Nummer zeven (The clouds are more beautiful from above)
Guido van der Werve, 2006, 8'49''

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As a reflection on a personal dream, 'Nummer zeven' (Number seven) addresses the possibility of failure that is inherent to the creative process, the precarity of being an artist and the dangers of realizing one's own vision. In the beginning of the video, the image is just black. The narrator says something about meteorites and about how, as a child, he would lie awake at night waiting for a 'falling star'. And when he finally saw one, he always made the same wish, which sadly never came true. The Milky Way comes fleetingly into the picture. Then the camera focuses back on the Earth, back to the artist's living quarters where he is working on a rocket. Patiently and meticulously, all the components are collected and assembled, and when the rocket is complete,it is carried to an open space on the edge of a wood one evening just before sunset, and erected there. With the help of a stepladder and a support construction, the artist is preparing it for launching, and from his movements, it can be deduced that this is a serious business. When the music stops, the only thing that remains is the flapping sound of the wind in the microphone. Will the rocket take off? This is the question 'Nummer zeven' seems to raise.
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  • Date: 2006
  • Length: 8'49''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: narrative
  • Keywords: artist, destruction, future/science fiction, process, science