• Spotlight: David Claerbout

    Spotlight: David Claerbout

    David Claerbout, Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016, color animation, duration 50:00 min, edition of 7. Film still © David Claerbout

     

    For our Spotlight this week we present David Claerbout's Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016.

     

    Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is a work by David Claerbout, based on the classic 1967 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. 

    The 50-minute-long film follows the tradition of the frame-by-frame animation, and focuses almost exclusively on the animals: the panther, the bear, the snake, among others.

     

     

    Over a period of 3 years, David Claerbout and a team of professional artists painstakingly redrew the frames of the original movie by hand, one by one, and then assembled them to create an entirely new, lifeless animation—a contradiction in terms—which stands in raw contrast to the lively and rhythmical original.

     

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  • The Nature of Art with David Claerbout at Busan Museum of Art

    Busan Museum of Art, Busan April 23 – September 12, 2021 https://art.busan.go.kr
    The Nature of Art with David Claerbout at Busan Museum of Art

    David Claerbout, Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020, single channel video projection, 3D animation (stereo audio, color), duration: 24 min
    © David Claerbout & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

     

    David Claerbout presents two major film installations: Wildfire (meditation on fire), 2019-2020 and Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016 as part of the exhibition The Nature of Art at the Busan Museum of Art, Busan, South Korea. 

    This exhibition was conceived to convey the message of comfort and healing that art gives to us living in the Corona era, and to awaken the courage to face a new era. The Nature of Art consists of three sections: "Imagine from Today", "Contemplate from Emptiness", and "Empowered by Mother Nature".

  • David Claerbout at Garage Museum

    Garage Museum, Moscow March 26 – May 2, 2021 www.garagemca.org
    David Claerbout at Garage Museum

    David Claerbout, the “confetti” piece, 2015-2018, video still, double channel video projection, 3D animation, silent, color, 18’ 25”
    Film still © David Claerbout & VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2021

     

    Unseen Sound is the first solo exhibition of Belgian artist David Claerbout in Russia. His work is best defined as a hybrid, where media dissolve into one another using video, photography, film, and 3D to create images that question our perceptions and expectations.

    The exhibition brings together four works that span a period of more than ten years, and show the artist’s increasing occupation with what he describes as “dark optics,” a term he uses to describe the contemporary state of the image. All of the works presented in Unseen Sound capture single moments stretched in time and space. This expansion reveals new layers of reality behind seemingly trivial images, and new characters emerge.

    As the title of the exhibition—Unseen Sound—indicates, these works visualize sound as a central event that, nevertheless, remains beyond aural perception. Sections of a Happy Moment (2007) and The Algiers' Sections of a Happy Moment (2008) capture moments of a street ball game. The Quiet Shore (2011) is a series of beach scenes shot during a loud splash. Set at a grand reception, the “confetti” piece (2015–2018 ) shows the second when the fireworks of confetti rain down. For Claerbout, digital materiality will not remain as virtual reality but will attempt to penetrate as many aspects of life as possible, altering optical and material habits. Lens-based images are already part of the past, and will be replaced by dark optics.

     

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  • "The Challenge: We are in this together" – Esther Schipper for The New Institute

    Photo © Kristian Schuller

     

    For its December newsletter, titled "The Challenge: We are in this together", The New Institute asked Esther Schipper – among other thinkers and practitioners – to share her insights and analysis on the current global pandemic. For the occasion, Esther Schipper selected artworks by the gallery artists showing that the questions of viruses and pandemics have been among us for a long time.

     

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  • David Claerbout at Kunst Museum Winterthur

    Kunst Museum Winterthur September 12 – November 15, 2020 www.kmw.ch
    David Claerbout at Kunst Museum Winterthur

    David Claerbout, Wildfire (Meditation on Fire), 2020
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020. Courtesy Musea Brugge
    Film still © David Claerbout

     

    David Claerbout has distinguished himself in recent years with video works that are as spectacular as they are multi-layered. The artist's multimedia oeuvre – located, so to speak, between the media – aims at a fundamental reflection on visual genres. In his concentrated output, time becomes the decisive dimension of perception. The artist plays ingeniously with the forms of temporality in images, their possible elongations and condensations between moment and duration.

    Claerbout's new film, Wildfire (Meditation on Fire), will premier at Kunst Museum Winterthur on September 11 and Musea Brugge on September 30, 2020.

