25 Paintings are based on a found black and white photograph of an unknown woman. These paintings are animated to recapture the moment that once must have happened; an interaction between photographer and model. The Skipping Mind shows an imagined memory and the gaps of recognition that come together with a remembrance. The installation encloses the painted stills and the animation of these portraits.
After the touring exhibition THE SKIPPING MIND was exhibited in the National Museum in Prague. The portaited woman was recognised by her granddaughter. Then suddenly the ‘unknown’ woman had a name, an address and a family. I decided to meet her, to make the film THE SECOND MEMORY. In this film, I visited the lady in Prague, then in advancing years, for the first time. The discrepancies between past and present are intriguing.
- installation, video and 25 paintings, oil on canvas, 25 (40x50cm), original animaton sequence: 5”56 minutes - painting, animation: Bea de Visser
A breathtaking short film about breathing, located in the realm where breathing is impossible - a man disappears under the water surface and given by nature he is urged to return to the other side. As the minutes go by, you also hear the sounds of breathing and heartbeat, you begin wondering when the diver will start gasping for air. You see images of another, ’breathtaking ’ world, where the man almost becomes an alien, being like an unborn child in his amniotic fluid, a cosmonaut adrift in the universe. But the man is unavoidably forced to break away from these immaterial spheres, to emerge and fill his lungs with air...
- Short film, 7"52 minutes, Betacam - Cast: Robert de Bruin - Camera: Eugenio Follender - Music: the use of ashes
In brief sequences portraits of look-alikes are linked. BLINK reveals how we generalise apparent differences and agreements by reading the face and poses questions about a personal identity. The installation relates to photography and the methods by which the medium film materialises her immaterial origin: the mind that returns as an appearance out of its own disappearance, the most magical of chemical reactions, from black to white, from negative to again positive.
- installation, duration of sequences 20 min. - 2-channel projection - image processing, animation: Bea de Visser - Music: the use of ashes
Installation by Bea de Visser for the international exhibition on location: a hotel at the border between Austria and former Yugoslavia. The installation is based and contextualised on 'sweet water', drinkable water. This was the main issue for the interviews Bea De Visser collected from the people in the mountain village, with mixed families from mixed ethnical backgrounds on the border. This water dividing line, which is a given nature fact of that mountainsope on that height, spreads the water towards the Mediterranian or towards the Atlantic Ocean. It reflects a true divorcing power between the groups of the original inhabitants through history.
- hotelroom with wall projection, ghettoblaster and tapes with interviews of the local people - concept, camera, interviews: Bea De Visser - Commissioned by Gabrielle Kranzelbinder for the University Klagenfurt Austria
Heartbreaking noise of clear high and highest frequencies by entering the room; a finger rubbing the edge of a crystal glass. The 16mm film installation shows two separate hanging transparent see-through screens. After a short time the noise stops. Voices are heared from a sound route over 8 speakers. One hears almost all imaginary and thinkable expressions and words replacing the sentence and meaning of "I love you", which stands for the ultimate line of a pop-song. In the given lines, performed by the cinema public, one finds out that there are a millon intimate and authentic ways to express your love.
- 2 channel 16mm film projections / 8 speakers - Concept, interviews, sound: Bea De Visser - Camera: Stef Tijdink - Language: Dutch - Commissioned by Stichting Filmstad and Filmhuis Den Haag, NL
About putting one foot in front of the other, bisected with scenes of Rudi van Dantzig (choreographer, former dancer and artistic leader of The National Ballet), who at home works on the first steps of choreography.
The most magical step in dance is called ‘walking’ – the magic phenomenon of balance when one places one foot in front of the other. In Another Another we see Rudi van Dantzig at home while working on a choreography. Inserts of the dancer Andrew Kelly in a studio construct the extension in space and in the dance itself. Another Another shows the creative process of dance rather than its theatrical outcome, the resulting ballet.
- a short film by Bea de Visser, 8 minutes, 35mm - Cast: Rudi van Dantzig, Andrew Kelly - Camera: Erik van Empel - Sonorisation: Peter Hoeks - Production: Pieter van Huystee Film
A torn up monologue by a man who has temporary lost his tracks. The Barren Land is loosely based on monologues from the great Tragedies and other words of rumour, humour and horror.
