Nothing Is Going to Happen

Er gaat niets gebeuren

  • Roeland van Doorn
  • Netherlands
  • 2013
  • 12 min
  • World Premiere
  • Paradocs
Initially, it looks like an episode of the British series Crimewatch. A security camera films a shop entrance from high above, and we see mainly pavement. An armed robber could walk into the shot at any moment, or someone might run off with the loot, but nothing happens. The next image is from a camera in a residential neighborhood. It looks like the camera is mounted on a roof, but once again, no burglars climb in or out of the window, although we do see a neighbor walking his dog. Cut to a narrow street with cars parked on both sides – the camera is pointing almost straight down. Artist Roeland van Doorn walks into view. Using a receiver, he collects the unencrypted signals from security cameras. He is also carrying a camera, with which he adds sound to the footage. The result is a view of the Netherlands, including interiors, provided by our own desire for surveillance.


  • 12 min
  • color / black and white
  • DCP
  • Spoken languages: No dialogue
Roeland van Doorn
Roeland van Doorn
Roeland van Doorn
Roeland van Doorn, Esra Piké
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Roeland van Doorn

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