The Living Room depicts the interior of a typical Dutch type of terraced housing called ‘doorzonwoning’ (literally sun-through-house), which became the most popular type of social housing in the seventies and eighties. The characteristic living room stretches from the front of the house all the way to the back. Two large windowpanes on either end connect it with the front and back yard, allowing the sun to enter freely. The private atmosphere of the living room is disturbed by the unexpected presence of a large oak tree. Close-ups of different kinds of furniture, potted plants, souvenirs and other personal belongings are carefully depicted. The quiet atmosphere is breached when the large oak tree enters the room, rearranging the interior in a destructive manner. The Living Room thus confronts the viewer with the impact this has to both tree and home, raising questions about their meaning and symbolism within Western culture.

The Living Room (single channel) has / will been screened at the following venues (update August 2012):

2012 / Shnit International Shortfilmfestival, Bern (upcoming)
2012 / Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (upcoming)
2012 / Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin
2012 / Museum voor Religeuze Kunsten, Uden, the Netherlands
2012 / Manifestly Present, Castle d'Aspremont Lynden, Oud-Rekem, Belgium
2012 / Cineteca Matadero, Madrid
2012 / Vienna Independent Shorts, Vienna
2012 / International Short Film Festival, Hamburg
2012 / International Film Festival, Rotterdam
2011 / International Short Film Festival, Kansk, Russia
2011 / International Short Film Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania
2011 / Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid , Centre Pompidou, Paris
2011 / Cobra Museum, Amstelveen
2011 / Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam

The three-channel installation has been shown at:

2012 / Bonnefantenmuseum Maastricht (upcoming)
2011 / Ron Mandos, Amsterdam

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