Bea de Visser
excerpt 2”32 min.
original animaton sequence: 5”56 minutes
25 Paintings are based on a found black and white photograph of an unknown woman. These paintings are animated to recapture the moment that once must have happened; an interaction between photographer and model. The Skipping Mind shows an imagined memory and the gaps of recognition that come together with a remembrance. The installation encloses the painted stills and the animation of these portraits.
After the international travelling exhibition THE SKIPPING MIND was exhibited in the National Museum in Prague. The portaited woman was recognised by her granddaughter. Then suddenly the ‘unknown’ woman had a name, an address and a family. I decided to meet her, to make the film THE SECOND MEMORY. In this film, I visited the lady in Prague, then in advancing years, for the first time. The discrepancies between past and present are intriguing.
> single channel projecton digital animaton | 25 paintings (40x50cm, oil on canvas)
> image processing, painting: Bea de Visser
THE SKIPPING MIND was part of the exhibition ‘The Second, Time Based Art from the Netherlands’, an international travelling exhibition of Dutch media art organised by Montevideo/TBA, the Netherlands Media Art Institute. On January the 24th it had its première at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. This travelling exhibition was curated by René Coelho, founder of Montevideo/TBA.
‘The Second’ consisted of seventeen time-based installations created by twelve Dutch media artists. The participating artists were: Kees Aafjes, Peter Bogers, Boris Gerrets, Jaap de Jonge, A.P. Komen, Pieter Baan Müller, Bert Schutter, Bill Spinhoven, Fiona Tan, Steina Vasulka, Bea de Visser, Christiaan Zwanikken.
The tour started at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and after its successful opening continued its exhibition around the world. In the following three years the exhibition crossed the oceans and was shown in Mexico, Taiwan, Japan, Budapest and Prague.
Together with the exhibition a catalogue and a CD-ROM were presented. The catalogue featured an interactive walk through the exhbition on CD-ROM.
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