     

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  • David Claerbout at Galerie Rudolfinum

    Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague January 29 – April 12, 2020 www.galerierudolfinum.cz
    David Claerbout at Galerie Rudolfinum

    David Claerbout, Olympia (The Real Time Disintegration Into Ruins Of The Berlin Olympic Stadium Over The Course Of A Thousand Years) (Horizontal), 2016, single channel video installation (color, silent, HD animation), duration: 1000 years
    Exhibition view: David Claerbout, Olympia, KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2016–2017
    © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020
    Photo © Andrea Rossetti

     

    David Claerbout
    Olympia
    Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
    January 29 – April 12, 2020

     

    Artist Talk
    The Laziness of Action
    Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
    January 29, 2020, 5 – 6 pm

     

    More information on the exhibition can be found HERE

  • Artist Talk with David Claerbout

    Zuoz, Plazzet, Switzerland January 25, 2020, 12:30 – 12:45 pm www.engadin-art-talks.ch
    Artist Talk with David Claerbout

    Photo © Koos Breukel

     

    E.A.T./Engadin Art Talks with David Claerbout
    "SILENT - LISTEN" - 10 YEARS
    Zuoz, Plazzet, Switzerland
    January 25, 2020, 12:30 – 12:45 pm

     

    Find the full program HERE.

  • David Claerbout at BFI London Film Festival 2017

    BFI Southbank, NFT3 London October 14, 2017 at 9:20pm www.bfi.org.uk
    David Claerbout at BFI London Film Festival 2017

    Film still: David Claerbout, Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016

     

     

    David Claerbout's work Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is included in this year's BFI London Film Festival.

     

    "A hypnotic and lyrical reworking of The Jungle Book, that removes its anthropomorphism and its human characters to give the animals back their dignity. The artist redrew all the animated animals and deconstructed the narrative arc to render it eventless, thus giving the impression of watching the animals in their natural surroundings and unaware of any human presence. The effect is one of rekindling a fond memory of childhood, but with the shades of commercial and cultural exploitation removed."

    Helen de Witt, bfi.org.uk

  • Screening of David Claerbout's Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity

    Cinema Zuid, Antwerp August 5, 2017 at 7 PM www.cinemazuid.be
    Screening of David Claerbout's Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity

    Film still: David Claerbout, Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016

     

    Cinema Zuid in Antwerp will present an exclusive screening of David Claerbout's work Die Reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity, 2016.

     

    Die reine Notwendigkeit/The Pure Necessity is a color animated cartoon by David Claerbout, based on the classic 1967 animated adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book. The 60-minute-long film follows the tradition of the frame-by-frame animation, re-creating the historical characters with the most faithful precision. Claerbout's film focuses exclusively on the animals: Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear, Kaa the snake, among others. Although the 1967 film depicted them as speaking animals, well-known for their witty dialogues, dances and jokes, they are here seen as “realistic” animals without any anthropomorphic characteristics. Claerbout represents them wandering in the jungle, drinking from a water spring, sleeping on tree branches, observing one another. Each of their movements is followed with precision and duration, giving the spectator the opportunity to observe every detail of the drawings. The title of Clearbout's work refers to the famous song, Bare Necessities, performed by Baloo in the 1967 film.

     

  • David Claerbout And Gabriel Kuri Included In Art Basel Unlimited 2017

    Messe Basel, Basel June 15 – 18, 2017 www.artbasel.com
  • David Claerbout: Olympia

    Schaulager, Basel Through October 22, 2017 www.schaulager.org
    David Claerbout: Olympia

    David Claerbout, Olympia (The Real Time Disintegration Into Ruins Of The Berlin Olympic Stadium Over The Course Of A Thousand Years), 2016

    Single-channel video installation (color, silent, HD animation), duration 1000 years

    Film still

  • David Claerbout in conversation with J.J. Charlesworth

    Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona March 15, 2017 at 3pm www.fundaciotapies.org
    David Claerbout in conversation with J.J. Charlesworth

    David Claerbout

    Olympia (The Real Time Disintegration Into Ruins Of The Berlin Olympic Stadium Over The Course Of A Thousand Years), 2016
    Two-channel video installation (color, stereo sound, HD animation)

    Duration: 1000 years
    Exhibition view: KINDL Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2016

  • David Claerbout: Olympia

    MUHKA, Antwerp From April 28, 2017 www.muhka.be
    David Claerbout: Olympia
    David Claerbout
    Olympia (The Real Time Disintegration Into Ruins Of The Berlin Olympic Stadium Over The Course Of A Thousand Years), 2016 (film still)
    Single-channel video installation (color, silent, HD animation)
    Duration: 1000 years
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