Where do the characters go when the story ends? is both a book and a film trilogy comprising of Beumer’s recent films Open for new challenges, Was het maar zo makkelijk (If only it were that easy) and We have to think of something else (Part One and Two). The book chronicles each film frame by frame, interspersing images with texts by Eleanor Duffin, Brenda Tempelaar, Céline Mathieu, Ingrid Verhoeven, Dennis Van Mol, Els, Lise Lotte ten Voorde, Puck Vonk, Stijn Huijts and an accompanying ‘directors cut’ dialogue between Beumer and Publication Studio’s Yin Yin Wong, which documents the development of the book itself.
In the spirit of Beumer’s practice, this project is a process of accumulation. Within the films, scripts are built up through being repeatedly enacted, continuously altered and constantly renegotiated. Tools of communication — translation, indication, instruction, and explanation — become stage directions and create entry points for improvisation, weaving reality throughout the scripts that somehow, perhaps through the act of framing itself as art, becomes a fiction of its own. And just as the film becomes an exhibition becomes a book, the status of the participants grows along with the work too — elements fold onto each other as people unexpectedly find themselves at once an incidental bystander and a star of the film, somehow signing their autographs at its book launch.
- Publication Studio Rotterdam NL