features 14.01.13 Laurie Cluitmans & Arnisa Zeqo
We meet Zarina Bhimji at De Appel where she is completing the installation of the viewing room for her films Yellow Patch (2011) and Waiting (2007). She tells us she doesn’t like interviews, tries to avoid them even, yet her words are warm and the conversation inevitably moves towards her work.
Since his breakthrough during Manifesta 8 in Murcia, his work has been an undeniable hit on the international exhibition circuit. Neïl Beloufa makes films referring to such genres as sci-fi and thrillers, characterized by refreshing improvisations by amateur actors and screened in typically sculptural environments.
Creativity and the Capitalist City
Interview with Tino Buchholz
features 17.11.11 Nicola Bozzi
In a prologue of the Blicke Film Festival (Ruhr area, Germany), the Rottstrasse Gallery in Bochum is screening Creativity and the Capitalist City, a film about the search for creativity linked to struggles for affordable housing and working space in Amsterdam.
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen
12/02/11 - 08/05/11
Gabriel Lester is a practised poseur and commentator who is completely at home in the world of make-believe. Initially offering his commentaries about films in three-dimensional renderings of complex scenarios, he now works increasingly in film himself. The Boijmans Van Beuningen is presenting his first major retrospective.
An Interview with Nathaniel Mellors
13/10/10 Francis McKee
Deconstructivism is not his thing. The Amsterdam-based British filmmaker Nathaniel Mellors considers it a standard method, one that contemporary art all too often and easily falls back on. Give him the universal, profound and witty satire of the writer Rabelais. In De Hallen Haarlem, he is showing his latest film, Ourhouse.
Deimantas Narkevičius (1964, Utena, Lithuania), last year’s winner of The Vincent Award and one of the most important artists from Eastern Europe, makes idiosyncratic comments upon the drastic changes that have overcome his country and region since the fall of the Wall. On the occasion of a big solo exhibition in the Van Abbe Museum, a talk with the man who is trained as a sculptor, but is primarily known for his video work.
In an art world that no longer wants to believe in its own progressiveness, street photography, with its provocative sexual exhibitionism, seems to be taking over that role. It offers the romanticism of the photographer-artist who has access to worlds that viewers normally never frequent.
How to Live in a Game
Harun Farocki’s War Games
22/10/09 Pieter Van Bogaert
Immersion, the recent work by the German filmmaker and artist Harun Farocki, shows therapists using game technology in the treatment of traumatized soldiers. Shown last summer at SMART Project Space, the film was previously presented in Leuven, together with two earlier works by Farocki. Here, it was clear that Farocki had previously used war as a game with analogue, electronic and digital media, blurring the distinctions between virtual and actual reality.