Film and video

 

Light, 2010

Light, 2010
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 1’30”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9
N.B. Light is part of Life, a concert in collaboration with composer Louis Andriessen with four films.

Note / The artist’s hand slides across the slats of closed Venetian blinds, allowing light into the room. The end of the film shows an uncontrollable burst of light entering the space. Van Warmerdam reacts to the work In the distance, and in Light she gives ‘looking into the distance’ a more abstract form. MvW: ‘To me, the light that blinds you at the end of the film is an anticipation of what eventually awaits us all.’

Film and video

 

In the distance, 2010

In the distance, 2010
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 2’00”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9
N.B. In the distance is part of Life, a concert in collaboration with composer Louis Andriessen with four films.

Note / Drops of condensation roll down a windowpane before the artist’s hand wipes them away, clearing the view and revealing the relaxed elderly couple in the distance. MvW: ‘With their blurred and un-blurred existence far away, I wanted to emphasize the notion of temporality and the end of time.’

Film and video

 

Couple, 2010

Couple, 2010
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 5’23”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9
N.B. Couple is part of Life, a concert in collaboration with composer Louis Andriessen with four films.

Note / Curator Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen once photographed the former museum director Bram Hammacher and his wife while they rested on a bench in the Giardini di Venezia during a visit to the Biennale. In response to this, Van Warmerdam made the film loop Couple, in which the camera traces a circular motion above and beneath them, sometimes in a distinct close-up, sometimes viewed from a distance or from above.

Film and video

 

Wind, 2010

Wind, 2010
35 mm film loop, aspect ratio 4:3, colour, 5’03”
projector, loop system
approx. 300 x 400 cm
edition 3 + 1 AP
added: ProRes 422 HQ, aspect ratio 16:9
N.B. Wind is part of Life, a concert in collaboration with composer Louis Andriessen with four films

Note / This film was made in response to wagonloads of autumn leaves that Van Warmerdam saw being delivered to a coastal town somewhere in Belgium. Shortly afterwards she collected leaves on the Elswout country estate near Haarlem and laid them out to dry on the floor of her studio. She used them for the film loop Wind, which opens with leaves being lifted up and blown along, carried by gusts of wind in a deserted industrial environment. MvW: ‘A lone feather is whisked away on a sudden breeze, which to me makes this my most narrative film so far. Fortunately, just before the end of the film, the feather is completely reabsorbed into the mass of blowing leaves; not much happened.’