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The Park

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'The Park' is based upon a single shot video registration depicting a wide range of free time activities within the scenery of Zongshan Park, Xiamen, China.



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Video, 2014 - 2015 10 min.

Even though we try to focus on every aspect noticeable to us, the presented (reality) will always leave us with questions. The drive to understand and to connect and the actions taken, is what defines our human state. To me, art is a way to keep on developing new vocabulary that not only deals with certain aspects of our reality, but also the various positions that are taken within, revealing the underlying struggles that come with that. 'The Park' is based upon a single shot video registration depicting a wide range of free time activities within the scenery of Zongshan Park, Xiamen, China. Cut up and rearranged it's focus lies on the experience of a surrounding as a whole and the impossibility to detect detail doing so and with that, on notions regarding reality and understanding. It attends every aspect regarding the scenery, back and front, highlighting certain happenings by zooming in on various scenes. Some scenes are presented mirrored to offer a fresh look on the same happening. Within the fragmentation the connected whole stays in mind: the key to this lies in recognizing a certain moment in time, in this case within the sound: the call of a vendor selling soja...




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Being invited for an artist residency at the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, I immersed myself in the way the country and it’s history was portrayed by western tourists, before I visited China. I came across old private movies and (outdated) documentaries. Being aware of the fact that the outside vision is restricted, this was the starting point for my investigation regarding the complex interplay of various factors that play a part when it comes to creating an understanding about something we’re not familiar with. Even during the residency, when I was walking the streets or tried to communicate, it was hard to comprehend what I encountered. Comprehension seemed to reach me through indirect communication.

Photo: Total installation '40 Titles II', Cacaofabriek, NL, 2015


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