episode II - Port-au-Prince
Studio Dries Verhoeven
The continual availability of news on our laptops, televisions and smartphones makes us perpetual witnesses to complex situations on the other side of the world. We can feel unease every day through the confrontation with presumed poverty and desperation. The news camera is not neutral; intentionally or unintentionally, those who are filmed are framed as victims. Before they know it, the social conscious viewer is dragged into a vortex of guilt and shame.
With the large scale video installation Guilty Landscapes Verhoeven brings the reality of uncomfortable news images confrontingly close. He poses the question of whether a personal connection is possible between the viewer and the person being viewed. What if the news were to turn and look at its witnesses; what if the protagonists on the evening news were to look us in the eye?
In 2016 Verhoeven makes a series of different episodes of Guilty Landscapes. SPRING Festival in Utrecht showed the first episode from the series, Foreign Affairs in Berlin showed the second episode. The third episode will be shown at Boulevard Theatre Festival 's-Hertogenbosch (4-14 August). The fourth will be shown in Eindhoven during the Dutch Design Week (22-30 October).
video: Christopher Hewitt | with the support of: Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs Festival