Hans op de Beeck

Staging Silence (3), 2019

Two pairs of anonymous hands build up and tear down fictional interiors and landscapes on a tiny film set just three metres square. The four hands exert absolute power over life and death, growth and florescence, disappearance and decay. They show us how humans, time and again, strive to bestow meaning and identity on empty spaces, while highlighting humanity’s role in both creating and destroying the world as we know it. An example of this is when the hands build a medieval fortress out of sand and then start emptying watering cans over it, making the sandcastle flow away with the water.


But the film does not moralise. The soggy remains of the fortress transform into a field of sunflowers, which are subsequently burnt away by crème brûlée burners, making space for tropical islands to appear. On and on it goes… each scene rising from the ashes of the preceding one. Defying any linear progression or direct narrative, Staging Silence (3) is a meditation on the complicated and layered relationships between humanity, nature, and our self-created and imposed societies.


This video is the final part in a series of three. The soundtrack was composed and performed by English musician Scanner.

 

Hans op de Beeck (1969, Belgium) lives and works in Brussels. He produces large installations, sculptures, films, drawings, paintings, photographs and texts as a reflection on our com- plex society and on universal questions of meaning and mortality. Op de Beeck shows the viewer non-existent but identifiable places, moments, and characters that appear

to have been taken from contemporary everyday life, to reveal the tragicomic absurdity of our postmodern existence.
Above all, Op de Beeck is keen to stimulate the viewers’ senses and invite them to really experience the images.

He seeks to create a form of visual fiction that delivers a moment of wonder and silence.


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Hans op de Beeck

Staging Silence (3), 2019

Video, 44’00”

Courtesy Galerie Ron Mandos