PyR 2016
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ZKM

Dirk De Bruyn
Dirk De Bruyn
1950 · Netherlands
Guest Artist

With the support of:
Deakin University
ZKM
A Tissue of Denials
Dirk de Bruyn (1979-2016)
October 21, 2016 | 21:00h
ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie
Karlsruhe, Germany
free admission until full capacity is reached

My abstract moving image making has provided a foundation for my practice since I first started processing and solarizing my own 16mm film in one of those LOMO Russian processing tanks in 1973. Feyers, Zoomfilm (1976) and Running (1976) rework some of those early strips of black and white film. Whenever funding dried up I always fell back on my abstract direct on film work. It was cheap. Like knitting, it gave me a space to process the dilemmas and incongruities of daily life and to escape its clutches. I also began to understand that these forces were still there, embedded implicitly in the work. Now, more than ever, I understand this as a survival response to corporate doublespeak. I would never throw anything away. New scratching, painting, taping or bleaching strategies could be added later. Intensive cluster editing of single frames became an obsession. The translated difference between what you saw over a light-box and what was projected drew me in. Like the migrant position I was allocated from childhood I survived in the space between these two territories. As well as an archive of images and movement I collect optical effects. The flash frame. The trail of afterimages resulting from flickering between positive and negative images. At their liveliest these images float above the screen. Now the digital allows me to amplify the material presence of 16m and 35mm film and a whole new world opens up before me. I cobble together found footage films from my own archive of discarded data and unfinished sentences.

-- Dirk de Bruyn

 

 

* We heartfully thank Malcolm Turner, director of MIAF, whose support helped feature this section at the festival.



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SCREENING Programme
Feyers (excerpt)
1.
Feyers (excerpt)
Dirk De Bruyn

15'00'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
1979 | Melbourne, Australia

Migraine Particles
2.
Migraine Particles
Dirk De Bruyn

7'11'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
1984 | Melbourne, Australia

Vision
3.
Vision
Dirk De Bruyn

3'28'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
1985 | Ballarat, Australia

Frames
4.
Frames
Dirk De Bruyn

7'10'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
1988 | Ballarat, Australia

Knots
5.
Knots
Dirk De Bruyn

7'51'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
1990 | Ballarat, Australia

Traum a Dream
6.
Traum a Dream
Dirk De Bruyn

6'51'' · drawing · cameraless · colour
2007 | Melbourne, Australia | Vancouver, Canada

East meets West
7.
East meets West
Dirk De Bruyn

4'30'' · video comp. · drawing · cameraless · colour
2015 | Melbourne, Australia | Toronto, Canada

Dissociation
8.
Dissociation
Dirk De Bruyn

7'50'' · video comp. · drawing · cameraless · colour
2016 | Melbourne, Australia

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