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