EYE's Selected Artist's Moving Image
New work by Dutch artists and experimental filmmakers that was recently added to EYE’s collection. The programme includes short films by filmmakers like Martha Colburn, Michiel van Bakel and EYE's artist in residence Alexandra Navratil: both emerging artists and established names.
The new collection films are distributed by EYE and are also screened at international festivals. The programme highlights recent trends in the artist’s film and the short experimental film. Most of the filmmakers featured in the programme will be present for a Q&A.
Netherlands - 2017 - Johan Rijpma - 2 min.
From all sides gravity tugs at a plate falling to pieces. While the shards appear to expand into space, new connections suggest a kind of virtual union.
Kuwait, Netherlands, Lebanon - 2018 - Monira Al Qadiri - 16 min.
Al Qadiri explores her childhood in Kuwait and asks herself:"Were my parents conspiring with extraterrestrials?" Gradually reality dissolves like quicksand in this film dealing with paranoia, futuristic architecture, political culture, junk food, geopolitics, war and peace.
Netherlands, Lebanon, France - 2017 - Randa Maroufi - 13 min.
We are introduced to a group of people in an office space, but nothing appears to be in place. As the camera guides us through the rooms, our perception of this space changes. What does this office mean to this group of people having no official status?
We're All Here
Netherlands, United States - 2016 - Beny Wagner - 12 min.
Beny Wagner focuses on the sense of inexplicable loss and yearning for something unknown using two unexpected metaphors: camouflage and fossil fuels.
Western Wild... or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand
United States, Netherlands - 2018 - Martha Colburn - 9 min.
A richly textured documentary about a filmmaker preparing a film on the famous German author Karl May. The film subtly interweaves stop-motion animations, found footage and interviews, any of which are enough to rouse wanderlust.
Netherlands - 2017 - Roman Ermolaev - 7 min.
Holy Land flirts with the history and cultural codes of the Netherlands through a counterfeit Dutch ‘landscape’ that has been copied to evoke an experience of what it is like to live in this country.
The Night Side
Netherlands, Germany - 2016 - Alexandra Navratil - 4 min.
The large Agfa-Orwo plant in Wolfen-Bitterfeld shut down when East and West Germany merged and was transformed into a museum of film and industry almost overnight. A former employee worked for 25 years in the plant’s dark room and takes a long look at her hands.
Forest Paths (Forget Heidegger)
Netherlands - 2018 - Michiel van Bakel - 3 min
A twisted walk through a forest. Animated still photographs show movement and light on the forest paths that are normally invisible to the naked eye. Van Bakel made a 'scanner camera' able to augment human vision. What is the fundamental difference between the perception of a robot, an insect or a human being?
Calm shots of a seascape also examine optical colour mixing using various flicker effects. Shot on the exact spot in Greece that marked the country’s entrance into World War II.Elli is filmed in a fixed camera position overlooking the sea. The changing reflection of the light on the water visualizes that time passes. It's a seascape totally indifferent to the violence that took place and its role it played in history.
Three moments in time are captured in three layers of coloured imagery shown simultaneously. Combined, the layers form normal full-colour images of the elements through time. Simultaneously transitory elements – animals, people, machines – move through these scenes in single colours, leaving only a brief trace, as if they're memories or ghosts who have left behind their past, present or future.
Falling Frames is the first fragment of a series in which Langkamp explores the framing and visualization of three-dimensional perspective through the two-dimensional medium video, both technically as well as conceptually.
The film is inspired by the once huge and luxurious hotels in the former Eastern Bloc designed in the 1970s and 80s. Today their glamour is considered out of date, therefore most of the hotels have been shut down, renovated or demolished.
Liquid Solid explores the cinematic qualities of a freezing soap film. The footage for the film was shot during a residency in the sub-Arctic region of Finland. The single channel video Liquid Solid focusses on the conditions where the temperatures are around -20 degrees Celsius and all colour has disappeared from the soap film, it shows a precise montage of the accelerated freezing process of the soap films during which ice crystals grow into complex fractal-like patterns.
In a small village in the Finnish countryside there’s a TV-tower that resonates in the wind, in three different frequencies. This land mark plays a central role in Three Wavelengths, a short documentary video, exploring ideas of scale, distance and perception through a dialogue between two different perspectives in two different times, connected through the physical space and the family relation of the main characters.
Love is a human condition remarkably well suited for getting people into trouble with one another. “Thirty-Second Love Songs” is an animated short film contemplating the earthly issues of a divided family. The story is seen from the perspective of outer space and narrated in second person using tree pruning instructions as a metaphor for domestic peacekeeping.
The coffee table smokes a cigarette, the floor lamp looks over the shoulder of the lonesome boss laying on her sofa. In a series of short surrealistic vignettes, the viewer is invited into an inward-facing world. Themes as loneliness and oppression will be addressed in a on first sight light manner. Seen after each other the scenes create one storyline; a glimpse of an absurd yet maybe ordinary day in the life of main character Carlijn Fransen.