Ephemeral Data (2019)

Ephemeral Data

The future of the internet is ephemeral. The internet is evolving from a worldwide archive machine into a global performance machine. Temporary, local and unique ephemeral content is becoming the new status quo. Today´s teenagers are already accustomed to this shift in digital culture.


Ephemeral Data is a performance that stretches across the full ten days of SPRING and visualises this shift. Ephemeral Data uses sand, the raw material from which fibre optics are made, to create a gigantic sand mandala representing a Google Maps image of the city of Utrecht. During the festival a group of performers will be creating the mandala inch by inch, grain by grain. On the final day of SPRING at 15:00 the performancers will wipe the sand mandala away. The only thing left will be a heap of sand.

Apart from a photo of the artwork (when nothing is created yet) and the end (when everything is erased) nothing will be visually documented of Ephemeral Data.
Documentation that can be found below is created with of by the visitors of Ephemeral Data without showing the actual artwork and creation process.


Premiere at: SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Location: Neude plein, Utrecht, The Netherlands
Duration: continuous
Erase moment: 25th of May 15:00



Ephemeral Data is made possible with the generous support:



2019, 12×11 meter
357 hours, 6 performers, 108 glass plates, 216 trestles, sand and 6 chakpurs.



Paul Schmidt
Thijs Veerman
Clémence Girard
Joana Ćuiko
Kevin Ruijters
Ward Bruning
Jana Wassenberg
Thami Joe Fischer
Caesár van Daal
Sietske de Vries
Jette van Ravesteyn
Marlise Trouwborst


Co-produced by

SPRING Performing Arts Festival


Made possible by

Creative Industries Fund NL
Municipality Utrecht
Fentener van Vlissingen Fonds
Stichting Stokroos

Photo 1 of 2: made before Ephemeral Data started

Instagram Stories concerning Ephemeral Data’s start.

Excerpts of daily audio recordings during Ephemeral Data

Instagram Story interview about Ephemeral Data with visitor