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'March RITT' is a video travelogue of twenty chapters, recorded during Sluik/Kurpershoek's journeys between Berlin and the Netherlands. The structure of the work is circular; with the video returning to the first chapter at the end. The clear-cut set-up seems to place the images directly into a thematic context. Nevertheless, the work does not provide a definitive answer to questions about the 'story that belongs to the images'. It gives a hint here and there, but there is no clear-cut narrative. While some titles, such as 'Door schuldig landschap' (Through a guilty landscape, chapter IX) refer to themes that occur more often in the work of Sluik/Kurpershoek - which inevitably places them in a certain context - others remain more mysterious, such as, 'Weg van …et vuur' (Road of the fire, [or possibly 'Away from the fire'], chapter I) or 'Gerucht op gerucht' (Rumour upon rumour, chapter XIII). These titles were borrowed from unknown soldiers' autobiographical novels from World War I. They seem to point to a story that the viewer, as outsider, is not familiar with. In a certain sense this enigmatic content stimulates the watching and listening; behind each image, each sound and each fleeting impression we look for a 'deeper significance'. Why precisely these flowers, that forest, this graveyard? Who are those children and that man? However, ultimately what we see is what we see in it: something that always acquires meaning by being placed in a specific context. In this connection it becomes clear that the artistic strategy behind 'March Ritt' is based on a play on recognizability and alienation that makes the entanglement of those two moments visible.
'RITT' refers to a Germanic god who protected travellers. Read more...