Images Énervées

 

various installations, still under construction

 

For a specific photo series called "Tales", photographer and friend Sofie Knijff invited me to help her create a video installation with sound, based on her portraits. Looking for a way to grasp the playful yet dark content of the photo series, together we set off inventing a new audio-visual language. An unusually tight and elusive connection between photography and film was born.

In a way it reads like a graphic novel, with separate frames simultaneously explored by the camera, in a rather voyeuristic way. Yet the audio composition, the various layers of sound, some of them field-recordings, some out of other worlds, create a perception more like watching film.

These portrayed children live in their own fairy tales. As they pose for the camera, you can see their minds and even their bodies wandering off, into a deeper thought, a private place, a moment in time not far from here.

I try to create a notion of what these private moments and places can be; not by knowing the children's’ thoughts, but by reliving their possible fantasies in my own mind. Going into dark forests, scavenging in the bushes, gazing at the stars, following unknown paths, and, as you go along, always trying not to understand, not to make sense of it all.

 

A few excerpts from work in progress test versions:

Images Énervées is still in an experimental phase. We are showing try-out versions to an audience where possible, and still testing the options for installing it. More soon.