AMphibious fiSh that have the Ability to LocOmoTe on Land

Romy Claessen, Baha Görkem Yalim, Kees de Haan, Gilles van Leeuwen, Rozi Szeleczki, Patricia Werneck Ribas and Emma Westenberg
July 19 – August 16, 2014

During the Noord-Holland Biennale, Hotel Maria Kapel situates itself, like an amphibian, somewhere between land and water. In its cinema HMK shows a diverse video program, of approximately half an hour, with work from students and alumni from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. These young artists reflect with short videos on the themes ‘water’ and ‘landscape’ in the broadest sense of the word.

De Dijk by Kees de Haan
De Dijk (The Dyke) is the pathetic end of the film “Matroos” (Sailor). In this film the outside world presents itself as a threatening flock of sailors, against who the protagonist tries to weapon himself. De Dijk shows his last way out.

A River by Emma Westenberg
The main character of this short story wants to cross a river and the only way to get to the other side is to join a creature on his raft. What kind of relationship do they develop during their journey?

Protagonist by Gilles van Leeuwen
With his short film Protagonist, Gilles van Leeuwen is researching how he, as a filmmaker, can deter himself from using conventional cinematic language to produce a sense of space. Through his study of movement and focus, he deals with subjecst such as man and open space. The film strives to approach the thin line between the appearance of coincidental captured actions and the consciously framed cinematic style to which we are accustomed.

Not enough time by Patricia Werneck Ribas
The repetition of a finger writing in the sand and the waves washing the letters up, resembles a mantra. The text is self-explanatory and the viewer knows that another wave is already on its way to erase the text again. This video reminds us of those actions that have no other consequence than suggesting the ephemerality of our existence.

Untitled (Danube) by Rozi Szeleczki
A person, situated at a riverside, is picking up different objects. By showing these objects to the camera, without further explanation, these ordinary objects are brought into the realm of art and gain another status. The audience is invited to contemplate over the origins of the objects, but these stories only unfold in the viewers’ imagination.

Far to Near by Baha Görkem Yali
Far to Near was made in response to the ‘Peter the great’ exhibition and was shown in a special film programme. Both were held at De Hermitage Amsterdam and produced in cooperation with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Technically as well as metaphorically, the film deals with the process of locating and reconstructing a distant figure in history/time/space.

Spinning Platform by Romy Claessen
This video shows an improvised performance situated above the water surface. An ordinary office chair becomes a spinning platform in a limited and framed situation. It’s a study about the possibility to ignore all assembled knowledge, to simply interact without any goal.