Spotlight: 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.
The Nature of Art with David Claerbout at Busan Museum of ArtBusan Museum of Art, Busan April 23 – September 12, 2021 https://art.busan.go.kr
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 MuseumGarage Museum, Moscow March 26 – May 2, 2021 www.garagemca.org
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.
"The Challenge: We are in this together" – Esther Schipper for The New Institute
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.
David Claerbout at Kunst Museum WinterthurKunst Museum Winterthur September 12 – November 15, 2020 www.kmw.ch
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.
David Claerbout at Galerie RudolfinumGalerie Rudolfinum, Prague January 29 – April 12, 2020 www.galerierudolfinum.cz
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague
January 29 – April 12, 2020
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 ClaerboutZuoz, Plazzet, Switzerland January 25, 2020, 12:30 – 12:45 pm www.engadin-art-talks.ch
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 2017BFI Southbank, NFT3 London October 14, 2017 at 9:20pm www.bfi.org.uk
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 NecessityCinema Zuid, Antwerp August 5, 2017 at 7 PM www.cinemazuid.be
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 2017Messe Basel, Basel June 15 – 18, 2017 www.artbasel.com
David Claerbout: OlympiaSchaulager, Basel Through October 22, 2017 www.schaulager.org
David Claerbout in conversation with J.J. CharlesworthFundació Antoni Tàpies, Barcelona March 15, 2017 at 3pm www.fundaciotapies.org
David Claerbout: OlympiaMUHKA, Antwerp From April 28, 2017 www.muhka.be