Research Lab: Gerrit Rietveld Academie: Bodies

The body, that mysterious vehicle sustaining us, that bunch of flesh, blood, spirit and soul, is the starting-point for research by students of VAV, the Rietveld Academy’s department of the moving image. The result can be seen in the spaces of the Close-Up exhibition, which presents the work of a new generation of film and video artists.

The students approached the body from various angles. There is the body that fuses with digital tools and gadgets like the smart phone and the tablet, as a kind of foreshadowing of the cyborg future that may be in store for us; there is the body expressing emotions, as through dance and movement; and there is the body as a vulnerable object, in need of love and attention to keep developing.

Bodies takes the body to the audience with an installation in the group exhibition Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. The contribution is part of the Research Lab series. Every two weeks EYE invites students from Dutch art schools or other academies to present work. The focus is on the research process, if relevant using EYE’s collections.

The screening starts at 7.15 pm in Cinema 2 and continues an hour later in the exhibition space with the new presentation of the Research Lab. The exhibition Close-Up will be open until 9 pm for visitors of the Research Lab. 

English spoken.