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 I am unfamiliar with, and by starting the process of inspecting social issues and collecting personal stories; a method similar to that of an anthropologist. By opening up a dialogue with residents, users, makers, designers, and policy makers, I approach the theme from various angles. The way in which the work is exhibited, is also a key element in reference to my subjects: both the location and the context determine the established interaction with the audience. The interviews and film footage merge together in a spatial video installation, thus bringing an interaction between multiple screens to life – a rhyme of pictures – that highlights contradictions between images, but their similarities as well. A fusing of images enfolds itself before the viewer's eyes: a play of friction between what we think we see, and what we can imagine ourselves to see and experience.
Sandberg@Mediapark • participant of the masterclass • Hilversum (NL) // The masterclass is a creative breeding ground where
makers from different disciplines are given space to experiment. A collaboration between Sandberg Instituut and Beeld en Geluid.
Kunstloc (BKKC) • Kunstopdracht • Tilburg (NL) // A workshop for beginning visual artists to learn more about commission practice;
presentation techniques, financial, management and preservation of art in the public space.
AIR Antwerpen • 3 months artist in residence • State of the City • Antwerp (BE) Kindly supported by Mondriaanfonds // ‘State of the City’ a project focused on the complex relationship between trade and sociocultural contexts in the cities of Antwerp, Rotterdam and Frankfurt am Main. The organization invited artists from each city to work on site in one of the other cities.
Open Set Dutch Design Seoul Sessions • Open Set • 2 weeks workshop • Kookmin University, Seoul (KR) Kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL // The event was comprised of a series of workshops and symposiums hosted by
Kookmin University and cultural institutions and centers, such as the Leeum Museum of Art, Dongdaemun Plaza and The Book Society.
Disarming Design from Palestine • 3 weeks workshop • www.disarmingdesign.com • Ramallah (PS) // Palestinian artists and designers, and 5 visiting master-students from the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, exchanged and collaborated with local producers to develop new products that spoke about their experience of Palestine.
AgriValley // multiple works // Kindly supported by Talent Development / Creative Industries Fund NL, Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant, Kunstloc, Tilburg Makersfonds, jump! and Algoritmic Perfumery, Vitro Plus
Territory of the Beings (2019) // one-channel video
Undercurrent: Film in de garage • Rotterdam Architecture Month, Rotterdam (NL) // program: Dorian de Rijk, From Form, Katja Verheul, Jaime Levinas, Miruna Dunu, Frederique Pisuisse, Cristobal Pereira, Gijs van der Meer, Katarina Jazbec and Mathieu Roy
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)
JUMP! film about the talents
TAC • film about the transition • commissioned by TAC, Eindhoven (NL)
AIR Platform Brabant film about the 11 residencies • supported by Kunstloc and in collaboration with AIR Platform Brabant, Tilburg (NL)
Struin door het puin • film intervention • commissioned by Annet Vermeulen, Udenhout (NL)
Territory of the Beings • MINUTES: is a short film series portraying architecture through the lenses of international directors. • film about the building ‘District Water Board Brabantse Delta’ of KAAN Architecten, Breda (NL)
In De Boomtak • film about the community centre • commissioned by In De Boomtak, Tilburg (NL)
Tilburg Makersfonds • contribution for development film • Tilburg (NL)
Creative Industries Fund NL • Regeling Architectuur • contribution for publication AgriValley
