Rini Hurkmans
collaboration
2018 – 2019

Dreamland

Dreamland
15th of September, 2018

Installation

one day exhibition
Venster IV. Artificial by Nature
Romneyloods, Nieuw en Meer, Amsterdam

8 videoworks and a musical performance from a steel gitarist

Under the title Dreamland, the artist duo HENR makes works that investigate the creation of a land dreamed of.

For many people in an increasingly globalized world, the desire to own a place, terrain or space has been growing rapidly. Above all, more and more people wish to have their own recognizable culture with which they can identify. Culture is what gives meaning to our surroundings. Culture is the cultivation of an area that causes the existence of a mental space. In this way, cities were given their own identity and people framed parts of nature through their own invented values to subsequently name them landscapes. This is how, for example, "romantic and classical landscapes" were created.

On a territory in France, HENR investigates how this meaning, cultivation and desire for an own defined world can take shape.

This desire is approached in a critical and humorous way, starting from the idea that humanity allows itself and its environment to be encapsulated within this desire, to the point humanity can become a slave of desire. At the same time, the work is also a plea for how we can shape a land dreamed of that is inexplicable, non-measurable, unnecessary and seemingly nonsensical.

The installation consists of 8 filmworks specially made for the Romneyloods of studio complex Nieuw en Meer in Amsterdam and an ongoing performance of a steel guitarist.

Dreamland IV-V 
2018

video installation

Dreamland IV
HD video, sound, 5:54 min, loop

Dreamland V
HD video, no sound, 1:11 min, loop

2 projections on top of each other

The video installation Dreamland IV-V presents two videos on top of each other.
The first video is projected on the wall in a trapezoidal shape. One moves slowly through a parched cornfield and hears the wind blowing.
The other video is shown on a flat screen hanging on top of the projection and shows a close-up of a corn cob touched and caressed by a man's hand.

Dreamland VI 
2018

video installation

HD video on Pico-Pix
sound, 2:48 min, loop

The small projection Dreamland VI shows a close-up of a heart monitoring sensor, a peg on the finger that is often used in hospitals. At first glance, the unusual perspective makes the object hard to recognize, transforming it into a vague reminiscence of a singing duck or bird. This recollection gets even stronger through the recording that’s being played in the background, sung by Alessandro Moreschi in 1904, the last castrate singer.

Both, the interpretation of the heart monitoring sensor and the castrate singer, are a manipulation of the natural in two completely different ways.

Dreamland VII 
2018

video installation

HD video
sound, 5:45 min, loop

In the film Dreamland VII one sees a group of people dancing to a tune of folk music that is looping. What should actually be an expression of pleasure and happiness, changes here into an almost inhuman mechanism, in which people have become absurdly dancing puppets.

The film starts with a frozen shot of the leaves of the trees. During the film one sees daylight slowly changing into evening light. The film ends in the night, again with a frozen still of the leaves of the trees for more than a minute.

The film is shown on a flatscreen.

Dreamland
15th of September, 2018

Installation

one day exhibition
Venster IV. Artificial by Nature
Romneyloods, Nieuw en Meer, Amsterdam

compilation video 02:45 min
8 videoworks and a musical performance from a steel gitarist
Dreamland IX 
2019

photo work

archival inkjet print on cotton-based paper 72 x 106 cm

The photo Dreamland IX shows a large undulating landscape in which a huge round plastic sheet has been placed next to a naturally grown round flower field.

It shows a subtle and simple intervention of an artificial human act in a natural habitat. Men seem to be unable to accept the land for what it is and have felt the urge to force their meaning on this territory, and nature in general.

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