Amsterdam Art x IDFA: online video art

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    Since 2013, we've collaborated with Amsterdam Art to present contemporary video art during IDFA in November, as part of Amsterdam Art Weekend. Now, we're pleased to bring you some video art earlier in the year: from May 15 to June 5, catch up on some of the video artworks shown at previous Art Weekends. All videos are now available to watch online.

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    (Re)(Re)interpretation: Gold Town

    • Shigeo Arikawa
    • 2017

    At first sight, the activities in a Japanese office seem recognizable, but they are open to so many interpretations that they prove to be impossible to understand.

    Am I Dreaming of Others, or Are Others Dreaming of Me?

    • Shigeo Arikawa
    • 2014

    This surreal dream simulation is simultaneously familiar and discomfiting as it lets go of the linear time frame and sidelines language.

    Climats

    • Rebecca Digne
    • 2014

    Through a mysterious object presented within a cinematic set, Climats reveals the instruments of make-believe.

    Forest on Location

    • Persijn Broersen, Margit Lukacs
    • 2018

    In a replica of the last remains of Europe’s last primeval forest Białowieża, the avatar Shahram Yazdani sings his Farsi version of the popular hit song “Nature Boy.” Nature is presented as a virtual construct, meandering between the mythical and the actual.

    It Has Already Been Ended Before You Can See the End

    • Shigeo Arikawa
    • 2012

    A film about the end. The end has already started, and ended.

    Kapitalism

    • Paulien Oltheten
    • 2016

    If you look closely enough, even something as mundane as morning exercises can convey a germ of political resistance.

    La casa (ostinato crescendo)

    • Giovanni Giaretta
    • 2018

    In a horror film, it’s the suggestive power of the setting that forms the atmosphere, not the violent, gory action.

    Metodo dei Loci

    • Rebecca Digne
    • 2019

    An elephant walks through a park. With its proverbially infallible memory, this animal is a representation of the “method of loci,” a strategy for retaining information by arranging the memory as an architectural structure.

    Mothership Goes to Brazil

    • Josefin Arnell
    • 2016

    In this candid portrait of a loving but abrasive relationship, filmmaker Josefin Arnell takes her alcoholic mother to a healer in Brazil, but he turns out to be hospitalized.

    The Sailor

    • Giovanni Giaretta
    • 2017

    A philosophical, poetic fairy tale that gradually alienates our eyes from the language that we use to describe what we see.

    She Breathes Water

    • Penny Siopis
    • 2019

    In this associative collage of found footage, the poetic subtitles and soundscape of crackling ice add an extra layer of meaning to a warning packaged in symbolism. Mother Earth admonishes humanity.

    To Those That Will, Ways Are Not Wanting

    • Paulien Oltheten
    • 2019

    Jacques Tati in Russia and Iran. Snow piles, posts, fences and much too narrow openings: the obstacles that people face on a daily basis are numerous. Wonderful observations of perseverance in two parallel worlds.

    Worker’s Ordinary Day

    • Ahmet Öğüt
    • 2019

    Where fighter planes once stood, people now laze under palm trees. Ahmet Ögüt shows the absurdity of a hangar converted into a Tropical Islands resort by focusing on the man who gives hot air balloon tours—indoors.