On Migration – Research Lab St. Joost Academy (28 Feb h 16.15)

In contemporary times, the concept of migration is playing a very important role. It is one of the main subjects in international politics as well as in the Dutch elections in March 2017. This topic is also of great interest to the master students of AKV|StJoost, partly because of the cultural diversity of the students and their temporary status as migrants in the Netherlands. Within the EYE Research Lab the students will reflect on the theme of migration, taking their own perspective and methodology as points of departure. In keeping with tradition of former presentations, students will show a broad spectrum of approaches and artistic modes.

Marko Peck’s artistic practice is based on his interest in international borders and the differences between their meaning and function in various parts of the world. In his work Defining Nationhood he shows borders in international settlements – towns that officially consist of two municipalities in two different countries but in practice form a single, continuously built-up area without any natural borders or evidence of prior fortification. These are common in the Benelux region, but are rare elsewhere.

In her practice Aubane Berthommé focuses on the intimacy and the policitics of gender and minority groups. Her work Their gaze is a black and white video which shows several people getting flour of various shades thrown in their faces. She sees this as a metaphor of how discrimination affects people.

People are moving, taking steps towards a better life. But do they really? Daleen Bloemers is using herself as a tool to discover what it’s like to be a human. The work she is showing now, called I wish I was an Air-dancer, is used as a metaphor for moving without getting anywhere.

Daan Muller is showing three excerpts from his 60 minute film called Cycling. We see the cyclist going nowhere, as fast as he can – sweat is dripping down his reddened face. The film is part of a series of work about purpose and purposelessness.

In her practice Vivian Bax is curious about the scripted behavior of people, which derives from her need to control. She uses observations in real life as a starting point. In her 5 minute short film The speeching man, Vivian Bax re-enacted a moment which once took place in the tram in The Hague.

Eric Patel is interested in how information streams influence our understanding of postcolonial human migration. His research involves an exploration of metadata, film footage and the database architecture of the Koloniaal Instituut archive. He will present the beginning stage of his findings in the work Stream Studies and discuss the development of his process as well as the central questions related to it.

Attempts to disappear is a 6 minutes long performative film about adaption, exhaustion and willpower in the harsh environment of the Arctic. In his work Rik Schutte focuses on attempting the impossible. By doing so his work emphasizes the paradox of searching for answers to existential questions.

The Program:

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Stream Studies by Eric Patel, 10 minutes, presentation.

I’m interested in how information streams influence our understanding of postcolonial human migration. My research involves an exploration of metadata, film footage and the database architecture of the Koloniaal Instituut archive. I will present the beginning stage of my findings and discuss the development of my process as well as the central questions related to it.

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Cycling by Daan Muller, 3 x 4 mins      

Sweat is dripping down his reddened face.

With nowhere to go, the cyclist goes as fast as he can.

defining-nationhood

Defining Nationhood by Mark Alvar Peck, 5 min.

International settlements are towns that officially consist of two municipalities in two different countries but in practice form a single, continuously built-up area without any natural borders or evidence of prior fortification. These are common in Benelux but are rare elsewhere.

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The Speeching Man by Vivian Bax, 5 min.

A crowded tram, I am sitting by the window. On the other side a man is sitting by himself. He is dressed in a business suit. Pants a bit to short and his tie dancing on his belly with every breath. Normally he would not stand out in the crowd, but today he does. The speeching man is deconstructing an observation in the tram in The Hague.

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I wish I was an Air-dancer by Daleen Bloemers, 2.33 min.

People are moving, taking steps towards a better life. But are they really though?

You never know where you end up. The Air-Dancer is used as a metaphor for moving without actually getting somewhere.

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Attempts to dissapear, 2017 by Rik Schutte, 6:03 min.

By repeating the act of breaking through a wall of snow I am being challenged to adapt within icy desolate environment. After time is passing my will to continue is affected by exhaustion. The forces in which I have to perform are extreme and are making me feel petty, slowly I give up.

their-gaze

Their Gaze by Aubane Berthommé, 5 min.

“Their gaze” is a metaphor of how discriminations affect people. In this black and white video, we can see several people getting flour of various shades on the face.

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