WHIRL Productions is a professionally equipped media production unit led by director/producer Bouke Mekel.
This freelance company was founded in 2009 and is housed in the Puddingstudio in the city of Groningen near central station. WHIRL engages in producing clips, portraits and scapes, short and long documentaries and fiction films, and multimedia performances. These productions, generally for artists & arts organisations, educators & educational organisations, entail the editing and fine-tuning of self-/co-created poetry/scripts, visual art/photography/cinematography, sound design/music and choreographies. Each of these services can be provided, separately or fused with one another.
Statement / Modus Operandi
I think anything can be art and art is about anything. I agree with Marcel Duchamp, who asked himself the following fundamental rhetorical question: "Peut-on faire des oeuvres qui ne soient pas d'art?" (“Can one make works that are not considered art?”). Once we start creating objects in the name of the fundamental why-question, we destruct or construct culture and nature. The resulting oeuvres are cultural and increasingly natural as well. That is to say, we're now on the verge of creating intriguing, beyond credible, verisimilar cavernous valleys and carnal dolls. Our possibilities for (de-)culturalisation / (de-)naturalisation are seemingly endless until we consider a work finished and take our hands off it, and/or otherwise until the black hole(s) have deconstructed all of creation, with white fountain(s) emitting star dust once again.
I think until then, we as humans and emerging post-human entities will continue to have an inherent need to be challenged by art, moderately and radically.
As time progresses, the eye of my personal whirl moves through the real and fictional world and records all it encounters. It whirls reality into fiction and fiction into reality. The world is a theatre that is increasingly mediatised, with more and more opportunities for tragicomical (docu)fictional multi- and transmedia (meta-)storytelling. On the basis of the eye of my whirl's voyages, the works are created and exposed to the public, who proceed to interpret it and, thereby, finish the artwork.