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Close-Up

A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands

exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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.

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.

exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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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exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
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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).

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.

exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut

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exhibition interior Close-Up (© Studio Hans Wilschut)
© Studio Hans Wilschut
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Films, talks & more

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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