De Weg
Rene Reitzema, 1987, 5'41''

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In De Weg (The Road) Reitzema confronts us with the insane, ultimately destructive and possibly fruitless desire to erect or to build no matter what the cost. We see black-and-white shots of a man (Reitzema himself) who is digging a road. His digging movements merge into close-ups of a hand that traces the pattern of a road in gravel to the rhythm of a pile driver. A real motorway can be seen beneath the gravel which covers the screen. The movements and sound become increasingly intense. There are repeated snatches of stirring German and Spanish propaganda slogans such as 'Das sind die Werke des Friedens' and 'Y el amor es mas fuerte.' Then comes the roar of a train. Once the image is almost completely swept clean, we can see that a bridge is being built... Fially a black image is all that remains. So that everything can begin once again. De Weg is a metaphor for blind ambition and insane desire... Read more...

  • Date: 1987
  • Length: 5'41''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: narrative, theatre
  • Keywords: power, culture, politics