Director:
Country:
Netherlands
Genres:
Curated Series
Producer:
Various
Language:
Various
Length:
17 min
Writer:
Various
Year:
Various

‘so real, so very now’ is curated by Misha de Ridder and is intended as an exercise in seeing: to look, to look again and to look anew. Perception is the point of departure for a series of experiments in video within the restraint of one minute.

An open call was preceded by a workshop with students of Gerrit Rietveld Academiein Amsterdam in order the investigate the nature of the real and now and set perimeters for the series. The workshop concluded with the following statement: “Perceptual reality is not objective since it is already framed (by the very act of looking), but it is also not subjective as it is not yet categorized (no meaning has been attached to it yet). It is more like a sort of state than actual reality. This state we will call ‘pure perception’, which is thus inherently open for interpretation. It coincides with the medium. In art making to stay in the realm of ‘pure perception’ means the work of art, forthe viewer, should be as open for interpretation as possible. The artist should stay within this ambiguous zone which you cannot fully grasp, since it is here where we seem to connect with or relate to the world as unknown given. (Regardless if this reality actually exists in the world or ‘in the mind’.) The camera, here understood as ‘looking machine’, is ideally suited for working in this realm of the ‘pure perception’. This is because the ‘machine reality’ is neither the reality before interpretation (the camera reality is already framed and transformation has already started), nor is there interpretation since the camera is not conscious, it is not a subject, it has no brain. The artist working with photography and film who aims to work in the realm of ‘pure perception’ should ‘go with’ the output of the camera (working in a level of concentration where thought is virtually absent). And subsequently present it intuitively (abstain from attaching meaning, so far this is actually possible) in such a waythat the final work is true to the realm of ‘pure perception’. The final work should be as open for interpretation as possible and perhaps even more important, it should almost magically incite the viewer to find new meaning the more he looks. (To look, to look again, to look anew.)”

Bonus Content: An introduction video to So Real, So Very Now by the curator Misha de Ridder is available on Riff@home

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Misha de Ridder, Good Morning Shanghai, 2020
Jette Kelholt, Maan 2020
Sophie van den Berg, Metronome, 2020
Cristina Planas, 9.7 billion of us, 2020
Tycho Hupperets, COO44, 2020
Luna Deckers, Holding strength, 2020
Marie Diamant, Water 1, 2020
Jiyan Düyü, Listening, 2020
Marie Diamant, Water 2, 2020
Alex Harris, TRAM THREADS, 2020
Tycho Hupperets, Petit Battement, 2020
Andrea Bordoli, TREASUREISLAND, 2020
Josh Lee, c-a-m, 2020
Heleen Mineur, Evidence of non-harmonious being, 2020
Tobias Niemeyer, homely spirits, 2020
Andrea Bordoli, SHELLS, 2020
Jette Keltholt, okii, 2020

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