Wendelien van Oldenborgh – Film Screening

Wendelien van Oldenborgh – Film Screening

Date: January 19, 2023
Time: 7 – 9PM
■Fee(admission fee)  :  Free
Location  : Kyushu University, Ohashi Campus, Multi-purpose Building, 4-9-1 Shiobaru,
         Minamiku, Fukuoka, 815-8540
Organizer: Kyushu University, Faculty of Design
Support   : Kyushu University, International Office

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On the occasion of Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s solo-exhibition unset on-set at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (until Feb 19th), Kyushu University’s Graduate School of Design presents a screening of two of her single-screen film works, followed by a Q&A with the artist (in English with Japanese consecutive translation).

Wendelien van Oldenborgh is a visual artist (*1962 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) who has been working with film, video and video-installation for over 20years. Unique to her work is how she puts the method and process of production at its center, rather than a particular outcome. An important stage in the work is the often public film shoot, for which selected participants collaboratively co-create the script with a mix of live performance and improvised dialogue.

This screening combines two works that highlight relations between personal stories, public spaces, and their historical contexts. Musicians, artists, activists, and theorists present facets of feminism, racism and postcolonial theory by means of spoken work, poetry and musical performance.

From Left to Night, 2015
Video installation (screening version), color, sound, 32 min.
♦Language: English with Japanese subtitles
Filmed on location: Joe Strummer Subway, Red Bus Studios,
Paddington Green Police Station, London
Commissioned by: The Showroom, London

In From Left to Night a number of seemingly unconnected players, places, events, subjects and histories, drawn from the neighborhood of Paddington, London, meet in a two-day film shoot, connecting six people, three locations, and the different subjects and forms of knowledge that they bring with them. The people include two London-based hip-hop artists, a political theorist, and a psychologist (both of them Brazilian), a hip-hop DJ from the Netherlands and a curator from London. The subject matter ranges from urban tensions – such as unresolved histories of the 2011 London riots – to new feminist and racial theories, music videos, 1960s idealist architecture and the personal ways in which each of the protagonists relates to them.

Hier., 2021
Film work, color, sound, 27 min.
♦Language: Dutch with Japanese subtitles
Filmed on location: Museum Arnhem (when under renovation)
Commissioned by: Sonsbeek 20➜24

Hier. moves seamlessly between politically charged reflections and personal memories through a constellation of voices and lyrical material. In the Museum Arnhem (NL) during its renovation – a place of conservation in transition – a cast of young women express themselves through music, poetry and dialogue. Together they sensitively explore themes such as hybridity, transnationality and diasporic sensitivities. Alongside the cast, the location too is a meaningful “voice”. Museum Arnhem was originally built in the late 19th century as an ‘outdoors club’ — a gentlemen’s club founded by residents of Arnhem who often they had a colonial past and did not have the social status to become a member of the centrally-located Groote Sociëteit.

Wendelien van Oldenborgh
Born 1962 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, currently lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Her recent solo exhibitions include: the Dutch Pavilion in the 57th Venice Biennial (Italy, 2017), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (Japan, 2022/23), Museum of Art in Łódź (Poland, 2021), CA2M Madrid (Spain, 2019), daadgalerie (Germany, 2017). Van Oldenborgh has participated in numerous international group-shows, such as Sonsbeek 20->24 (The Netherlands, 2021), the Chicago Architecture Biennial (USA, 2019), House of the World’s Cultures (Germany, 2019), the Singapore Biennial (Singapore, 2019), Aichi Triennial (Japan, 2016), and Kyiv Biennial (Ukraine, 2015) among others.