Light-footed, boisterous, absurd and touching The Barren Land tells about primal loneliness, one of most individual and simultaneously most general emotions.
All words are found footage i.e. Oedipus, Hamlet, Hank Williams, Mae West, Hugo Claus, Bert Schierbeek, Mick Jagger and the Guinness Book of Records.
- a short film by Bea De Visser, 35mm, 8"35 minutes - English - Cast: Richard Strange - Camera: Stef Tijdink - Original music: Peter Hoeks - Production: Pieter van Huystee Film
Permanent transmission of a video signal (Netherlands Tax Authority Computer Centre). The view and eye movements of the artist are depicted and transferred into a digital script and performed by means of special designed software, transmitted and edited to 18 monitors. All processes are real-time. This include camera movements, focus and zoom controls, editing and transmmitting the AV-signal, 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
- camera, zoom lens 12-240mm, pan&tilt unit, video control unit, data scripts for editing and camera control, 2 circles of 9 monitors - concept, eyes, design scripts for software: Bea de Visser - Commissioned by Atelier Rijksbouwmeester / Rijksgebouwendienst - Location: B/AC, Belastingdienst Automatiseringscentrum, Apeldoorn, NL
A scenery for the performance ‘Waterlanders’ of Dance Group Krisztina de Châtel. The projecte image is literally snapped from the universe, framed and edited within the choreography, now and then thrown on the floor or left unseen in complete darkness. Three wind machines regulate the screen, blowing in the wind and folded and bowed by its force.
- HDV, 2 channel video, overlap projection, duration performance: 55 min. - camera: Bea de Visser
4 Girls and 4 pieces of chewing gum together make a world of difference in terms of seduction, dirtiness, emotion, sensitivity, sweetness, playfulness, innocence, color, smell and bewilderment. The scene is uncultivated, incorrupt, unsolved, invincible, unsurpassed and is almost unbearably beautiful and meant to stay on the retina forever.
- BLOWUP [BUBBLS], a cineboard by Bea de Visser, looped sequence 23 min. Digibeta - Camera: Adri Schrover - Edit, stills: Bea de Visser - Commissioned by Stichting Picos de Europa, NL - Distribution LIMA Amsterdam
Portrait of a woman (Marketá Kulhankova) and of pictures of her, taken around the year 1953 by her photographer husband. De Visser had made an installation in 1994, using pictures she had painted based on her photographic portraits. During a world tour of this work the woman was recognised by her grand daughter at the exhibition at the National Gallery Prague. In this film, De Visser visits the lady in Prague, now in advancing years, for the first time. The discrepancies between past and present are intriguing.
- 35mm film, 11 minutes - animation and paintings: Bea de Visser - camera: Miroslav Janek - original music: the use of ashes - production: Anotherfilm The paintings and animaton in the film descent from the installation THE SKIPPING MIND
Just a Minute Yoko. An alternative look at Yoko Ono's famous buttocks film from the 1960s. "it's just a statement of the obvious".
Bottoms, is the wallpaper version, a cineboard. Duration sequence 22 minutes
- Production: AnotherFilm - Written and directed by Bea de Visser - Camera: Adri Schrover - Voice: Jaap Blonk (Just a minute Yoko) - Language: Guy de Cointet (Just a minute Yoko) - Bottoms: all friends - Commissioned by the International Film Festival Rotterdam (Just a minute Yoko)
Vanya runs for her life, what for, where ever ... Bea de Visser creates for the Pleinmuseum pavillion a surreal montage by which she makes maximal use of classical, filmic 'suspense'. All means and techniques add to the slow tension; not only the film set (the elongated seaside of Normandy in France), the virtuoso actress (Vanya Rose) and the estranging sound effects, but also the photography (by Bea de Visser herself) and of course the edit, are interwoven into an extreme branched off network.