Tilburg Makersfonds Plus • contribution for development • Tilburg (NL)
Het Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds: Elisabeth Vermaat Müller Fonds • contribution for publication AgriValley
Tilburg Makersfonds • contribution for development • Tilburg (NL)
Jaap Hartenfonds • contribution for publication AgriValley
Mondriaanfonds • 6 months artist in residence • TAC, Eindhoven (NL)
Impulsgelden • Provincie Noord-Brabant (advice by Kunstloc Brabant)
2018 - 2019
Creative Industries Fund NL • Talent Development Grant
Mondriaanfonds • Kunstenaar Project (Vrije Praktijkverdieping) • 3 months artist in residence • AIR Antwerpen, Antwerp (BE)
Creative Industries Fund NL • Open Set • Open Set Dutch Design Seoul Sessions • 2 weeks workshop • Kookmin University, Seoul (KR)
AgriValley • Rotary club • Pennings Foundation, Eindhoven (NL)
Architectuurcafé • AgriValley • Kunstlinie, Almere (NL) watch here
Met kunst het verschil maken: in opdracht of op eigen initiatief?CAB-café #12, Electron, Breda (NL)// panel discussion with: Peter Dictus (Bureau Pees), Lisette Aarnink (Tante Netty) and Marcel de Buck
Territory of the Beings • 12 Ways to Film a Building • Thursday Night Live at Het Nieuwe Instituut, online // moderator: Brendan Cormier
AgriValley • introduction project and screening Around its own axis • Seasonal Neighbours, online
‘The Scene is Here’ at DDW • MU, Eindhoven (NL) Kindly supported by Creative Industries Fund NL
Lecture CA Conference - Special ‘Journey to Dutch Design’ • Dongdaemun Design Plaza, Seoul (KR)
Marres Dialogues: The paradox of objective representation • Intro in Situ, Maastricht (NL) // Philippine Hoegen moderates: Paula van den Bosch, Chris Keulemans, Agata Jaworska and Guillemette Legrand
Artist Talks Marres Currents #3: Sightseeing • Jan van Eyck Academy, Maastricht (NL)
Ronde Tafel Gesprek Design Colomn #9 - Conflicted • Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam (NL) // table discussion with: Moniek Driesse, Annelys de Vet, Ali Aldeek, Isaura San, Polina Medvedeva and Mark Jan van Tellingen
workshops & teaching
Present your Portfolio (Internship and Portfolioday) • New Design & Attitudes (Grafisch- Ruimtelijk Ontwerp), St. Joost School of Art & Design, 4th year, Breda (NL)
The One Minutes Workshop Trainer • Dirty Art Department, Sandberg Instituut, 1st year, Amsterdam (NL)
The One Minutes Workshop Trainer • Reinventing Daily Life, Sandberg Instituut, 1st year, Amsterdam (NL)
Virtual / physical friendship • in collaboration with Hein van Duppen • Northgo College, vwo-5, Noordwijk (NL)
press & interviews
taz • „Wenn wir Wasser digitalisieren, sind wir tot“ • 20.10.2023 • read here
De Gelderlander • De handelingen van machines hebben vaak iets weg van een dans • COLUMN Willem Claassen • 16.05.2023 • read here
MESTmag • Talenthub jump! zorgt voor ontmoeting, inzicht in eigen werkpraktijk en verbinden • by Simone Vos • read here
Brabants Dagblad • Totaal in de ban van landbouwsnufjes • by Simone Vos • 09.05.2023 • read here
Eindhovens Dagblad • Videokunstenaar Mirte van Duppen vangt futuristisch beeld van landbouw in boekvorm • by Simone Vos • 28.04.2023 • read here
CA Magazine ISSUE #221 • Open Set: Dutch Design Seoul Session • (KR)
Marres Currents #3: sightseeing | Video 4 • watch here
AgriValley [book idea, compilation, images, concept and design: Mirte van Duppen] • Text and art contributions: 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) • Publisher: Jap Sam Books • For sale at Jap Sam Books, NAi Booksellers, Idea Books, Athenaeum Boekhandel, Gianotten Mutsaerts, bol.com, Bruna // Kindly supported by Impulsgelden Provincie Noord-Brabant, Kunstloc, Jaap Harten Fonds, Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds / Elisabeth Vermaat Müller Fonds, Architecture Grant Scheme / Creative Industries Fund NL
Het Sporenkabinet [contribution: Mirte van Duppen] • published by: AIR Antwerpen en Art Paper Editions