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Martijn Veldhoen [Videonale.10]

*1962, in Amsterdam NED, lives and works in Amsterdam NED
Studied at Rietveld School of Art & Design in Amsterdam NED

Exhibitions [selection]:

2012 Centrum Beeldende Kunst Groningen NED 

2011 Wroclaw Media Art Biennial, Breslau POL 

2010 The Plot Thickens, Arti et Amicitae, Amsterdam NED 

2009 Discovering Slowness, Chinese European Art Centre (CEAC), Xiamen CHN 

2008 Deambulation, Centre pour l’image Contemporaine saint Gervais, Genf SUI 

2007 Cinema and Photography, The National Centre of Photography, Sankt Petersburg RUS 


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Momentum, 2003, 5:50 Min., Colour, Sound [VIDEONALE.10]

In Momentum the viewer follows the camera on its path through a series of different places. Fragments of language, architecture, light and atmosphere refer to Italy. From a dark corridor, we stride through an iron gate that is swinging open onto a sunny street, and then effortlessly penetrate a window on the opposite side - as Veldhoen's work leaves the realm of filmed reality and seems to switch to animation. We pass through various rooms whose residents are characterised by songs heard in the background, then move out onto a terrace and over rooftops into a dark inner courtyard; we enter a dilapidated house and then arrive at a stream clogged by rocks and overgrown vegetation, which we follow onward. This labyrinthine obstacle course is accompanied by various noises: steps, music and voices, the cries of swifts, the strokes of dove wings, bells ringing. With our eyes following the headlong rush of images, and soothed by the quiet, almost monotonous voice of the narrator, we as viewers are lost in reverie and share the narrator's train of thought which reflects the passing through rooms and along pathways. 

Elisabeth Wynhoff

Martijn Veldhoen [ Videonale.10 ]