Intersection of film and visual art
Since the opening of the new Eye Filmmuseum in Amsterdam-North, it has developed an exhibition programme that investigates what cinema can be beyond the ‘standard’ movie picture. Film as art, film as the seventh art. Exhibitions that focus on the intersection of film and visual art, showcasing both filmmakers and visual artists. Eye has made exhibitions with artists like Ryoji Ikeda, William Kentridge, Hito Steyerl, Anthony McCall, Fiona Tan, Jesper Just, Isaac Julien and Francis Alÿs, and also with film artists like Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wang Bing, Alex van Warmerdam and Chantal Akerman, and with film directors who had not previously made work for three-dimensional space, among them Béla Tarr. In addition, Eye consistently considers the question of how to exhibit film, as was clearly demonstrated in shows devoted to the work of figures like Andrei Tarkovsky, Michelangelo Antonioni and Oskar Fischinger.
It is notable that over the past two decades the fringe area between film and visual art has gradually become less clearly defined. Not only do many visual artists make use of the medium of film, but conversely, more and more film directors are discovering the use of three-dimensional space instead of the two-dimensional cinema screen.