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.’

Sculpture and installation

 

New balls, please!, 2014

New balls, please!, 2014
multi channel sound installation with wood, glass, metal, speakers, sound equipment
sound recording 96Khz-24bit, 8’30”
approx. 280 x 1900 x 135 cm

Note / New balls, please! is a sound piece to which a sculpture has been added. The sound of bouncing tennis balls can be heard emanating from the work, with its zigzag-frontage and vibrating windowpanes. The installation is a response to the exceptionally tall windows in the Seitenlichtsaal at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf.

Sculpture and installation

 

Drop, 2012

Drop, 2012
multi channel sound installation for staircase
sound recording 96Khz-24bit, 2’38’’
variable dimensions
edition 2 + 1 AP

Note / MvW: ‘For Museo Serralves in Porto I made a new work Drop, in which a bouncing ping pong ball through sound boxes comes down a staircase. This sound installation connects two museum floors and invites a visitor to walk down the stairs to visit the second part of the exhibition.’

Sculpture and installation

 

Golf (Wave), 1997

Golf (Wave), 1997
sound, tape, tracks recorder, speakers
approx. 3.500 x 200 cm

Note / For a long corridor in the temporary accommodation of the Van Abbemuseum in Vonderweg in Eindhoven, Van Warmerdam made a soundtrack of oars breaking the water that moved through the corridor acoustically alongside the visitor.

Sculpture and installation

 

Namen en namen (Names and names), 1996

Namen en namen (Names and names), 1996
sound, tape, recorder, perspex, motor
23 x 47 x 47 cm
limited edition; series of unique pieces + 1 AP
issued by Haus of Prints Multiples and Drawings, Antwerp

Note / Artist Jan Rothuizen once sent Van Warmerdam a cassette tape on which he had asked various people in the street to say the name ‘Marijke van Warmerdam’. She then made a loop of this recording and turned it into a sound sculpture. It is the first tape in this edition of unique works. In the subsequent tapes the name Van Warmerdam was replaced by that of the person who bought the work. 20 copies eventually came into circulation; the production of this unlimited edition was halted on 31 December 2001 in accordance with an agreement made with the publisher.

Sculpture and installation

 

Brown bag, 1995

Brown bag, 1995
brown bag, sound, walkman with speakers, sound tape
41 x 21 x 13,5 cm

Note / Van Warmerdam was walking home through a park in New York with her shopping in a paper bag. A vagrant was sitting on a bench humming a continuous and melancholic tune. She decided to return to the park with a dictaphone to record his humming. Later she made a loop from the recording, placed the dictaphone in a New York brown paper bag and named the sculpture Brown bag.

Hidden works

 

Stropdas (Tie), 1995

Stropdas (Tie), 1995
tie, microphone, tape recorder, sound tape
147,5 x 9,5 cm

Note / For over twenty years Kees van Gelder has invited artists to make a tie on the occasion of their solo exhibition. For her first exhibition Van Warmerdam came up with a white tie with a microphone and a dictaphone for the inside pocket of the gallery owner, who was able to use it to record the comments of visitors at the opening. After the opening, the gallery owner used this tie again in 1997 at the opening of Van Warmerdam’s exhibition in the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Thus far the cassette recordings have never been made public

Film and video

 

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.’

Film and video

 

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.’

Film and video

 

Reservaat (Reserve), 2003

Reservaat (Reserve), 2003
film on DVD, colour, sound, 1’27”

Note / The Dutch television company VPRO devoted a programme to the opening of the new building of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. Van Warmerdam was commissioned to make a short film and she interpreted the museum as a place where unusual artefacts are preserved for future generations, just like exotic animals in a zoo. MvW: ‘I believe that a museum is comparable to a zoo, which has its pros and cons. I chose a giraffe because I’m also thinking of Jan Debbaut, who stuck his neck out to have this building built.’

