The silence in which my camera moves guides the viewer's gaze, whom I can get to look but who will have to start seeing for themselves. With this, I invite the viewer to reflect on the surrealism, beauty and complexity found in their environment.
My name is Mirte van Duppen, video artist with a background in graphic design. Filming, to me, is like a thought process, a way to explore situations unbeknownst to me. With my films I analyse the structures, functions and transformative power of (urban) landscapes and human interaction with these landscapes. The reality, that which we perceive, and fictional elements, that which we can imagine, are my tools for creating an analysis as well as a composition. I document this landscape in an intuitive way, with almost photographic film footage. As an audiovisual artist, I research the material, social and symbolic character within the landscape before me. This type of amazement and wonderment is something I try to convey to my audience, with work that raises more questions than it answers.
My work is created by immersing myself into an environment which is new to me. Within this process, I collect personal stories and analyse social issues; an approach akin to that of an anthropologist. By opening up a dialogue with residents, users, makers, designers and policy makers, I approach the landscape from different angles. The interviews and other film footage come together in a spatial video installation, in which descriptive strategies are mixed with observations, reflections and fictional layers. Thus an interaction between the multiple screens comes to life – a rhyme of pictures – that highlights contradictions between images, but similarities as well. A fusing of images enfolds itself in front of the viewers' eyes: a friction, so you will, between what we think we see, and what we can imagine ourselves to see and experience.
Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • Kunstenfestival PLAN B • Gouvernement, Gent (BE)
VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE (solo show) • Piazza dell’Arte, Antwerp (BE) Kindly supported by Stad Antwerpen and Creative Industries Fund NL
Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • Kunstenfestival PLAN B • Bekegem (BE)
Measuring inequality • Change the system • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL)
Brot af Seyðisfirði / Fragments of Seyðisfjörður • HEIMA • Seyðisfjörður (IS)
Relax hardly pillow • Ökorausch Festival Cologne • Design Museum Colgone, Cologne (DE)
VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE • State of the City • Basis, Frankfurt (DE)
VIEW of the/from the WATERSIDE • AntwerpArtWeekend • AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)
The Dutch Mountain • Marres Currents #3: sightseeing • Marres aan de Maas, Maastricht (NL)
Measuring inequality & Relax hardly pillow • Mudam Makers Market • Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg City (LU)
The Dutch Mountain • Summer Program @ Hôtel Droog • Hôtel Droog, Amsterdam (NL)
The Dutch Mountain • Somewhere between cat and ruin, Graduation show Sandberg Instituut • Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam (NL)
On the other side • The Sandberg Series 2015, The One Minutes • Reykjavík International Film Festival (IS), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (NL), deBuren, Brussels (BE), Dortmunder U (DE), Drents Museum/CBK Drenthe, Assen (NL), East China Normal University, Shanghai (CN), Museum de Fundatie, Zwolle (NL), Museum Hilversum (NL), Museum De Pont, Tilburg (NL), SCHUNCK*, Heerlen (NL), WOW, Amsterdam (NL), Burgerweeshuis, Amsterdam (NL)
CA Magazine ISSUE #221 (page 116) • Open Set: Dutch Design Seoul Session • (KR)
Het Sporenkabinet • a collection of 73 traces that were deliberately left in residence by visual artists a.o. Mirte van Duppen • 11 × 18 cm, 224 p, ills colour, paperback, dust jacket • design: 6'56" • edition of 500 • published by: AIR Antwerpen en Art Paper Editions
State of the City [catalogue] • with texts by: Wim van der Celen, Dr. Ina Hartwig, Dirk Hülstrunk, Maarten Inghels, Hester Knibbe, Kathrin Meyer, Bart Moeyaert, Christin Müller, Ine Pisters, Alan Quireyns, Felix Ruhöfer and Kamiel Verschuren • published by basis e.V. • 112 pages
Dutch Mountain: Landscape of Fictions, Memories and Desires • author: Mirte van Duppen • Sandberg Instituut