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[Nettime-nl] Filmmakers present: Tuesday July 1, 20:00 hrs. Smart Cinema

SMART Project Space | 1e Constantijn Huygensstraat 20, Amsterdam, +31 (0)20 427 5951  
Tuesday July 1, 20.00 hrs. Smart Project Space presents:

A series in which film- and video makers present their work

Tuesday 1st July, 20:00 h. | Jeroen Offerman and Jaap Pieters

Jeroen Offerman is a versatile artist creating works in media ranging as widely as installations, packaged plants, performances, a record, tattooed cactuses, computer works, flies in cages,  birds on the central station in Amsterdam, and video works. Themes range from romantic nature through urban landscape to pop-music and popular culture. Characteristic in all these works is an interest in the staging of objects and events, as is the case in the three video works Offerman will present here.

The Stairway at St.Paul's (2002/03, DV, 8.40 min.) For this video the artist practiced three months in a row to learn to sing Led Zeppelins most famous song Stairway to Heaven entirely backwards. This video is based on the hysteria that surrounded certain music-recordings of the 60's and the 70's, like the Beatles, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin, that were supposed to have put hidden and evil messages in their records that could only be heard when played backwards.

The Great Escape (2000/01, DV, 10 min.) The Great Escape is an homage to the Romantic paintings of Kaspar David Friedrich and sci-fi films like 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind' and 'the Day the Earth Stood Still' in which extra-terrestrials come to earth to save mankind from its own destruction.The work is conceived as a looped video installation 

Jean & Jeroen: the Bed-In (2002/03, DV, 6 min.) On the video we see a couple lying in bed, 

talking and smoking a cigarette together. Because the video doesn't contain sound the impression is raised that we are 'voyeurs', as if we glance through a window. At first sight we seem to watch an intimate and peaceful situation. But at second glance we get the impression something is not right and feels very uncomfortable. The title of the work refers to the legendary 'bed-in' performances for peace of John Lennon and Yoko Ono (in the Hilton Hotel of Amsterdam, 1969).

Jaap Pieters is a filmmaker who confines himself to the material he uses: super 8 film reels 

with a length of just over 3 minutes. In that short stretch of time he concentrates on one single subject. This might be a man doing something unusual on the street, or the top of a gigantic hogweed, barely visible above a wall, swinging to and fro in the wind. In these films Pieters is interested in the boundary between film and photography. To bring photographs to life and to almost enstill film images into photographs, so that the viewer will experience the field of tension between moving and still image and the extent to which the two are connected. His films are made with a minimal use of equipment and minimal manipulation.

Among other films will be shown:

Het Gewicht (a.k.a Who's Afraid of Red, Yellow & Blue) (1998, Super 8, 6 min. 10)
Willem I Willem II Willem III (1991, Super 8, 17 min. 12)
De kopjesdans (1993, Super 8, 3 min. 20)
Dansende Trap (1999, Super 8, 3 min. 20)
De Blikjesman (1991, Super 8, 3 min 20)
Passanten op Zondag (1995, Super 8, 3.20 min.)
Een Zwitsers Libel (2000, Super 8, 3 min. 20)
Radioman & De Kaarsenvrouw (1996, Super 8, 10 min.)

for further information please contact 
Location: Smart Cinema
Price: 5.50 Euro

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