Jeroen Kooijmans, 1994, 10'00''

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Certain mechanisms always go back to their starting point. Take our planet, for instance, or the hands of a clock. They keep turning around in the same circles, moving on without a beginning or an end. This video work shows the same kind of procedure. Three identically dressed men are in the situation that they are all busy with the same job. With spades in their hands, all three are shovelling a small heap of sand from A to B. A practical activity, one would think, if it were not for the fact that their efforts are totally useless. They keep on shovelling the sand around, from A to B, B to C, C to A, and so on. The sand is being moved, but it doesn't change anything. Apparently the men are unconcerned by the interminable cycle of cause and result in which the have become entangled. They work on diligently, at the same pace. Kooijmans, who registered this vicious circle from above, makes the scene even stranger by making a similar circular movement with his camera, but in the opposite direction. This leads to a fascinating spectacle, very simple and yet bizarre. As with his other video works, the artists shows his fascination with ordinary things and how, with a small intervention, an ordinary thing can easily become less insignificant. Kooijmans has very effectively assessed the possibilities of the so-called new media at their true value, and knows how to use them. This he does without much technical ado. Read more...

  • Date: 1994
  • Length: 10'00''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: everyday life, movement, process, work