Loop Barcelona 2005
RONMANDOS gallery presents two exiting videos at LOOP video art fair, Barcelona: Barceló Hotel Sants, Barcelona (room 38)
‘Blender’ by Hans Op de Beeck and ‘Look at us’ by Geert Mul.
‘Blender’, featuring an unmanned carousel void of human life, which is situated in the hot midday sun. As the carousel increases in acceleration it becomes impossible to distinguish any shape in its frenzied movement. Hauntingly reminiscent of time immemorial the video is accompanied by the sound of children, distorted organ music and vague indistinguishable noise speaks of the cycle of the human condition. The carousel slows down to a stop, bringing a temporary moment of calm as the horses and carriages emerge from a sense of chaos, before taking off again.
In June 2005 during a theatre production in South Africa, Geert Mul had handed out ten digital video cameras to streets kids of Hillbrow, Johannesburg, He asked them to portray their friends and their surroundings. Out of the 14 hours of dramatic video material that returned, Mul selected only a few seconds to create the video portrait ‘Look At Us’.
‘Look at us’ is an invitation to look straight into the eyes of the street kids of downtown Johannesburg. But it also invites us to ‘look at ourselves’ trough the eyes of those same kids who appear to be staring at us.
Hans Op de Beeck currently lives and works in Brussels. In 2003, he was Belgium’s artist in residence at the MoMA/P.S.1 Studio Program in New York. Op de Beeck’s work has been the subject of several exhibitions, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp, the Museum of Contemporary Art in The Hague, Musée des Archives d'Architecture Moderne in Brussels, Sammlung MARTa Herford and at all the main art fairs.
Geert Mul currently lives and works in Rotterdam. Exhibitions: Witte de With Rotterdam, MU Eindhoven, de Vleeshal Middelburg, International Filmfestival Rotterdam, Fotobiennial Rotterdam, Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, SONAR festival Barcelona, BIG Torino 2000 International Biennial, National Museum of Modern Art Kyoto, ISEA, (International Symposium on Electronic Arts), Nagoya, Monte Video/TBA Museumnight Amsterdam, Cartier Foundation Paris.