Portrait of a woman (Marketá Kulhankova) and of pictures of her, taken around the year 1953 by her photographer husband. De Visser had made an installation in 1994, using pictures she had painted based on her photographic portraits. During a world tour of this work the woman was recognised by her grand daughter at the exhibition at the National Gallery Prague. In this film, De Visser visits the lady in Prague, now in advancing years, for the first time. The discrepancies between past and present are intriguing.
> camera: Miroslav Janek
> music: the use of ashes
> production: Anotherfilm
The paintings and animaton in the film descent from the installation THE SKIPPING MIND
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.
> 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.