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Close-Up

A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands
Exhibition
31 January through 22 May 2016

From 31 January to 22 May, 2016, EYE presented the exhibition Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. This group exhibition featured numerous recent film and video works and spatial installations by a new generation of filmmakers and artists in the Netherlands, who are breaking down the barriers between film, video and visual art. The participating artists were: Melanie Bonajo, Felix Burger, Helen Dowling, Zachary Formwalt, Mariska de Groot, Hamza Halloubi, Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña, Amos Mulder, Florian & Michael Quistrebert, Janis Rafa, belit sağ, Joris Strijbos & Matthijs Munnik, Lichun Tseng and David Verbeek.

Dutch film and video art has undergone significant development in recent years. A highly productive new generation of makers is breaking down the barriers between film, video and visual art. They create works for single screens, for multiple screens and for big spatial installations that incorporate moving images.

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The exhibition at EYE offered an impression of the broad spectrum of developments and artistic approaches to the medium of film. For example, in her performative projects Melanie Bonajo examines the changing relationship of modern man to his surroundings and looks at enigmatic occult rituals. In his work Zachary Formwalt studies the complex relation between history, economy and image production. And in similarly surprising images, Janis Rafa shows catastrophes whose causes remain ambiguous. 

Also on display were films that evoke sensual illusions that hallucinate (Helen Dowling, Amos Mulder), alongside installations based on extensive scientific and technological research, and featuring sound and light as important elements (Strijbos and Munnik). Social involvement sets the tone in the works of belit sağ and Hamza Halloubi. Their poetic meditations reflect on the current situation in the Islamic world.

Some artists and filmmakers study human perception, examine and analyse contemporary visual culture (Florian & Michael Quistrebert), push to the extreme the tension between fiction and reality, or create a universe all of their own making (Felix Burger, Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña).

Attention: this exhibition was on display from 31 January through 22 May 2016.

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Artist and composer Mariska de Groot has developed an installation with light projections on a large number of rotating disks, which calls to mind the devices of the pre-cinema era. These projections set up an intriguing shadow show of graphic patterns, movement and reflections on the wall. Light frequencies are captured by light-sensitive speakers that then transform them into sound. In addition, the exhibition included surprising installations by makers best known for their (feature) films for the cinema, such as new installations by filmmakers David Verbeek and Lichun Tseng.

With this exhibition, EYE provided a platform for younger talents, and every two weeks it also invited one of the Dutch art academies to present work by a number of talented students in a special research lab.

participating artists

Amos Mulder (1982, Hoogeveen, NL)
Don’s Dream, 2014
HD video, CinemaScope, sound, 5’24”
The film is made with found footage, pictures from Library of Congress, Washington and NASA

Helen Dowling (1982, Windsor, GB)
The Burning Time Slideshow, 2015
Single channel HD video, sound, silver foil, 7’
Supported by: Mondriaan Fund

these are my friendly hands, 2013
Single channel HD video, sound, 6’
Supported by: Mondriaan Fund and Amsterdam Fund for the Arts
Courtesy of the artist and Galleria Artericambi, Verona

Melanie Bonajo
Night Soil – Economy of Love, 2015
Single channel HD video installation, sound, mixed media, 36’
Set design in collaboration with Clémence Seilles and Théo Demans
Special thanks to LIMA, Amsterdam
Courtesy AKINCI, Amsterdam

Florian & Michael Quistrebert (1976 & 1982, Nantes, FR)
Void Fires, 2015
3 channel HD video installation, no sound, 15’
Courtesy the artists, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam

Overlight Chrome 4, 2015
modelling paste, chrome car paint and leds on burlap on wood panel
Courtesy the artists, Galerie Juliètte Jongma, Amsterdam

Overlight S2E6, 2015
modeling paste, chrome car paint and leds on wood panel, iron frame
Courtesy the artists, Galerie Julliètte Jongma, Amsterdam and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

Overlight S2E9, 2015
modeling paste, chrome car paint and leds on burlap on wood panel, iron frame
Courtesy the artists, Galerie Julliètte Jongma, Amsterdam and Galerie Crèvecoeur, Paris

Janis Rafa (1984, Athens, GR)
Requiem to a Shipwreck, 2014
Single channel HD video, sound, 11’
Cinematography: Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC
Sound: Aris Athanasopoulos
Giuseppe Verdi, Marcia Funebre, performed by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality
Mandras-Eidillias
Supported by: Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam; Alexander S. Onassis
Foundation, Vaduz (Liechtenstein); municipality of Mandras-Eidillias

Requiem to a Fatal Incident, 2015
Single channel HD video, sound, 5’
Cinematography: Thodoros Mihopoulos GSC
Sound: Aris Athanasopoulos
Sets: Brigitte & Phaidon Sofianos | Mabrida Studios Athens
Supported by: Amsterdam Fund for the Arts; Mondriaan Fund
Courtesy Galerie Martin van Zomeren, Amsterdam

Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León (1980, Santiago de Chile & 1980, Concepción, CL)
Los Andes, 2012-2016
HD video, sound, 4’, mixed media
Courtesy Upstream Gallery, Amsterdam

Felix Burger (1982, Munich, DE)
Weißer Zwerg (collection), 2016
Installation with video projection, sound, mixed media
Courtesy Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam
A second part of this project is on show in the exhibition Hacking Habitat, Art of Control,
Wolvenplein prison, Utrecht (26 February – 6 June 2016)

David Verbeek (1980, Amsterdam, NL)
Full Contact, 2016
2 channel CinemaScope HD video, sound, 8’
Producer: Lemming Film, Jaako Dobra Produkcija
Courtesy Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam
The feature film Full Contact is showing in Dutch cinemas from the end of March.

Zachary Formwalt (1979, Albany, Georgia, US)
Unsupported Transit, 2011
Single channel HD video, sound, 14’25”

Mariska de Groot (1982, Apeldoorn, NL)
CineChine, 2012-2016
Light and sound installation

Lichun Tseng (1979, Taipei, TW)
jianjian, 2016
3x16mm loop installation, colour and black-and-white, sound, total length unspecified
Soundtrack: Robert Kroos
Made possible by DKC Rotterdam, WORM and Filmwerkplaats, Rotterdam

belit sağ  (1980, Nazilli, TR)
and the image gazes back, 2014
Single channel HD video, sound, 10’30”

Joris Strijbos & Matthijs Munnik (1981, Zaanstad; 1989, Leeuwarden, NL)
U-AV, 2015
Installation with HD video and high-power LED, sound
Supported by the Sonic Acts Festival

Hamza Halloubi (1982, Tanger, MA)

Un après-midi à Larache, 2015-2016
HD video, sound
Courtesy of the artist

Drunk in Tunis, 2015                                                    
Artist’s book
Courtesy of the artist

1948, 2016
Laser print on paper
Courtesy of the artist

Untitled, 2002/2015
Acrylic and oil on canvas
Courtesy of the artist

films, talks, events

Every two weeks, an (art) academy organized a presentation in a specially reserved space in the exhibition. Most of these presentations featured the results of an extensive study, and may have included material from the EYE collection.

In conjunction with Close Up, The One Minutes invited Felix Burger, Janis Rafa, Helen Dowling and Melanie Bonajo to compile a series of one-minute films. The series premiered at EYE during an entire evening’s programme put together by each artist. The three programmes were then shown in the twenty museums and cultural organizations that are subscribed to The One Minutes.

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