Close-up: A new Generation of Film and Video Artists, the Eye in Amsterdam

Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil – Economy of Love, 2015


From 31 January to 22 May, 2016, EYE presents the exhibition Close-Up – A New Generation of Film and Video Artists in the Netherlands. This group exhibition features numerous recent film and video works and spatial installations by a new generation of filmmakers and artists in the Netherlands, who are breaking down the barriers between film, video and visual art. They create works for single screens, for multiple screens and for big spatial installations that incorporate moving images. The exhibition offers an overview of the broad spectrum of developments and the wide range of artistic approaches to the medium of film.

For example, in her performative projects Melanie Bonajo examines the changing relationship of modern man to his surroundings and looks at enigmatic occult rituals. In his work Zachary Formwalt studies the complex relation between history, economy and image production. And in similarly surprising images, Janis Rafa shows catastrophes whose causes remain ambiguous. Also on display are films that evoke sensual illusions that hallucinate (Helen Dowling, Amos Mulder), alongside installations based on extensive scientific and technological research, and featuring sound and light as important elements (Strijbos and Munnik). Social involvement sets the tone in the works of belit sağ and Hamza Halloubi. Their poetic meditations reflect on the current situation in the Islamic world.

Some artists and filmmakers study human perception, examine and analyse contemporary visual culture (Florian & Michael Quistrebert), push to the extreme the tension between fiction and reality, or create a universe all of their own making (Felix Burger, Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña). Artist and composer Mariska de Groot has developed an installation with light projections on a large number of rotating disks, which calls to mind the devices of the pre-cinema era. These projections set up an intriguing shadow show of graphic patterns, movement and reflections on the wall.

Light frequencies are captured by light-sensitive speakers that then transform them into sound.In addition, the exhibition includes surprising installations by makers best known for their (feature) films for the cinema, such as new installations by filmmakers David Verbeek and Lichun Tseng.

With this exhibition, EYE provides a platform for younger talents, and every two weeks it also invites one of the Dutch art academies to present work by a number of talented students in a special research lab.

Participating artists/filmmakers: Melanie Bonajo (1978), Felix Burger (1982), Zachary Formwalt (1979), Hamza Halloubi (1982), Mariska de Groot (1982), Cristóbal León & Joaquín Cociña (1980 & 1980), Amos Mulder (1982), Florian & Michael Quistrebert (1976 & 1982), Janis Rafa (1984), belit sağ (1980), Joris Strijbos & Matthijs Munnik (.1981 & 1989), Lichun Tseng (1979), David Verbeek (1980)

Research Lab

Every two weeks, an academy will organize a presentation in a specially reserved space in the exhibition. Most of these presentations will feature the results of an extensive study, and may include material from the EYE collection. Students will present their work on a series of Tuesday evenings, and it will then remain on show for two weeks:

Fri 05 February 7:15 pm, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht: Screen Matters

Tue 16 February 7:15 pm, Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam: Bodies

Tue 01 March 7.15 pm, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, & University of Amsterdam: Enjoy Your Entertainment

Tue 15 March 7.15 pm, ArtEZ, Arnhem: Machine Room

Tue 29 March 7.15 pm, Sandberg Instituut, Amsterdam

Tue 12 April 7.15 pm, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam

Tue 26 April 7.15 pm, School of Fine Art and Design St. Joost, Breda

Tue 10 May 7.15 pm, Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam

EYE – IJpromenade 1031 kt Amsterdam
31 January –22 May 2016