La Tristesse Riche / Het Rijke Verdriet

Erwin Olaf 10:30, Color, Stereo, NL, 2010 In a number of his films Erwin Olaf serves up perfect worlds in which dazzlingly beautiful people in crease-resistant clothing move through sublime interiors, unapproachable and emotionless. There’s not a blemish in sight, until Olaf himself introduces cracks in this perfect surface. That is also what happens in […]

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Erwin Olaf 05:11, Color, Stereo, NL, 2010 ‘Dawn’ is almost literally the negative pendant of Erwin Olaf’s video work and photo series ‘Dusk’. Both videos portray an ‘upper middle class’ family in a stylized home interior dating from the early 20th century. As in so many of Olaf’s works, ‘Dusk’ and ‘Dawn’ are characterized by […]

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Walking City Redox

Michiel van Bakel 03:30, Color, Stereo, NL, 2011 The extremely slow combustion of a utopian model (Walking City by Archigram) forms a symbolic image and an aesthetic experience: the ineffable beauty of destruction. Archigram’s Walking City : jubilant notion of consumer choice combined with optimized technology that relies on infinite resources. (1964)

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