The Force Behind its Movement
Stansfield / Hooykaas, 1984, 17'45''

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Nature plays an important part in the work of Stansfield/Hooykaas. It is often the connecting factor in the relationship between form and content. They are fascinated by the various ways in which nature's powers manifest themselves.
'The Force Behind its Movement' is structured in four parts, corresponding with the cardinal directions – West, South, East and North. These parts/directions have in common that they appear through or because of the wind.
The work opens with the text: 'We only see the fluttering of the flag. The force behind its movement remains invisible.' Next, the camera, attached to a wind vane, moves around chaotically.
Curtains are waving softly, affecting our view of a block of flats. The camera determines our view, literally, by alter
atively focusing and moving out of focus. Then the curtain flaps in front of a screen, which shows Marilyn Monroe wearing a number of tulle shawls. This cover aimed at revealing more than it covered. But the tulle curtains prove exactly the opposite, because the viewer in fact reverts to being a voyeur again.
Various wind sacks, in the form of exotic fish, are fluttering on a tall mast. The camera moves on the wind.
An aircraft, of which only the right underside wing is visible, floats in the air, providing us a view on endless cloudbanks. Satellite images of weather conditions provide a bird's eye view.

This work has been dedicated to Josine van Droffelaar, who died in an air accident in 1983 in the vicinity of Ascona.

  • Date: 1984
  • Length: 17'45''
  • Type: Video
  • Copyrights: All rights reserved (c) LIMA
  • Genre: poetry
  • Keywords: movement, process, space, time, nature