- 8- channel film by Bea De Visser, HDV, duration 8 X 13 minutes - camera: Bea de Visser - Vanya: Vanya Rose - Production: Anotherfilm - Commissioned by Stichting Pleinmuseum and Centraal Museum Utrecht
The screen is the stage. During the theatre performance the 9 dancers are positioned before the screen, hanging on ropes or walking on 3 narrow platforms. The film scenography deepens the dimensions of the performers. One hears Lucas Vandervost (Belgium) reading from Nijinski’s Diary. It reads as a long monologue of despair, loneliness, lust, sexual obsession and longing for being loved by the masses. In a repetition of sequences that reflect Nijinski’s artistic development and his mental decay, we follow Jean- Guillaume Weis (Luxemburg). He adapts a typical dance idiom of Nijinski in his performance. His movements result in a fabulous touching reveal of a nowadays soul of Nijinski.
The theatre production 'Nijinski, a painting' is a Grand Theatre production for the Diaghilev Festival (Jan. 2005). Concept: Niek Kortekaas (Belgium)
This sober and yet emotional film with dancer Jean-Guillaume Weis visualises the artistic development and the last days of the famous dancer Vaslav Nijinsky in an asylum. At the time, he was writing his diary, which is quoted in the film, and which not only indicates his mental state, but also his desire for love and recognition from the general public.
'Roses and Fall' is released by Homescreen under the title 'Ballets Russes'. Documentary 118 min. About the dancers and choreographers - now as 70ers, 80ers en 90ers - who were the pioneers for the modern ballet, direction Daniël Geller, Dayna Goldfine
- 35mm film, Dolby SR, colour, 7 minutes, French spoken, English subtitled - Choreography / dance / voice: Jean-Guillaume Weis - camera: Bea de Visser - Production: Anotherfilm
"Nothing more comic as the accident" once said by Samuel Beckett. If that is true, we need more accidents, or spend more time exposing ourselves to danger.
14 scenery films for the theatre production by the same name Catastrophes, performed by JG Weis Dance People at the Theatre National de Luxembourg, January - April 2006. ‘Catastrophes’ is inspired by the play 'Catastrophes' written by Samuel Beckett for Vaclav Havel in 1982.
- HDV, duration performance 55 min. all films and camerawork by Bea De Visser - Production: Anotherfilm - Commissioned by Theatre National de Luxembourg
Theatrical imagery for CIRCUSISM, a performance by the jazz ensemble I COMPANI
A performance: Mozart looks round, as long until, ..., he flies off...gone.
The film make good use of the expectation that something will happen. The owl Mozart is the performer who touches you by his beauty, plush outlook, lust for murder and its deadly weapons. With some black humour for projection dream images are pushed away by the shadows of the mind and bizarre illusions about the bird and his prey. In the end it happens: the bird flies off.
- Camera: Jacques Laureys - Eagle Owl: Mozart - Production: Anotherfilm - HDV video, 7"51 min. - Commissioned by I Compani/ Dziga
In one long shot this adaptation of La Mamma Fricchettona, a monologue by Nobel Prize winner Dario Fo, shows Viviane De Muynck in a humorous elucidation of a woman’ s odyssey from doting motherhood to a state of independence whilst addressing an invisible and anonymous man. In an ambiance of a warehouse filled with white sacks the protagonist vociferously relates her non-existent relationship to husband and child and her escape to the alternative underground of squatters and punks, who are more of a family to her than her own brood.
- A short film by Bea de Visser with Viviane De Muynck - Camera: Adri Schrover - 14 minutes, HD, Dutch, English subtitled - Production: Anotherfilm
Modest Doubt #1 was scripted, staged and recorded by Bea de Visser. Performed by counter tenor Oscar Verhaar. Its lyrics are an assembly of elements of the European Convention on Human Rights and the Woman Monologues by William Shakespeare.
scripted and directed BEA DE VISSER camera BENITO STRANGIO sound MATT KEMP editor BEA DE VISSER text adaptation BEA DE VISSER from European Convention on Human Rights, Women Monologues by William Shakespeare song adaptation OSCAR VERHAAR
Modest Doubt # 2 was scripted, staged and recorded by Bea de Visser. Performed by the pianists Javier Krohn en Erwin Roommert Weerstra. The event is contemporary interpretation of Gnossiennes 1 by Erik Satie, in both composition and composer.
- scripted and directed BEA DE VISSER - camera BENITO STRANGIO - sound MATT KEMP - editor BEA DE VISSER - music Modest Doubt #2 Gnossienne nr. Erik Satie - adaptation for two piano's by BEA DE VISSER