - 2017

Project commissioned by the Radboudumc Centre for Oncology and the Gelder's centre for art and cultural knowledge, the KCG.

NIJMEGEN – When you are ill, time comes to a standstill, whereas healthcare employees often run out of time. The way that time is experienced is central to the plan developed by Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer, commissioned by the Radboudumc Oncology Centre. With the introduction of Radboudumc Mean Time, Langenberg & de Beer make people aware of the different time zones in which they function. How can patients, healthcare employees, and scientists enter one another's time zone?
The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has become known as the standard reference of the Greenwich meridian and co-ordinated world time, Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Langenberg & de Beer design a place where time in the hospital is calibrated, a place that will function as the heart of the Radboudumc Oncology Centre. The project, Radboudumc Mean Time also includes a programme of events centring around the way time is experienced.

This commission was developed in collaboration with KUNSTwerkt (ARTworks). KUNSTwerkt brings artists into contact with spatial, business-oriented and social issues. KUNSTwerkt is an initiative of Cultuurmij Oost (Culture Co. East), an expertise centre devoted to strengthening the relationship between culture and society.


Website KUNSTwerkt (Dutch only)

© Sjaak Langenberg & Rosé de Beer