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(why do I keep going) Forward

 
Martijn Veldhoen (1962) lives and works in Amsterdam. He studied painting at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. From the start of his career, he has been involved in many multidisciplinary projects that incorporated various disciplines such as music, sculptural objects, and later on, video and film. In recent years, he started working on projects that can both be interpreted as video installations as well as experimental short films. These projects have been shown worldwide on exhibitions, film festivals and video festivals.

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 characterized 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. (EW/JTG)

(why do I keep going) Forward (2004) is a poetical reflection on the progressive thinking of western culture. Along with a stream of associative images a voiceover asks questions about the meaning of evolutionary and cultural progress, but gives no answers. Halfway into the work the pace and the movement of the images come to a stop at a dramatic shot of the New York skyline: the Empire State Building as the symbolic peak of our progressive thinking.

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Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts

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