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Jan Verbeek [Videonale.4, 5, 6, 11 & 12]

*1966, in Bonn GER, lives in Cologen GER and Tokyo JPN
Studied at Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln GER and at Kunstakademie Düsseldorf GER (Master student of Prof. Nam June Paik)

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Bilder gegen die Dunkelheit,  KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf GER

2011 HUMAN FRAMES - Zehn Seelenzustände KIT Kunst im Tunnel, Düsseldorf GER

2008 40jahrevideokunst.de MAMCS Strasbourg F

2007 Internationales Kurz Film Festival Hamburg GER, Musik im Kurzfilm Preis/ price for music in a short film

2006 Montevideo / Time Based Arts, Amsterdam NED


Jan Verbeek [Videonale.6]


Jan Verbeek x

Interferenz, 1990, 7:42 min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.4]


Jan Verbeek x

Continuum, 1991, 5:45 min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.5]


Jan Verbeek x

Local Ride, 1994, 02:12 min., colour, sound [VIDEONALE.6]


Jan Verbeek x

OSMOTIC, 2006, 3:00 min, sound, colour [VIDEONALE.11]

Jan Verbeek's video Osmotic was made in the South Korean capital of Seoul. In the first take, the camera slowly closes in on a young parking garage attendant wearing a grey trench coat who is directing passing cars alternately toward two exits. The green floor of the garage seems like a wet meadow - an association that is further heightened by the sound of falling raindrops. In this painting-like composition, the sky is formed by a large blue sign in the background. The grey figure of the parking attendant stands out with his clear, almost choreographed-seeming movements against these intense contrasting hues. The central motif of the work is Verbeek's exploration of movement and stasis, of sound and silence. The noise of the rain mixes with other acoustic elements and is at times drowned out by deep, synthetic tones as well as the sound of squealing tyres. In a series of cross-fades, the camera perspective changes several times, until the protagonist is finally duplicated in two overlapping, half-transparent shots and thus ends up facing himself. What was once a functional stance becomes pure performance, the parking attendant an elegant dancer.

Thomas Jantschik


Jan Verbeek [Videonale.12] x

On a Wednesday Night in Tokyo, 2004, 05:35 min., colour, sound [Videonale.12]

Jan Verbeek [ Videonale.4, 5, 6, 11 & 12 ]