Timotheus Vermeulen

  • Sandra Mujinga, Closed Space, Open World, 2022 (detail), three-channel video installation with sound; three aluminum sculptures, projectors, LED-strip light,  three clear frosted Plexiglas boxes, glass clamps, carpet, green light. Installation view.
    picks March 18, 2022

    Sandra Mujinga

    Set in a single sparsely lit room on the Munch Museet’s tenth floor, Sandra Mujinga’s superb installation Closed Space, Open World, 2022, comprises three video sculptures. Their ambient soundtrack lasts all of ten minutes, yet it sends the visitor across space and time, moving between Afrofuturism and Afropessimism, mid-century office spaces, late-twentieth-century animation, 1980s sci-fi, 1990s rave aesthetics, 2000s-era screen savers, and posthumanism. This cosmos (in the proper sense of the word) is as familiar as it is disorienting, both enthralling and distressing. This is a shadow world,

  • Ben Rivers, Look Then Below, 2019, Super 16 mm film transferred to digital, 22 minutes.
    picks December 10, 2021

    Ben Rivers

    The title of Ben Rivers’s film trilogy Urthworks collapses references to Urth, the Norse goddess of the past, and Earthworks, Brian Aldiss’s 1965 novel about a postapocalyptic future. This dialectic between mythical history and quirky speculative scenarios drives all three of Rivers’s films, which were produced in collaboration with the writer Mark von Schlegell. All 16-mm film transferred to digital, the films play one after the other like a carousel designed by Gramsci and Peter Pan: pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will, and some other crazy stuff. Clocking in at forty-five minutes,