Film and video

 

La visione, 2018

La visione, 2018
Digital film loop: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9, colour, 1’36”
approx. 300 x 530 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / La visione is one of the many film loops Van Warmerdam made recently while during a longer stay in Rome. One might describe the motif in this work as “appearing” and “disappearing”. The camera plays with the aura of bright sunlight behind the statue of an angel. About her work, the artist says: ‘It’s important to me that the work moves in some way or another, either literally or figuratively. I’m looking for clarity, too – for a simple image that intensifies for example through repetition.’

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Overlap, 2017

Overlap, 2017
Digital film loop: H264, aspect ratio 16:9, colour, 0’49”
approx.150 x 265 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / MvW: ‘In high school I struggled with mathematics. I simply did not get it at all and I failed my final exam. Despite this misery, and it was misery, I can be grateful to mathematics since there is one concept from that class that I still remember: the subset. Imagine two circles crossing with a shared space in the middle that can be small or quite large. This area of overlap is what you call the subset. Recently, to my delight I saw this concept in action on the street. It was right outside my house. I ran out with my camera and the wind did the rest.’

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Fast Forward, 2016

Fast Forward, 2016
Digital film loop: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9, colour, 3’04”
approx. 250 x 445 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / MvW: ‘In the fall of 1995, I took the course History of documentary at the New School in New York. I could hardly believe what I saw during the first lectures: Lumière, Flaherty, Vertov and so on. It was somehow so close to what I’d made in the preceding years and yet I’d never even heard of them until that moment. Quite a shock! Particularly due to one scene in Robert Flaherty’s Nanook of the North.
A canoeist and a mother with children emerge from a canoe -followed by even more children and finally a dog too. They all appear like wonderful rabbits of various sizes out of a magician’s hat!
Nanook of the North made a deep impression on me at the time, and also when I recently watched this scene again. It even led me to make a new film, Fast Forward in which the journey itself is more important than the final destination.’

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Prague 24/7, 2015

Prague 24/7, 2015
Digital film loop: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9, colour, sound, 1’32”
approx. 122 x 217 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / In tourist shops, nothing is as fleeting as the trinkets that are supplemented once again every season with a new eye-catcher. Such as the thermal mug that reacts to differences in temperature; when filled, the heat of the coffee or tea makes an image appear. MvW: ‘After pouring in the hot tea, a panoramic cityscape gradually crawled up from the bottom to the top. I’d never previously seen a vertical film pass before my eyes.’

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Film and video

 

Monologue intérieur, 2013

Monologue intérieur, 2013
Digital film loop: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9, colour, 19’34”
approx. 200 x 355 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

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Couple in the distance, 2010

Couple in the distance, 2010
2x 35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 5’23” and 2’00”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm each
edition 1 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9

Note / The film loops Couple and In the distance are combined in this work and are projected on each side of a freestanding wall as an autonomous film sculpture. Two film loops of the same couple are shown from two angles.

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To be, 2009

To be, 2009
3 x digital film on DVD, 0’34”
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / ‘Laughing’ and ‘Loving’ have a similar sound. For Van Warmerdam, human existence consists mainly of these two things. MvW: ‘It’s above all a wish, but for me it has a great deal to do with “being”.’

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Onderweg (On the way), 2009

Onderweg (On the way), 2009
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 4’13”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9

Note / ‘An image is most attractive when it just looks normal, but conveys a sense that something’s not quite right,’ says Van Warmerdam

Onderweg – installatie (On the way – installation), 2009
installation with digital film loop, mobile French fries stand, light
52 inch LCD screen
cabin: 220 x 320 x 220 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam was invited by museum director Philip van den Bossche to make an outdoor piece for Beaufort 3, a triennial of contemporary art on the Belgian coast. She made the film Onderweg and installed it in a mobile snack bar. The self-explanatory nature of a Belgian fish and chips stand is counteracted on entering, when one unexpectedly sees a film of a boy on a bicycle, lost in thought.
MvW: ‘No chips with mayonnaise here, but a different kind of energy.’

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Het Grote Geheugen (The Big Memory), 2008

Het Grote Geheugen (The Big Memory), 2008
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 0’22”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9

Note / For the International Sculpture Exhibition Sonsbeek ’08, Van Warmerdam made a film of an eye that has developed over thousands of years, from the woolly mammoth to the contemporary elephant. By filming an omniscient eye, she creates an ode to seeing. MvW: ‘I heard recently that scientific study has shown that three quarters of the brain is reserved for seeing. I don’t know what the further implications of that are, but I do know that I also experience it as such.’

Het Grote Geheugen – sculptuur (The Big Memory – sculpture), 2008
sculpture for digital film loop
concrete, iron, wood, polyester, 52 inch LCD screen
270 x 160 x 420 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam wished to extend the cautious blinking of an elephant’s eye, which must have already witnessed so much throughout evolution, towards the present day by placing the film in a sculpture with an elongated roof.

Het Grote Geheugen – doek (The Big Memory – cloth), 2008
painted elephant cloth : digital print, paint on fabric
151 x 332 cm

Note / This elephant in the procession on the opening day of the Sonsbeek exhibition helped draw the public’s attention to the film sculpture Het grote geheugen in Sonsbeek Park. The cloth on the animal’s back shows a film still, which, in the context of the procession through the city of Arnhem, was intended mainly as a promotional element.

 

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Alpha, 2005

Alpha, 2005
digital film on DVD, sound, 2’00”
aspect ratio 4:3

Note / This film shows nothing more than the audible turning of empty pages in a book. MvW: ‘A beginning that is never filled in always contains a promise of how great it could be.’

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Imagine, 2003

Imagine, 2003
digital film on CD Rom, colour, 0’29”
approx. 210 x 280 cm
edition 3 +1 AP

Note / In this work a wooden merry-go-round horse runs along a sandy path. Fantasy and reality are united here by means of two films edited together. MvW: ‘Long ago I sat on a horse that refused to be hurried. After the umpteenth circle I pressed my cheek against the animal’s neck. As a little girl I saw the fairground crowd, the houses and my parents blur past in a strange first film made by the merry-go-round. Now and then as an artist I feel like this again when making a new film.’

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Knipoog (Wink), 2002

Knipoog (Wink), 2002
flat panel screening, digital film on CD Rom
approx. 30 x 40 cm

Note / As soon as the lift doors open, a woman on a screen looks you straight in the eye. You step into the lift, the doors close and you’re alone with her. Van Warmerdam imagined how it would be if the woman then gives you an encouraging wink.