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Peter BOGERS (The Netherlands)

EXHIBITIONS, from the 17th March to the 2nd of April

Chapelle de l’Hôpital Général, rue Sainte Rose, Clermont- Ferrand

Tuesday to Sunday – 10am to 6pm

PETER BOGERS (The Netherlands)

Road Movie, 2016, video installation, triptych

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Installation created during residency at VIDEOFORMES with the support of Mondriaan fund, the help of Clermont Communauté as part of his creation politic, and the support of la DRAC Auvergne Rhône Alpes / 2016

Chapelle de l'Hôpital Général

Road Movieis an audiovisual installation consisting of three video-images projected onto three different screens. Each of them shows scenes, filmed from a car driving on local roads around the Auvergne. The car appears to be searching for one of the many historical religious statues, mostly crucifixes and virgins, which can be found in the area. As soon as a statue is spotted, it comes to a halt and the engine is subsequently turned off. At this point the camera focuses on the object in the centre of the image. The work triggers overwhelming reversals in one’s state of mind at the magic moments when fast movement suddenly comes to a halt and at the same time loud mechanical noise is instantly replaced by the subtle ambient noise of the direct surroundings. In this ‘here and now’ everyday situation, the centuries-old religious icon functions as an affective catalyst that helps the mind to connect to its direct surroundings and at the same time reflect on this connection. The sound in this installation is crucial. During the driving, it emerges loudly from the wall onto which the images are projected. As soon as the motors are switched off, the soft background noise is room-filling. This abrupt shift from loud local sound to subdued surround noise, creates a physical, almost sensuous experience.

Assistant : Kees Overdevest

In the early eighties Bogers was heavily involved in performance art, but gradually started to use the video camera as an intermediary between himself and the public. In the nineties he started to approach sound and image as self-contained, flexible media that gave him access to the element of time and thus could be transformed, in an attempt to make a statement about the complexity and incomprehensibility of human nature.

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