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Jennie Thwing
Kirby: Thoughts on Death

2006, 2:23min. (video, color, sound)

Jennie Thwing
Figure Walking on Road

2006, 1:24min. (video, color, sound)


Mirjam Somers

2:55 min, 2002 (video, color, sound)

Mirjam Somers and Esther Bruggink

2:52 min, 2002 (video, color, sound)

Mirjam Somers

1:48 min, 2000 (video, color, sound)




Program 9 December 9, 2006


Look in and out.

OVP looks at the contemplative tone in the work of two different artsts: Jennie Thwing and Mirjams Somers. Focusing on identity crisis, Thwing creates a dialogue of emotion and agitation, while Somers plays with temporal and spatial dimentions in order to arrive agt a similar study.

Jennie Thwing (US)
Kirby: Thoughts on Death
2:23 min, 2006 (video, color, sound)

This video uses excerpts from an interview with my grandfather, to convey a deeper story about his fear of drowning, loss of his wife and desire to rule the world.

Figure Walking on Road
1:24 (looped) min, 2006 (video, color, sound)

The video footage of the figure walking alone on the road at night, resonates with the topic of death that re-emerges in the interview

Mirjam Somers (NL)
2:55 min, 2002 (video, color, sound)

In Urge I investigate the role that power plays in the relationship between people and animals. The menacing tension between a man and a dog comes to a climax when the man shows a sign of movement. The dog’s accumulated aggression is part of the game and his attack on the man is both vicious as well as good-natured.
With Urge I explore the balance between tenderness and aggression, and between the game and reality.
The dog serves as a means to influence the balance of power between people. Its instincts have been trained in such a way that he has become a weapon for people to use against one another, and a versatile aggressor. Urge examines this cultivated relationship between man and animals, which is determined by the human rules of the game, while at the same time it reveals certain power structures.

Mirjam Somers and Esther Bruggink
2:52 min, 2002 (video, color, sound)

Fathom is a collaborative piece by the artists Mirjam Somers and Esther Bruggink. The point of departure for this work was provided by the book project ‘Incidental Music’ (2002) by Alice Evermore. The psychological condition of this book’s main protagonist was the guiding principle for the work. 
In Fathom we see a figure lying in a dark, enclosed space. This person rolls from side to side on the edge of sleep. Her existence in this private universe appears both peaceful and gentle as well as fragile and oppressive. The apparent ease with which she moves in this world and the actual impossibility of existing there are entirely contradictory.

Mirjam Somers
1:48 min, 2000 (video, color, sound)

Manuscript shows a man and a bird in a small space. In an attempt to communicate the man tries to commit something to paper, but all words evaporate in the white landscape.
Manuscript is a subdued image, which represents the mental and physical space of a writer. As isolated as he is, the man is still closely observed by a black crow, which moves around him and reminds him of the manuscript that he has never written.