exhibition view • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL), 2023 [photo: Peter Cox]

Around its own axis Video work
16:9 full HD, 50p, 11:15 min
Around its own axis showcases the infinite, repetitive rhythm of the automated Dutch agricultural landscape. In this video work, machines perform a dance, while the camera transports the viewer through landscapes of large displacements. Silent, monumental images evoking tranquillity are continually interspersed with more dynamic actions. Using the jargon of her profession, choreographer Pauline Roelants guides the viewer through the scenes — like a sports commentator — providing a blow-by-blow description of the movements of the machines and products. In doing so, the stillnesses and the silences of the landscapes, along with the impulsive actions and errors of the machine become an integral part of the choreography. Examining and describing the landscapes this way minimises the distance between creative man and pragmatic machine. Roelants’ movement analysis also reveals a minor dissonance: not every industrial act is perfect. A realisation both comforting and slightly comical. By approaching the movements of the machines and products like a dance, van Dupen reveals the poetry of a previously unnoticed landscape.

Cinematographer and film editor
Mirte van Duppen
Comments by choreographer
Pauline Roelants
Benedikt Wöppel
Color grading
André Badjebeir
Paulien Mandos
Edit coach
Gabrielle Provaas

Dancers breeder, Florensis, Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht en Dinteloord - orchids grower, Opti-flor, Monster - goat farmer, van Tilburg, Oude Dongen - tulip grower, Bloem-kwekerij Michiel Smit, Hensbroek - cow farmer, Christian en Sanne Klein Koerkamp, Lettele - plant grower, Pligt Professionals, ’s-Gravenzande

English | Dutch, 176 pages, 17 x 24 cm
AgriValley is a long-term poetic study of Dutch agriculture. In her cinematographic representations, video artist Mirte van Duppen brings together various production landscapes as a social construct: here, humans and machines live and work side by side. The futuristic, almost dreamlike images give an insight into the enormous impact of technological innovation in the Dutch agricultural sector.

Van Duppen shows the contemporary landscape in associative analyses, using visual rhyme and essayistic camerawork. With contributions by Bernke Klein Zandvoort (poet and essayist), Joost Oomen (poet and writer), Hein van Duppen (spatial designer and visual artist), Willem Claassen (writer and journalist) and Corinne Heyrman (theatre maker), and a conversation with Floris Alkemade (architect and former Chief Government Architect).

Dutch Design Week 21.10 - 29.10.2022
11:00 – 18:00

Pennings Foundation
Geldropseweg 63
Eindhoven (NL)

AgriValley is made possible by
Creative Industries Fund NL, Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant, Kunstloc and Tilburg Makersfonds