Film and video

 

Koor (Choir), 1997

Koor (Choir), 1997
2 x 16 mm film loop, colour, sound, 6’39”
2 projectors, 2 loop systems, perfo machine, amplifier, speakers
approx. 77 x 104 cm / 400 x 575 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / For the exhibition ‘Mitenand’, which means ‘together’ in Swiss German, Van Warmerdam made a film of a choir performing a contemporary work by composer Roderik de Man. As companion piece she filmed a young man yodelling in the Swiss Alps. In Koor the footage of the choir, filmed from behind, is alternated with a shot that refers to the local yodelling tradition.

Film and video

 

Frame, 1997

Frame, 1997
in collaboration with Bregtje van der Haak
16 mm film loop, black and white, sound, 5’17″
projector, loop system, projection table, mini-disk, speakers
approx. 285 x 380 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / Together with Bregtje van der Haak, in New York Van Warmerdam interviewed Americans who had something to say about what ‘looking’ meant to them. One interviewee was able to think more clearly when he stared out the window of the train; another was afraid of looking someone straight in the eye. A number of these people were later asked to look out of a window for the film Frame.

Film and video

 

Voetbal (Football), 1995

Voetbal (Football), 1995
VHS, colour, sound, 9’02”
monitor: 52 cm diagonal, wooden pallet: 8 x 100 x 55 cm
edition 10 + 2 AP + 1 HC
added: DVD

Note / The artist got to know a number of people from a sports club for the film loop Sprong. There she heard of a boy at a Rotterdam football club who could balance a ball on his head for ten minutes. She sought him out and asked him to demonstrate that in front of her camera in a schoolyard.

Hidden works

 

Diving Ducks, 1994

Diving Ducks, 1994
bumpers in ‘ZAPP Magazine’, video, sound
quarterly magazine on video, nr 3/94
edition approx. 100 with initials on colour copy
publisher: ZAPP Magazine, Amsterdam

Note / Zapp Magazine invited Van Warmerdam to show a fragment of one of her films in this video magazine. Instead of showing a film fragment, she conceived the work Diving ducks. For this she filmed ducks in the canal that make a plopping sound as they dive underwater. A diving duck – complete with plop – was placed as a bumper between each of the magazine’s video chapters.

Film and video

 

Fiets (Bicycle), 1994

Fiets (Bicycle), 1994
VHS, colour, sound, 2’12”
monitor, 8 bricks, wooden shelf
monitor: 52 cm diagonal / bricks and shelf: 15 x 62 x 45 cm
edition 10 + 2 AP
added: DVD

Note / Van Warmerdam videoed a rehearsal of the performance Bicycle the day before the opening of the ‘Caravanserail’ exhibition. The ringing of the church bells was not in the script, but Van Warmerdam was delighted to record it in the video.

Film and video

 

Vliegtuigen (Aeroplanes), 1994

Vliegtuigen (Aeroplanes), 1994
16 mm film loop, colour, sound, 7’55”
projector, loop system, projection table, speakers
approx. 240 x 320 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 4:3

Note / For the exhibition ‘Ik & de Ander’ in the former Berlage stock exchange building in Amsterdam, the initiators Ine Gevers and Jeanne van Heeswijk asked participating artists to make a work that referred to the ‘I and the other’. Van Warmerdam decided to make a work in which no people are present, but instead to ‘react in the opposite direction’, as she herself put it. An aircraft seemed suitable to her, ‘… all the more so because it is actually full of people’.

Film and video

 

Sprong (Jump), 1994

Sprong (Jump), 1994
16 mm film loop, colour, sound, 2’04″
projector, loop system, projection table, speakers
approx. 400 x 300 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP

Note / Van Warmerdam made a film about repetition for the exhibition ‘Watt’ in Centrum Witte de With in Rotterdam. The central figure Watt, from the book of the same name by Samuel Beckett, is characterized as someone who used repetition in an almost hypnotic manner.